The 47th annual Penn Linguistics Conference will take place virtually on March 18-19 and UConn linguistics will be represented at the conference with presentations by:
- Robin Jenkins. Variable verb-stranding ellipsis in Uyghur
- Beccy Lewis. A deficient indexical in British English: An analysis of singular ‘us’
The 30th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, organized by Simon Fraser University, will take place on March 11-13, 2023. UConn will be well represented at the conference
… with talks by:
- Yuya Noguchi. On the directive interpretation of non-past sentences in Japanese
- Qiushi Chen. Deriving Mizenkei in Old Japanese Verbal Morphology
- Eri Tanaka, Masako Maeda, and Yoichi Miyamoto (PhD 1994, now at Osaka University). On negative island effects and exhaustification with adjunct nani-o in Japanese
… and posters by:
- Yusuke Yagi and Yuta Tatsumi (PhD 2021, now at Meikai U). Crossover Effects with Set indices: Evidence from Japanese Scrambling
- Masako Maeda and Yoichi Miyamoto. Scope Properties of Parasitic Gaps in Adjunct Control in Japanese
- Koji Shimamura (PhD 2018, now at Kanazawa Gakuin U, Kobe City U of Foreign Studies) and Takayuki Akimoto. Accusative Case without Agree
- Toshiko Oda (PhD 2008, now at Tokyo Keizai U) and Alexander Wimmer. Japanese if-adversatives
The 8th Workshop on Turkic and Languages in Contact with Turkic (Tu+8) took place on March 4–5, 2023, hosted by Harvard University. UConn linguistics was represented by:
- Robin Jenkins. Variations in verbal identity in Uyghur and Uzbek verb-stranding ellipsis
ECO-5 is an annual gathering of linguistics graduate students from five East Coast universities (UMass, MIT, Harvard, UConn, and UMD), and this year it is hosted by UConn Linguistics, taking place on February 25th. UConn Linguistics will also be represented at ECO-5 by:
- Beccy Lewis. A deficient indexical in British English
- Thanos Iliadis. The distribution of Modern Greek idhios
The article “Acquisition of overt and covert and: support for the semantic subset principle” by Yoshiki Fujiwara and Hiroyuki Shimada has just appeared as an online first article ahead of its print publication in Language Acquisition. Congratulations!
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to tease apart two approaches to the source of children’s consistent scope assignment in negative sentences containing logical connectives; the Semantic Subset Principle and the Semantic Subset Maxim. Previous developmental work has observed that four- to six-year-old children across languages have difficulty with disjunctive interpretations in these sentences and assign conjunctive interpretations. The results of our experiment however show that Japanese children can access the disjunctive interpretations when conjunctions are elided. This finding supports the idea that children are guided by the Semantic Subset Principle when determining the default value of any parameter associated with a logical connective.
Teruyuki Mizuno successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled Counterfactual expressions: an investigation into their structures and meanings on Thursday, February 16.
Teru getting ready for the defense:
Dr. Mizuno with his committee:
Dr. Mizuno with his well-earned cake:
Hiroaki Saito successfully defended his dissertation Ways of Saying – Synchronically and Diachronically on February 13th.
Picture: Dr. Saito after his successful defense with his committee (Željko Bošković, Magda Kaufmann, Ian Roberts, Susi Wurmbrand) and some of the audience.
Stefan Kaufmann presented his work on “Talking about time and possibility” as a fellow’s talk at the UConn Humanities Institute on February 1, 2023.
Muyi Yang successfully defended her dissertation Varieties of conditionals as definite descriptions on December 15th.
Dr. Yang with her committee:
Dr. Yang with her well-earned cake: