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.