Links, mildly linguistic and otherwise
[Thanks Leah and Barbara!]
From the post-BU acquisition brain-storming session
From left: Ute Bohnacker, Celia Jakubowicz, Helen Stickney, Bart Hollebrandse, Barbara Zurer-Pearson, Tom Roeper, Theo Marinis
Query from Barbara Partee
Is there an electronic-age term to replace paperwork? This is one word where just putting e- on front doesn't seem to do it. I was asking Sarah in an e-mail whether I needed to learn anything about the online systems for grant administration or whether she could do all the "paperwork" of the grant for me. The word paperwork didn't seem right, and e-paperwork sounds impossible to me, but I don't know a substitute!
On the history of UMass colloquium speakers
Colloquia are among the most important events in our department. Who gets invited to speak at them? Is one gender favored over another? One subfield over another? Who gets invited most often? To begin to answer these questions, I obtained the list of UMass Linguistics colloq speakers for the past twenty years (thanks to Kathy Adamczyk), and I supplemented this with more recent data (thanks to Taka Shinya and Anne-Michelle Tessier). Here are some preliminary results of my analysis of these data.
Kristen Syrett will give a practice talk (for the LSA) on Tuesday, November 30, 3:00-5:30 pm, in South College 403.
On November 30 and December 2, Chris Potts will deliver two guest lectures in Barbara Partee's class on mathematics for and in linguistics (1:00-2:15 pm, Herter 114). In general, the topic will be applications for model theory outside of semantics but inside linguistics. In the first lecture, he'll explain what that means by exploring modal languages for talking about relational structures. In the second lecture, he'll show how this perspective can clarify theoretical issues, with examples from syntax and phonology.
The first lecture will draw heavily on the following super-cool little paper:
Blackburn, Patrick, Claire Gardent, and Wilfried Meyer-Viol. 1993. Talking about trees. In Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 21-29. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann. [PS version]
[Thanks Jim Kelly!]