Friday Speaker Series

The Department invites scholars in Linguistics to present their research most Fridays throughout the academic year. Lectures on cutting-edge research are followed by a Q&A session. Afterwards, the speaker and audience are invited to Epicurean for an informal Happy Hour discussion.

Unless otherwise noted, the Friday Speaker Series is at 3:30pm in Poulton 230. Happy Hour begins at approximately 5:00pm in Epicurean.

To learn about previous and upcoming speakers, browse the lists below. 
 

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 speakers include:

Cristiana Sanz & Joe Cunningham
Georgetown  University    
Globalizing Language Learning: The Roles of Telecollaboration and Study Abroad
    
Amir Zeldes
Georgetown University
Digital Coptic: What, why and how?

Ioanna Sitaridou
Cambridge University 
Word Order in Old Spanish: (non-)V2, Participle Fronting and Information Structure

Scott Jarvis
Ohio University 
Crosslinguistic Influence in the Domain of Meaning

Stefan Gries
University of California, Santa Barbara 
On the Application of Statistical Methods in Linguistics: Lexico-grammar, Morphology, and Phono-syntax

Gareth Roberts
University of Pennsylvania
Experimental Simulations of Sociolinguistic Change

Ian Roberts
Cambridge University
A Parameter Hierarchy for Passives

David Reitter
Pennsylvania State University 
Alignment in Dialogue: Beyond Syntax

Meredith Tamminga
University of Pennsylvania
When factors interact: Making sense of the conditions on variation

Celeste Kinginger
Pennsylvania State University
Identity and Language Socialization in Study Abroad Settings

Colleen Fitzgerald
University of Texas, Arlington

 


Spring 2015

Spring 2015 speakers include:

Cynthia Gordon
Georgetown University
“We Were Introduced to Foods I Never Even Heard of”:  Parents as Consumers on Reality TV 

Terra Edwards
Gallaudet University
Tracking a Grammatical Divergence between Visual and Tactile American Sign Language: Movement, orientation, and geometries of reference in the Seattle DeafBlind Community             

Kirk Hazen
West Virginia UniversityF
From Community Engagement to Public Outreach: Historical Analysis and Future Goals

Ruth Wodak
Lancaster University
Analyzing Narratives of Persecution, Flight and Survival Children of Austrian Holocaust Survivors

Carmen Muñoz
University of Barcelona
Time and Input in Second Language Learning 

Jennifer Leeman
Michigan State Unive
Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Race and Racialization in the US Census

Adrian Brasoveanu
University of California Santa Cruz
Incremental and Predictive Interpretation: Experimental Evidence and Possible Accounts

Michal Marmorstein 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
'Getting to the point: The discourse marker yaʕni in unplanned discourse in Cairene Arabic' 
 


Fall 2014

Fall 2014 speakers include:

Graeme Porte
University of Granada
Lessons from the laboratory: Should applied linguists wear white coats?

Amir Zeldes
Georgetown University
Compounding in Advanced L2 German Writing – A Corpus Study              

Claire Nance
Lancaster University
The phonetics of language revitalisation: A case study of Scottish Gaelic

Omer Preminger
University of Maryland College Park
The syntax (and morphology) of non-valuation

Charlene Polio
Michigan State University
Linguistic development in second language writing (Charlene Polio, Michigan State University)

Charles Yang
University of Pennsylvania
On Grammar and Usage

Panel on issues and trends in linguistics publishing

John Bitchener
Auckland University of Technology
The Contribution of Written Corrective Feedback to Second Language Development: The Theoretical Case and the Status of Empirical Evidence 

Jason Kandybowicz
University of Kansas
Two Probes, One Goal, Different Copies:  There's No Wrong Way to Front a Predicate in Krachi

Fred Erickson
UCLA
Whatever happened to the ethnography of communication, especially regarding listening during speaking?

Aneta Pavlenko
Temple University
Language commodification in the new economy or How Russian became the third language in Cyprus, Finland, and Montenegro   

 


Spring 2014

Christo Kirov
Georgetown University
Competition and bias in speech production: A Bayesian approach

Kathryn de Luna
Georgetown University
"Historical Linguists and Linguistic Historians”: the Comparative Method in African History

John McWhorter
Columbia University
Is the Creole Prototype Hypothesis Wrong?

Claudia Brugman
University of Maryland-College Park
Semantic typology and usage-based models

Ruth Wodak
Lancaster University & Davis Chair Fellow, Georgetown University
Resemiotizing politics – Old wine in new bottles?

Kees de Bot
Riksuniversiteit of Groningen
Foreign accent and foreign gesture

Karlos Arregi
University of Chicago
The syntactic and postsyntactic derivation of agreement

Steven Pinker
Harvard University
The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined

Otto Santa Anna
UCLA
The Cowboy and the Goddess: Television News Mythmaking about Immigrants

Ellen Woolford
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
No object agreement without subject agreement

Mark Sicoli and Hiroto Uchihara
Georgetown University
The Zapotec-Chatino Linguistic Survey: A Family-Level Language Documentation and its Application to Comparative Linguistics

Wander Lowie
Riksuniversiteit of Groningen
Second language development as a journey through state space: perspectives from Another Planet? 

Elena Semino
Lancaster University
Corpus Linguistics and Health Communication

Joe Grady
Cultural Logic

 


Fall 2013

Pia Lane
University of Oslo
Minority Language Standardisation and the Role or Users

Marcin Morzhcki
University of Michigan
The Origins of Nominal Gradability

Panel on Future in Publishing
Panelists include:
Heidi Byrnes, Editor-in-Chief, The Modern Language Journal (MLJ)
David Lightfoot, Publications Advisor, Linguistics Society of America (LSA)
Alison Mackey, Editor, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL)
Lourdes Ortega, Journal Editor, Language Learning

Young Ah Do
Georgetown University
Biased learning of phonological alternations

Hiroto Uchihara
University at Buffalo, SUNY
How tonal is an incipient tone? A case in Oklahoma Cherokee

Matthew Wolfgram
University of Alabama
Metaphors of participation in classroom discourse:  Language, body, and cognition

Daniel Jurafsky
Stanford University
Extracting Social Meaning from the Everyday: The Computational Linguistics of Dating, Restaurants, and the Spread of Scientific and Linguistic Innovation

Roy Lyster
McGill University
The Effects of Biliteracy Instruction on Morphological Awareness

Terry Odlin
Ohio State University
Determinism, Individual Variation, and Theories of Acquisition

Dan Johnson
Lancaster University
Variation won't give the ghost up: verb-particle constructions in and out of grammar
 

 


Spring 2013

Elissa Newport
Georgetown University, Neurology Department
Statistical Language Learning: Computational, Maturational, and Linguistic Constraints

Leticia Boda
Georgetown University, CCT Program
Political Information 2.0: Learning Politics Through the Lens of Social Media

Marta Gonzalez-Lloret
University of Hawaii
Conversation Analysis of Computer-Mediated Communication for L2 Learning

John McEwan Davis
University of Hawaii
Impacts of accreditation-mandated assessment in college foreign language programs

Mandy Simons
Carnegie Mellon University
Not All in the Family: A careful look at the Family of Sentences Diagnostic for Projection

Jonathan Bobaljik
University of Connecticut
Syncretism, Person, and a Chukotkan Inverse? *næ-

Jean-Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck, University of London
Emotion in Applied Linguistics Research

Xiamoing Xi
Educational Testing Service
Research Supporting the TOEFL Test and Future Innovations

Sal Attardo
Texas A&M University
Humor in Discourse: Historical Overview and Current Issues

Lucy Pickering
Texas A&M University
The Role of Discourse Intonation in Comprehensibility & Interactional Success in NS-NNS & NNS-NNS (ELF) Spoken Interaction

Daniel Casasanto
The New School for Social Research
The Hands of Time


Fall 2012

Benjamin Bruening
University of Delaware
Word Formation is Syntactic: Adjectival Passives in English

Luke Plonsky
Northern Arizona University
Assessing Quantitative Methods in L2 Research: Empirical Evidence and a Case Reform

Rebecca Rubin-Damari and Aubrey Logan-Terry
Georgetown University
“Why are you cuffing me? I’m the victim!” Authority-based institutional discourse

Natalie Schilling, Ana Nylund, Patrick Callier, Jessica Grieser, Jermay Jamsu, Jinsok Lee, Sinae Lee, Mackenzie Price, and Amelia Tseng
Georgetown University
Linguistic perspectives on social change in Washington, DC: The Language and Communication in Washington, DC, project

Asli Akkaya
University of Illinois - Carbondale
Devotion and Friendship through Facebook: An Ethnographic Approach to Language, Community, and Identity Performances of Young Turkish-American Women

Ted Supalla
Georgetown University, Center on Brain Plasticity and Recovery
The Role of Historical Research in Understanding Sign Language Typology, Variation, and Change

Shirley Brice Heath
Stanford University
Book Discussion: Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life

Tammy Gales
Hofstra University
Interpersonal Stancetaking in Threatening Discourse: A Corpus and Discourse Analytic Approach

Michael Erard
FrameWorks Institute
What's a Good Metaphor?

Florian Schwarz
University of Pennsylvania
Presupposition Projection in Online Processing - Negation and Conditionals

Michael Bamberg
Clark University
From Small Stories and Confessions to Narrative Practices


Spring 2012

Terry Wiley
Center for Applied Linguistics
Linguistic landscapes as multi-layered representation: Suburban Asian communities in the Valley of the Sun

One Boyer
Georgetown University
Variability in the realization of voiced and voiceless stops in Sengwato

Ruth Wodak
Lancaster University
Analyzing Political Discourse – ‘Politics as Usual’

Alex Housen
Vrije University of Brussels
Re(de)fining the Noticing Construct – insights from eyetracking about the role of attention and awareness in SLA

Maria Polinsky
Harvard University
The Tale of Two Ergatives

Robin Lakoff
UC-Berkeley
Who are We and What are we Doing Here? Some Problems About Indexicality and Intertextuality (and Probably Much More) or Whaddaya Mean 'We,' Paleface?

Michael Israel
University of Maryland
The Logic of Emotional Involvement: Affective Operators and the Feeling of Entailments

Teun van Dijk
University of Pompeu Fabra
Discourse and Knowledge

Fabrizio Cariani
Northwestern University
Three Grades of Decision Theoretic Involvement (in Semantics)


Fall 2011

Terry Wiley
Center For Applied Linguistics
A Brief History of the Struggle for Educational Language Rights in the United States: Three Steps Forward, Two Back

Julie Anne Legate
University of Pennsylvania
VoiceP: Lessons from Acehnese

Aubrey Logan-Terry and  Rebecca Rubin-Damari
Georgetown University
Getting “Punked” in Afghanistan: A discussion of military cross-communication

John Wilson
University of Ulster
The Catholic, The Mormon, and The Alaskan: Pragmatics, Religion and the Presidency

Daniel Lassiter
Stanford University
Is a unified semantics of modality possible? Modal scales and the additive/ intermediate distinction

Aynat Rubinstein
Georgetown University
Figuring out what we 'ought' to do: on weak necessity modals and modal discourse

Steve DeRose
OpenAmplify
Corpus Linguistics and the Web: Then and Now

Fred Erickson
UCLA
Microethnography as an approach to the study of listening and speaking: Its aims and methods