Calendar

Oct
30
Thu
GPSO Fall Family Festival @ Dunn's Woods and Kirkwood Hall
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

GPSO is hosting a family and pet-friendly Fall Fest! Bring the kids!

We’ll have plenty of activities and fun stuff for the kids – pumpkin carving, coloring, fall themed games, caramel apples, & pumpkin ice cream!

To warm you up, inside Kirkwood Hall we will have more games, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

Come one, come all! Graduate students, faculty, staff and your families, friends and significant others are welcome. Join us and invite friends to what is sure to be a grand fall festival!

 

Oct
31
Fri
CLingDing @ Ballantine Hall 340
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Nearly every week, we have a discussion group (CLingDing) where people present work-in-progress or useful tutorials related to computational linguistics. For more information, please visit our wiki page at Fall2014ClingDing.

Syntax Reading Group @ Memorial Hall seminar room (317A)
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Syntax Reading Group is currently meeting 11-12 on Fridays in the seminar room, and at the moment we are reading Barbara Citko’s new book, Phase Theory: An Introduction.

We maintain an Oncourse page and readings can be downloaded from there.

Linguistics Coffee Hour @ Tables near Starbucks in the Union
Oct 31 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join us on Friday, 10/31 (Halloween!)  for the second Linguistics Coffee Hour of the year. The last coffee hour was a great success, and this one will feature all of the same great opportunities to hang out with fellow language lovers and socialize with others in the department. And there will be Halloween candy in evidence, to boot!
All are welcome – faculty, grad students, undergrads, and friends. Whether you’re a major, a minor, or just interested in linguistics, this is a great opportunity to connect with others, so bring a bag lunch or snag a cup of coffee and prepare for some great company and great conversation.

 

Nov
7
Fri
CLingDing @ Ballantine Hall 340
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Nearly every week, we have a discussion group (CLingDing) where people present work-in-progress or useful tutorials related to computational linguistics. For more information, please visit our wiki page at Fall2014ClingDing.

Syntax Reading Group @ Memorial Hall seminar room (317A)
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Syntax Reading Group is currently meeting 11-12 on Fridays in the seminar room, and at the moment we are reading Barbara Citko’s new book, Phase Theory: An Introduction.

We maintain an Oncourse page and readings can be downloaded from there.

Olga Scrivner talk on Historical Linguistics @ Ballantine Hall 205
Nov 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Department of French & Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series

Probabilistic Approach in Historical Linguistics
Word Order Change in Infinitival Clauses: Latin and Old French Corpus Study

About the talk: While the probabilistic approach is certainly a norm in psycholinguistics, natural language processing and sociolinguistics, the categorical approach is still dominant in historical linguistics, describing only “the extremes” of the phenomenon and excluding the gradient continuum. In this study, I offer a novel methodology to examine the shift from object-verb (OV) to verb-object word order (VO) in the history of Latin and Old French.

First, this study focuses on infinitival transitive clauses extracted from annotated corpora spanning over several centuries of Latin and Old French. Second, the corpus is codified for various pragmatic, semantic and syntactic factors. The results indicate that VO is a basic word order in Late Latin, contrary to the traditional view, while OV is a result of stylistic transformations. Furthermore, the study suggests that the origin of VO order seems to be in the reduction of the left periphery of clauses in Late Latin – a change that became evident only through analyzing infinitival clauses. This study shows that the combination of corpus linguistic, variationist and probabilistic methods yields a better understanding of language change.

About the speaker: Olga Scrivner is pursuing a dual Ph.D in French Linguistics and General Linguistics. She holds an MA in French Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington (2009) and an MA in French Philology from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia (1998). Olga’s research interests include Sociolinguistics, Historical Linguistics, and Corpus Linguistics. She is also interested in Old Occitan and is working on a digital annotation project of the 13th-century Romance of Flamenca.

Nov
14
Fri
CLingDing @ Ballantine Hall 340
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Nearly every week, we have a discussion group (CLingDing) where people present work-in-progress or useful tutorials related to computational linguistics. For more information, please visit our wiki page at Fall2014ClingDing.

Syntax Reading Group @ Memorial Hall seminar room (317A)
Nov 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Syntax Reading Group is currently meeting 11-12 on Fridays in the seminar room, and at the moment we are reading Barbara Citko’s new book, Phase Theory: An Introduction.

We maintain an Oncourse page and readings can be downloaded from there.

Nov
21
Fri
CLingDing @ Ballantine Hall 340
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Nearly every week, we have a discussion group (CLingDing) where people present work-in-progress or useful tutorials related to computational linguistics. For more information, please visit our wiki page at Fall2014ClingDing.