Pattillo to Concordia

Congratulations also to Kelsie Pattillo (Ph.D. 2014), who will begin teaching in the English Language Institute at Concordia University in Mequon, WI, this summer!

Al Bukhari passes proposal defense

Congratulations to Juman Al Bukhari, who successfully defended her dissertation proposal this past Thursday. Now on to the dissertation itself, entitled “The syntax of elliptical constructions in Jordanian Arabic”.

Phillips selected for ComSciCon-Chicago

Linguistics graduate student Daniel Phillips has been selected for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-Chicago) workshop, to be held at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center in August. The ComSciCon workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex concepts arising in science, engineering and other technical fields to diverse audiences. Admission to the workshop is highly competitive, and we are thrilled to have a representative from UWM Linguistics. Congratulations, Daniel!

Monday colloquium: Michael Daniel

Our final colloquium of the semester will take place this coming *Monday*, May 18, at 3:00pm in Curtin 309.

Michael Daniel, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University.

“Split recipient marking: evidence from East Caucasian”

Abstract: East Caucasian languages feature a cross-linguistically rare presence of two alternative ways to express Recipients with the verb ‘give’. This feature is consistently present throughout the family and displays amazingly subtle semantic parallels in all its languages. At first glance, the distinction between two Recipients seems to be a very elaborate semantic opposition that is more expected of a legal cobweb than of a linguistic system. I suggest that in fact the difference lies in two different conceptualizations of the Recipient – as Goal vs. Prospective Possessor.

Trinh talks at Minnesota, Whitewater

(Catching up on some older news): Tue Trinh gave two invited talks this spring: one at the University of Minnesota in March, entitled “A multidominance analysis of expletive verbs in Vietnamese”, and another at UW-Whitewater in April, entitled “On the modern Vietnamese script”.