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VPUE Undergraduate Intern Presentations Friday (10/3)

Come hear from our undergraduate VPUE interns as they present on their summer research projects next Friday in the Greenberg Room. More info to come soon!

Look Who’s Talking!

Dan Jurafsky will be giving a colloquium at UPenn’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science today: “Extracting Social Meaning from Language: The Computational Linguistics of Food and the Spread of Innovation”.

VPUE Presentations Friday (10/3) at 3:30pm

Join us in the Greenberg Room Friday, October 3 as we hear from our undergraduate VPUE researchers as they discuss and finalize their summer research internships.

Look Who’s Talking! (Summer Retrospective)

We have a considerable backlog of talks given by Stanford folks this summer to announce as well.

  • Eve Clark finished a term as President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL).
    • There was a symposium in her honor, with details here.
    • Here is an interview from when she began her term: (video)
  • Eve Clark headed the CSMN interdisciplinary workshop: Language Acquisition and Concept Formation from August 14-15 at the University of Oslo.
  • Eve Clark visited and spoke at the Lunds Universitet Linneaus Centre Cognition, Communication and Learning (CCL) on August 18-20. (‘Room B237 was filled to the last seat!’)
  • In May, Eve gave the Bing Distinguished Lecture at Bing Nursery School, Stanford (an annual lecture for parents and staff, usually research done at or relevant
    to early child development).
  • Eve spent June 2014 at Paris-Diderot: as holder of the LabEx International Chair in Empirical Foundations of Linguistics, she lectured on language acquisition, interaction and feedback; attention, grounding, and word acquisition; conceptual perspective, and how much word meaning is required for successful communication.
  • In mid-June, Eve gave a colloquium talk at the University of Edinburgh.

The Methods in Dialectology XV Conference saw these Stanford linguists present:

  • John Rickford presented on Stylistic variation in panel studies of change in real time
  • Janneke Van Hofwegen and Walt Wolfram presented on On the utility of composite indices in longitudinal language study

Several Stanford linguists presented at the University of Zurich’s ISLE Conference from August 24-27:

  • Joan Bresnan gave the plenary address on Frequency effects in spoken syntax: ‘Have’ and ‘be’ contraction
  • Jason Grafmiller presented on Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world
  • Elizabeth Traugott presented on Do semantic modal maps have a role in a constructionalization approach to modals? and on Pragmatic salience as an enabling factor in morphosyntactic change

Sharese King presented on The Interaction Between Frequency and Stereotype in Processing Cross-dialectal Variation at CogSci 2014.

Dan Lassiter gave a plenary talk on Bayesian Pragmatics for the 2014 Frederick Jelinek Memorial Workshop on Meaning Representations in Language and Speech Processing at Charles University in Prague.

Prerna Nadathur presented on Unless, exceptionality, and conditional strengthening for the ESSLLI 2014 Student Session.

Prerna Nadathur and Daniel Lassiter presented Unless: an experimental approach at Sinn und Bedeutung 2014.

Beth Levin, Lelia Glass, and Dan Jurafsky presented on Corpus Evidence for Systematicity in English Compounds at Sinn und Bedeutung 2014.

Meghan Sumner gave a talk to incoming freshmen at New Student Orientation as part of a program to engage new undergraduates in undergraduate research. Read more about it here.

Look Who’s Talking!

Boris Harizanov is giving a talk at UC Berkeley’s Syntax and Semantics Circle on September 26.

Stanford linguists are giving talks this weekend at the Questions in Discourse at Universität Göttingen:

  • Judith Tonhauser presents on What’s the Question? Towards a Monosemous Analysis of Evaluative Adjectives
  • Tanja Rojas-Esponda presents on Structure in the Space of Discourse Particles

Dissertation Oral Presentation Monday (6/16): Jessica Spencer

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce a dissertation oral presentation:

Stochastic effects in the grammar: Toward a usage-based model of copula contraction

Jessica Spencer

Monday, June 16, 2014, 1pm-2:15pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Rm 126

Abstract: The aim of this analysis of conversational English corpus data is to unearth stable effects of phonological, syntactic, and frequency information in an area of the grammar prone to variation: copula contraction. Stable effects arise during active language processing and may be contrasted with the products of diachronic coalescence of several forms into fused units. Researchers have found that English auxiliary contraction (have > ‘ve, has > ‘s, be > ‘m/’re/’s, will/shall > ‘ll) is subject to phonological, processing, and grammatical constraints. These constraints are most evident in the study of the copula, as “to be” contracts with a wider range of hosts, or preceding words, i.e., with pronominal and lexical noun phrase hosts. My analysis reveals three novel findings about copula contraction. First, copula contraction is sensitive to both the collocational frequency of the copula and its host and the copula and the following word. This obtains even when lexical noun phrase hosts (as opposed to pronominal hosts) are considered in light of known grammatical constraints. The more frequent the host or the following word, the more likely the copula is to contract. Second, persistence, or the previous use of a particular form is a strong predictor of whether or not a speaker is likely to contract. Finally, copula duration shows a sensitivity to the same syntactic constraints that condition contraction. These facts taken together present of picture of copula contraction whereby an allomorphic disticntion and a phonetic feature both show sensitivity to information across all levels of the grammar.

(The format for this open part of the oral exam is a 30-45 minute talk by the PhD candidate followed by questions from those attending, for a total of no more than 75 minutes. Please arrive promptly!)

Oral exam committee: John Rickford (Advisor), Arto Anttila, Tom Wasow, Penny Eckert
University oral exam chair: Ewart Thomas (Psychology)