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Gérard Avelino presented at APLL 14 and CreteLing 2022

Earlier this summer, graduate student Gérard Avelino (3rd year) gave a presentation at the 14th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL 14) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His talk was titled “T’boli Benefactive and Instrumental Applicatives.” A short abstract of his work is below: This paper examines applicatives in Tboli, a … Read More

Akinbiyi Akinlabi inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters

We are happy to report that Professor Akinbiyi Akinlabi was inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Letters in Lagos, Nigeria, on August 11, 2022. The Nigerian Academy of Letters is the country’s highest body for the advancement of research in the arts and humanities. Prof. Akinlabi, along with 33 other esteemed academics, was formally welcomed … Read More

Rutgers linguists at ALS 6

Professor Akinbiyi Akinlabi taught at the African Linguistics School 6, held at Porto-Novo, Benin Republic, from July 16-July 30, 2022. He co-founded this graduate summer school in 2009. This year’s school was funded by the NSF and Yale University. In addition, Tajudeen Mamadou Yacoubou, 6th year graduate student, served as a Teaching Assistant at ALS 6. In … Read More

Nate Koser joins Quantiphi

We are pleased to announce that recent alum Nate Koser has joined Quantiphi, an AI software and services company, as a Conversation Designer.   Congratulations, Nate!

Meg Gotowski successfully defends her dissertation

We’re thrilled to announce Meg Gotowski successfully defended her dissertation on July 21st! This Fall, Meg will be joining MIT as post-doctoral researcher in the Linguistics & Philosophy Department. Title: Syntactic Bootstrapping in the Adjectival Domain:  Learning Subjective Adjectives  Chair: Kristen Syrett (Chair) Committee:  Pete Alrenga, Troy Messick, and Sudha Arunachalam (External Member, NYU)    Congratulations, … Read More

Yimei Xiang published in Natural Language Semantics

Prof. Yimei Xiang has recently published a new article in Natural Language Semantics : Relativized Exhaustivity: mention-some and uniqueness. The article can also be accessed freely in a view only format here. Congratulations, Prof. Xiang!   Abstract: Wh-questions with the modal verb can admit both mention-some (MS) and mention-all (MA) answers. This paper argues that we … Read More

Diti Bhadra receives five year NSF CAREER grant

We are excited to share that Rutgers alumna Dr. Diti Bhadra (University of Minnesota) has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Grant for her project, Theory, Fieldwork, and Typology: A Semantic/Pragmatic Triad in Underrepresented Linguistic Systems. In this project, Dr. Bhadra would be investigating semantic typologies, isoglosses and variation, in the large linguistic … Read More

Rutgers linguists give invited talks at UMass

Prof. Troy Messick and Prof. Adam McCollum gave invited talks at UMass Amherst over the past month.   Prof. Messick talked about Case-copying reflexives and reciprocals on April 1st 2022. More details of the talk can be found here. Prof. McCollum gave a talk titled The atoms of a theory of vowel harmony: Iterativity on April 22, 2022. … Read More

Adam McCollum published in Glossa

Prof. Adam McCollum with Darya Kavitskaya (UC Berkeley) has recently published an article in Glossa titled “On the status of non-iterativity in feature spreading“.   Abstract: In the most commonly discussed cases, feature spreading is iterative, applying to all licit targets within a given domain. Early work within rule-based theories of phonology developed explicit mechanisms to induce … Read More