Talks

UConn Linguists at the LSA Annual Meeting

The 96th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America is taking place January 6th-9th in Washington, DC and virtually. UConn linguistics will be well represented at the conference with talks by:

  • Si Kai Lee. Movement is Exhausting: Optional wh-fronting in Singlish is not free (in-person)
  • Muyi Yang. The closeness constraint on focus association and the syntax of Q-particles (hybrid)

 

… and poster presentations by:

  • Yusuke Yagi. Strawson Semantic Value: An explanation for the definite reading in ellipsis (in-person)
  • Pasha Koval and Jon Sprouse. Relative Clause Extraposition in Russian is created by syntactic movement (in-person)
  • Ari Goertzel. The Properties of the -o clitic in Mandinka (online)
  • Shengyun Gu. Combined methods are informative: weak hand spread in Shanghai Sign Language (online)Ivana Jovović. On Discourse Licensing of Coindexed Pronouns in Slavic (online)
  • Hiroaki Saito. Losing a subject, keeping an indirect object
  • Nick Huang (postdoc 2019-2021, now at the National University of Singapore) and Yu’an Yang. How do learners know attitude verbs select what in wh-in situ languages? (online)
  • Zheng Shen (PhD 2018, now at National University of Singapore) and Meghan Lim. Extraction from definite, indefinite, and superlative NPs: An experimental approach

    UConn Linguistics at LENLS

    The Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 18 (LENLS18) annual workshop took place online on November 13-15, 2021 as one of the workshops of the JSAI International Symposia on AI sponsored by the Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI). UConn linguistics was represented at the conference with talks by:

    • Muyi Yang. Sensitive to future: the case of Japanese nara-conditionals
    • Shun Ihara and Yuta Tatsumi (PhD 2021, now at Meikai University). The Duality of Negative Attitudes in Japanese Conditionals

        UConn Linguistics at ICFL

        The 9th International Conference on Formal Linguistics (ICFL-9) was held in Shanghai (in hybrid mode) on November 5-7, 2021. UConn linguistics was represented at the conference with talks by:

        • Shengyun Gu. A typology of person agreement in Shanghai Sign Language: morphophonological accounts
        • Zheng Shen. (PhD 2018, now at National University of Singapore). Coordinate Structure Constraint Violating Movement and Closest Conjunct Agreement
        • Zheng Shen and Meghan Lim. Extraction from definite, indefinite, and superlative NPs: An experimental approach

            UConn Linguistics at BUCLD

            The 46th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD46) was held virtually from 4th-7th November 2021. UConn linguistics was represented at the conference with talks by:

            • Corina Goodwin, Janina Piotroski, Diane Lillo-Martin. Hearing and deaf ASL-English bilinguals show typical early bilingual development.
            • Elaine Grolla (PhD 2005, now at Universidade de São Paulo). Syntactic constraints and medial wh-questions in child Brazilian Portuguese.
            • Kazuko Yatsushiro (PhD 1999, now at ZAS Berlin), Chiara Dal Farra, Aurore Gonzalez, Johannes Hein, Silvia Silleresi, Alicia Avellana, Aijun Huang, Johnson Ilori, G. Gayathri, Maria Guasti, Uli Sauerland and Lilla Pintér. The Comparative-Superlative Generalization in child language.

              UConn Linguists at NELS

              A number of UConn linguists will be presenting at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 52), which will be held online from October 29 to 31, 2021, hosted by the Rutgers University Department of Linguistics.

              Diane Lillo-Martin will be one of the invited speakers and talks will be given by:

              • Yuya Noguchi. On a correlation between focus and island sensitivity in Japanese elliptical constructions
              • Gísli Rúnar Harðarson (PhD 2017, now at University of Iceland). Converging syntactic and phonological domains
              • Pasha Koval and Jon Sprouse. Relative Clause Extraposition in Russian is created by syntactic movement

              With poster presentations by:

              • Ivana Jovović. Competing pronouns in Serbo-Croatian
              • Pasha Koval. On Multiple Sluicing and Coordination of Unlikes in Russian
              • Zheng Shen (PhD 2018, now at National University of Singapore) and Meghan Lim. Extraction from definite, indefinite, and superlative NPs: An experimental approach

               

              William Snyder | Tsing Hua University Colloquium

              William Snyder will be giving a colloquium talk at Tsing Hua University on 29th October 2021. The talk will be titled “Evidence from child language acquisition for a parametric model of syntax”

              Abstract:

              In this talk I will present three case-studies, each based on longitudinal records of children’s spontaneous speech, that illustrate what happens when a child’s syntax undergoes a change. The first case-study, examining the acquisition of English verb-particle constructions, shows a near-total absence of commission errors. The second, examining prepositional questions in the speech of children acquiring English or Spanish, shows (first) that children may go as long as 9 months producing both direct-object questions and declaratives with prepositional phrases, before they even attempt to ask a prepositional question; and (second) that at some point, abruptly, children begin producing prepositional questions that are correctly formed for the target language. The third case study shows that in children acquiring English, the onset of verb-particle combinations occurs almost exactly when that child begins producing novel noun-noun compounds. I will argue that these findings, taken together, strongly favor a parametric approach to cross-linguistic variation in syntax. I will argue further that the findings have implications for the format of parameters, and for the process by which children set them.

              Information on how to attend the talk virtually can be found here.

               

              Stefan Kaufmann | Algorithmic Arts & Humanities Colloquium

              Stefan Kaufmann will be speaking at the Algorithmic Arts & Humanities colloquium at the UConn Humanities Institute on October 21, 2021 at 12:30pm in HBL 4-209. The event will be livestreamed and you can attend in person. Here is the link for more information: https://humanities.uconn.edu/2021/10/11/dhms-presents-algorithmic-arts-humanities-at-uconn/