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Yimei Xiang published in Linguistics and Philosophy

Prof. Yimei Xiang has been published in Linguistics and Philosophy. Her article is titled “Quantifying into wh-dependencies: multiple-wh questions and questions with a quantifier“. Find a copy of the article at this free-access link:

Hazel Mitchley passes her dissertation defense

A hearty congratulations to Hazel Mitchley, who successfully defended her dissertation on Jan. 23! Here are the details of her dissertation: ———- Title: The Introduction and Thematic Licensing of the External Argument Committee: Ken Safir (chair), Mark Baker, Troy Messick, Heidi Harley (external member, U Arizona) Abstract: A variety of linguistic functions are often attributed … Read More

Rutgers linguists at NELS 53 in Göttingen

Rutgers was well represented at NELS 53 at the University of Göttingen, which was held from 12 to 14 January. Fourth-year grad student Ziling Zhu presented her work, co-authored by Prof. Yimei Xiang: “Why surprise doesn’t embed whether?: question-to-cleft reduction”. Find their abstract here; more details can be found on Ziling’s website here. Shannon Bryant, … Read More

Ziling Zhu at Amsterdam Colloquium 2022

Fourth-year grad student Ziling Zhu presented her work “*Be surprised whether: question-to-cleft reduction”, a collaboration with Prof. Yimei Xiang, at the 2022 Amsterdam Colloquium. This presentation, part of the colloquium’s lightning talks session on Dec. 20, came out of Ziling’s second qualifying paper on the selectional restrictions of emotive factives. Find more information on Ziling’s … Read More

Kristen Syrett published in IJLCD and Lang. Linguist. Compass

Prof. Kristen Syrett was published in the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders (IJLCD) along with co-authors Catherine Davies, Susan Ebbels, Hilary Nicoll, Sarah White, and Cecilia Zuniga-Montanez. Prof. Syrett describes the paper, “Supporting adjective learning by children with Developmental Language Disorder: Enhancing metalinguistic approaches”, as a “collaborative endeavor between linguists, psychologists, educators, and … Read More

Mark Baker presented at Stony Brook Colloquium

The Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University invited our own Prof. Mark Baker to their Fall 2022 colloquium talk series. Prof. Baker presented his work, “Complementizers Relating to Noun Phrases: Rare Constructions within a Theory of Universal Grammar” on Oct. 28. Here is the abstract of his talk: Abstract: The notion of universal grammar … Read More

Ang Li passes her dissertation defense

Congratulations to Ang Li, who successfully defended her dissertation on Oct. 28! Find the details of her dissertation below: —— Title: Comparing Alternatives Committee: Simon Charlow, Troy Messick, Yimei Xiang, Rajesh Bhatt (external member, UMass) Abstract: I present a new analysis of the meaning of comparatives. In the past few decades, theorists who approach gradation … Read More

Rutgers Linguistics at AMP 2022

Rutgers Linguistics was well represented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Phonology (AMP 2022), held from October 21 to 23 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Boolean Monadic Recursive Schemes for Phonological Analysis, the work of Prof. Jane Chandlee of Haverford College and Rutgers Professors Adam Jardine and Adam McCollum, together with fourth year … Read More

Eileen Blum lands job at Data Piper for Google CCAI

We are pleased to announce that recent alum Eileen Blum has recently started her new job at the IT company Data Piper! She will be working on projects on Google’s Contact Center AI, which provides artificial-intelligence-powered voicebots and chatbots for customer support systems. Best of luck in your new position, Eileen! 🎉 Congratulations! 🎉

Kristen Syrett quoted in CNN article

Prof. Kristen Syrett talked about inclusive language in the context of reproductive rights in an article published on CNN. The article, “The language we use to talk about pregnancy and abortion is changing. But not everyone welcomes the shift,” written by Harmeet Kaur, details the differences in perspectives on the use of gender-neutral language for … Read More