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Date

Thu Oct 18, 2018

Time

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM


			

Location

SAR 101

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "Possessive constructions - Syntactic puzzles in English and beyond"

Description

Abstract: What do linguists mean by possessive constructions and how do we approach and study these constructions? Are the English expressions ’the mother of John’ and ‘John’s mother’ sharing some underlying uniform syntactic structure or are these two alternative constructions generated by two unrelated syntactic mechanisms? Why can we say ‘John’s horse’, but ‘the horse of John’ sounds suddenly odd? What do linguist mean by extrinsic/alienable and inherent/inalianable possession? What is external and what is internal possessive construction? This talk presents an engaging introduction to the terminology and the syntactic study of possession and introduces several theoretical puzzles that are the topic of lively ongoing debates among generative grammarians.

Speaker(s)

Snejana Iovtcheva (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 06, 2018

Time

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM


			

Location

CILSE 101

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "On constructing regional and racial identity: Investigating stylistic variation in Rochester, New York"

Description

Abstract: Recent explorations of regional variation across African American speech communities have brought to the forefront the linguistic heterogeneity across African American English (AAE). As sociolinguists have problematized the presentation of AAE as a uniform variety, intra-group analyses highlight the diverse social and linguistic constructions among African American speakers. In this talk, I zoom in on three personae local to the African American community in Rochester, New York, assessing how each style is linguistically constructed. I investigate how the three personae, The Mobile Professional, The Hood Kid, and The Biker recruit or reject vocalic patterns of the Northern Cities Shift, as well as AA(V)E morphosyntactic patterns in the construction of their identities. The findings challenge how we define the dialect, while also complicating our understanding of the relationship between race and language.

Speaker(s)

Sharese King (University of Chicago)

Date

Thu Oct 25, 2018

Time

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


			

Location

LSE Room 103

Title

Linguistics Undergraduate Fall Open House

Description

A great opportunity to meet Linguistics students and faculty members, and to learn about our degree programs and course offerings for spring. You'll also find information about BULA (the BU undergraduate Linguistics Association) and Study Abroad opportunities. REFRESHMENTS will be served :-)

Sponsored by

Linguistics Department

For more information

http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/pictures/Open-House-Fall18.pdf