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Inaugural Ivan A. Sag Lectures: Some Concepts and Consequences of a Theory of Word Meaning

October 6, 13, 20, Noon-2 p.m.
109 Bausch & Lomb Hall

Professor John Beavers
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics

Free and open to the public. View the event poster (pdf).

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“Large Language Models: Boon or Bane?”

October 12, 7:30-9 p.m.
Goergen Hall 101 (Sloan Auditorium)
University of Rochester

Panel discussion on large language models (eg ChatGPT) among faculty members from various University of Rochester departments, including linguistics, philosophy, psychology, brain and cognitive science, and computer science.

Free and open to the public. View the event poster (pdf).

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The trees and the roots: The role of syntacticians in language documentation

Friday, September 29, 12:30-2 p.m. in Lattimore 201

George Aaron Broadwell
Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Linguistics
University of Florida

Many linguists who have been trained primarily in syntax eventually find themselves as part of a larger language documentation team, where a much wider range of linguistic (and non-linguistic) skills are needed. This talk discusses the bigger ecology of language work and suggests the kinds of teamwork that will lead to more robust, long-lasting, and useful scholarship.


28th Annual Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference

July 22–24, 2023

The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse.

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Workshop on Processing and Evaluating Event Representations (PEER2023)

March 31, 2023

Members of the CLS community are cordially invited to participate in the Second Workshop on Processing and Evaluating Event Representations (PEER2023), which will be held on March 31, 2023 at the University of Rochester.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on computational models of incremental language understanding with researchers working on event semantics from both a computational and experimental perspective. Presentations will focus on a variety of questions in these domains:

  • What symbolic and continuous representations are necessary for capturing different aspects of linguistic meaning?
  • How do we determine the psycholinguistic validity of such representations to better understand incremental processing in humans?
  • How might the psycholinguistically valid representations be deployed during incremental language processing?

The workshop is sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor and the Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester. Its broader goals are to build collaborations among researchers in Western and Central New York and to provide a platform for giving feedback to student researchers.

More information about the workshop, including location and schedule, can be found at