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Scott Grimm: Invited to talk at Tübingen

October 16, 2018

Scott Grimm has been invited to talk at the workshop "Challenges to Compositionality: Mismatches between form and meaning" at the University of Tübingen on February 8-9, 2019. His talk is called “Counting Artifacts and Abstract Objects”. 


Aaron White: Invited talk at Stanford

October 12, 2018

Aaron White presents the Linguistics Colloquium on "Distribution, Inference, and Event Structure", in which he examines the relationship between semantico-pragmatic properties such as representationality, preferentiality, veridicality, and factivity and selection of clauses as syntactic arguments.


Scott Grimm nominated for Carnegie Fellowship

October 2, 2018

Scott Grimm has been nominated by the University of Rochester for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. From Carnegie website: "The Andrew Carnegie Fellows are an exceptional group of established and emerging scholars, journalists, public intellectuals, and authors whose work distills knowledge, enriches our culture, and equips leaders in the realms of public policy, humanities, international relations, law, and the arts."


Kapner enriches Rochester community through linguistics

September 30, 2018

Senior Julianne Kapner has always been fascinated by language. When she was 4 years old and a family member told her she had a big head, she responded, “it’s full of words.”


Scott Grimm Published in Language

September 1, 2018

Scott Grimm's article, "Grammatical Number and the Scale of Individuation" has been published in the September 2018 (Vol.94) issue of Language, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America and one of the top international peer-reviewed journals in the field.


Ash Asudeh Joins the Department of Linguistics

July 1, 2018

Ash Asudeh is our newest faculty member. He comes to the University of Rochester from the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. His research interests include semantics, syntax, pragmatics, cognitive science, linguistic theories and grammatical architecture, and the intersection of language, logic and computation. He is currently working on a monograph, with Dr. Gianluca Giorgolo, called Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory. It will be published by Oxford University Press.


5 linguistics students named Fulbright semifinalists

March 8, 2018

Five undergraduates from the Department of Linguistics are semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Program, the government’s flagship international educational exchange program.


Scott Grimm at LOT Winter School

January 8, 2018

Scott Grimm is an invited lecturer at the 2018 edition of the LOT Winter School in Amsterdam. His course is "Nominal Semantics and Grammatical Number"


Joyce McDonough at ISMo in Lille France

December 14, 2017

When segmentation helps. Implicative structure and morphological boundaries in the Navajo verb. S. Beniamine (Paris Diderot), O. Bonami (Paris Diderot), J. McDonough (University of Rochester)


Queenette Okwaraji receives travel grant

November 29, 2017

Queenette Okwaraji (LDD Masters student) received a travel grant to attend the Technological Methodologies in Language Documentation and Anthropology workshop at the American Anthropological Association Conference in Washington D.C., Nov 29-Dec 3, 2017.


Aaron White NLP talk

November 27, 2017

White, A. S., P. Rastogi, K. Duh, & B. Van Durme. (2017). Inference is Everything: Recasting Semantic Resources into a Unified Evaluation Framework. Talk presented by Kevin Duh at the 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing. Taipei, Taiwan, November 27-December 1, 2017.


Aaron White in Berlin

November 11, 2017

White, A. S. (2017). Computational approaches to clause selection. Invited talk given at Selectionfest 2017Humboldt University of Berlin and ZAS Berlin. Berlin, Germany. November 10-11, 2017.


Aaron White at 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development

November 3, 2017

Hirzel, M., A. S. White, & J. Lidz. (2017). Biased distributions in dialogs do not shape verb learning. Poster presented at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston University. November 3-5, 2017.


Aaron White at NELS 48

October 24, 2017

Aaron will be presenting his paper "The role of veridicality and factivity in clause selection" on October 27 at the 48th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.


Joyce McDonough -Mapping the Unseen: Language on landscape

October 17, 2017

Joyce McDonough, Linguistics


Peter Guekguezian at ICAL XI

October 2, 2017

Peter will be presenting his paper "Unmarked Locatives in Western Armenian" at the XI International Conference on Armenian Linguistics (ICAL) in Yerevan, Armenia at the National Academy of Sciences on October 4.


Joint PhD program applications open

October 2, 2017

Applications for a fully-funded joint PhD program in Linguistics focusing on cross-disciplinary training and collaboration are open. See our PhD program page for details


Maya Abtahian on WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson

September 28, 2017

Maya was on Connections with Evan Dawson today talking about the Rochester accent and language change in general. The full show, as well as a clip, are available on Weekend Connections.


Aaron White to teach two courses at ESSLLI 2017 in Toulouse

July 24, 2017

Aaron will be teaching two courses at the European Summer School on Logic, Language, and Information at the University of Tolouse this week. The first is an introductory course on Unsupervised methods for linguistic data, and the second is an advanced course on Computational lexical semantics, which he is coteaching with Kyle Rawlins (Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University).


Joyce McDonough - Visiting Professorships in Beijing and Nanjing China

May 29, 2017

Joyce McDonough will be giving a lectures at Nanjing Technical University in Nanjing and Minzu University in Beijing, May-June 2017.


Joyce McDonough- Labex EFL Chaire Internationale 2017, Université Paris Diderot

April 24, 2017

Labex EFL Chaire Internationale 2017, Université Paris Diderot 


Scott Grimm: Invited talk at Northwestern

March 31, 2017

Scott Grimm presents the Linguistics Colloquium at Northwestern University on "Plurality and Reference".


Greg Carlson named Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America

January 24, 2017

Greg Carlson, Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Director of the Center for the Language Sciences (CLS) has been named a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). As stated below, "LSA Fellows are recognized annually for their 'distinguished contributions to the discipline'. Previously inducted LSA Fellows include Noam Chomsky, William Labov, Steven Pinker and Calvert Watkins."