Conferences & Presentations
Announcements of conference presentations and posters, and invited talks and plenaries.
Veneeta Dayal gave a talk on April 26th at a meeting of the Indefiniteness Across Languages of the Mercosul Group (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay).
Sarah Babinski and Claire Bowern both presented at The 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC): Recognizing Relationships, which was hosted virtually by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa on March 4-7, 2021.
Veneeta Dayal gave an invited talk on “(Alternative) Polar Questions, Bias and Embedding” at a workshop on Biased Questions: Experimental Results and Theoretical Modelling”, held on February 4-5, 2021 at ZAS (Berlin) under the Speech Acts
Linguistic major Jackson Petty ‘22 and Bob Frank presented a talk on models of learning for anaphoric dependencies at the 3rd Workshop on Computational Models of Reference, Anaphora and Coreference (CRAC).
Natalie Weber presented a colloquium “On the misalignment of prosodic edges and syllables” (slides) as part of the ICU Linguistics Colloquium series on prosody hosted by the the linguistics lab at International Christian University (ICU). The v
Claire Bowern presented work at the American Philosophical Society’s 2020 Native American Scholars Initiative conference: Relationships, Reciprocity, and Responsibilities: Indigenous Studies in Archives and Beyond. Co-presenting with Australian colleagues George Hayden, Denise Smith-Ali and Sue Hanson, they discussed the Yale grammar bootcamps and ways of making long-distance collaborations work to augment community-based local language reclamation efforts.
Several phonologists are presenting at the Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) 2020.
Jason Shaw is presenting a paper co-authored with Sejin Oh (Yale-affiliated, at Haskins), Alexei Kochetov & Karthik Durvasula: “Distinguishing complex segments from consonant clusters using gestural coordination”
There are also three posters:
Sarah Babinski: “Intrinsic f0 and sound change: Evidence from Australian languages”,
Mike Stern and Veneeta Dayal presented a poster, along with their colleagues Gita Martohardjono and Ming Chen at the CUNY Graduate Center, titled “Discourse versus syntax: The interpretation of ungrammatical bare nouns in L2 English” at ELM (Experiments in Linguistic Meaning) 2020 on 9/17.
Veneeta Dayal gave an invited talk at SALT 30, Cornell University on “When does a clause become a question? On the fine structure of the interrogative left periphery” on August 20, 2020. She also participated at a Retrospective on SALT 1- SALT 30.
PhD Candidate Sarah Babinski presented a talk titled “Lexical stress: Phonetic variation under phonological stability in Australian languages,” at LabPhon17, the biennial conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, which was held virtually from July 6-8 2020. In this talk, she presented preliminary results from her dissertation research on the comparative phonetics of stress marking across Australian languages.
Natalie Weber presented a paper titled “The case for NonInitiality” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, which was virtual this year. A recording of the talk will be available for a limited time on the conference website. The handouts or slides for most other talks are also publicly available, so check them out!
On Friday May 29, Parker Brody successfully defended his PhD dissertation. The defense, which was held virtually on Zoom, presented Parker’s dissertation entitled “Computational Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Pama-Nyungan Verb Conjugation Classes”, supervised by Claire Bowern. Congratulations, Parker!
Earlier this semester Veneeta Dayal gave a joint virtual presentation with Rajesh Bhatt (UMass, Amherst) entitled “State of the field for South Asian Linguistics.” The talk was given at (F)ASAL 10 ((Formal) Approaches to South Asian Languages; link to program), on March 22, hosted by Ohio State University.
Last Friday Matt Tyler gave a colloquium talk at UMass Amherst entitled “Internal arguments disguised as external arguments: Lessons from an active alignment system”. Information about the talk, including an abstract, can be found on the UMass website: link to website.
Parker Brody has published an article in the most recent issue of Journal of Historical Linguistics. “Morphological exceptionality and pathways of change” explores the notion of analyzing cross-linguistically uncommon morphosyntactic structures in terms of their historical development. What may seem extraordinary in the synchronic snapshot of a language can often be clearly accounted for through diachronic considerations.
During the week of the March 2 Open House, Larry will be in Germany participating as an invited speaker at two workshops related to pragmatics. The first is a workshop (“Arbeitsgruppe”) on diversity in pragmatic inferences that’s part of the DGfS (the annual conference of the German version of the LSA) meeting in Hamburg. The second is a workshop at ZAS in Berlin on degree expressions and polarity.
Claire Bowern and Douglas Duhaime (from Yale’s Digital Humanities Lab) presented their recent work on a rapid prototype grant, using neural network models to identify similar photographs in a large collection of images. They talked about the Voynich manuscript and its background, as well as the digital project and recent work in digital humanities.
During the first week of February 2020, Martín Fuchs taught a course on meaning change and its cognitive and communicative underpinnings at the Buenos Aires Linguistics Summer School. The goal of the course was to introduce graduate students to theories of semantic change that aim at uncovering the forces that produce the regularities that are observed in this domain.
Claire Bowern was an author along with Emily Stark and Patrice Collins on a poster at the Yale Day of Data. The poster is one of a series which charts the increasing number of female faculty in departments over the last hundred years. The Day of Data is held each year to highlight the different ways that researchers at Yale across different departments and divisions engage with data (broadly construed).
On December 10, Claire Bowern led a discussion in the Yale Archaia program’s series on ancient worlds. Members of the linguistics department (Claire, along with Sarah Babinski and Chris Geissler) talked about the concepts of “Deep History” and how this broad view of history is based not simply on text but is centered around other ways of discovering the past.