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VPUE Presentations Friday (9/26) at 3:30pm

Join us in the Greenberg Room next Friday, September 26 as we hear from our undergraduate VPUE researchers as they discuss and finalize their summer research internships.

Congratulations to our graduates!

The Stanford Linguistics Department will hold its graduation ceremony for 2014 this Sunday, June 15 at 12:30 in the area between Cubberly and Green Library (near the fountain). Everyone in the department is welcome to come to this happy occasion.

Congratulations to those being celebrated in this year’s ceremony!

Eric Kenneth Acton
Roey J. Gafter
Kate Geenberg
Jessica Danielle Spencer

Bachelor of Arts
Christopher Douglas Frederick
Cameron Wayne Jeffers

Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Benjamin Lokshin
Hanzhi Zhu

Hanzhi Zhu Receives Robert M. Golden Medal

Hanzhi Zhu has received the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts for his senior honors thesis “Case, Agreement, and the EPP: Evidence from Kazakh”.

Congratulations, Hanzhi!

Undergraduate Honors Presentations Today (5/30) at 3:30PM

Please join us on Friday, May 30th for this years 2014 undergraduate honors presentations. Our first presentation with start at 3:30pm in the Greenberg room.

The talks will be followed by an ice cream social hosted by our first year graduate students.

We hope to see you there!

2014 Honors student presenters:

Hanzhi Zhu: Case, Agreement, and the EPP: Evidence from Kazakh

Several recent studies have argued against the Activity Condition in light of evidence from raising constructions in various languages. These analyses claim that raising is not triggered by unvalued case or agreement features, but instead by the Extended Projection Principle (EPP). I add to this discussion by examining two raising constructions in Kazakh which differ in their case and agreement properties. I demonstrate that both constructions involve subject-to-subject raising and also argue against the traditional formulation of the Activity Condition. I then argue that scrambling is another construction that, like raising, satisfies the EPP. I examine what happens in raising constructions in which scrambling has taken place and the EPP has already been satisfied. These conditions motivate a modification of the account of how raising can be triggered.

Benjamin Lokshin: Speech levels in DPRK society
This study examines the use of speech levels in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in comparison with the system in use in the Republic of Korea (ROK). I use a multipart analysis encompassing a quantitative study of honorific verb endings within works of fiction from both countries, a qualitative study of books on language and metalinguistic commentary, and fieldwork with a native DPRK speaker, to produce several new results. The DPRK speech level system is found to have several features which set it apart from the ROK, most notable among them being the continued use of the “semiformal” level (hao-chey), which is rarely seen in the ROK. Placing these findings in the context of the present and historical political environment on the Korean peninsula, there are many parallels between differential speech level usages and differential state ideologies and cultures in the two Koreas. In contrast to the ROK speech level system, the DPRK system grammaticalizes the interpersonal differences relevant within the DPRK’s traditionalist, nationalist, and neo-Confucianist society.

Linguistics Majors Elected Phi Beta Kappa

Sesquikudos to four of our Linguistics undergraduates, who were each elected to Phi Beta Kappa:

  • Ben Lokshin
  • Julia Fine
  • Gun Ho Lee
  • Cameron Jeffers


Undergrad Honors Presentations on May 30th

Mark your calendars! Our graduating honors undergraduates will be presenting their thesis work on May 30 at 3:30PM. More info to come soon.

Hanzhi Zhu to Attend MIT for Linguistics PhD

Hanzhi Zhu ’14 will attend MIT’s Linguistics Ph.D. program starting in the fall. Congrats, Hanzhi! 

Former Stanford Ling Undergrads Receive NSF Fellowships

Isaac Bleaman and Cybelle Smith, both former linguistic majors at Stanford, were recently awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.


VPUE Presentations Today, Oct. 11

Please join us at 3:30 PM in the Greenberg Room as we hear presentations from two of the summer’s VPUE undergrad interns, Nicholas Moores and Ellie Redding. This presentation represents the culmination of their summer research internships.

Nicholas will be presenting on: ‘This No Funny’: A Study of Children’s Semantic and Syntactic Development of Negation”

Ellie will be presenting on: /r/-vocalization in the Moving to Opportunities Project

Social to follow!

Sociotea this Wednesday

And every Wednesday! All socio-inclined or -interested folk are welcome to check out this weekly gathering from 4:15-5:15 PM in the Greenberg room. This week’s (October 2) meeting will explore answers to the question of ‘What is a variable?’

All are welcome!

Look who’s talking!

Talks this coming week:

Dan Lassiter will speak about “Bayesian pragmatics” at a UC Berkeley Linguistics Colloquium on September 30.

Chris Potts will speak at the Berkeley Meaning Sciences Club on October 1 on “Conversational Implicature: Interacting with Grammar.”

Paul Kiparsky will be speaking at the University of Leipzig’s Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop on October 3, speaking on “The Residue of Opacity.” Link to the workshop here.

Eve Clark is a plenary speaker at the Australian Linguistics Society’s 2013 Conference on “Interaction, Feedback, and Language Acquisition”. The conference meets from October 1-4.