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April 8, 2013

Spike Gildea

November 11-12, 2013. Diachronic typology: Types of motivation for creating typological categories, and the relationship between motivation and mechanisms of change.Invited talk, /Seminario de Complejidad sintáctica/, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico.

October 24-26, 2013. Cáceres, Natalia & Spike Gildea.2013. La construcción imperfectiva del ye’kwana (caribe). Sexto Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica (CILLA), University of Texas Austin.

October 3-4, 2013. Gildea, Spike. 2013. Diachronic Alignment Typology: Explaining split ergativity as the outcome(s) of the motivated evolution of grammar.Plenary Talk, /Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge/.University of Cambridge.

August 15-18, 2013. Motivated versus unmotivated pathways in the evolution of main clause alignment patterns./10^th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology/, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.

April 26-28, 2013.  Historical changes in part of speech categories.  Keynote address, Workshop on Amerindian Languages (WAIL), University of California, Santa Barbara.

April 12-13, 2013.  Reflexive causative passive in English and Cariban. Keynote address, Symposium About Language and Society-Austin (SALSA), University of Texas at Austin.

March 4-22, 2013.  Métodos para la reconstrucción de sintaxis. Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social Surestes (CIESAS Sureste), Can Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. A 20-hour course introducing the principles and methods of reconstruction of syntax, followed by a 20-hour workshop designed to guide students through the process of proposing analyses of grammatical change in the languages (or language families) in which they specialize.  This course was especially gratifying because all the students are speakers (most natively) of the languages they are studying.

Eric Pederson

EURIAS fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study through June 2013.

Eric Pederson

EURIAS fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study through June 2013.

March 21, 2013

Tom Givon Colloquium Talk – April 5

 On the intellectual roots of functionalism in linguistics

T. Givón

University of Oregon and White Cloud Ranch, Ignacio, Colorado


See handout here.

February 27, 2013

Christopher Doty, Ph.D.

Christopher Doty completed his Ph.D. Spring 2012.  His dissertation, “A Reassessment of the Genetic Classification of Milik Coos,” under the direction of his advisor, Scott DeLancey.  Starting Fall 2012 Dr. Doty is a lecturer at Northeastern University in the Linguistics Program.

Racquel Yamada, Ph.D.

Racquel Yamada completed her Ph.D. September 2010.  Her dissertation, “Speech Community-based Documentation, Description and Revialization: Kari’nja in Konomerume” was completed under the direction of her advisor, Spike Gildea.  Dr. Yamada received a National Science Foundation award for research on “Aretyry Kari-nja (Carib): Training Speech Community Members in Documentation, Description, and Materials Development”.   Starting Fall 2012 Dr. Yamada is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Anthropology.

Rosa Vallejos Yopan, Ph.D.

Rosa Vallejos Yopan completed her Ph.D. December 2010.  Her dissertation, “A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla” was completed under the direction of her advisor, Spike Gildea.  At the summer meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typoplogy in Hong Kong it was announced that her dissertation was singled out for Honorable Mention for the 2011 Panini Award, given for outstanding typological studies and reference grammars by young scholars.  During Fall 2012, her dissertation was selected to win the 2011 Mary Haas Award for the Society for the STudy of Indigenous Languages of the Americas.    Dr. Vallejos Yopan received a National Science Foundation award on the historical connections between Kokama-Kokamilla and Omagua.  Starting Fall 2012 Dr. Vallejos Yopan is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment in Linguistics and Spanish and Portuguese.

2012-2013 Colloquium Schedule

Oct. 5: Suzanne Kemmer and Michael Barlow, Rice University
Oct. 12: Natalia Caceres, University of Oregon
Oct. 19: Valeriaa Tretiask, Russian and East European Studies; and Danielle Barth, Linguistics; both from University of Oregon
Oct. 26: Scott DeLancey, University of Oregon
Nov. 2: Molly Babel, University of British Columbia
Nov. 9: Holly Lakey, University of Oregon
Nov. 16: Jaime Pena, University of Oregon

Jan. 18: Volya Kapatsinski, Amy Smolek, Matt Stave, University of Oregon
Jan. 25: None
Feb. 1: None
Feb. 8: Spike Gildea, University of Oregon
Feb. 15: Wook Kyung Choe, Melissa Redford, University of Oregon
Feb. 22: Claudia Holguin Mendoza, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
Mar. 1: Kaori Idemaru, Lucien Brown, University of Oregon and
Bodo Winter, University of California at Merced, Sven Drawunder, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Mar. 8: Doris Payne, University of Oregon

Apr. 5: Tom Givon, University of Oregon
Topic:  On the intellectual roots of functionalism in linguistics
Apr. 12: Tom Payne, University of Oregon
Topic: Tense, aspect and a litle bit of Modality in Kinnauri (Tibeto-Burman)
Apr. 19: William Croft, University of New Mexico
Topic: World-class-based and construction-based approaches to language description
Apr. 26:Linda Konnerth, University of Oregon
     Topic: A tone system with a low fucntional load: The case of Karbi (Tibeto-Burman)
May 3:  Kyle Gorman, Center for Spoken Language Understanding at Oregon Health and Science University
    Topic: Why phonotactic knowledge is not just statistical inference
May 10: Sarah Cutfield, University of California at Berkeley
Topic: Demonstrative use in Dalabon interactions
May 17: Cynthia Vakareliyska, University of Oregon
Topic:  A Morphophonemic Constraint on ě–ȩ Vowel Representation in Bulgarian Church Slavonic Manuscripts of the XIII/XIVth Centuries 
May 24: Tae-Yeoub Jang, Hankuk University
Topic: Automtic scoring of Korean EFL learners’ pronunciatin using rhythm measures
May 31:  Anna Mikhaylova University of Oregon
  Topic: (Why) is the Imperfective difficult to acquire? Insights from comprehension of Russian aspectual information by English native speakers.

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