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Jabberwocky Words In Linguistics Workshop Feb 11-12 UMass & UniBuc

Jabberwocky Words In Linguistics 2022 Conference Poster with Zoom Link:

Jabberwocky Words in Linguistics:

 Making Sense through Nonsense.  Making Sense of Nonsense.


“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't.  And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?"

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


UMass and University of Bucharest Team up for Recursion Conference

Recursion Across Languages. The Intricacies of Babel. June 1 and 2, 2021 Conference Poster

The University of Bucharest and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will team up this June 1-2 for two days filled with workshops and current research on recursion.  Organized by Adina Camelia Bleotu of Unibuc and Deborah Foucault of UMass, the online workshop entitled “Recursion Across Languages: The Intricacies of Babel” aims at bringing into discussion recent theoretical and experimental research on recursive structures across languages.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Roeper from the LInguisitics Department and Director of the Language Acquisition Lab UMass Amherst. 


UMass at BUCLD 40

Michael Clauss and Jeremy Hartmann will give a presentation entitled “Syntactic Cues in Adjective Learning” at the 40th  Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) on Friday, November 13 at 10 am.

Barbara Pearson, Tom  Roeper, and Anca Sevcenco will also present a poster at BUCLD on Friday entitled “The Acquisition of Recursive Locative Prepositional Phrases and  Relative Clauses in Child English on Friday.


Pearson and Roeper at Rutgers

Barbara Pearson will present a joint paper with Tom Roeper entitled "Cross-linguistic Ambiguity of Quantified Expressions: Implications for Mathematics Teaching and Testing of Bilingual Students" at the Tenth International Symposium of Bilingualism (ISB10), conveniently hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 20 to 24.  En route to NJ, she will attend the NSF sponsored workshop at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan on "Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach," May 18 and 19.

Roeper and Pearson get NSF

An NSF Grant titled “Science Live” Workshop on the Acquisition of Recursion Across Languages” ( $29000) has been awarded to Tom Roeper (in collaboration with Bart Hollebrandse and Barbara Pearson) to work on a museum exhibit and related experimentation on recursion (based on the work of Ana Perez, Terue Nakato, Luiz Amaral, Jon Nelson and Anca Sevcenco). The museums include  the Dutch National Science Museum local Massachusetts museums and then others. The project will engage graduate and undergraduate collaborators as well.


The University of Connecticut Storrs hosts UUSLAW (UConn-UMass-Smith Language Acquisition Workshop) on Saturday, April 18. UMass is represented by:

Mike Clauss, who gives the paper “Generalized Move-Wh in Acquisition: Free Relatives and Embedded Wh"

Amanda Rizun and Jeremy Hartman, who give the paper “The `Question Under Discussion’ and the Interpretation of Quantifiers."

Andie Faber “Assigning and Producing Grammatical Gender on Novel Nouns in L1 and L2 Spanish."


This lab is part of the UMass Amherst Linguistics Department