Reading Groups

Reading Groups

Phonology Reading Group

Contact: Jason Shaw and Natalie Weber

Meetings: Alternating Fridays, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Description: We workshop in-progress research projects of group members, give practice talks, hold “journal club” (brief surveys of recently published p-side papers), and occasionally read an article together in depth.

Syntax Reading Group

Contact: Jim Wood

Meetings: Fridays, 10:30-11:45am EST

Description: We discuss work in progress from reading group members, or we discuss recent articles from the syntactic literature.

Semantics Reading Group

Contact: Yoshiki Fujiwara 

Meetings: Alternating Fridays, 3:00-4:30 pm EST

Description: We read papers on various aspects of semantics research that are of interest to the group members. We also encourage people (within Yale and outside) to present their work at the meetings. Our aim is to engage ourselves in the recent literature in semantics and support researchers working within the field. 

Historical/Language Contact Group

Contact: Claire Bowern

Meetings: Alternating Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm EST

Description: We read papers and work on projects of interest to group members. Our aim is to explore the literature on language contact and change regardless of geographical or subfield focus; our interests are broad and have covered everything from second dialect acquisition to Proto-Basque/Indo-European relationships.

Fieldwork/Documentation Group

Contact: Natalie Weber

Meetings: Alternating Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm EST

Description: Our aim is to support fieldwork and documentation at Yale, regardless of whether this happens in the lab or in the field. We workshop each other’s current projects and elicitation plans. We also read relevant papers and discuss fieldwork-related topics, such as technology, ethics, organization, how to make contact with speaker communities, etc. Our members range from researchers who are just beginning to reach out to communities to those with established, long-term relations in the field. 

Intonation Reading Group

Contact: Ka Fai Yip and Dani Katenkamp

Meetings: Alternating Fridays, 3:00-4:30pm

Description: We are interested in the representation of intonation in prosody and how it relates to semantics/pragmatics (such as speech acts) and syntax. The Intonational Reading Group brings together people working on phonetics/phonology and syntax/semantics/pragmatics.