Weekly Digest, 4/28/23

That’s a ✨wrap✨! With classes over, this will be the last issue of SCling Wrap for AY 22-23. Good luck with your final projects and have a wonderful summer!

Don’t forget to submit your news from the summer for the fall issues of SCling Wrap, because we will need your help keeping up with what’s ✨fresh✨ at USC Linguistics.

Congratulations, graduates!

Congratulations to the following students, who are graduating from USC with a PhD in Linguistics this year:

  • Madhumanti Datta
  • Jun Lyu
  • Ian Rigby
  • Jina Song

Morkovin Endowed Fellowship for Lu

PhD student Yijing Lu has received a Morkovin Endowed Fellowship from the USC Graduate School! The fellowship includes payment of tuition, health and dental insurance, all university mandatory fees, and a stipend for the 2023-2024 academic year. Yijing has also received a USC Graduate School Summer Research and Writing Grant. Congratulations, Yijing!

Look Who’s Talking 🗣

  • Elango Kumaran will give a talk on “Murrinhpatha number conflation: The limits of feature markedness and *ABA” at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS), held at the University of Chicago on Apr 28-30.

Department Events

  • Tuesday, May 2 at 11am @ S-Side Story: Saurov Sayed (Auckland University; USC PhD 2017) “Differential Object Marking in Kodava takk: empirical generalizations and theoretical consequences.”
  • PhonLunch: no meeting next week
  • Psycholing Lab: no meeting next week
  • MeaningLab: no meeting next week

Weekly Digest, 4/21/23

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Welcome to our incoming cohort of PhD students

We are looking forward to welcoming a fantastic new group of PhD students to the department this fall. To the incoming Trojan linguists, a warm welcome to USC and to LA!

  • Jack Goldberg (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Zhixian Huang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Peter O’Neill (University of Minnesota)
  • Rebecca Ren (University College London)
  • Anna Runova (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Yingyu Su (Leiden University)
  • Natsumi Taniguchi (International Christian University)

Colloquium 4/24: Vera Gribanova (Stanford)

Please join us for a colloquium talk by Vera Gribanova (Stanford) on Monday, April 24. See below for title and abstract.

Title: On the sources of case (dis-)connectivity in two types of Russian TP ellipsis

Abstract: Discussions of the identity relation in constituent ellipsis licensing often take for granted, either explicitly or implicitly, the idea that the identity relation in ellipsis ought to be uniform, and applicable across different ellipsis configurations and languages. Recent investigations of this relation — Rudin 2019, Kroll 2019, Anand, Hardt, and McCloskey 2022, Stigliano 2022 — have provided novel evidence and arguments in support of the view that the domain of application of the identity relation is not always coextensive with the domain of the ellipsis itself. For example, although the prevailing view of English sluicing as TP ellipsis historically took the domain of the identity relation to likewise be the TP (Merchant 2001), one of the main findings of the UCSC sluicing dataset is that material above the level of vP — e.g. tense/finiteness, modality, and polarity — can undergo felicitous mismatches. Generalizing beyond English sluicing, this raises the question of whether the domain of ellipsis identity must be a proper subset of the domain of ellipsis itself, or if the specific size of the domain relevant for the identity relation may be variable across languages and ellipsis configurations.

In this talk, I present an investigation of some asymmetries in how case connectivity is enforced in two types of Russian clausal (TP) ellipsis — contrastive polarity ellipsis and fragment answers — and develop an analysis explaining why these asymmetries take the shape that they do. The case study leverages the availability of a well-known case alternation between structural (nominative/accusative) case and genitive case under negation. The first asymmetry is that case connectivity on remnants of these two ellipsis types is enforced fully only in fragment answers, but not in contrastive polarity ellipsis, in which a contrastive DP is fronted to the left periphery, preceding a polar particle (‘yes’ or ‘no’). The second asymmetry is that in contrastive polarity ellipsis, genitive patients under negation in the antecedent can correspond to an accusative patient remnant outside the ellipsis site, but not the reverse. To capture these asymmetries, I develop an analysis of the system of licensing relations that connects the syntax of polarity expression, negative concord, and genitive of negation, and combine this with a formulation of the identity relation in ellipsis in which head-to-head identity between the elided material and the antecedent must be invoked (Saab 2008, 2010, 2022, Tanaka 2011, Rudin 2019, Stigliano 2022).

For the asymmetries between these two types of Russian TP ellipsis to emerge within an internally consistent system of analytical commitments, it is critical that the domain of evaluation for identity be larger than in English sluicing, and likely coextensive with the elided TP. This finding supports a view in which the domain of evaluation for the identity relation in ellipsis may vary across languages and ellipsis types. In the latter part of the talk, I point to a view of ellipsis licensing that can straightforwardly capture such variation, and which arises directly from unifying existing analyses (Aelbrecht 2010, Stigliano 2022) in which certain sub-parts of the ellipsis function — non-pronunciation, syntactic licensing, and the identity relation — can be either grouped together, or broken up across several distinct heads in the clausal spine.

Inked ✍️

Luis Miguel Toquero Pérez. Accepted. “There is only one más: Spanish que/de comparative alternation.” Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. Link to preprint.

Department Events

Weekly Digest, 4/14/23

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Colloquium 4/17: Judith Degen (Stanford)

Please join us for a colloquium talk by Judith Degen (Stanford) on Monday, April 17. See below for title and abstract.

Title: Rational models of cross-linguistic referring expression production

Abstract: Reference is one of the most basic and prevalent functions of language use. A long-standing puzzle for theories of language production is that speakers routinely include redundant modifiers — i.e., modifiers that aren’t strictly speaking necessary for the purpose of uniquely establishing reference — in referring expressions. This redundancy has been argued to violate the tenets of rational language use, thus posing a challenge for standard pragmatic and psycholinguistic theories that treat language production as an efficient tradeoff between maximizing utterance informativeness and minimizing utterance cost.

I show that maintaining the standard theory (as formalized within the Rational Speech Act framework), but relaxing the semantics of words from Boolean to continuous values, yields a number of well-documented patterns in English whereby redundancy is modulated by linguistic (e.g., adjective type) and extra-linguistic (e.g., visual scene complexity) contextual factors. However, this model does not capture a key result: that redundancy appears to be less likely in languages with post-nominal modifiers, like Spanish. I describe the cross-linguistic predictions of an incrementalized version of the model and present data from production studies on a small but diverse set of languages that calls into question the relative importance of language-specific incremental pressures over the inherent contextual utility of mentioning certain properties. This work highlights the need for more explicit formalizations of notions of efficiency in language production; and for further cross-linguistic investigations of reference.

Ling students at the Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

This past Wednesday, Claire Benét Post, Sabrina Soto, and Meona Khetrapal presented their work at the USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. They received many useful comments and suggestions, including from Linguistics graduate students who stopped by. Many congratulations to Claire, whose Honors Thesis presentation “What’s in a name? An experimental investigation of last names and gender” won First place in the Social Sciences II category!

Grad students go hiking

The linguistics grad students went on a hike at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve this past Sunday. It was a well-deserved treat for all of the rain we’ve gotten this season.

Upcoming Events

Mind & Language Series

This semester’s event in the Mind & Language Series will take place on Friday, April 21, 10am-12pm in the seminar room of Mudd Hall of Philosophy. The speaker is Ian Phillips (Johns Hopkins, academic website). The series is co-organized by Alexis Wellwood, Jeremy Goodman, and Deniz Rudin, and sponsored in part by the USC Cognitive Science Program.

Title: What do the inattentionally blind see?
Abstract: Inattentional blindness (IB) – the failure to notice perfectly visible stimuli when attention is otherwise engaged – has fascinated scientists and philosophers for nearly half a century. A key reason is that IB is thought to illuminate the relationship between attention and awareness, seemingly revealing that visual consciousness requires attention. In drawing such conclusions, a crucial assumption is that subjects who report not noticing an unexpected stimulus are truly unaware of it. But is this assumption secure? Here, in several experiments involving a total of over 10,000 participants, I’ll present evidence that subjects who report not noticing an unexpected stimulus can still answer questions about it at above-chance levels. Moreover, through the inclusion of ‘absent’ trials in which no stimulus appeared, I’ll further show that subjects in these experiments are biased to report not noticing, suggesting greater awareness than is revealed by yes/no questioning. Thus, and perhaps ironically, inattentional blindness in fact provides evidence that awareness of certain features survives inattention. Indeed, these results are consistent with a rarely discussed account of IB: Inattention does not abolish awareness, but rather degrades it.

Department Events

  • Monday, April 17 at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Yubin Zhang on “Embosi question intonation”
  • Tuesday, April 18 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: Katie Kennedy on “If X made Y drop _, who did the dropping? A psycholinguistic study on the influence of external causatives on the processing of alternating unaccusatives”
  • Wednesday, April 19 at 5pm @ MeaningLab: Jeremy Goodman (Philosophy), title TBD
  • S-Side Story: no meeting next week

Weekly Digest, 4/7/23

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Fellowship for Hao

Second-year PhD student Hailin Hao has received a short-term fellowship from the research cluster SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects” at the University of Potsdam to visit Prof. Shravan Vasishth’s lab. Congratulations, Hailin, and enjoy your visit!

Tenure for Menon (USC PhD 2016)

Congratulations to Prof. Mythili Menon (USC PhD 2016; http://www.mythilimenon.com/), who has been awarded tenure at Wichita State University! Mythili’s USC PhD thesis was on “Building Adjectival Meaning without Adjectives” (more details on her website). She recently received an NSF grant on “Enabling Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Studying Social Engineering Attacks Targeting Vulnerable Refugee Populations” (more info here).

Look Who’s Talking 🗣

  • Helen Lu (Psychology) and Toby Mintz gave a presentation titled “Twelve-month-olds Generalize Nonadjacent Dependencies From Artificial Speech Presented at a Natural Speech Rate” at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 23-25.
  • Zuzanna Fuchs gave a guest lecture at UC Berkeley on April 3 in the course “The American Languages”. The guest lecture was titled “Heritage Languages in the USA.”
  • Zuzanna Fuchs also gave an invited talk at Rutgers University on April 5 as part of their Experimental Methods seminar. The talk was titled “Eyetracking evidence for independent processing of gender and animacy agreement features in Polish”.

Upcoming Events

Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

The USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work will take place this coming Wednesday, April 12, 11am-2pm in the Tutor Campus Center. It’s a great chance to see all kinds of research and creative work being done by undergraduate students at USC. There will be at least two posters by linguistics undergraduates:

  • Meona Khetrapal and Sabrina Soto: “How we talk about people: Gender inferences based on names”
  • Claire Benet Post: “What’s in a name? An experimental investigation of last names and gender”

April Colloquia

We have two colloquia coming up this month, make sure you save the dates! Details to come.

  • Monday, April 17 at 3:30pm: Judith Degen (Stanford)
  • Monday, April 24 at 3:30pm: Vera Gribanova (Stanford)

Department events

  • Monday, April 10 at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Yijing Lu, title TBD
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: Mete Oğuz on “Processing Turkish case markers: Implications for Case Containment Hypothesis”
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 5pm @ MeaningLab: Kyle Blumberg (Philosophy) on “Settling Fiction”
  • Friday, April 14 at 1:30pm @ S-Side Story: Steven Foley on “Case, agreement, and subjecthood in Georgian”

Weekly Digest, 3/31/23

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Gold Family Fellowship for Lu

Congratulations to Yijing Lu! Yijing was awarded the Gold Family Fellowship to fund her summer research, which will be part of her dissertation work on “Discrete actions and oscillatory processes in speech dynamics: Stuttering as a window”.

Look Who’s Talking 🗣

  • Haley Hsu presented her work on “As a Matter of Fact: An exploration of what can follow the ‘the fact that'” at the USC Graduate Research Symposium held on March 24.

USC Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Next week is Graduate Student Appreciation Week here at USC! Check out the schedule below for all the events the university will be hosting to celebrate grad students.

Upcoming Department Events

  • Monday, April 3 at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Darby Grachek on “Prefix/Suffix Asymmetry as a Phonological Learning Bias”
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: Haley Hsu on “As a Matter of Fact: An exploration of objectivity-seeking and what can follow ‘the fact that’”
  • Wednesday, April 5 at 5pm @ MeaningLab: Jeremy Goodman (Philosophy), title TBD
  • S-Side Story: no meeting next week

Weekly Digest, 3/24/23

Welcome back from spring break! There has been a lot going on recently — check out below for awards, defenses, visitors, and conference talks, as well as lots of pictures.

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Datta defends

Newly-minted Dr. Madhumanti Datta and her committee: Andrew Simpson, Travis Major, and Audrey Li.

Madhumanti Datta successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Subject and adjunct islands through the lens of selective opacity in subjects and adjuncts”, on March 7. Congratulations, Dr. Datta!

Narayanan receives ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement

The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) has announced that the 2023 ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement – their most prestigious award – will be awarded to Shrikanth Narayanan for his sustained and diverse contributions to speech communication science and technology and its application to human-centered engineering systems. You can read more about the ISCA and the award here.

Fellowship for Garchek

Congratulations to second-year PhD student Darby Garchek, who was awarded the USC East Asian Studies Center (EASC) Graduate Fellowship for Summer 2023!

Welcome to Visiting Scholar Prof. Aria Adli

Prof. Aria Adli is joining the department as a Visiting Scholar for the duration of his sabbatical, until September of this year. He is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Romance languages at the University of Cologne in Germany. You can find out more about his work at www.ariaadli.com. During his time at the USC, he will work on a language contact situation that can be particularly well studied in the L.A. region, namely contact between Spanish and Persian.

Aria specializes on grammatical variation. He tries to explain why certain grammatical forms (such as pronouns or word order) are used more frequently than others, by speakers or by situation, and which principles govern discourse coherence such as topic continuity. He does so by taking into account language-internal as well as language-external factors. With regard to language-internal factors, he works on the syntax of a sentence in its speech context and on information structure. With regard to language-external factors, his research focuses on register (intraindividual variation) and social stratification (interindividual variation). His approach builds on language comparison (with emphasis on Persian, French, Spanish, Catalan). His empirical methods include field work, corpus analysis, acceptability judgments, statistics, and computer simulations.

Look Who’s Talking 🗣

  • There was a large contingent of Trojan psycholinguists giving poster presentations at this year’s Human Sentence Processing conference, held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 9-11:
    • Steven Foley, Kirby Conrod, Byron Ahn, Ameena Faruki, Xander Guidry, and Ruth Schultz on “Depending on their social group, the comprehender might process cataphora differently”
    • Zuzanna Fuchs on “Independent processing of animacy and gender features in Polish: eyetracking evidence”
    • Hailin Hao on “Psycholinguistic evaluations of GPT-2 and GPT-3 sensitivity to syntactic hierarchy in English”
    • Hailin Hao, Elsi Kaiser, and Michael Hahn on “Noisy channel inferences in agreement attraction”
    • Muxuan He and Elsi Kaiser on “Not too surprising, not too boring? Goldilocks effects of likelihood in online processing”
    • Elsi Kaiser and Haley Hsu on “Contextual and extra-linguistic effects on subjective adjectives: A matter of opinion?”
    • Elsi Kaiser and Haley Hsu on “A new look at egocentricity in reference resolution: Ambiguity in subjective adjectives”
    • Elsi Kaiser and Claire Post on “Production of singular they: Social biases and gender features on pronouns”
    • Linh Pham, Thuy Bui, Alexander Goebel, and Elsi Kaiser on “Anaphora resolution in Vietnamese: On the effects of person feature constraints on the interpretation of reflexive ‘mình’”
    • Jina Song and Elsi Kaiser on “Interpretation of multiple pronouns in English: A webcam eye-gaze study”
  • USC Linguistics was also well represented at 8th Workshop on Turkic and Languages in Contact with Turkic (Tu+8) held at Harvard University on March 4 & 5:
    • Travis Major gave a plenary talk on “‘Say’ complementation in three Turkic languages”.
    • Mete Oğuz and Elsi Kaiser had a joint poster on “Interpretation of Turkish reflexive anaphors: subjecthood vs semantic role”.
  • Yaqing Hu and Andrew Simpson gave a joint talk on “Syntactic and interpretive constraints on the combination of numerals and nouns in Lalo Yi” at the workshop on Divide and Count: On the (morpho-)syntax and semantics of division, plurality and countability held at Cologne University on March 8.
  • Andrew Simpson was an invited speaker at the 3rd meeting of the International Scholars of Vietnamese Linguistics held at Konan University on March 17. His talk was titled “Asymmetries in the interpretation of null arguments in Vietnamese.”

Snapshots of USC Linguists at conferences

Department Events

  • PhonLunch: no meeting next week
  • Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: Ian Rigby on “Incremental Processing of Sound Symbolic Information”
  • S-Side Story: no meeting next week
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 5pm @ MeaningLab: Steve Finlay (Philosophy) on “Motivating Reasons as Explanations of De Dicto Subjective Goodness”

Weekly Digest, 3/3/23

SCling Wrap will be on pause until after we return from Spring Break. Hope you all get some well-earned rest!

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Song defends dissertation

Jina Song successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Dynamics of multiple pronoun resolution”, on Feb. 27, 2023. Congratulations, Dr. Song!

Jina and her committee.

Lu receives Doctoral Dissertation NSF

Congratulations are in order for Helen Lu (Psychology)! Helen’s work on “The Effects of Language Experience on Statistical Learning in Infants and Adults” with PI Toby Mintz received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the Linguistics Program at NSF.

Inked ✍️

Jun Lyu and Elsi Kaiser. 2023. “Multiple constraints modulate the processing of Chinese reflexives in discourse.” Glossa Psycholinguistics. Link to paper.

Upcoming Events

Save the date

We will have a few weeks off from departmental colloquiua, but mark your calendar for a colloquium by Judith Degen (Stanford) on April 17. Details in a few weeks.

Department Events

  • Monday, March 6 at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Khalil Iskarous on “Cepstral Phonetics”
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: practice poster session for Human Sentence Processing (HSP)
  • S-Side Story: no meeting next week
  • MeaningLab: no meeting next week

Weekly Digest, 2/24/23

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Welcome, Abigail Lucy!

On February 9, Mary Byram Washburn welcomed Abigail Lucy! Congratulations to Mary and her family, and welcome, Abigail, we can’t wait to meet you!

Upcoming Events

Departmental colloquia

There are two colloquia next week. Details coming soon via email:

  • Monday, Feb. 27 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3:30pm

Department Events

  • Monday, Feb. 27, at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Jessica Campbell on “Temporal (Dis)Coordination in Typical Speakers and Patients with ALS”
  • Psycholing Lab: no meeting next week
  • Two meetings of S-Side Story next week:
    • Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 12:30pm: paper discussion (details via email)
    • Friday, Mar. 3, at 1:30pm: paper discussion (details via email)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 1, at 5pm @ MeaningLab: Steven Foley on “Allosemy and event anaphora in Georgian placeholder verbs”

Weekly Digest, 2/17/23

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Lyu defends

Jun Lyu successfully defended his PhD dissertation, titled “Syntactic and non-syntactic factors in reflexive pronoun resolution in Mandarin Chinese” on Tuesday, February 14. Next academic year, he will be starting a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at Peking University. Congratulations, Dr. Lyu!

Jun Lyu and his committee (clockwise from top left): Audrey Li, Elsi Kaiser, Toby Mintz, Andrew Simpson

Inked ✍️

Roumyana Pancheva and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta. To appear. “No tense: Temporality in the grammar of Paraguayan Guarani”. Linguistics and Philosophy. Link to paper.

Zuzanna Fuchs as expert guest on AirTalk

Zuzanna Fuchs made an appearance as an expert guest on a segment of LAist’s radio show AirTalk. The segment was titled “What’s Behind Some Children Rejecting Their Ethnic Identities & Native Languages At An Early Age And Choosing To Relearn It As Adults?” You can listen to the segment at the bottom of the page here.

Upcoming Events

Guest talk by Gary Thoms

Gary Thoms (NYU) will be visiting this Tuesday, Feb. 21. He will give a talk titled “Preserving the locality of selection with layering derivations” at 3:30pm in CPA 206 (please note the different location!).

Abstract: In this talk I review a number of problems for the well-regarded idea that selection is strictly local, in particular concerning the selectional inertness of determiners (and their ilk), and the phenomenon of “inserted” prepositions. Solutions vary from radical reassessments of nominal and PP constituency (Kayne 2004, Sportiche 2005) to rejection of the empirical results of 30 years on nominal functional structure (Bruening 2009, Bruening et al 2018), and I argue that none solve the central problems in a way that’s sufficiently satisfying. Building on insights in the Kayne/Sportiche tradition, I develop an alternative in terms of external remerge/sideward movement, where the constituency of DPs and (some) PPs is derived by means of derivations where functional structure is added to nominals “on the side” as they move to a higher licensing position. Finally I consider the question of why selection is the way it is, bringing my proposal together with ideas in recent work by Diercks and Bossi (2021). 

Departmental colloquia

There are three more colloquia this semester. Keep an eye on your email for details, but for now mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:30pm
  • Monday, Feb. 27 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3:30pm

Department Events

  • PhonLunch: no meeting next week
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9:30am @ Psycholing Lab: Steven Foley on “When comprehenders do and don’t posit agents: Maze evidence from Georgian
  • Friday, Feb. 24 at 1:30pm @ S-Side Story: paper discussion, check email for details
  • MeaningLab: no meeting next week

Weekly Digest, 2/10/23

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Meet Guillermo’s puppies!

On Feb. 3, 2023, Guillermo Ruiz‘s dog Diamond had puppies! Guillermo doesn’t have names for them yet, but he plans to keep all three. See below for the full story.

This is definitely a survivor story. My babygirl Diamond was in labor for 24 hours. Her water broke before the c-section appointment. So, my partner and I had to deliver. The first puppy was a stillbirth 🙁 and the second she did not have strength to push, so the puppy was stuck. I had to rush her to the emergency vet, where they hospitalized her and helped with delivering the other puppies.

Unfortunately, she lost three, but we were blessed with three healthy boy pups. She’s a boy mom! I told her, “You want to be the only girl in the house, huh?!” Haha.

She struggled with accepting the pups at first. We bottle fed the first day and have helped her to accept and feed them. Now she doesn’t let us touch the babies… So protective! She is a good mommy, a natural. Her first and last litter.


Upcoming Events


Please remember that there are several more departmental colloquia taking place over the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for more information via email regarding colloquia on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 at 3:30pm
  • Monday, Feb. 27 at 3:30pm
  • Thursday, Mar. 2 at 3:30pm

Department Events

  • Monday, 2/13 at 1pm @ PhonLunch: Anne Hermes (LPP, CNRS/Sorbonne Nouvelle) on “Aging and Speech”
  • Psycholing Lab: no meeting next week
  • Friday, 2/17 at 1:30pm @ S-Side Story: paper discussion, see email for details
  • MeaningLab: no meeting next week