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Colloquia are generally held Fridays at 3 pm, in Room 108 of the Linguistics Department, 18 Seminary Place, College Ave Campus. A reception or potluck typically follows. Speakers are selected by the graduate students in consultation with (and with suggestions from) the faculty.

For more information, please contact the current colloquium organizers:

Akane Ohtaka:  akane.ohtaka (at)
Wenyue Hua: wenyue.hua (at)
Sreekar Raghotham: sreekar.raghotham (at)


Schedule for Spring 2020:

Friday, January 31
Nadine Theiler (UConn):

  • Ungrammaticality from triviality: deriving selectional restrictions of attitude verbs (details)
  • Witness protection: A unified semantics for additive particles in assertions and questions (details)

Friday, February 7
Deniz Özyıldız (UMass):

  • Rethinking questions (details)
  • The shape, meaning, and sound of factivity (details)

Friday, February 14
Dorothy Ahn (Harvard):

  • Semantic research in the signed modality (details)
  • A competition mechanism for anaphoric expressions (details)

Friday, February 21
Virgina Dawson (UC Berkeley):

  • What do imperatives mean? (details)
  • Paths to exceptional wide scope: Choice functions in Tiwa (details)

Friday, March 6
Jon Ander Mendia (Cornell):

Friday, April 3
Rajesh Bhatt (UMass): title TBA