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MIT linguists at the LSA, WCCFL

MIT was particularly well represented at the Annual Meeting of the LSA from Jan 3-6 in Boston, with 26 presentations (plenary, invited talks, regular talks, and posters) by current MIT affiliates, and many many more by past affiliates.

On Friday David Pesetsky delivered an invited plenary address, with the title: “Что дѣлать? ‘What is to be done?’

In addition, the following talks and posters featured MIT presenters:

  • Adam Albright and Youngah Do: Featural overlap facilitates learning of phonological alternations
  • Jonathan Barnes, Alejna Brugos, Elizabeth Rosenstein, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Nanette Veilleux: Segmental sources of variation in the timing of American English pitch accents
  • Robert C. Berwick: Languages do not show lineage-specific trends in word-order universals
  • Robert C. Berwick, Marco Idiart, Igor Malioutov, Beracah Yankama, Aline Villavicencio: Keep it simple: language acquisition without complex Bayesian models
  • Young Ah Do: Children employ a conspiracy of repairs to achieve uniform paradigms
  • Young Ah Do and Michael Kenstowicz: The Base in Korean noun paradigms: evidence from tone
  • Ellen Duranceau: Open access at Massachusetts Institute of Technology: implementation and impact (In symposium: Open Access and the Future of Academic Publishing)
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine: Locality restrictions on syntactic extraction: the case (but not Case) of Kaqchikel Agent Focus
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Isaac Gould: Domain readings of Japanese head internal relative clauses
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Hadas Kotek: Intervention effects and covert pied-piping in English multiple questions
  • Kai von Fintel: Taking an Open Access Start-up Journal to the Next Level (In symposium: Open Access and the Future of Academic Publishing)
  • Suzanne Flynn, Janet Cohen Sherman, Jordan Whitlock, Claire Cordella, Charles Henderson, Zhong Chen, Aileen Costigan, James Gair, and Barbara Lust: The Regression Hypothesis revisited: new experimental results comparing child and dementia populations refute its predictions
  • Peter Graff, Paul Marty, and Donca Steriade: French glides after C-Liquid: the effect of contrast distinctiveness
  • Aron Hirsch and Michael Wagner: Topicality and its effect on prosodic prominence: the context creation paradigm
  • Samuel Jay Keyser: Generative grammar at MIT
  • Hadas Kotek: Intervention, covert movement, and focus computation in multiple wh-questions
  • Paul Marty and Peter Graff: Cue availability and similarity drive perceptual distinctiveness: a cross-linguistic study of stop place perception
  • Paul Marty, Peter Graff, Jeremy Hartman, and Steven Keyes: Biases in word learning: the case of non-myopic predicates
  • Shigeru Miyagawa: A typology of the root phenomena (In symposium: The Privilege of the Root, co-organized by Shigeru Miyagawa and Liliane Haegeman)
  • Sruthi Narayanan, Elizabeth Stowell, and Igor Yanovich: Ought to be strong
  • Gregory Scontras, Peter Graff, Tami Forrester, Noah D. Goodman: Context sensitivity in collective predication
  • Daeyoung Sohn: Absence of reconstruction effects and successive-cyclic scrambling
  • Maziar Toosarvandani: Coordination and subordination in Northern Paiute clause chaining
  • Rory Turnbull, Paul Marty, and Peter Graff: Complementary covariation in acoustic cues to place of articulation
  • Suyeon Yun: Phonetic grammar of compensatory lengthening: a case study from Farsi

In addition, a large contingent of MIT linguists is off to Arizona this weekend to present at WCCFL 31:

  • Tingchun Chen: Restructuring in Squliq Atayal
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Isaac Gould: Domain Readings of Japanese Head Internal Relative Clauses
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine: The (anti-)locality of movement: the case (but not Case) of Kaqchikel Agent Focus
  • Hrayr Khanjian: Complementizer Concord in Western Armenian
  • Theodore Levin: Untangling the Balinese Bind: Binding and Voice in Austronesian
  • Suyeon Yun: A Unified Account of Nonnative Cluster Repairs
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