The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Issue of Monday, September 28th, 2015

Phonology Circle 9/28 - No meeting

There will be no Phonology Circle meeting this week.

Ling Lunch 10/1 - Adam Albright and Young Ah Do

Speaker:Adam Albright (MIT) and Young Ah Do (Georgetown)
Title: Paradigm uniformity in the lab: prior bias, learned preference, or L1 transfer?
Time: Thursday, October 1, 12:30-1:45pm
Place: 32-D461


Phonology reading group 10/2 - “Blocking and Complementarity in Phonological Theory”

A reading group on “Blocking and Complementarity in Phonological Theory” by Eric Bakovic will meet on Friday (October 2) at 12-1 pm in the 7th floor conference room. The group is planning to discuss Chapters 4 and 6 of the book. For more details, contact Ezer Rasin (rasin@mit.edu).

September LSA Member Spotlight: Kai von Fintel

Kai is the Linguistic Society of America’s gold star linguist of the month (so to speak)! Link here.


The 9th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics was held in Stuttgart, September 24-26. Professor Kai von Fintel was an invited speaker and gave a presentation entitled How to do conditional things with words and Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore; Phd 2014) talked about The semantics of the Mandarin focus marker shì.


Precision by Kai: “I wasn’t really talking to an empty auditorium.”