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UMass Linguists at SuB and AMLaP

The UMass Linguistics Department was well represented at both this year’s SuB and AMLaP!

At Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB), held at Ruhr University Bochum, PhD student Mariam Asatryan presented a poster featuring her Generals Paper research on “Perfective in Eastern Armenian”. In addition, there were posters and talks by UMass alums and past visitors, including Luis Alonso-Ovalle, Bernhard Schwarz, Adina Camelia Bleotu, Jesse Harris, Carolyn Anderson, Chris Davis, Zahra Mirrazi, Daniel Altshuler, Jon Ander Mendia, Maribel Romero, Deniz Ozyildiz, and Rodica Ivan. And, at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), held at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brian, and Language in San Sebastian, there were presentations by PhD students Mariam Asatryan, Özge Bakay, and Eva Neu.

Congratulations to all!

Shay Hucklebridge Successfully Defends Dissertation

We’re extremely delighted to share the news that Shay Hucklebridge successfully defended her dissertation on Wednesday, July 12th. Titled “Associative Plurals”, her dissertation puts forth a novel semantic and syntactic analysis of so-called ‘associative plurals’, one that captures a variety of their cross-linguistically robust interactions with other grammatical constructions.

Pictured above (along with the dissertation fish), her committee consisted of Seth Cable (Chair), Ana Arregui, Rajesh Bhatt, Gennaro Chierchia, and Maya Eddon (Philosophy, Outside Member).

In the fall, Shay will begin a prestigious SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she will be working on language revitalization projects and on the semantics of future marking in the Dene languages of the Canadian Subarctic.

Congratulations, Shay!!

UMass Linguistics at WCCFL 31 (UC Santa Cruz)

This year’s West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 41) featured a great many talks and posters by both students and faculty from UMass, both current and former.

In alphabetical order, this work included:

Rajesh Bhatt, Arka Banerjee, and Kousani Banerjee, “Egocentric Questions in Bangla: Rhetorical or Information-Seeking, but Always Surprising”

Seth Cable and James Crippen, “Stative Marking in Tlingit: Evidence for the Complexity of States”

Amy Rose Deal and Justin Royer, “Mayan Animacy Heirarchy Effects: A Dynamic Interaction Approach”

Angelica Hill, “What About ‘About To’? A Semantic Proposal for Proximate Future Constructions”

Rodica Ivan and Ion Giurgea “Two Types of Anaphoric Relations in Pronouns Consequences for their Syntactic Analysis”

Jon Ander Mendia “Between Aspect and Modality: The ‘Soler+Infinitive’ Periphrasis in Spanish”

Zahra Mirrazi, “Choice Functions and Binder Roof Constraint”

Zahra Mirrazi and Michela Ippolito, “Modal Past as Past: Evidence from non-SOT Languages”

Marcin Morzycki and Starr Sandoval “Propositional How and Implicit Modality”

Deniz Ozyildiz, Maribel Romero, Ciyang Qing, Floris Roelofsen, Wataru Uegaki, “Immobile Remnants of Japanese Why-Stripping”

Paul Portner and Xiang Li, “Overt Deixis and Null Anaphor in Uyghur Attitude Reports”

Brandon Prickett, “Explaining Sour Grapes Harmony’s Unattestedness with Agent-Based Modeling”

Jelly Hill Presents Talk at ILLC Workshop on Causation & Modality

PhD Student Jelly Hill recently presented an invited talk at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, as part of their Workshop on Causation and Modality in Logic and Language. Titled “Two Peas in a Causal Pod: Testing the Relationship Between Modals and Causatives”, this talk highlighted the research that forms Jelly’s recent (second) Generals Paper.

Congratulations Jelly!

Polina Kasyanova Awarded Predissertation Research Grant

Please join us in congratulating Polina Kasyanova, who has just been awarded a Predissertation Research Grant from the UMass Graduate School.

This funding will support Polina’s continued research on incorporation in Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages such as Chukchi and Itelmen. In particular, it will fund an extended research visit to Harvard University, where Polina will be able to collaborate with scholars like Jonathan Bobaljik and his students, as well as conduct research on written sources available at Widener Library.

Congratulations, Polina!

UMass at WSCLA 2023 (McGill)

WSCLA 2023 at McGill University

UMass was well represented at this year’s Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 2023), held April 28-30 at McGill University.

Work by current and former UMass folks included:

  • Seth Cable and James Crippen, “Stative Marking in Tlingit: Evidence for the Complexity of States”
  • Amy Rose Deal and Justin Royer, “Mayan Animacy Restrictions and Dynamic Interaction”
  • Emily Elfner, “Re-Examining Default-to-Opposite Stress in Kwak’wala”
  • Suzi Lima & Pedro Mateo Pedro, “Itzaj is a Classifier-for-Numerals Language”
  • Andrew McKenzie, “Polysynthesis and the Division of Labor in Grammar”
  • Rose Underhill, Anne Bertrand, and Terrance Gatchalian, “A Typology of Roots in Ktunaxa”

Kimberly Johnson Accepts Full Time Position at Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program

Please join us in congratulating alum Kimberly Johnson, who has just accepted a full time position as the Lead Transcriptionist for the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program.

Starting this May, Kimberly will be working alongside Dr. Samantha Cornelius and Dr. Juliet Morgan, to advance the documentation of the Chickasaw language, including the development of a searchable database of Chickasaw.

Congratulations, Kimberly!

Shay Hucklebridge Awarded SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

We’re extremely happy to share the news that Shay Hucklebridge has been awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

As a postdoctoral fellow, Shay will be joining the linguistics department at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she will be working alongside Professor Nicholas Welch on projects advancing the documentation and revitalization of Northern Dene languages.

Please join us in congratulating Shay!

Mariam Asatryan gives talk at Theoretical Linguistics and Languages of the Caucasus (TLLC), in Istanbul

On June 18th, Mariam Asatryan presented her research in a talk at Theoretical Linguistics and Languages of the Caucasus (TLLC), held at Istanbul Bilgi University.

The talk, titled “Inq: An Uncompetitive Pronoun in Eastern Armenian and Its Challenges to Binding Principles”, is a development of her first Generals Paper. She will also present this work again later this summer, as a flash talk at GLOW in Asia XIII (details to be announced later).