Graduate student Michael Obiri-Yeboah successfully defended his dissertation “Phonetics and Phonology of Gua” on July 15. His dissertation is a description of Gua, his native language, based on fieldwork in Boso, Ghana. Michael will start a 3-year Assistant Teaching Professor position at Georgetown University in August. Congratulations, Michael!
Graduate student Seoyeon Jang and faculty member Ivano Caponigro will give a talk on “A semantic analysis for Korean echo-questions” at the 29th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK29), which will be held virtually on October 9-11, 2021.
Wampler, J. (2021). Do thus: an investigation into anaphoric event reference. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 6(1), 78. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1297
Work on anaphoric event reference has focused on do so, do it, do this, and do that. This paper reports on an analysis of a heretofore unstudied form of event reference, do thus. Using a corpus of naturally occurring examples, I present evidence that do thus occupies the final slot in a hitherto incomplete paradigm for English event anaphora. Syntactically and semantically, do thus is similar to do so; but at the discourse level it patterns more like do this and do that. The data point to thus as an adverbial demonstrative on par with nominal this and that, which, when paired with do, can be used for complex event reference.
Graduate students in the Language Comprehension Lab and the lab director faculty member Eva Wittenberg will present one full talk and two short talks at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) 2021, which will be held in person and virtually in Paris on September 2-4, 2021:
- Full talk: Joshua Wampler & Eva Wittenberg: Discourse structure affects reference resolution to events
- Short talk: Ebru Evcen & Eva Wittenberg: The consideration of alternatives during incremental comprehension of counterfactuals
- Short talk: Carson Miller Rigoli, Mickaël Pruvost, Annie Colin & Eva Wittenberg: PASCAL: Pressure Analysis for Studying Cognition, Autonomic Function, and Language
Earlier this year, faculty member Gabriela Caballero was an invited speaker at the Princeton Phonology Forum (PɸF 2021) held virtually March 20-21, 2021. The theme of this year’s forum was “tone and phonological theory”.
She is also an invited speaker at the 5th American International Morphology Meeting (with the theme Morphological Theory and Typology), to be held virtually August 26-29, 2021 and at Multiple Exponence @ ZAS, a workshop devoted to discussion of empirical and theoretical questions raised by Multiple Exponence, to be held virtually December 1-3, 2021 at ZAS Berlin.
Faculty member Gabriela Caballero gave a virtual colloquium talk in the UC Berkeley Linguistics Department on April 26, 2021. Her talk was titled “Lexical-grammatical tone interactions in San Juan Piñas Mixtec: phonological representation and orthographic implications”. She will also be giving a talk as part of the IGRA lecture series at the University of Leipzig on July 21, 2021.
Faculty member Emily Clem has a new paper in Linguistic Inquiry titled “Cyclic expansion in Agree: Maximal projections as probes“. This paper draws on her fieldwork on Amahuaca, a Panoan language spoken in Peru.
Four department members are presenting papers at the World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 10) held virtually at Leiden University this week:
Himidan Hassen, Peter Jenks, Nina Hagen Kaldhol & Sharon Rose “Content questions in Tira”
Michael Obiri-Yeboah “Interactions between ATR vowel harmony and nasality”
Anthony-Struthers Young “Same subject reference in Northern Toussian”
Congratulations to Michael Obiri-Yeboah, who has accepted a three-year Assistant Teaching Professor position in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University! Michael is finishing up his dissertation and plans to defend in July.
Faculty member Michelle Yuan is an invited speaker at the 23rd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG23), which will be held online on August 11-13, 2021. The theme of this year’s SICOGG is “A Comparative Approach to the Syntax-Semantics Interface.”