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The Voice System of Amharic

Desalegn passed his defense with flying colors! Those of you who have not yet downloaded his thesis can do so at Munin. I warmly recommend it for anyone interested in the syntax of argument structure, the lexical semantics of verbs, … Continue reading

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Desalegn Workneh’s doctoral defense

We have a new doctoral defense coming up! Desalegn Workneh will defend his PhD dissertation on The Voice System of Amharic next week. The event will start with a 45-minute trial lecture at 9AM on Thursday, September 3rd on “The … Continue reading

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Aurora Center 2020-23

Director: Marit Westergaard Principal investigators: Yulia Rodina & Fatih Bayram (Theme 1), Merete Anderssen & Natalia Mitrofanova (Theme 2), Øystein Vangsnes & Terje Lohndal (Theme 3), Jason Rothman & Evelina Leivada (Theme 4) Summary Humans are unique among animals in … Continue reading

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Aurora Center

A special Christmas message from Marit: More terrific news today! This is (almost) incredible – but it just became official: Our proposal to become an Aurora Center has been granted!!! This is a 4-year / 30 million NOK grant from … Continue reading

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Theories of features, continued

As we’re still digesting two in-depth presentations by Omer Preminger against abstract Agree as a way to analyze anaphora and other predicate-argument relations, the discussion from the Thirty Million Theories of Features workshop continues unabated in various venues — Gillian … Continue reading

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More than thirty million theories of features

The implicit complaint in McCawley’s book title, Thirty Million Theories of Grammar, was that having many theories of something is a less satisfactory state of affairs than having few (viable) theories of it — to paraphrase Thomas Graf’s characterization of … Continue reading

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Thirty Million Theories of Features

The Thirty Million Theories of Features workshop is upon us! The hope is that by the end of the workshop, there will be fewer theories of features than we started with — as Gillian put it in her blog post, … Continue reading

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OASIS 2

OASIS – Ontology As Structured by the Interfaces with Semantics – is a CNRS-based interdisciplinary network project connecting CASTL to linguistic centers in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, London, and the US to study formal semantic ontology. The first OASIS meeting, OASIS 0, took … Continue reading

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Strong representation by CASTL at GLOW in Oslo

The program for GLOW 42 (Oslo, May 7-11) is out, and CASTL is well represented! On the main program, there’s a talk by Michal Starke together with CASTL alumnus Pavel Caha along with Karen de Clercq and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd, … Continue reading

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A major new project at CASTL, led by Jason Rothman

Jason Rothman has been awarded a huge grant by Tromsø Forskningsstiftelse to conduct research into bilingualism in Tromsø. The project is called HELPING, which is an acronym for ‘Heritage-Bilingual Linguistic Proficiency In the Native Grammar’, and the project has a subtitle, ‘Charting and Explaining Differences’. … Continue reading

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