Prof. Jim Wood will give an invited talk at the ninth European Dialect Syntax Workshop (Edisyn IX) in Glasgow, Scotland. The title of his talk is “Microvariation and the set of possible grammars.” In it, he will discuss the work of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project broadly, along with some specific results and case studies, including verbal ‘rather’, the ‘have yet to’ construction, personal datives and dative presentatives.
Conferences & Presentations
Announcements of conference presentations and posters, and invited talks and plenaries.
Many members of the Yale linguistics department made a mass exodus to the the recent LSA annual meeting in New York City, where they gave 19 oral and poster presentations at the main meeting, workshops, and sister society meetings. These included:
Luke and Matt went to CoLang in Gainesville Florida from June 18-29. Luke took classes on programming native language apps, mapping language variation, translating popular media, and the interaction between linguistics and healthcare. Matt worked extensively with the Mississippi Choctaw lexicon project (including giving some talks on Choctaw syntax) and took classes on conducting fieldwork and using lexicon-building and interlinearization software.
Ph.D. candidate Rikker Dockum delivered an invited talk at his undergraduate alma mater, Dartmouth College. His talk, titled “The Tonal Comparative Method: Leveraging Lexical Tone in Historical Linguistics”, deals with his work extending the traditional Comparative Method to deal with evidence from sound change in tone systems.
Prof. Maria Piñango gave a plenary talk at a conference in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. Her talk focused on ‘mismatches’ as context construal demands and described recent lab work on child language acquisition and semantic change in the Spanish copulas estar and ser.
Martín introduced his dissertation work to an audience in Mexico, where he is currently conducting research on the imperfective domain in Spanish.
Sean’s dissertation, supervised by Professor Raffaella Zanuttini, investigates the accusativus cum infinitivo construction in Latin.
PhD candidate Rikker Dockum presented at the 28th meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS), where he discussed his fieldwork on Khamti, a language spoken in Myanmar and India. Rikker has spent a substantial amount of time in the region documenting various languages, as he conducts his dissertation research on tone systems in Tai-Kadai, a family of languages that includes Khamti and Thai.
Jason Shaw, Chris Geissler, and Samuel Andersson spoke about various topics in phonetics and phonology at the Manchester Phonology Meeting.
The two graduate students spoke about syntax in Choctaw and prosody in Southern East Cree, respectively.
María Piñango, Martín Fuchs, and Sara Sánchez-Alonso discussed their results on variation and change in Spanish with Ashwini Deo of the Ohio State University.
Results on syntax and phonology by Jim Wood, Matt Tyler, and Yiding Hao were showcased at the Penn Linguistics Conference in March.
Raffaella Zanuttini, Jim Wood, and Jason Zentz spoke to the Center for Teaching and Learning on the pernicious effects of linguistic prejudice and ways to combat it.
Sixteen presentations and posters from current and former Yale faculty and students were showcased at the annual meeting of the LSA.
Claire and Rikker showcased their results from the Pama-Nyungan Laboratory at the Association for Linguistic Typology.
At a workshop honoring Liliane Haegeman, Raffaella discussed her research on presentatives.
Sarah traveled to Montreal to speak about stress assignment in Southern East Cree.
Bob Frank visited the University of Leipzig to attend a dissertation defense and speak about sluicing.
Graduate students from Stony Brook University, NYU, and CUNY came to Yale University’s main campus in New Haven, Connecticut.
Rikker talked about how tonal systems change over time, using statistical analysis on a large dataset he compiled to identify a strong phylogenetic signal.
The 2017 Stony Brook–Yale–NYU–CUNY conference will be held at Yale’s Dunham Laboratory.
Jim Wood, Matt Barros, and Matt Tyler presented two talks and a poster.
Scholars from a wide range of institutions and disciplines came to Yale to discuss the cognitive foundations of variation and change in meaning.
Claire spoke about how she applies methods from computational phylogenetics to study the history of the Pama-Nyungan languages.
Jim presented an analysis of extended benefactives, part of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project’s ongoing research on morphosyntactic microvariation.
The lecture is given each year by a Dartmouth alum who is currently engaged in linguistics research or related work.
Raffaella spoke about joint work with Jim Wood on the syntactic structure of presentatives.