The UMass semanticists took to the virtual Sinn und Bedeutung conference last week from September 3rd to September 9th! The Virtual SuB 25 was co-hosted by the University College London and the Queen Mary University of London.
The first ever Experiments in Linguistic Meaning conference took place virtually from 9/16-9/18. Hosted at the University of Pennsylvania, and co-organized by Florian Schwarz and Anna Papafragou, ELM is a ‘conference … dedicated to the experimental study of linguistic meaning broadly construed, with a focus on theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics, their interplay with other components of the grammar, their relation to language processing and acquisition, as well as their connections to human cognition and computation.’ If you’d like to be kept in the loop about this conference and the growing community around it, please consider joining their mailing list.
This semester, María Biezma is starting a new position as Assistant Professor here at UMass Amherst, jointly appointed in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Hispanic Linguistics) and in our department.
Due to the conference being held remotely, these talks will not take place at a particular time, but instead will be recorded and publicly posted. There will, however, be synchronous Q&A sessions for these talks. For more information on how to participate in this year’s remote version of SuB, please go to the link below:
This special session will also include a roundtable discussion of methodology in linguistic fieldwork, organized by our own Jeremy Pasquereau. The participants will include the following UMass-affiliated individuals:
For more information on how to participate in the special session on Semantic Fieldwork, please see the link below:
Finally, the conference will feature as a special live event a series of interviews relating to the History of Formal Semantics. These interviews will (of course) include ones with our own illustrious emeritae faculty, Barbara Partee and Angelika Kratzer. Angelika will be interviewed by Daniel Rothschild, while Barbara will be interviewed by Jeff Pelletier.
It’s definitely an incredible program this year! Again, for more information on how to view these talks and events, please see the links above!
Update: use this link to register for the talk: https://forms.gle/cSXf8Pp94WTLveZx8 On Friday July 3, 2020 at 8pm EDT (9am in Japan), Barbara Partee will give a Zoom plenary talk “in Japan” in an online colloquium series where (apart from Barbara) young scholars from the US and Europe are invited to tell about their research. The colloquium series, Keio X ICU LINC, is organized by Seunghun Lee at International Christian University and our own UMass PhD Shigeto Kawahara at Keio University. Barbara’s talk will be “The Intertwining Influences of Linguistics, Logic, and Philosophy in the History of Formal Semantics”.
We’re delighted to share the news that Kimberly Johnson’s application for an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant will be officially recommended for funding by the NSF Linguistics Program.
Kimberly’s project will be focused on the documentation and analysis of the complex tense system of Mvskoke (Creek), investigating three phenomena central to current debates surrounding cross-linguistic variation in tense semantics: (i) graded tense, (ii) tense & evidentiality, and (iii) nominal tense. In addition to advancing our theoretical understanding of these three interlocking phenomena, Kimberly’s project will contribute significantly to the documentation of this highly endangered language, producing in particular a rich corpus of dialogs between Mvskoke elders and between elders and learners.
Barbara Partee will be giving a streamed public lecture as part of the project described below on Wednesday, May 13, at 7pm Brazilian time, 6pm EDT. The topic is “Formal semantics and pragmatics: Origins, issues, impact.” The link to the live transmission is https://youtu.be/h8x-5eEyDjc. (On the YouTube site that the link takes you to, you can comment and ask questions, and see other people’s comments and questions. The moderators will pick a selection of questions to ask in the discussion period.)
The Brazilian Linguistic Association (abralin.org), in a joint project with the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (ciplnet.com), the Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (mundoalfal.org), the Sociedad Argentina de Estudios Lingüísticos (sael.com.ar) and the Linguistic Society of America (linguisticsociety.org) is organizing a virtual event: Abralin ao Vivo – Linguists Online. The event is designed to give students and researchers free access to state-of-the-art discussions on the most diverse topics related to the study of human language during this difficult quarantine period.
For more information about Abralin ao Vivo – Linguists Online, please visit: abral.in/aovivo. For updates on the event’s programme, follow Abralin at abral.in/insta. All the lectures are also available on Abralin’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/abralin.