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Extreme Makeover, Sesquipedalian edition

The Sesquipedalian will be getting a serious makeover this weekend, and will emerge with a spiffy new look next week (along with the rest of the departmental website). Don’t worry, you can always find the latest issues at the usual URL:

And back issues will continue to be available at the archives here.

QPFest 2015!

QP Fest will take place on Friday, April 24!  Here is the program. It will happen in Room 100-101K (note unusual location).

1:30-2:30pm SESSION I
John Rickford, chair

  • “Nonstandard agreement in Standard English: The social perception of agreement variation under existential there” –Katherine Hilton
  • “Prosodic neighborhood effects in spoken word production” –Olek Glowka

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45pm SESSION II
Sara Kessler, Chair

  • “Is Something Afoot in Chuvash?” – Kate Lindsey
  • “A neural network approach to learning OT constraints” –Tim Dozat

3:45–4 Break

Lelia Glass, Chair

  • “Mapping Projective Content: an investigation of ‘too’ in preschoolers’ English” – Masoud Jasbi
  • “Unless, exceptionality, and the pragmatics of conditional statements” – Prerna Nadathur

5pm SOCIAL (at departmental kitchen)

We Can Still Win the Linguist List Fund Drive!

A guest post from Robin Melnick, heartily endorsed by your Sesquip staff:

Let’s show our support for the Linguist List annual fundraising drive! Although the department has been the leader in the drive in years past, we are currently a distant third place with just nine donors so far this year.

If you’re not a current subscriber to any of the Linguist List feeds – job postings, conference announcements, calls for papers, book reviews, and much more – well, you will be when you get to that looking-for-a-job phase!

Even if it’s only a few bucks, every bit helps.

Linguists In Industry!

Ever wondered what life is like on the outside?

The LSA has released a helpful and informative video on what it’s like to be a linguist working in industry. You can watch the video here, which features our very own John Rickford!

Look Who’s Talking!

Lauri Karttunen gave a keynote talk at the CICLing-2015 conference in Cairo on Thursday, April 16 on “From Natural Logic to Natural Reasoning”.

Vera Gribanova gave a talk on April 10 at the UC Berkeley Syntax and Semantics Circle on “The Verbal Identity Condition in ellipsis: Consequences for head movement”.

Ignacio Cases will present “Learning Compositionality with Scala” at Text By The Bay 2015 on April 25.

Several Stanford linguists will be presenting at CLS 51 next weekend in Chicago:

  • Boris Harizanov will present a paper co-authored with Ryan Bennett & Robert Henderson on “Non-local prosodic subcategorization and its role in the syntax/prosody mapping”
  • Thomas Grano (B.A. 2006) will present “A coercion-free semantics for intention reports”
  • Alessandro Jaker (Ph.D. 2012) will present “The Consonant Hierarchy in Dëne Sųłıné”

Let’s Win the Linguist List Fund Drive!

In case you missed it, the 2015 Linguist List Fund Drive is ON, and we are slipping behind! We currently land in 3rd for overall donations from 8 donors. The University of Washington is currently rallying behind 25 individual donors… let’s match it and beat it!

The latest rankings are as follows – click here for a full list.

1. Indiana University Bloomington ($2,150)
2. University of Washington ($1,540)
3. Stanford University ($1,065)
4. North-West University, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle Campuses, South Africa ($820)
5. University of South Carolina ($740)
6. University of California, Santa Barbara ($675)
7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ($535)
8. University of Kansas ($455)
9. Wellesley College ($400)
10. Arizona State University ($350)

Indiana University Bloomington has ranked first throughout the Fund Drive, but we can change that!


Kevin McGowan to be U Kentucky Assistant Professor

Congrats and sesquikudos to our very own Kevin McGowan, who has accepted an offer to be an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky’s new department of Linguistics!

California Cognitive Science Conference May 2nd

Join our colleagues in UC Berkeley’s Cognitive Science Student Association for the 7th annual California Cognitive Science Conference on Saturday, May 2nd.

This year’s theme is Communication: The Connected Mind, and will feature speakers from the fields of Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Design, among others. See the roster of speakers below, and register here.

California Cognitive Science Conference

Keynote Speakers

Robert Knight, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley; Professor of Neurology, UCSF

Don Norman, Director of The Design Lab, UC San Diego

Featured Speakers

Tania Lombrozo, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Briankle Chang, Professor of Communication and Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kathleen Carley, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

William Hanks, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Gary Dell, Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eve Sweetser, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley