Public Lectures

Named Professor Lectures

Collitz Professor: Joan BybeeUniversity of New Mexico
Public Lecture : Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 8/1/2017
Time: 7:00pm (followed by closing reception)

 

Click here to view course: Directionality in Language Change
 

Sapir Professor: Penelope EckertStanford University
Public Lecture : Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/18/2017
Time: 7:00pm 

 

Click here to view course: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
 

Hale Professor: Lenore GrenobleUniversity of Chicago
Public Lecture: Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/28/17
Time: 7:00pm

 

Click here to view course: Field Methods
 

Fillmore Professor: Julia Hirschberg, Columbia University
Public Lecture: Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/6/2017
Time: 7:00pm

 

Click here to view course: Intonation and Computation
 

 

 

Forum Lecturers

David Adger, Queen Mary University of London. (joint work with Caroline Heycock, Jennifer Smith and Gary Thoms)
Public Lecture: Three Sources of Syntactic Variation: Evidence from the Scots Syntactic Atlas
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/11/2017
Time: 7:00pm
 
In this talk I distinguish three sources of syntactic variation and exemplify them through some preliminary  findings that have emerged from the SCOSYA project (Scots Syntactic Atlas, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council). One source of variation in syntax is to be understood as deriving from the way that syntax is spelled out as morphological form. I show this by an investigation of aspects of the morphosyntax of negation across Scottish dialects and argue that certain phenomena that have been treated as head movement are better understood, not as syntactic movement, but as a direct link between syntactic and morphological structures. The second source involves a difference, not in how syntax is spelled out, but in the inventory of syntactic features. I present an analysis of agreement differences between different Scottish dialects that shows surface variation in this area emerges through the interaction of feature inventory variation and spellout mechanisms. The third source of syntactic variation is that varieties syntactically combine different resources to attain structures which can be uniformly mapped to the interface with semantic interpretation to achieve similar semantic. I illustrate this by looking at variation in the interaction between certain auxiliary and main verbs across Scottish dialects. The sources of variation, then, lie at the interface with morphology, the inventory of syntactic features available in a language, and in how languages combine their syntactic resources to achieve structures which uniformly map to semantic interpretation. We can see how all three sources interact to give rise to a rich pattern of variation across the dialects of Scottish English.
 

Michel DeGraff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Public Lecture: Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/14/2017
Time: 7:00pm
 
 
 
 
Robin Queen, University of Michigan
Public Lecture: Title TBD
Location: JSB 121
Date: 7/25/2017
Time: 7:00pm