Indiana University Department of Linguistics

Upcoming events in the IU linguistics community

Volume 152 September 28 – October 4, 2012

The Linguistics Calendar is published by the Linguistics Department to keep you informed of announcements of interest.
To have an event posted in the Linguistics Calendar, email your information to by Wednesday of the week before your event.


Colloquia and Talks
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Fall Semester Reading Groups

Colloquia and Talks

Department of Linguistics Graduate Professionalization Workshops

Date: Fridays
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Kenneth De Jong

Mark your calendars for the fall semester's Graduate Professionalization Workshops, led by Department of Linguistics faculty.

Second Language Studies Colloquium

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 205
Date: Fridays
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Second Language Studies presents this colloquium series, which explores a wide range of topics related to second language acquisition.

For more information on these or future SLS Colloquia, please visit

Department of Linguistics Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Devault Alumni Center

The Department of Linguistics is proud to present the Distinguished Alumni Lecture, "The Path to Conspiracies and Opacity," by IU Distinguished Alumnus and Chancellor's Professor Daniel A. Dinnsen. The following is Professor Dinnsen's description of the lecture:

This talk departs from a conventional linguistics research presentation in that there will be very little in the way of technical, complex theoretical analyses. Instead, I want to trace the rather unusual and unlikely path that I followed from my undergraduate days here to my current arcane interests in conspiracies and opacity, especially as they have come together in our most recent findings about phonological acquisition and disorders. This will also include reflections on the history of the department from my perspective as a former student and a long-time member of the faculty.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. The lecture and retirement reception are also sponsored by the IU Cogntivie Science Program and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Mahmoud Al-Batal: Lectures on Arabic Pedagogy

Location: Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)
Date: Monday, October 8, 2012

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, Associate Professor and Director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin, will present the following two lectures:

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

IULC Working Papers call for submissions


The Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is now accepting submissions for Volume 12.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from all departments are encouraged to submit original papers on any subfield in linguistics. Submissions resulting from outstanding term papers and independent research studies are welcome.
The IULCWP is meant to provide a gentle introduction to the world of publishing and a stepping stone to a full-fledged journal submission through the review and revision process. We appreciate faculty support in familiarizing our students with this opportunity and encouraging them to keep it in mind as they begin designing their final projects and papers.
Please visit our website for detailed instructions on submission and to view previous volumes:
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at


Location: Indiana Memorial Union
Date: October 25-28, 2012

The 41st meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 41) will be held at Indiana University from October 25-28, 2012. Keynote speakers are Sali Tagliamonte, Dennis Preston and Norma Mendoza-Denton. Other presenters include William Labov, Walt Wolfram, and John Baugh among many others. The preliminary program and registration information can be found at the NWAV website:

27th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics call for submissions

Deadline: November 1, 2012

The Arabic Linguistics Society and the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University are pleased to announce the 27th Arabic Linguistics Symposium to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington, February 28 - March 2, 2013. Papers are invited on topics that deal with theoretical and applied issues of Arabic Linguistics. Research in the following areas of Arabic linguistics is encouraged: linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics and computational linguistics.
Keynote Speakers for the symposium are:

Persons interested in presenting papers are requested to submit a one-page abstract online at

Conferences of Interest

Many conferences of interest to IU Linguists can be found on the Linguist List Calls and Conferences page. Our own page for such announcements is undergoing revisions and will be linked shortly.

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Fall Semester Reading Groups

CLingDing: Computational Linguistics Hour

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 401
Time: Tuesdays at noon
Contact: Markus Dickinson
Website: CLingDing Page

CLingDing is a weekly computational linguistics discussion group, where students and faculty share in-progress research. CL students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please see for the full fall schedule, or contact Markus Dickinson ( for more information.

Syntax Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Steven Franks

The Syntax Reading Group meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. The group is currently reading Norvin Richards' book, Uttering Trees. If you would like to join the discussion or need to be added to the Oncourse site, please contact Steven Franks (

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Last modified: 20 September 2012