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Nadine Grimm invited to give colloquium talk: Grammatical tone in Bantu: Insights from Gyeli, Humboldt University Berlin, 12/17/2019

Scott Grimm and Peter Guekguezian: Plurality and Determinancy in Western Armenian NaP2019 – Number and plurality: cross-linguistic variation in the nominal domain (University of Goettingen)


White Receives DARPA Grant
Aaron Steven White receives DARPA grant for Decompositional Schema Induction and Prediction

White Receives IARPA Grant
Aaron Steven White receives IARPA funding for Multilingual Decompositional Analysis and Retrieval.


Ash Asudeh. Richard Redux. Presented at the Institute of Linguistics, University of Minnesota. October 4, 2019.

Presentations at NWAV48 Conference in Eugene, OR:

  • Maya Ravindranath Abtahian and Aaron Steven White presented a paper: Language ideologies and language shift scenarios in Indonesia. Co-Authors: Abigail Cohn, Aaron White, Yanti
  • Maya Ravindranath presented a paper with Cornell Colleagues titled: Variation and change in Jakarta Indonesian first-person pronouns. Co-Authors: Abigail Cohn, Ferdinan Kurniawan, and Rachel Vogel
  • Alumnus Julianne Kapner (’19) presented poster: Snowy days and Nasal A's: The retreat of the Northern Cities Shift in Rochester, NY
  • Alumni Julianne Kapner (’19), Theresa Kettelberger (’19), and Agatha Milholland (’19) presented poster:Revisiting variation of elementary pronunciation in Upstate New York
  • All abstracts for NWAV48 presentations can be found here:

Scott Grimm (University of Rochester) and Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): -Ing nominalizations: Implications for natural language Presented at OASIS: Ontology as Structured by the Interfaces with Semantics

Joyce McDonough, in collaboration with Jalon Begay, gave invited talk at Haskins Laboratories titled:Patterns of inflection in fusional morphology: relations between words in Navajo on 24 October.

Aaron Steven White and Ellise Moon gave a talk titled The source of nonfinite temporal interpretation at NELS 50 on October 26, 2019 at MIT. Abstract:

Aaron Steven White receives DARPA grant for Decompositional Schema Induction and Prediction

Working Papers in Linguistics
We are excited to announce that a new issue, Volume 7 of the University of Rochester Working Papers in the Language Sciences has been published by MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. The new issue features papers from Joyce McDonough, Jeffrey Runner, Yuhang Xu, Yuyi Zhou, and Peter Guekguezian. The papers highlight the research that is going on at CLS, including phonetics, morphology, and syntax, and using fieldwork, experimental, and quantitative methodologies. Volume 7 of URWPLS, edited by Peter Guekguezian, is available for puchase at


Grimm Receives Panini Award
Nadine Grimm receives the Panini Award for her "Grammar of Gyeli" and is an invited plenary speaker at the 13th ALT Conference on September 6, 2019 in Pavia, Italy.

Dunlap Receives ELDP Grant
Alexandrine Dunlap receives an ELDP grant to document the endangered Bantu language Gweno of Tanzania.

Processing Text in Python
Learn the basics of getting useful information from raw text using one of today's most popular programming languages. See the event poster (pdf) for more details.

Scott Grimm to Speak at SinFonIJA 12
Scott Grimm to give the invited plenary talk titled, Count, Non-Count and Counts: Quantitative Investigations of Countability, at the Workshop on Number, Numerals and Plurality taking place during the 12th Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis (SinFonIJA 12) in Brno, Czech Republic.


Schubert Group Updates
Professor Len Schubert’s group in computer science has been actively working on semantic parsing, discourse inference, spatial relations, schema-based story processing, and managing casual dialogues in virtual humans. View the group updates page to learn more.


Request for Proposals
The Center for Language Sciences is seeking proposals for workshops of interest to the CLS community to be held in the 2019/2020 academic year. There will not be many constraints on the content or format of the workshops. However, in order to be considered, a workshop must be on some aspect of language that is of interest to at least two departments of the University of Rochester. All workshop proposals must have a CLS faculty sponsor. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2019. Contact Amanda Sherry for further information.


A Theory of Kinds for Generics?
Bernhard Nickel
Harvard University
Talk: 2-3 p.m.
Responses and discussion: 3-5 p.m.
View the event poster for more details.