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.

Paul Smolensky gives a talk to faculty and students during the Spring 2018 Speaker Series

Spring 2019 speakers include:


Jan. 11 – Laura Kalin
Princeton University
Word formation and derivational timing: A case-study or Turoyo


Jan. 18 – Dan Isbell
Michigan State University
Connecting SLA, Language Teaching, and Language Testing: A Focus on L2 Pronounciation


Jan. 25 – Minjin Lee
Yonsei University
Tasks, cognitive processes and individual differences in second language acquisition


Feb. 1 – Dustin Crowther
Oklahoma State University
Promoting Comprehensibility in Second Language Speech: Bridgin Monologic- and Interactive-base Scholarship


Feb. 8 – Lara Bryfonski
Georgetown University
Task-based language teaching: Implementation and L2 outcomes


Feb. 22 – Youssef Haddad
University of Florida
Syntax and pragmatics, their interplay and respective independence: Evidence from Arabic attitude datives


March 1 – Abdulkafi Albirini
Utah State University
Standard Arabic: between typology and proficiency


March 15 – Naomi Feldman
University of Maryland
Modeling early phonetic learning from spontaneous speech

April 12 – Scott Kiesling
University of Pittsburgh


April 19 – Atiqa Hachimi
University of Toronto, Scarborough


April 26 – Marjorie Harness Goodwin
UCLA


Fall 2018 speakers include:


Sept. 7 – Brendan O’Connor
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Demographics bias in social media language analysis: A case study of African-American English


Sept. 14 – Coptic Scriptorium
Rebecca Krawiec (Canisius College)
Christine Luckritz Marquis (Union Presbyterian Seminary)
Beth Platte (ReedCollege)
Caroline T. Schroder (University of the Pacific)
Amir Zeldes (Georgetown University)


Sept. 21 – Omri Abend
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
UCCA: A computational approach to cross-linguistic semantic representation


Sept. 28 – Dongsook Whitehead
President and Co-Founder of Connect 4 Education (C4E) and CEO and Chief Instructional Designer of C4EIS

Oct. 5 – Alastair Pennycook
University of Technology, Sydney
Semiotic assemblages: The pros and cons of trying to cover everything


Oct. 12 – Jeffrey Punske
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Compounding in Ewe


Oct. 19 – Tal Linzen
Department of Cognitive Science, JHU
On the syntactic abilities of recurrent neural networks


Nov. 2 – Harim Kwon
George Mason University
Speech accomodation in the first and second languages


Nov. 9 – Kai von Fintel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Conditional Desires


Nov. 16 – Joel Gomez
CAL
Key Contemporary Challenges for Applied Linguistics in the USA


Nov. 30 – Dan Goodhue
University of Maryland
Speaker Bias in Polar Questions


Dec. 7 – Paula Winke
Michigan State University
Using Eye-tracking and Cognitive Interviews as Windows into L2 Assessment Processes



Spring 2018 speakers include:


Jan. 19 – Nic Subtirelu
Georgetown University
Language education and racial economic justice: Who cashes in on bilingualism?


Jan. 26 – Elizabeth Coppock
Boston University
Proportional MOST is more than MANY plus -EST: Evidence from typological universals and variation


Feb. 2 – Bal Krishna Sharma
University of Idaho
Meeting the ‘other’: Communication training and intercultural encounters in tourism


Feb. 9 – Stephen Skalicky
Georgia State University
Language and Creativity: Insights from Multiple Perspectives


Feb. 16 – Rebecca Hwa
University of Pittsburgh
Separating the Sheep from the Goats: On recognizing the Literal and Figurative Usages of Idioms


Feb. 23 – Mark Steedman
University of Edinburgh
Bootstrapping Language Acquisition


Mar. 16 – Adam Ussishkin
University of Arizona
Roots, or consonants? On the early role of morphology in lexical access


Mar. 23 – Claire Bonial
Army Research Laboratory


Apr. 6 – Crispin Thurlow
University of Bern


Apr. 13 – Rachel Mayberry
University of California – San Diego


Apr. 20 – Maite Taboada
Simon Fraser University


Apr. 27 – Ahmad Alqassas
Georgetown University
 



Fall 2017 speakers include:


Miyuki Sasaki
Nagoya City University
Measuring L1-L2 Writing Development with a New Logitudinal Cluster Analysis Statistics


Walt Wolfram
North Carolina State University
Fim Screening: Talking Black in America


Florian Lionnet
Princeton University
Phonological Subfeatures: a Phonetically Grounded Account of Cumulative Effects in Phonology


Nelson Flores
University of Pennsylvania
Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Ideological Architecture of Whiteness as Property


Cristian Danescu-Niculescu- Mizil
Cornell
Conversational Markers of Social Dynamics


Anjali Pandey
Salisbury University
“When Size Matters”: Multimodality, Material Ethnography and Signage in Trump’s Race to the White House


Staci Defibaugh
Old Dominion University
Nurse Practitioners and Patient-Centered Care: What Linguistics Can Tell Us


Michael Krzyzanowski
University of Liverpool
Discursive Shifts, Recontextualisation & Multi-Level Critique:Challenging Discourses of Neoliberalism and Populism


Scott AnderBois
Brown University


Ahmad Alqassas
Georgetown University


Sylvia Schreiner
George Mason University


Suzanne Evans Wagner
Michigan State University



Spring 2017 speakers include:


Janet M. Fuller
Southern Illinois University
Linguistic Landscapes and the Making of an Imagined Community in Berlin, Germany


Wataru Suzuki
Miyagi University of Education, Japan
Hyeonjeong Jeong
Tohoku University, Japan
Using fMRI in Second Language Interaction Research: An Empirical Study


Fred Erickson
UCLA
Learning How to Look as Well as Listen: Highlights from a Conference on Video-based Interaction Analysis


Naoko Taguchi
Carnegie Mellon University
Theories of Pragmatics and L2 Comprehension of Indirect Meaning


Jacob Eisentstein
Georgia Tech
Social Networks, Social Meaning


Mark Norris
University of Oklahoma
The Compatibility of Imperatives and Negation: Insights from Estonian
 



Fall 2016 speakers include:


Rhonda Oliver
Curtin University
Translanguaging: Using Technology Enhanced Environments to Develop Multilingual Competence


Stefano Rasteli
University of Greenwich (UK)
The Discontinuity Hypothesis: Gemination and Superposition between Statistics and the Grammar in Second Language Acquisition


Stephen Wechsler
University of Texas
Self-Ascription in Egophoric Constructions and Infinitives


Mary Jane Curry
University of Rochester
The Push for Academic Publishing in English in Chile: Policy Pressures and Scholars’ Responses


Tracey Derwing
Simon Fraser University
A Longitudinal Study of L2 Pronunciaiton: Naturalistic Development and Challenges Along the Way


Richard Kayne
New York Professor
What is Suppletive Allomorphy? The Case of English went and English *goed


Yulia Tsvetkov
Stanford University
On the Synergy of Linguistics and Machine Learning in Natural Language Processing


Marine Capuat
University of Maryland
Toward Natural Language Inference Across Languages



Spring 2016 speakers include:


Kara Morgan-Short
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Interplay of Individual Differences and Contexts of Learning in Second Language Acquisition


Ute Rӧmer
Georgia State University
Constructions in Usage and Acquisition: What Determines Second Language Learners’ Emerging Knowledge of Verb Patterns in English?


Luke Plonsky
University College London
The N Crowd: Sampling, Generalizability, and Statistical Power in L2Research


Marine Carpuat
University of Maryland
Modeling Semantic Divergence in Bilingual Corpora


Satoshi Tomioka
University of Delaware
Purposeful Questions in Japanese and Korean: A New Embedding Strategy


Margaret Thomas
Boston College
The Significance of Missionary Grammars


Colin Phillips
University of Maryland
Speaking, Understanding, and the Architecture of Language


David Poeppel
New York University
Speech is Special and Language is Structured


Hotze Rullmann
University of British Columbia
On the Interaction Between Modality and Tense/Aspect
 



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
Why Phonology Matters to Language Revitalization



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 University
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 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


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   



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
Salve Regina University
Cultural Logic



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
 



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



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



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)



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