Summer conference round-up

Posted on July 19, 2016 by

LEL staff are never idle! With the end of teaching term, we’ve been taking every opportunity to spread the good word to all parts of the globe.

Professor Delia Bentley is a keynote speaker at this year’s Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) in Naples, talking about S-V and V-S agreement on evidence from Italo-Romance.

Yaron Matras will be presenting with Carlie Hanson at the 3rd International Conference on Kurdish Linguistics at Amsterdam, on Variation in Kurmanji ergativity: Alignment as ambiguity resolution, and will in September be participating in the 12th International Conference on Romani Linguistics at the University of Södertörn in Stockholm.

Kersti Börjars, John Payne and Nigel Vincent will be at HEADLEX 2016, a joint conference on HPSG and LFG in Warsaw, Poland. Kersti and John will be presenting on Adjectival definiteness marking and noun-phrase internal functions, and also on Aspectual object marking in Libyan Arabic, jointly with PhD student Khawla Ghadgoud. Kersti and Nigel will also be presenting on Heads and history.

Manchester had a good representation at DiGS (Diachronic Generative Syntax) 18 in Ghent, Belgium. Kersti presented joint work with John on Modifiers and definiteness marking in Old Norse: an LFG analysis, and George Walkden presented on Null subjects and null D: the evidence from diachrony, as well as a joint talk with PhD student Henri Kauhanen on A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect. Henri also presented a solo talk at the pre-conference workshop, on how Stable variation arises from noisy across-population bias distributions in the absence of global bias.

On the semantic side, Andrew Koontz-Garboden has been to WAASAP 3 (Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles), presenting with John Beavers on Change of state verbs and the semantics of roots, and Ryan Bochnak was at The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA) 3 in Tübingen, Germany, presenting with Peter Klecha on Iterated Temporal Remoteness Morphemes and Past Perfect Readings in Luganda.

Thea Cameron-Faulkner went to the 46th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society in Chicago in June and presented work on (1) prelinguistic gestures in the parent interaction of Bengali, Chinese and English mum & babies (joint work with Ludovica Serratrice and Elena Lieven), and (2) parent child interaction in natural outdoor environments (joint work with Joanna Melville and Meredith Gattis). She’s also off to the Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Bangor this week, presenting joint work with Anna Theakston and Michelle Davis. Eva Schultze-Berndt will also be there, talking about The interplay of argument structure, information structure and word order in an Australian language: a construction-based account.

At least two colleagues will also be teaching at summer schools: Yaron Matras at the European Summer School in Linguistic Typology in Porquerolles, France, and George Walkden at Eastern Generative Grammar in Lagodekhi, Georgia.

Manchet wishes all colleagues good luck on their travels!

Featured image: a pizza. Like LEL research, pizzas come in a variety of types and are widely enjoyed. Naples, where Delia Bentley will be giving a keynote talk, is the home of pizza. Image from Wikimedia Commons, by Valerio Capello.