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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

Rachel Nordlinger Featured in Linguist List

Stanford alum Rachel Nordlinger is a featured linguist in the Linguist List Fund Drive! She writes:

At high school my favourite subject was French. So, when I finished high school I decided I would do Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, and major in French. I didn’t really know what I would do after that, but probably I’d “join the diplomatic corps” — whatever that meant. It sounded exciting, and if it meant I could keep doing French then that would be fine. In my second year of Uni, I needed to pick up another subject and found a subject called ‘Linguistics’ in the handbook. I could pick it up in second year, it had no exam, and it even sounded like it would be useful for learning French, so I enrolled.

That decision changed my life …

Read the full story here.

Dan Jurafsky Speed Dating Research Featured

The work of Dan Jurafsky and researchers in the Department of Computer Science and the School of Education analyzing interactions from a speed dating corpus was recently featured in this Stanford Alumni article. Read all about it!

Let’s Win the Linguist List Fund Drive!

Calling all Stanford linguists! It is that time of year again! Last Friday, LINGUIST LIST kicked off their 2015 Fund Drive, and they need YOU to make a donation. This year, if you donate during Fund Drive, you can be entered to win many fantastic prizes generously donated by Linguist List Supporting Publishers. These prizes will be offered for the duration of Fund Drive this year, and there will be many competitions and drawings to come. So, stay tuned and don’t miss the opportunity to win these valuable linguistic materials.

Look Who’s Talking!

Arto Anttila presented at UC Santa Cruz’s PHLUNCH last Friday on “Stress, Phrasing, and Auxiliary Contraction in English.”

Vera Gribanova was the invited speaker at this year’s LASC 2015 (Linguistics at Santa Cruz, March 15). Her talk was “Head Movement, Ellipsis, and Russian Polarity Focus.”

Kate Lindsey and Julia Fine presented “KinQuest: A New Tool for Eliciting and Comparing Kinship Terminologies” at the fourth annual International Conference for Language Documentation and Conservation at the University of Hawai’i in Manoa.

Eve Clark is presenting “Finding Common Ground: Three Approaches Highlighting the Importance of Interaction in Early Language Development” at SRCD 2015 (Society for Research in Child Development) this weekend.

Penny Eckert is giving a colloquium on “Variation, the Stylistic Landscape, and Social Change” at U Pittsburgh today, and on March 24 at Temple University.

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!