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August 2020

New Graduate Student Welcome

August 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Welcome, orientation, and meet-and-greet for new graduate students will be held virtually this year. Current Grad Students and Faculty will receive an email invitation.

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September 2020

SLA Talk – Undoing White Supremacy by Mary Bucholtz

September 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Undoing White Supremacy in the Language Disciplines Mary Bucholtz, Department of Linguistics, UC-Santa Barbara Part of the Second Language Acquisition PhD program's Talk Series. Location: Online. See the link below for description and attendance details.…

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Linguistics Fridays: Discussion of Cohen & Gleason lenition paper

September 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The first Linguistics Friday meeting of the Fall semester will be an online discussion of a recent paper by Uriel Cohen and Emily Gleason: “The causal structure of lenition: A case for the causal precedence…

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Working Group: Language Ideology and Linguistic Discrimination

September 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The newly formed Working Group on Language Ideology and Linguistic Discrimination will have its first meeting at noon on Friday September 25, and plans to meet every two weeks after that. If you’re interested in…

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Linguistics Fridays: Lares – Acoustic Disambiguation

September 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Acoustic Cues and Idiomatic Disambiguation Erwin Lares PhD Student, UW-Madison (Spanish)

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October 2020

Linguistics Fridays: Buxó-Lugo – Intonational prosody

October 2, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Andrés Buxó-Lugo University of Maryland Encoding and decoding of meaning through structured variability in intonational speech prosody Online Speech prosody plays an important role in communication of meaning. However, how listeners use the prosodic signal…

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Linguistics Fridays: Starr – L1/L2 Implicature processing

October 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Glenn Starr UW-Madison The Shallow Structure Hypothesis: L1 vs. L2 Processing of Scalar Implicatures  Online A considerable amount of research has emerged recently concerning second language (L2) learner sensitivity to various information types. From this,…

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Linguistics Fridays: Brown – Pennsylvania Dutch

October 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Josh Brown UW-Eau Claire Postvernacular Pennsylvania Dutch  Online As language shift progresses, a heritage language can change its functional orientation from communicative to symbolic. This stage in the life of a language is termed the…

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52nd Algonquian Conference

October 23, 2020 - October 25, 2020

UW-Madison will be hosting the 52nd Algonquian Conference October 23-25, 2020, virtually, of course. Program and registration details are available at the website. Registration is free for UW-Madison students, and is available for $10-40 for…

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Linguistics Fridays: Jacobson – Form and Content

October 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On the relationship between form and information content Cassandra Jacobs, UW-Madison Research Associate in Psychology Zipf (1949) famously demonstrated that longer words are typically less frequent. However, more recent work has suggested that word frequency…

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November 2020

Language & Linguistics Alumni Panel

November 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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A panel of recent alumni in languages and linguistics will share their experiences working in various career fields, including technology, marketing, government, and education. See panelist info! Sponsored by the Language Institute For more information…

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Linguistics Fridays: Koranda – Word selection and recent utterances

November 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The probability of saying a word depends on form properties of recent utterances Mark Koranda, UW-Madison Graduate Student, Psychology

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Linguistics Fridays: Holmstrom & Vanhecke – Glottalization in WI English

November 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

is the new : On glottalization in Wisconsin English. Sarah Holmstrom & Charlotte Vanhecke UW-Madison, Linguistics PhD program Online - contact rashields@wisc.edu for the link. While /t/-glottalization has been a well-attested phenomenon since the 1940s,…

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February 2021

Linguistics Fridays: Kepler – Prepositions in Relative Clauses

February 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Preposition Placement in Wh-Relative Clauses Among Speakers of American English Grady Kepler UW-Madison, English This study investigates acceptability judgements of native speakers of American English, specifically examining the preposition placement in wh-relative clauses. In wh-relative…

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March 2021

Linguistics Fridays: Armstrong – Verbs in Yucatec Maya

March 5, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Building verbs in Yucatec Maya out of lexical roots from Spanish: The role of form and meaning Grant Armstrong UW-Madison, Spanish & Portuguese The goal of this talk is to contribute to our understanding of…

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Linguistics Fridays: Phonology Reading Group

March 12, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This week the Phonology Reading Group will meet to discuss the following paper: Nikolaev & Grossman (2020) "Consonant co-occurrence classes and the feature-economy principle" Phonology. Contact Becky Shields to be added to our mailing list…

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Linguistics Fridays: Jin & Koenig – Expletive Negation

March 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When interference in language production gets lexicalized: The case of expletive negation Yanwei Jin & Jean-Pierre Koenig University at Buffalo In this talk, we explore this hypothesis that expletive negation (EN) is caused by general…

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Language & Linguistics Alumni Panel

March 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn from recent UW-Madison alumni using their language and linguistic skills across industries domestically and abroad (research, publishing, communications, government, education). Gain insight into exploring post-grad plans that suit your language skills and interests. This…

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Linguistics Fridays: Leonard – Native American Linguistics

March 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Aspects of the Theory of Native American Linguistics Wesley Leonard Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, University of California-Riverside Despite increased focus on Native American language community needs and values in the discipline of Linguistics, an ongoing…

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April 2021

Linguistics Fridays: Goldrick – Speech Production

April 9, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Language control and cross-language interactions in speech production Matt Goldrick Linguistics, Northwestern University Bilingual speakers have the amazing ability to efficiently manage the parallel activation of multiple linguistic systems during speech. What is the nature…

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Indigenous Languages of Wisconsin: Reclaiming Past, Present, and Future

April 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monica Macaulay, Brian McInnes, and Omar Poler will give a brief overview of the Indigenous languages of Wisconsin in both historical and current context, focusing on their reclamation and revitalization by the Native Nations of…

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Linguistics Fridays: Francis – Acceptability Judgments

April 16, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Interpreting gradient acceptability judgments: evidence from word order alternations in English Elaine Francis English & Linguistics, Purdue University What conclusions can we draw from gradient patterns of acceptability judgments about speakers’ implicit grammatical knowledge? In…

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Linguistics Fridays: Román, Pastor, Ward

April 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tensions between Bilingual Teacher Identities and Monoglossic Ideologies in Spanish-English Bilingual Programs Diego Román Curriculum & Instruction, UW-Madison Alberto Pastor Spanish, Southern Methodist University Katherine Ward Spanish, UW-Madison The identities of bilingual teachers working in…

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Linguistics Fridays: Zhang

April 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Flipping those pages, swiping that screen: A corpus-based analysis of the digital transformation of the news register Lynn Zhang English, UW-Madison This talk discusses the digital transformation of newspapers and the linguistic changes resulting for…

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October 2021

Ling Fridays: Strategies for Lexical Expansion in Algonquian Languages

October 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Strategies for Lexical Expansion in Algonquian Languages Rachel Fedorchak, Vade Kamenitsa-Hale, Hunter Thompson Lockwood, and Monica Macaulay University of Wisconsin-Madison Online: Email Becky Shields for the Linguistics Fridays Zoom link. This paper explores word formation…

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Historical Linguistics Reading Group

October 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Historical Linguistics Reading Group This week the group will discuss the article "The role of frequency of use in lexical change: Evidence from Latin and Greek" by Wilson, Pappas & Mooers 2019 in Diachronica 36:4.…

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Heritage Language Linguistics Reading Group

October 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discussing “Variation and stability of American Norwegian /r/ in contact” by David Natvig. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (2021). Online - Email Becky Shields for link.

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November 2021

Ling Fridays: Hidden Diversity in People’s Word Meanings

November 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hidden Diversity in People's Word Meanings Gary Lupyan, UW-Madison Ella Liu Online - Email Becky Shields for link.

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Ling Fridays: Introducing the ENABLE Project

November 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Introducing Project ENABLE: An online resource for Enriching Navajo as a Biology Language for Education Sterling C.T. Martin, Joanna Bundus, Frank Morgan, Ira Fich, Doris J. McThomas, Delphine J. McThomas, & Susana Wadgymar. Online -…

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December 2021

Ling Fridays: Projection in Comparatives

December 3, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Projection in Comparatives Nick Fleisher, UW-Milwaukee Online - email Becky Shields for link.

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Cisneros: Free Choice and Indiscriminacy in Cuevas Mixtec

December 6, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free choice and indiscriminacy in Cuevas Mixtec Carlos Cisneros University of California-Berkeley Online: Email rashields@wisc.edu for link This talk evaluates the best analysis for capturing the syntactic and semantic properties of free choice indefinites in…

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