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Bidialectalists gather in UB

The conference on Structural and Developmental Aspects of Bidialectalism is nigh! Get ready for ten hours of structured talks and discussion, including international stars and proud local contributions, amply punctuated by breaks for refreshments and meals and informal discussion, preferably … Continue reading

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The joys of minimizing description length

This week we will be treated to two presentations by Roni Katzir on compression-based learning. In the LAVA lunch session on Thursday (high noon), he will discuss “an adequate simplicity metric for learning grammars,” going over three alternatives and arguing … Continue reading

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The emergence of semantically interpretable features

On Monday and Tuesday, our international workshop on the emergence of semantically interpretable features will take place, starting at nine sharp in the newly renovated UB auditorium with Anna Papafragrou from the University of Delaware. She’ll be speaking on “Semantics … Continue reading

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Friday Colloquium on Machine Language Acquisition, and Why Speech Technology Needs More Linguists

CASTL is proud to present the following Friday Colloquium talk on October 6th at 14.15 in E0105: Roksolana Mykhaylyk, Amazon and Harvard University Machine Language Acquisition, and Why Speech Technology Needs More Linguists. Abstract: It is hard to imagine our life before … Continue reading

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Grammatical Gender project at CAS

Big news: Marit and Terje have just landed a big and prestigious grant to spend a year (2019-2020) at the Center for Advanced Study in Oslo to work on grammatical gender with lots of international collaborators. Congratulations to everybody who was … Continue reading

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CASTL strongly represented at CGSW at NTNU this week

People have just trickled back in to Tromsø from GALA, the LAGB, and other far-flung events, but many of them will barely have time to repack before heading back off, this time to Trondheim, where the 32nd Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop … Continue reading

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Alex Pfaff to UiO

Alexander Pfaff, who defended his University of Tromsø thesis on Icelandic Noun phrases a little while back, will be starting in a Post-doc position at the University of Oslo in September, working with Kristin Bech among other people.The project is ‘Constraints on syntactic … Continue reading

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A very positive external evaluation of CASTL research groups

The Research Council of Norway assembled a big group of external teams to evaluate the humanities at all the Norwegian institutions of higher learning. A panel consisting of linguists with a wide range of specialties evaluated, among other things, 11 research groups … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Conference in Oslo in February 2018

The University of Oslo is hosting the third sesquiennial Norwegian Graduate Student Conference in Linguistics and Philology (NoSLiP): https://noslip2018.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/ The first was held in Tromsø in January of 2015, and the second at NTNU in October of 2016. One page abstracts … Continue reading

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The Six Commandments

This week, CASTL-LAVA’s Professor II Jason Rothman organized a major event in Reading featuring Chomsky and several other speakers, including two of our other Professor II’s, Terje Lohndal and Tanja Kupisch. The event was a major success, and Chomsky did … Continue reading

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