Indiana University Department of Linguistics

Upcoming events in the IU linguistics community

Volume 167 February 15 – 21, 2013

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

Dissertation Defense: Andrew Shimunek

Location: Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Room
Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Andrew Shimunek, Ph.D. candidate in the Departments of Linguistics and Central Eurasian Studies, will defend his dissertation, titled The Serbi-Mongolic Language Family: Old Chinese, Middle Chinese, Old Mandarin, and Old Tibetan Records on the Hsien-pei (Xianbei) Languages and their Relationship to Mongolic, with Notes on Chinese Phonology, on Tuesday, February 19, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. If you would like to attend, please notify the committee co-chairs, Prof. Christopher I. Beckwith ( and Prof. Gyorgy Kara (

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Academic Publishing... But Were Afraid to Ask: A Workshop for Graduate Students

Location: Indiana Memorial Union, Walnut Room
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Courtney Berger from Duke University Press and Janet Rabinowitch and Raina Polivka from Indiana University Press will lead an open conversation with graduate students on the intricacies of academic publishing. In particular, they will address: 1) how do you catch the attention of an editor, 2) what does an editor look for when s/he reads a proposal or cv, 3) when is the right time to start talking to a press about your project, and 4) what makes for a good book proposal.
This workshop will be capped at 40 people. If you are interested, please RSVP to

Second Language Studies Colloquium Series

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 215
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

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

27th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

Location: Indiana Memorial Hall (IMU) Georgian Room
Date: February 28 - March 2
Program: (Click here to view the PDF)

The Department of Linguistics and the Center for the Study of the Middle East will host the 27th meeting of the Arabic Linguistics Symposium from February 28th - March 2, 2013. Invited speakers are Sam Hellmuth (University of York, UK), Elabbas Benmamoun (UIUC), Mona Diab (George Washington University) and Atiqa Hachimi (University of Toronto). All talks will be held in the Georgian Room of the IMU. Click here to see the program and other links.

French & Italian Graduate Student Organization Conference

Location: Swain East (SE) 105
Date: March 1-2

The French & Italian Graduate Student Organization is holding its bi-annual conference March 1-2, 2013. The theme for this year's conference is "Negotiation and Renegotiation." Following is the schedule for the French Linguistics talks, including the keynote address to be given by Annie Tremblay from the University of Kansas.

Friday, March 1, 2013
Codeswitching and Bilingualism panel (2:10-3:10 p.m.)
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Linguistics panel II (11:10-12:10)

Keynote speaker Annie Tremblay (4:05-5:20 p.m.): Topic TBA

If you have any questions about the conference or wish to see a full schedule, which includes the French literature and Italian talks, feel free to contact Eric Beurlein at

IULC Annual Graduate Student Conference call for papers

Deadline: Friday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.

The IULC is now accepting abstracts for our Annual Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please submit abstracts by email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

IULC Working Papers Online, Volume 12 available now

Website: IULC Working Papers Online, Vol. 12

Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is pleased to announce the release of Volume 12. IULC Working Papers Online is a peer-reviewed journal accepting submissions from the Indiana University community on topics ranging through the many varied subfields of linguistics and related disciplines. The Volume 12 Table of Contents, with links to abstracts and full text manuscripts, is available at

IULC Working Papers call for submissions


The Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is now accepting submissions for Volume 13.
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

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

PHLEGME: Phonetics Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Jeffrey Holliday

On Friday, February 15, Jonathan Washington will lead a discussion of Kang & Ko (2012), “In search of the acoustic correlates of tongue root contrast in three Altaic languages”. The article is available on Oncourse if you would like to read it ahead of time. As usual, we will meet on Friday from 10:00 to 11:30 in MM 317A.

PHLEGME is an acronym for PHonetics Literature Enjoyment Group MEeting. As the name implies, this reading group gathers to discuss phonetics papers together in a casual setting. Anyone wanting to participate or find more information can contact Jeffrey Holliday ( to be added to the email list and Oncourse page.

CLingDing: Computational Linguistics Hour

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 401
Time: Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
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 spring schedule, or contact Markus Dickinson ( for more information.

Syntax Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Yoshihisa Kitagawa

The Syntax Reading Group meets weekly to discuss syntax readings. On Monday, February 18, continue discussion of the Sigurdsson (2012) article posted on Oncourse. This week's meeting and future meetings will be in Memorial Hall 317A. For more information or to join the Oncourse group, contact Yoshihisa Kitagawa (

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