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”.

This week’s colloquium: Rajiv Rao

Our next departmental colloquium takes place this Friday, May 8, at 3:00pm in Curtin 309. All are welcome! Details:

Rajiv Rao (UW-Madison, Spanish & Portuguese)

“Experimental observations on the segmental and intonational phonology of heritage speakers of Spanish”

Asian Faculty & Staff Award for Ho Eun Park

Linguistics doctoral student Ho Eun Park has received the 2015-16 Asian Faculty & Staff Award. This competitive cash award is given to UWM students who demonstrate exceptional academic success and service to their communities. Congratulations, Ho Eun!

Pycha selected for Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshop

Anne Pycha, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, is one of twenty academics from the U.S. and Europe selected to participate in the Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshops for 2015. Sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and led by Gary Marcus, Professor of Psychology at New York University, the week-long workshop aims to train scientists to develop their writing skills, communicate with the public, reach colleagues, and cross disciplinary boundaries.