Issue 2012/11/30

Dmitrieva and Caviglia today for P&P

For the sound-minded and formalism-attuned alike,

Come on by the Greenberg Room (460-126) this Friday at 12:15 for an exciting joint talk:

Olga Dmitrieva (Berkeley, PhD Stanford) & Giulio Caviglia (Purdue)
Convex regions and phonological frequency: Extending the weighted constraints approach.

The currently dominant framework for modeling phonological phenomena, Optimality Theory, provides tools for capturing categorical phonological typology (factorial typology) and can be extended to account for gradient and stochastic phenomena, as well as their frequency. Recently, a competing approach, based on weighted rather than ranked constraints, Harmonic Grammar, has been gaining popularity. In this talk we explore the mathematical bases of Optimality Theory and Harmonic Grammar, the underlying connection between the two and their differences.
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Harley Colloq TODAY, Social Follows

Come one, come all! Heidi Harley (Arizona) will be presenting today (3:30pm, Greenberg) on her work with Mercedes Tubino Blanco. The talk is entitled “Hiaki suppletion, stem classes and the organization of the morphological component” (abstract below). There will be a social afterwards, so come and stay to converse over snacks and drinks.

Heidi Harley: Hiaki suppletion, stem classes and the organization of the morphological component.

The analysis of arbitrary morphological classes has a number of architectural implications in Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993). There is no central repository of Saussurean ‘words’ in the framework—no sound-meaning pairings that are the building blocks for both phonological and semantic sentence-level representations. Instead, there are separate lists. One list contains all syntactic and semantic information necessary for the derivation of a well-formed LF representation, and forms the input to the syntactic derivation. A second list, the Vocabulary, describes the phonological realizations that are inserted as exponents of particular syntactic terminal nodes, following all syntactic operations. This raises the question of where class features are located. What elements do rules which are sensitive to class membership refer to? Are they sensitive to properties of the abstract syntacticosemantic formatives of the first list? Or are they instead sensitive to properties of the phonological exponents, the Vocabulary Items in the second list?
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LangCog Lab Meeting Monday

Ally Kraus writes:

Join us for the last lab meeting of the quarter on Monday 12/3 at noon in Jordan 102. We’ll be discussing the paper “From simple innate biases to complex visual concepts” by Ullman, Harari and Dorfman, 2012. Lunch will be served.

The following week (12/10) there will be no lab meeting because of Bay Cogsci. Lab meeting will resume again in January.

Block’s Kant Lecture Series Wed-Fri

The Philosophy Department is having its annual Kant lecture series this week, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The series consists of two lectures and a discussion section given by Ned Block (NYU). His first lecture is entitled “How facts about attention constrain philosophical theories of perception”, and will be held on Wednesday, Nov 5, from 5:30 to 7PM in 320-105. The second lecture is entitled “The grain of vision and the grain of attention”, and will be held on Thursday, Nov 6, from 5:30 to 7PM in 320-105. The discussion section will be held on Friday, Nov 7th, from 3:15 to 5:15 in 90-92Q.

Fusaroli at SPLaT on Thursday

Dan Lassiter writes: The next SPLaT! will be on Thursday December 6 in the Greenberg Room (420-126), with tea and snacks at 4:15PM and the talk beginning at 4:30. The speaker is Riccardo Fusaroli (Aarhus University).

Riccardo Fusaroli: Testing models of linguistic coordination

In recent years an increasing amount of studies has investigated the idea that two heads are better than one, that is, we perform better and make more sensible decisions by putting our heads together than by working alone. But how do we get to effectively coordinate? Read the rest of this entry »

Look Who’s Talking

Eve Clark led a workshop on the role of interaction in language acquisition at the Herman Paul School of Linguistics at the Unviersity of Basel, Switzerland (Nov. 9), and will be following up with a second workshop on Lexical Acquisition (Nov 30). She also gave a plenary talk at the University of Neuchâttel, Switzerland, at the 12th Congrès de Logopédie, November 16, on: “Conversation et Reformulations dans l’Acquisiiton du Langage”.

At the 102nd annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, held in Las Vegas Nov 22-25:

  • John R. Rickford, Highlights of the Bibliography on AAVE, Creole, and Other Vernacular Englishes in Education (by JRR, Julie Sweetland, Angela Rickford and Tom Grano, pub. by Routledge/NCTE 2012/2013)
  • Julie Sweetland (PhD, Lx, Stanford, 2006), “Experimental Teaching of African American students in Ohio, using Contrastive Analysis and other Methods.”
  • Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica (grad student, Educ, and PhD minor, Lx, Stanford) “Teaching communicative competence to Spanish-speaking English Language Learners.”

Schnoebelen’s Emoticons

Recent alum Tyler Schnoebelen (PhD, 2012) and his emoticon research received a mention (and interview) in the New York Times this week!

Linguistic Levity

Please report any strangely behaving “grad students” to Department authorities.