Past News 2011-2014

Matt Goldrick and Angela Fink have received the NSF dissertation improvement grant. Title: Doctoral Dissertation Research on the Role of Domain-Gen.
Date: 06-30-2014

The National Science Foundation awards a grant to Masaya Yoshida and Michael Frazier for support of the project, entitled "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Morphosyntactic Mismatch in Gapping"
Date: 04-15-2014

Janet Pierrehumbert is a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society
Date: 10-01-2013
Professor Janet Pierrehumbert has been elected as a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.

Masaya Yoshida is awarded an NSF grant
Date: 09-18-2013
Professor Masaya Yoshida has been awarded an NSF grant for the project titled "Clausal Ellipsis, it's structure and online processing".

Matt Goldrick is awarded an NSF grant
Date: 09-17-2013
Professor Matt Goldrick has been awarded an NSF grant for the project titled "Gradient Symbolic Computation".

Wordovators Project receives grant
Date: 03-28-2013
The Wordovators project led by Janet Pierrehumbert, and the Wordovators team will be funded by a U.S.$2.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Awards 2011-2012
Date: 01-01-2013
Gregory Ward has been selected for the 2011-2012 ASG Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll. Irene Sakk was recently presented with a Service Excellence Award. Chun Chan has been named a finalist for this year's Employee of the Year award. Gregory Ward is the recipient of the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences for the academic year 2011-2012

The following paper has been presented at 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics:

  • Frazier, Michael, David Potter and Masaya Yoshida. Pseudo-NP-Coordination. 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 30), Santa Cruz, April 13-15.

The following papers will be published:

  • Yoshida, Masaya, Honglei Wang and David Potter. Remarks on "Gapping" in DP. Linguistic Inquiry, 43(3).
  • Honglei Wang, David Potter, Masaya Yoshida. Cross-conjunct binding in nominal gapping. Snippets 24

David Potter received a scholarship to attend the North American Summer School of Logic, Language and Information in June.

The following papers have been presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory
(SALT) 22 in May, 2012, at the University of Chicago:

  • Magdalena Kaufmann (Goettingen) and Stefan Kaufmann (Northwestern), "Epistemic Particles and Performativity" (Alternate)
  • Carl Pollard (OSU) and E. Allyn Smith (Northwestern), "A unified analysis of the same, phrasal comparatives, and superlatives" (Poster)

The following papers and posters have been presented at CUNY 2012 sentence processing conference:

  • Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh), Scott Seyfarth (University of
    California, San Diego), Brady Clark (Northwestern University), Gerhard Jaeger (University of Tübingen), and Stefan Kaufmann (Northwestern University), "Cost and implicature in word use: Testing predictions of a game-theoretic model of alignment" (Talk)
  • Masaya Yoshida, Lauren Ackerman, Rebekah Ward, and Morgan Purrier (Northwestern University), "The processing of backward sluicing" (Talk)
  • Peter Baumann (Northwestern University), "The role of hierarchical structure in syntactic dependency integration" (Talk)
  • Lauren Ackerman and Masaya Yoshida (Northwestern University), "Structurally informative prosodic cues in center-embedded and right-branching sentences" (Poster)
  • Michael Frazier (Northwestern University), "Case-neutralized NPs in Tagalog and the nature of heavy shift" (Poster)

The paper "Doran, Ryan, Gregory Ward, Meredith Larson, Yaron McNabb, and Rachel E. Baker. (2012) “A Novel Experimental Paradigm for Distinguishing Between ‘What is Said’ and ‘What is Implicated’,” to appear in Language 88." has been picked up by a couple of scientific news outlet:

Gregory Ward has been invited to speak at the Workshop on Information, Discourse Structure, and Levels of Meaning (IDL 12) next October in Barcelona, Spain.

The following article has been published:

  • Brouwer, S., Van Engen, K., Calandruccio, L., and Bradlow, A. R. (2012). Linguistic contributions to speech-on-speech masking for native and non-native listeners: Language familiarity and semantic content. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(2), 1449-1464.
  • Jenna Luque Julia Moore (2012) Pronunciation from the Perspective of a Linguist/Speech-Language Pathologist. Pearson E-News.

Gregory Ward has been invited to give a talk:

  • Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Concordia University, Montreal. March. 2012
  • Department of Linguistics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN. February, 2012
  • Speaker, Workshop on the Discourse-Semantics Interface in Memory of Ellen F. Prince, “Pioneering the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface: Ellen F. Prince’s Early Contributions to Information Structure,” LSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.  January. 2012.
  • Panelist, Organized Session organized by the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (COSIAC), LSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.  Januar, 2012.
  • Plenary Speaker, Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. November., 2011

Gregory Ward has been invited to serve as on the following editorial board:

  • 2012 –        Member of the Executive Board, American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA)
  • 2012 –        Member of the Editorial Board, French Review of English Linguistics.
  • 2011 – 14   Member of the Board of Advisory Editors, Journal of Pragmatics.

Gregory Ward was invited to teach at the 2013 LSA Linguistic Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Stefan Kaufmann has been invited to serve as associate editor of Linguistics and Philosophy.

The following works have been published and presented:

  • Doran, Ryan, Gregory Ward, Meredith Larson, Yaron McNabb, and Rachel E. Baker. (2012) “A Novel Experimental Paradigm for Distinguishing Between ‘What is Said’ and ‘What is Implicated’,” to appear inLanguage 88.
  • Ward, Gregory. (2012) “Brave New Would:Demonstrative Equatives and Information Structure,” to appear in Proceedings of the Forty-First Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL 2011), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Ward, Gregory, Betty J. Birner, Laurence R. Horn, Barbara Abbott, Pauline Jacobson, and Jerrold M. Sadock. (2011) Ellen F. Prince; obituary in Language87:866-872.
  • Ward, Gregory, Betty J. Birner, Laurence R. Horn, Barbara Abbott, Pauline Jacobson, and Jerrold M. Sadock. (2011) Ellen F. Prince; obituary in Language87:866-872.
  • Ward, Gregory and Betty J. Birner. (2011) “Discourse Effects of Word Order Variation,” inSemantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Vol. 33.2, edited by Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn, and Paul Portner. Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter. Pp. 1934-1963.
  • Dehghani, M., R. Iliev, and S. Kaufmann. 2011. Causal explanation and fact mutability in counterfactual reasoning. Mind & Language 27(1):55-85.

Janet Pierrehumbert made a cameo appearance on the Today show discussing the increasing use of vocal fry by young women.

Janet Pierrehumbert has been elected as a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America.

Gregory Ward was honored with the "Patience of Job" Award at the 2011 LSA Linguistic Institute.

The following poster has been accepted for presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

  • Jordana Heller & Matt Goldrick "Dynamic Effects of Phonological Neighborhood Density in Laboratory and Spontaneous Speech"

The following posters have been accepted for presentation at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing 2011, in Paris, France.

  • Jordana Heller & Janet Pierrehumbert "Word burstiness improves models of word reduction in spontaneous speech"

The following posters have been accepted for presentation at Testing Models of Phonetics and Phonology workshop at the LSA's Linguistic Institute 2011 in Boulder, CO

  • Karen Chu & Matt Goldrick "Gradient co-activation of articulatory phonological representations in speech errors"
  • Jordana Heller & Matt Goldrick "Context matters: Effects of repetition and lexical neighborhood on vowel production"

Janet Pierrehumbert will be an invited speaker on the theme "Representations in Phonology" at the symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MIT Linguistics Department (Dec 9-11, 2011).

Altmann, Pierrehumbert, and Motter's recent article "Niche as a determinant of word fate in on-line discussion groups" PLoS One 6(5),
e19009 was featured in the Brazilian science magazine Revista FAPESP (in Portuguese).

Gregory Ward has been invited to serve on the editorial board of Journal of Pragmatics.

Gregory Ward has been invited to give a seminar as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Vigo in June.

Gregory Ward has been invited to deliver a plenary address at the Western Conferenceon Linguistics (WECOL 2011) in November.

Janet Pierrehumbert has been appointed to the Edward Sapir Professorship (formerly the LSA Professorship) for the 2013 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Michigan. The theme of the Institute will be "Universality and Variability".

Kristen Syrett (PhD, 2007) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at Rutgers University.

Midam Kim will give an invited talk on "Phonetic convergence after perceptual exposure to native and nonnative speech" at the meting of Language Processing Brown Bag at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on March 17, 2011.

The following paper has been published:

The following papers have been accepted for presentation:

Jordana Heller and Charlotte Vaughn have been awarded fellowships for the LSA Summer Institute in Boulder Colorado.

Janet Pierrehumbert delivered a plenary address entitled "Example based learning and the dynamics of the lexicon" at the Linguistics Society of American Annual meeting.

Stefan Kaufmann has been invited to speak at a symposium in honor of Judea Pearl, the recipient of this year's Rumelhart Prize, at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Boston, MA, in July.

Melissa Baese-Berk won the Acoustical Society of America Speech Communication Student Paper competition for the paper entitled "Learning novel phonetic categories in perception and production."

Jennifer Hay (Ph.D 2000) has been selected as one of the inaugural recipients of the New Zealand 'Rutherford Discovery Fellowship'. The fellowship provides support for early to mid- career researchers. This competitive fellowship is worth NZ$1,000,000. It releases her from teaching for 5 years, and provides funding to support her proposed research program on 'Episodic Word Memory'.

Melissa Baese-Berk has been offered at postdoctoral position at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language in San Sebastian, Spain.

Xiaoju Zheng and Janet Pierrehumbert "The Effects of Prosodic Prominence and Serial Position on Duration Perception" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Acoustical Society of America.

The following papers have been accepted for presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

  • Midam Kim and Ann Bradlow "Phonetic convergence as a function of linguistic and social distances"
  • Engstler, C. "Phonological and lexical attrition after a study-abroad experience."
  • Paterson, N., & Goldrick, M. "Does task constrain cross-language phonetic interactions?"

The following papers have been accepted for presentation at The 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America 2011 in Pittsburgh

  • Ken Konopka, "Community consensus and the vowels of Mexican heritage English"
  • Honglei Wang, Masaya Yoshida, Janet Pierrehumbert, "Evidence from the movement of the reduplicated adjective"
  • Lee, Y., & Goldrick, M.  "The role of abstraction in constructing phonological structure."