Graduate student Morgan Moyer and Prof. Kristen Syrett have published a paper, titled, “The Study of Questions”, in WIREs Cognitive Science! The abstract is below: “Asking questions is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Languages all around the world encode interrogative constructions. It is therefore incumbent upon semanticists to capture the meaning of questions. However, … Read More
A paper by graduate student Deepak Alok has been accepted for publication in “Syntax“! The paper, titled The Morphosyntax of Magahi Addressee Agreement, looks at allocutive agreement in Magahi (Eastern Indo-Iranian). The abstract is below: “This paper analyzes ‘addressee agreement’ (“allocutive agreement”) in Magahi, an Eastern Indo-Aryan language. Magahi finite verbs encode honorificity (e.g., social … Read More
We’re thrilled to announce that our alumnus Daniel Altshuler will be starting a new position as an Associate Professor in Semantics at the University of Oxford, in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, with a Tutorial Fellowship at Jesus College and a Lectureship at Brasenose College next month! Congratulations, Daniel! We wish you all … Read More
Last Wednesday, June 3rd, Vera Gor was our first-ever student to defend her dissertation entirely online! Fusing together psycholinguistic experimentation and syntactic theory, her dissertation is titled, “Experimental investigations of Principle C at the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface“. Her committee included: Profs. Kristen Syrett (co-chair), Ken Safir (co-chair), Mark Baker, and Elsi Kaiser (external, USC). To read … Read More
Prof. Simon Charlow has been awarded The Board of Trustees Research Fellowship For Scholarly Excellence Award, for “exceptional research accomplishments of newly-promoted and tenured faculty members”. Congratulations, Professor Charlow!
The Oxford Handbook of Negation, edited by our own Prof. Viviane Déprez and M.Teresa Espinal, was released earlier this month by Oxford University Press. The description of the book is as follows from their website: “In this volume, international experts in negation provide a comprehensive overview of cross-linguistic and philosphical research in the … Read More
Welcome back to Pets of the Department! We have a special *themed* post for you all, today… It’s Quarantine Edition! Here’s how the department pets have been surviving the quarantine… Uni (Owner: Simon) “This is Uni, and a freshly bloomed magnolia tree.” Ava (Owner: Tatevik) Due to a shortage of food at grocery stores, … Read More
Congratulations To Prof. Mariapaola D’Imperio, whose advisee Riccardo Orrico (Aix Marseille University and University of Salerno) has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation! It was titled, “Individual Variability in Intonational Meaning Identification: The role of cognitive and sociolinguistic variables” and received the highest possible pass grade of Cum Laude.
Your name: Akinbiyi Akinlabi Info about the language(s) you did fieldwork on: Ibilo (1976), Ibibio (1992), Lokaa (2001), Defaka and Nkoroo (2008-2013), Agbirigba (2010), Dan (2015-date), etc. What led to you doing fieldwork? Unique phonological or syntactic features of each of the languages. Did you set out with a specific goal in mind, and if so—did … Read More
Please join me in welcoming some of our students who will be with us this fall! They’ve each graciously agreed to write a short bio about themselves, so we hope you enjoy getting to know them. Akane Ohtaka Hi everyone, my name is Akane Ohtaka. I am from Japan, and I have been studying Syntax … Read More
We’re thrilled to announce that Professor Yimei Xiang has been published in Linguistics and Philosophy! The title of her article is, “A hybrid categorial approach to question composition.“ And as a bonus, we’ve been provided with a free, view-only link to access the article! So go ahead and click here if you’d like to read it.
We’re excited to announce that Professor Mariapaola D’Imperio has been invited as a keynote speaker at the 1st International Conference on Tone and Intonation [TAI], hosted in Sønderborg, Denmark! Her talk will be titled: Perceiving Intonation in a Multifaced Society: The Role of Cognitive and Indexical Factors. The abstract can be found here, and for … Read More
Professor Yimei Xiang has published an article in the Journal of Semantics! Details below: Xiang, Yimei. 2020. Function Alternations of the Mandarin Particle Dou: Distributor, Free Choice Licensor, and ‘Even’. Journal of Semantics. Advance article. Congratulations, Prof. Xiang!
In some slightly belated news, Rutgers was very well represented at the 3rd Afranaph Project Development Workshop (ADPW3). Five of our linguists presented, with four talks (plus an introduction by Prof. Ken Safir) and a poster on Dec. 13th-14th– more detailed information is as follows: Ken Safir. Introduction to Afranaph and State of the … Read More
Your name: Huteng Dai Info about the language(s) you did fieldwork on: The language is Yongning Na (Mosuo), a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Lijiang, Yunnan (southwestern China). There are at least 6 tonal categories in this language, and the tonal morpho-phonology in this language is extremely complex (see Michaud (2017) for detailed documentation and analysis). … Read More
Last Thursday, Rutgers Linguistics had its first-ever open house for prospective students! Students had the opportunity to meet with professors, sit in on classes, and spend some time talking with the current graduate students throughout the day. At lunch, prospectives were able to take a closer look at … Read More
We’re excited to announce that Prof. Mariapaola D’Imperio has been invited to give two talks in April 2020, at Ecole Normale Supérieure in France and the University of Salerno in Italy. Additional info is as follows: D’Imperio, Mariapaola. Invited speaker. Prosody and Gestures in Acquisition, Institud Jean Nicod, CNRS-EHESS. Ecole Normale Supérieure. Paris, France. April 9 … Read More
Rutgers Linguistics was well-represented in Barcelona this year at the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe [ConSoLE]. Second year graduate student Wenyue Hua gave a talk on Free Choice readings on Jan. 29th, and third year Meg Gotowski presented her research with Prof. Troy Messick via a poster … Read More
We’re excited to announce that Chris Oaken, one of our current graduate students, has had an article accepted to Phonology! The article, titled, “Notational Equivalence in Tonal Geometry“, will be appearing in the journal later this year.
Congratulations to Alumnus Nick Danis, whose article titled “Long-Distance major place harmony“, has just been published in Phonology (volume 36, issue 4)!!!
We’re very proud to announce that a number of linguists from our department will be representing Rutgers Linguistics at the 38th West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics 2020! Their names and presentations are listed below: Livia Camargo Souza. Locality Domains for Number-Based Suppletion: Evidence from Yawanawa. Talk. … Read More
One of our graduate students, Deepak Alok, has been named as the recipient of a dissertation grant! The grant, which is highly competitive, was funded by the Taraknath Das Foundation. Congrats Deepak!!
Your name: Eileen Blum Info about the language(s) you did fieldwork on: Munster Irish (Gaelic) is a language of the Celtic family spoken in the south of Ireland. Native speakers mostly live in government protected and subsidized communities, called Gaeltacht. Irish is one official language of the Republic of Ireland, which has a standard version … Read More
Rutgers will be well-represented at the 2020 meeting for the Society for Computation in Linguistics (co-located with LSA)! All three poster presentations will be given on Thursday, Jan. 2nd from 3-4pm during the “Formal Language Theory in Linguistics Works in Progress” session (and the conference continues through Sunday the 5th) at the Hilton New Orleans … Read More
Your name: Adam McCollum Info about the language(s) you did fieldwork on: Most of my fieldwork has been on Kazakh, with less on Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Uyghur. I’ve also done fieldwork on Yazgulyami, an endangered Iranian language of Tajikistan. What led to you doing fieldwork? I used to live in Central Asia, in Kazakhstan specifically. … Read More
On Nov. 16th, Rutgers hosted the 2019 meeting of the Northeast Computational Phonology Circle [NECPhon]! Many of our own linguists presented their work– their talks are listed below: Wenyue Hua, Huteng Dai, & Adam Jardine. “Subregular Learning of a Phonology and a Set of Underlying Forms“. Talk Chris Oakden, Adam Jardine, & Jane Chandlee. “Modelling Phonological … Read More
Earlier this month, Prof. Akinbiyi Akinlabi was invited to speak at Leiden University in The Netherlands! His talk, titled “The Phonology and Syntax of Tone Spreading in Dan“, was given on Nov. 5th and based on a paper that he co-authored with Gildas Gondo, Tadjou-N’Dine Mamadou, and Hazel Mitchley.
Kristen Syrett (who we also just found out will be receiving the LSA’s Linguistic Service Award in January) was recently interviewed for an episode of a speech and language podcast called In Plain Language,and her episode just aired this past week! The episode is titled “How Is the Internet Changing Language for Kids?“, and … Read More
Our very own Mariapaola D’Imperio has been invited to speak at the first meeting of Sensus (a workshop on the formal semantics and pragmatics of Romance languages)! The workshop will take place on April 18th-19th at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sensus is also accepting submissions for papers– you can get more info here. … Read More
This past weekend, Meg Gotowski and Kristen Syrett gave a talk at the 44th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD)! Their talk was titled, “Investigating the Hypothesis Space of Children’s Interpretation of Comparatives“. You can find their abstract here, under “abstract(s) for presentation(s) above” toward the end of the Friday section. … Read More
4th year graduate student Chris Oaken recently recently represented Rutgers Linguistics at the 50th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society [NELS]! He and Jane Chandlee presented a poster together on October 25th, entitled, “A Computational Analysis of Tone Sandhi Ordering Paradoxes“.
On November 14th and 15th, the Rutgers Department of Anthropology will be holding the Rutgers Indigenous Languages Colloquium as part of their speaker series in honor of the UN’s year of indigenous languages. One of our senior graduate students, Livia Souza, has been invited to speak about her work, and our own Mark Baker will also … Read More
In the spirit of the season, we thought it would be fun to do a little digging into the history of our department (and a big thank-you to the University Facilities Historian Susan Ryan for all the info)! The building at 18 Seminary Place was originally the home of Rev. Theodore Sandford Doolittle, … Read More
One of our third years, Meg Gotowski, just published her article “La Règle du Jeu: Verlan as an Example of Anti-Faithfulness” as part of a special issue of Linguistica Atlantica! This issue features selected papers from the Annual Conference of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association, at which Meg presented her talk in French. Earlier … Read More
We’re excited to announce that our own Livia Camargo Souza has been invited to give a talk at NYU’s Fieldwork Reading Group! She will be speaking about her experience performing remote fieldwork in Brazil. The talk will be on Friday, November 8th at 3:30pm in Room 104 of 10 Washington Place (the NYU Linguistics department).
While we’ve introduced many of the newer members of our department over the last month, there’s a very-important group that has been consistently left out and forgotten… So in this issue of SNARL, we’d like you to meet those who make up a less-recognized but equally important part of our lives: The Pets of the … Read More
We’d like to congratulate our alumna, Diti Bhadra, for recently receiving a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. This semester, Prof. Bhadra is teaching Syntax I and Field Methods I, in addition to co-directing a new Fieldwork lab with Claire Halpert.
We’re proud to announce that one of our first year PhD students, Natasha Chemey, will be giving a talk at the 13th Annual Arizona Linguistics Circle at the University of Arizona on Oct. 25th-27th! The title of her presentation is: “Have You Got “Gotten”: the Syntax and Semantics of “Have Got””
We’re very proud to announce that three of our linguists successfully defended their dissertations this past year! Dr. Ümit Atlamaz On March 18th, Ümit Atlamaz sccessfully defended his dissertation, “Agreement, Case, and Nominal Licensing”. His committee members included: Mark Baker (chair), Ken Safir, Jose Camacho, and Jonathan Bobaljik. Dr. … Read More
We’re excited to officially welcome three new faculty members to the department this year! To get to know them a little better, we’ve collected some information about each of them and added it below. Please continue reading for a closer look at the new members of our department! To our new faculty: Welcome! … Read More