Archive for the ‘Grads’ Category

SMircle Workshop Meeting Monday (11/17) at 3:15PM: Samko

Join the SMircle Workshop in the Greenberg Room Monday, as they welcome Bern Samko (UCSC), who will talk about her work on verb-phrase preposing.

Topicality, focus, and intonation in English verb-phrase preposing

I argue that verb-phrase preposing (VPP) in English involves topicalization, syntactic focus-marking, and, optionally, a particular intonational pattern. The contribution of these elements is compositional, allowing for a unified analysis of discourse functions of VPP that have previously been assumed to be distinct (cf. Ward 1990). In all examples of VPP, the preposing of the VP marks a topic shift in much the same way as DP topicalization with “as for”, and verum focus results from focus-marking of the sentence-final auxiliary. Prosodic marking may contribute an additional scalar interpretation that is also available in intonationally marked canonical-order sentences.

Bonnie Krejci and Kate Lindsey at Stanford Splash!

Bonnie and Kate both took part in Stanford Splash! last weekend, running a class on Language Myths, Language Truths for attending schoolchildren from the greater community in the area.

More information about Stanford Splash 2014 is available here.

Look Who’s Talking!

Zachary Wilkins will be giving a talk at the 2014 Hispanic Linguistic Symposium, held next weekend at Purdue University: “Algo es algo: Toward a typology of tautologies with evidence from Spanish”.

Rob Podesva will give a Linguistics colloquium at the University of Michigan next Friday, November 14.

Numerous Stanford sempragmaticists will present at CUSP (California Universities Semantics & Pragmatics) this weekend at UCLA:

  • Prerna Nadathur, “Implicative verbs and presuppositions”
  • Andrea Beltrama, “Very UCLA, totally next in line”
  • Phil Crone, “Asserting Clarity as Managing Awareness”
  • James Collins, “Be about to and the proximal future”
  • Dasha Popova, “Noun multidimensionality and gradability through the prism of the ‘tot eshjo N’ construction in Russian”
  • Sara Kessler, “Adjectives and the Stage-Individual Level Distinction: A corpus study”
  • Lelia Glass, “Need to vs. have to vs. got to: A corpus study in semantic variation”