Faculty member Emily Clem has a new paper “The expression of time in Amahuaca switch-reference clauses” that just appeared in the open access journal Languages as part of a special issue called “Current Studies on Morpho-Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics: A View from the South American Lowlands and Beyond”. This paper offers a comparison of how degrees of temporal remoteness are expressed in main vs. dependent clauses in Amahuaca (Panoan; Peru), showing that in adjunct clauses markers of temporal remoteness can result in similar kinds of ambiguities that are found with tense markers in other languages.
Graduate student JJ Lim and faculty member Michelle Yuan presented at WCCFL 41, the 41st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, held at UC Santa Cruz from May 5-7, 2023. JJ presented a talk titled ‘Nominalisations without DP: Dissociating genitive case assignment from possessor agreement’. Michelle co-presented a talk titled ‘Phase unlocking and the derivation of verb-initiality in San Martín Peras Mixtec’ with Andrew Hedding (University of Washington).
Faculty member Ivano Caponigro has been awarded an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Stipend Award. NEH received more than 800 proposals and 14% were selected for an award.
Ivano will spend Summer 2024 working on two core chapters of his intellectual and personal biography of Richard Montague (1930-1971), the philosopher and logician who fathered formal semantics and changed the way we think about the semantics of natural languages.
The book is under contract with Oxford University Press and has been previously supported by a grant from the American Philosophical Society, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and an in-residency fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.