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Date

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Time

06:00 PM


			

Location

CAS Room 211

Category

Undergraduate events

Title

Inventing the Klingons

Description

Like food and ideas? Join us for pizza, drinks, and a talk by Professors Sasha Nikolaev and Jay Samons on the development of the Klingon language and the role of Klingons as the 'other' in galactic politics. Following the lecture, we'll enjoy a screening of the classic TNG episode "Reunion."

Speaker(s)

Sasha Nikolaev (Boston University)

Jay Samons (Boston University)

Sponsored by

the Department of Classical Studies and the Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum, in coordination with the Undergraduate Classics Association and the BU Linguistics Association

Date

Wed Oct 29, 2014

Time

07:30 PM


			

Location

College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (Room 129)

Category

Lectures

Title

BLEEVA – A Narrative of Our Existence”

Description

In this groundbreaking presentation Benjamin Bahan, PhD (a distinguished alumnus of Boston University, SED 87, GRS 95) plays with the boundaries of genre, weaving together complex features of the oral tradition in order to address one of the fundamental questions of life…why are we here?
Bahan (Deaf himself) has a special twist on this question in that he asks, “Why are Deaf people here?” In this international tour, he has delighted and surprised audiences as they jump from lens to lens in order to truly appreciate the composition he has put together. This event, incorporating innovative approaches to narrative structure helps us to understand the amazing lengths we go to find our story and legitimize the important roles that each of us plays in this world.
Cost: FREE for All BU Affiliates and $10 Non-BU Affiliates (cash or checks will be taken at the door)

Speaker(s)

Benjamin Bahan (Gallaudet University)

Date

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Time

06:45 PM - 08:00 PM


			

Location

BUCLD: Second floor of the GSU at 775 Commonwealth Ave

Category

Lectures

Title

"Of mice and (of) men: Phonological influences on the omissibility of French ‘de’ in coordination"

Description

Abstract: In English "pieces of tomatoes and of carrots" and "pieces of tomatoes and carrots" are both possible, and are roughly synonymous. French shows similar variation for its preposition "de" (roughly 'of'): "morceaux de tomates et de carottes" or "morceaux de tomates et carottes", though French is much less likely to omit the second "de".

This talk uses a large written corpus of French to test whether phonological factors influence the omissibility of the second "de". These factors include the lengths of the words involved, what sound the second word begins with, and whether the words following "de" begin with vowels or consonants ("de" has an allomorph "d'" that is used before vowel-initial words).

These phonological factors do show an influence on rates of omitting the second "de", which means that either the phonological content of words is accessed before final syntactic decisions are made, or that deleting the second "de" is a phonological operation. We'll consider some consequences of each of these approaches.

This project also has a methodological goal: it uses some new and fairly user-friendly software tools that allow the whole process from downloading corpus files to producing final plots and statistics to be automated through a single computer script. This makes it easier to correct errors when they're caught and to manage a project, but maybe more important, it makes it possible for other researchers to pick apart the analysis, test for errors, and try their own variations on the analysis.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Kie Zuraw (UCLA Department of Linguistics)

Sponsored by

Department of Romance Studies, Boston University

James Geddes Jr. Lecture Fund

BU undergraduate Linguistics Association

Date

Fri Nov 07, 2014 -
Sun Nov 09, 2014


			

Location

96 Cummington Street, Room 244

Category

Conferences

Title

BUCLD 39

Description

THE 39th ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Date

Wed Nov 19, 2014

Time

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


			

Location

KCB 101

Category

Lectures

Title

"Focusing on Reflexives"

Description

The second presentation in the new BULA-sponsored series, "Linguistics Faculty Spotlight."

Further details will be posted here soon.

Refreshments will be served.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Byron Ahn (Boston University)

Sponsored by

BULA

and the Department of Romance Studies/Linguistics Program