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CLS member Nadine Grimm has a new book out: A grammar of Gyeli
This grammar offers a grammatical description of the Ngòló variety of Gyeli, an endangered Bantu (A80) language spoken by 4,000-5,000 "Pygmy" hunter-gatherers in southern Cameroon. It is couched in a form-to-function approach and covers all levels of language, ranging from Gyeli phonology to its information structure and complex clauses. In 2019, the grammar received the Pāṇini Award by the Association for Linguistic Typology.


Call for Working Papers
We are soliciting contributions for Volume 9 of University of Rochester Working Papers in the Language Sciences (URWPLS). URWPLS is published by MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. For previous volumes, please see:

Papers in URWPLS are normally 10-20 pages and may be on any topic and in any field of interest to the language sciences community. Publication in working papers is ideal for preliminary work and does not normally preclude publishing a revised version in a journal or other peer-reviewed venue.

Student contributions are welcome but require a faculty sponsor (not necessarily a co-author). A faculty member can sponsor a student by writing a brief email to that speaks to the quality of a specific student contribution.

Contributions should be received by September 1 (aiming for publication in late Fall 2021) and should be sent to

Please don’t hesitate to contact for for further information.


Deep artificial neural networks reveal a distributed cortical network encoding propositional sentence-level meaning
CLS members Scott Grimm and Rajeev Raizada have are co-authors on a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience. The paper provides evidence that "sentence-level information [about meaning] is encoded throughout a cortical network, rather than in a single region”. See also More than words: Using AI to map how the brain understands sentences.