27 February 2012

Travel, and more travel

Earlier this month, Elsi Kaiser travelled to Tuebigen, Germany and gave an invited talk entitled "(Mis)matches in syntactic vs. semantic prominence: Effects on reference-tranking" at the Linguistic Evidence conference (Feb 8-11, 2012). The weather there was a bit chilly, but not as cold as she had expected. Here are some pictures from the trip: snow and steep roofs that you never see in Los Angeles!

Also, in November/December 2011, Elsi spent two weeks running experiments at the University of Stuttgart. She is grateful to Dr. Klaus von Heusinger for helping arrange her visit. She used a Tobii remote eye-tracker, which doesn't require the participant to wear anything on their head. It's also very portable - she carried it all the way from Los Angeles to Stuttgart. Here is a picture of her explaining how the eyetracker works:

17 February 2012


USC hosted the California University Semantics and Pragmatics workshop on February 3rd and 4th.

The program is here.

A big thanks to the speakers and attendees, and a VERY special thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the organization:
Mythili Menon, Syed Saurov, Ulli Steindl, Mary Byram, Alfredo García Pardo, and Sarah Ouwayda.
And last, but not least, a HUGE thanks to Joyce Perez for all the help with the food!

05 February 2012

February Travel

Elsi Kaiser will be giving an invited talk on "(Mis)matches in syntactic vs. semantic prominence: Effects on reference-tracking" at Linguistic Evidence 2012 on February 9th at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Priyanka Biswas will be giving a talk on "Reanalyzing the default classifier in Bangla as a degree function" at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 38) on February 11th at the University of California, Berkeley.

The program of Linguistic Evidence 2012 can be found here: talks posters
The program of BLS 38 can be found here: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/program.html

02 February 2012

USC linguists at WCCFL 30!

On April 13-15, Audrey Li, Roumyana Pancheva, and Barbara Tomaszewicz will be presenting at WCCFL 30 hosted by UC Santa Cruz:

Noun incorporation and non-canonical objects
Michael Barrie (Sogang University) and Audrey Li

Cross linguistic differences in superlative movement out of nominal phrases
Roumyana Pancheva and Barbara Tomaszewicz

A scalar opposite of scalar only
Barbara Tomaszewicz