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2015 SemFest Schedule (Friday, 3/13)

SemFest is right around the corner! Next Friday (3/13) at 1PM in the Greenberg Room, we will gather to hear about exciting semantics work going on in the department! All are welcome!

SemFest 2015 – Schedule

1:00 – 1:30 Phil Crone and Michael C. Frank “Morphosyntactic and Referential Cues to the Identification of Generic Statements”

1:30 – 2:00 Michael Henry Tessler and Noah D. Goodman “A Computational Model of Generic Language”

2:00 – 2:30 Greg Scontras and Noah D. Goodman “The Role of Context in Plural Predication”

2:45 – 3:15 Ming Chew Teo “Contrastive lor in Singapore Colloquial English: Another discourse-semantic account”

3:15 – 3:45 Lelia Glass “An Analysis of the Negatively-Biased Mandarin Belief Verb yˇiwéi

4:00 – 4:30 Dasha Popova “Evidential Uses of Komi-Zyrian Past Tense Morphemes”

4:30 – 5:00 “James Collins The Scope of Futures”

5:00 Social in the Department Lounge

Welcome to Rebekah Baglini!

Welcome to Rebekah Baglini! Rebekah, who is finishing her dissertation at the University of Chicago, will be joining the Department next fall as a Mellon Postdoctoral fellow. Rebekah has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford beginning in Autumn 2015.

Here is how she describes her research:

My work focuses on semantics and its interface with morphology and syntax, and relies heavily on typological considerations and data from less commonly studied languages. I have been conducting fieldwork on the Senegambian language Wolof since 2010.

You can find out more here!

In Memory of Joshua Fishman

Joshua Fishman, editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, author/editor of more than fifty books and over 1000 articles, has passed away.

Dr. Fishman was a regular visitor to Stanford (through the School of Education) until very recently. The Joshua A. Fishman and Gella Schweid Fishman Family Archive is housed at Stanford.

Fishman wrote many influential books, including the early works Sociolinguistics: A Brief Introduction (1970), and Readings in the Sociology of Language (1968). He was one of the big three founder-leaders of modern sociolinguistics (Fishman: Sociology of Language, Hymes: Ethnography of Speaking, Labov: Quantitative Sociolinguistics), and with his passing, only one remains (Labov). Many in the department were honored to know him as an author, teacher, colleague and friend.

[Thanks to John Rickford for the heartfelt eulogy from which this note is adapted.]

Look Who’s Talking!

Jeremy Calder gave a talk on his QP2 work at CSU Bakersfield on March 4.

Tania Rojas-Esponda spoke on “Discourse particles and focus effects in a question-under-discussion framework” in the LingLangLunch talk series at Brown University on March 4.

Sven Lauer and Cleo Condoravdi presented “Hypothetical facts and hypothetical ideals in the temporal dimension” at the 37. Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft.

Tom Wasow is giving a plenary talk today at the 37. Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Leipzig: “The non-categorical character of most linguistic generalizations”.

Chris Potts gave several recent talks:

  • “Coordinating on context and construal”, Google, February 19.
  • “Embedded implicatures as pragmatic inferences under compositional lexical uncertainty”, Psychology Department, UC Santa Cruz, February 18.
  • “Embedded implicatures as pragmatic inferences under compositional lexical uncertainty”, Invited talk at the 41st Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 8.

Sesquikudos to Masoud!

…For all of his help in the 2015 AAAS meeting’s Family Science Days (San Jose meeting, Feb 12-16)!