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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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Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 34 in Konstanz, June 2019

The Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW) is a storied conference dating all the way back to 1984, when it was first held in Trondheim. Many a scholar young and old has presented there. In my first ever international conference presentation, … Continue reading

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GLOW in Oslo in 2019

GLOW will be coming to Oslo next year, and the abstract deadline is Friday!

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A whirlwind of activity

This week CASTL is hosting not one but two mini-courses! One on using software in OT analysis, and the other on experimental methods in the pragmatics-syntax interface. Each will be taught by an international team of guest experts. For the … Continue reading

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Linguistics and Poetry and speaking in someone else’s voice

Roman Jakobson wrote eloquently about the insights which linguistic analysis could bring to our understanding of poetry and of the importance of poetry to a full understanding of language (Jakobson 1960, apparently his most cited article ever). These days many … Continue reading

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