Past Colloquia

Colloquia 2022-2023


Thursday, October 20, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Daniel Goodhue, Leibniz-ZAS
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, November 3, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh (Zoom)


Thursday, February 9, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Allyson Ettinger, University of Chicago
Stuart Hall, Room 102


Thursday, March 23, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Vera Gribanova, Stanford University
Rosenwald, Room 301

Thursday, April 6 , 3:30 - 5:00pm
Liliana Sánchez, University of Illinois Chicago 
Rosenwald, Room 301

Thursday, April 13, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Emily Hanink, Indiana University (PhD alum 2018)
Rosenwald, Room 301

Thursday, May 11, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Jasone Cenoz, University of the Basque Country (Koldo Mitxelena Visiting Professor) 
Rosenwald, Room 301

Thursday, May 18, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Jessi Grieser, University of Michigan
Rosenwald, Room 301


Colloquia 2021-2022


Thursday, December 2
Zoe Gavriilidou, Democritus University of Thrace (in person)


Thursday, February 3
Bodo Winter, University of Birmingham (Zoom)

Thursday, March 3
Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (in person)


Thursday, April 7 
Jon Sprouse, New York University Abu Dhabi (Zoom)

Thursday, April 21
Lisa Matthewson, University of British Columbia (Zoom)

Thursday, May 5
Yoonjung Kang, University of Toronto (Zoom)


Colloquia 2020-2021


Thursday, October 15, 4:20pm (CST)
Laura McPherson, Dartmouth College

Thursday, November, 12:
Simon Charlow, Rutgers University

Thursday, November 19, 4:20pm (CST)
Pilar Chamorro Fernandez, University of Georgia


Thursday, January 21
Anna Papafragou, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 25
Roger Levy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Thursday, April 8
Stephanie Shih, University of Southern California - Dornsife

Thursday, April 22
Anne H. Charity Hudley, University of California - Santa Barbara

Thursday, May 20
Jessica Coon, McGill University


Colloquia 2019-2020

Autumn Quarter:

Thursday, October 17, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Will Oxford, University of Manitoba

Thursday, October 31, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Brian Dillon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Thursday, November 14, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Markus Steinbach, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Winter Quarter:

Thursday, January 16, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Hannah Sande, Georgetown University
Phase-bounded phonology in Cophonologies by Phase
Saieh Hall, Room 203

Thursday, February 6, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Jonathan Brennan, University of Michigan
Saieh Hall, Room 203

Thursday, February 20, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Katerina Chatzopoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Saieh Hall, Room 203

Spring Quarter:

Thursday, April 9, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Simon Charlow, Rutgers University

Thursday, April 16, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Damián Blasi, Harvard University

Thursday, April 23, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Laura McPherson, Dartmouth College

Thursday, May 14, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Irina Nikolaeva, SOAS University of London

Thursday, May 28, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Pilar Chamorro Fernández, University of Georgia
Saieh Hall, Room 203

Colloquia 2018-2019


Thursday, October 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Andreas Trotzke, University of Konstanz
Exploring the multidimensionality of exclamatives
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, October 25, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Mark Janse, Ghent University
The Resurrection of a Not-So-Dead Language: Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, November 8, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Eric Baković, University of California San Diego
The expressivity of segmental phonology and the definition of weak determinism
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, November 15, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, National University of Singapore
Bikol clefts and topics and the Austronesian subject-only extraction restriction
Stuart Hall, Room 102                                                                                               


Thursday, January 17, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Andrea E. Martin, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Computing (de)compositional linguistic representations within the constraints of neurophysiology
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, January 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Meredith Tamminga, University of Pennsylvania
What can we learn from sociolinguistic sequences?
Stuart Hall, Room 102

Thursday, February 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Monica Macaulay, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Classifier Medials Across Algonquian: A First Look
Stuart Hall, Room 102


Thursday, April 4, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Enoch Aboh, University of Amsterdam
Lessons from a ‘damaged brain’: Language without Executive Functions
Social Sciences, Room 302

Thursday, April 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Georgia Zellou, University of California, Davis
Talking Tech: How does voice-AI influence human speech?
Social Sciences, Room 302

Colloquia 2017-2018


Thursday, October 5, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Gabriela Caballero, University of California San Diego
Rosenwald 015

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Heather Burnett, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris Diderot University
Rosenwald 015

Thursday, November 9, 3:30 - 5:00pm
James Kirby, University of Edinburgh
Rosenwald 015


Thursday, January 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Thursday, January 25, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Peter Lasersohn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Thursday, February 15, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Maziar Toosarvandani, University of California, Santa Cruz
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Thursday, March 1, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Vassilios Spyropoulos, University of Athens
Stuart Hall, Room 104


Thursday, April 12, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Richard F Strand
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Thursday, April 19, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Annette D'Onofrio, Northwestern
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Thursday, May 10, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Bob Ladd, Edinburgh
Stuart Hall, Room 104

Colloquia 2016-2017


Thursday, October 13, 3:30-5:30 pm
David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Hustle: the hidden agendas in language
Stuart 105

Thursday, October 20, 3:30-5:00 pm
Léa Nash, Université Paris 8 CNRS
Person Split and Pronominal Asymmetries
Pick 016

Thursday, October 27, 3:30-5:00 pm
Donna Jo Napoli, Swarthmore College
The Drive for Ease of Articulation in Sign Languages and Repercussions for the Lexicon and for Historical Linguistics
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society (5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue)


Thursday, January 12, 3:00-4:30 pm
Jane Chandlee, Haverford College
A Computational Account of Opaque Phonological Interactions
Rosenwald 011

Thursday, February 09, 3:00-4:30 pm
Vicki Carstens, Southern Illinois University
/Only/ and Antisymmetry in Zulu and Xhosa
Rosenwald 011

Thursday, February 16, 3:00-4:30 pm
Julie Legate, University of Pennsylvania
Rosenwald 011


Thursday, April 27, 3:00-4:30 pm
Susan Lin, University of California, Berkeley
Variation in articulatory magnitude and timing
Rosenwald 011

Thursday, May 11, 3:00-4:30 pm
Jessica Coon, McGill University
Building verbs in Chuj: Consequences for the nature of roots
Pick 016

Thursday, May 18, 3:00-4:30 pm
Jim McCloskey, University of California, Santa Cruz
Pick 016

Colloquia 2015-2016


October 29, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Ioanna Sitaridou, University of Cambridge
Romeyka negators: ‘Nothing makes sense except in the light of diachrony’
Rosenwald 015

November 5, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Patricia Amaral, Indiana University Bloomington
Approximatives: almost more puzzling than before

November 12, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Christian DiCanio, University of Buffalo
Tonal dissimilation and dispersion in speech production

November 19, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Eric Raimy, University of Wisconsin at Madison

December 3, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Michael Wagner, McGill University
Additivity and the syntax of 'even'


January 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Line Mikkelsen, UC Berkeley
What goes postverbal in a verb-final language? Syntactic categories, information structure and headedness in Karuk
Rosenwald 011

February 4, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
David Adger, Queen Mary University, London
Merge: Taming the Menagerie
Rosenwald 011

February 19, 3:30pm-5pm

Maria Coppola, University of Connecticut
Unexpected routes to language: Evidence from child and adult homesign systems
Neubauer Collegium (5701 S Woodlawn, 1st floor)


February 25, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Matthew Wagers, University of California, Santa Cruz
Constituent order and parser control processes in Chamorro
Rosenwald 011

March 3, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Gaja Jarosz, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sonority Sequencing in Polish: Defying the Stimulus?
Rosenwald 011


March 31, 3:30-5pm
John Goldsmith, UChicago
Language and the mind sciences: the first six generations
Pick 016

April 7, 3:30-5:00pm
Susan Gal, UChicago
Sociolinguistic differentiation: What does similarity have to do with it?
Pick 016

April 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Caroline Heycock, University of Edinburgh
Diachrony and Variational Acquisition: How verbs stop moving in Scandinavia
Pick 016

April 28, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Ohio State University
Sociolinguistic perception and introspective awareness
Pick 016

May 19, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Benjamin Bruening, University of Delaware
Word Formation is Syntactic: Adjectival Passives in English
Pick 016

May 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Masaya Yoshida, Northwestern University
Online processing of elided structures
Pick 016

Colloquia 2014-2015


October 9, 3:30-5pm
Crit Cremers, Leiden University
Meaning denies structure, so grammar is incomplete
Harper 140

October 23, 3:30-5pm
Jeffrey Punske, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Morphological regularity as a consequence of post-syntactic movement: Lessons from English nominalization patterns
Harper 140

November 6, 3:30-5pm
Anastasia Smirnova, University of Michigan
Evidentiality in Bulgarian: theoretical and experimental investigations
Harper 140

December 4, 3:30-5pm
Alda Mari, Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS
Actuality entailments: broadening the space of possibilities
Harper 140


January 22, 3:30-5pm
Maria Polinsky, Harvard University
Subject/object symmetry and its consequences: Niuean
Rosenwald 405


April 9, 3:30-5pm
Christian DiCanio, University at Buffalo
"Big data" in small languages: challenges in extracting phonetics from endangered language corpora
Pick 016

April 16, 3:30-5pm

Alexis Wellwood, Northwestern University
Measurement in grammar
Pick 016

April 30, 3:30-5pm
Mercedes Tubino Blanco, Western Michigan University
Verb meaning and argument realization in Southern Peninsular Spanish dialects
Pick 016

May 7, 3:30-5pm
Philippe Schlenker, Institute Jean-Nicod and New York University
Logic and Iconicity: the case of Sign Language Loci
First floor Forum, Neubauer Building, 5701 S Woodlawn

May 21, 3:30-5pm
Kyle Johnson, Universityof Massachusetts, Amherst
QR is NP movement
Pick 016

May 28, 3:30-5pm
Victor Friedman, University of Chicago
Where Do Evidentials Come From, and Where Do They Go? Lessons from the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Adjacent Areas
Saieh 021

June 4, 3:30-5pm
Ruth Kramer, Georgetown University
The Morphosyntax of Gender and Number: Converging and Crossing
Pick 016

Colloquia 2013-2014


October 24, 3:30-5pm
Edward Keenan, University of California, Los Angeles
Compositional Semantics vs. Arbitrary Syntax
Harper 130

November 14, 3:30-5pm
Robert Henderson, Wayne State University
Dependent indefinites and the semantics of scope
Harper 130

December 5, 3:30-5pm
Kjell Johan Sæbø and his Seminar Semanticists, University of Chicago/University of Oslo
Not Alone: Results from LING/42100
Harper 130


January 16, 3:30-5pm
Thomas Grano, University of Maryland
Control without finiteness contrasts: Case and complement size in Mandarin Chinese
Harper 130

January 30, 3:30-5pm
Ruth Lopes, University of Campinas
Null objects and VP-ellipsis in Brazilian Portuguese
Harper 130

February 20, 3:30-5pm
Robert May, University of California, Davis
Leibniz's Problem, Frege's Puzzle
Harper 130 (cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy)


April 3, 3:30-5pm
Kleanthes Grohmann, University of Cyprus
Comparative Bilingualism
Wieboldt 408

April 24, 3:30-5pm
Grant Goodall, University of California, San Diego
Two ways to escape from an island
Wieboldt 408

May 1, 3:30-5pm
Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
The Social Meaning of Variation is No Accident
Wieboldt 408

May 15, 3:30-5pm
Farrell Ackerman, University of California, San Diego
Systemic motivation in grammar: Possessive Relative Constructions in Tundra Nenets and elsewhere
Wieboldt 408

May 22, 3:30-5pm
Louis Goldstein, University of Southern California
Dynamics in Phonological Grammar
Wieboldt 408

May 29, 3:30-5pm
Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
One reading for every word order: scope, scrambling and prosody in native and non-native Russian
Wieboldt 408

June 5, 3:30-5pm
Miren Azkarate, University of the Basque Country
Derivational morphology issues in the standardization of the Basque language
Wieboldt 408

Colloquia 2012-2013


October 11,
Carlo Cecchetto, University of Milan-Bicocca
Identifying VP ellipsis in sign languages: the case of Italian Sign Language (LIS)
Cobb 201

November 1, 3:30-5pm
Itamar Francez, University of Chicago
Scope and predicational structure in summative existentials
Cobb 201

November 15, 3:30-5pm
Julia Hockenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Unsupervised Grammar Induction with Combinatory Categorial Grammars
Cobb 201

December 6, 3:30-5pm
Jerrold Sadock, University of Chicago
Saamuali: Kalaallit Nunaata Oqaatsinik Silatoorurorujussua, or Samuel Kleinschmidt: The Linguistic Genius of Greenland
Classics 110


January 24, 3:30-5pm
Vera Gribanova, Stanford University
Case and agreement in Uzbek nominalized clauses
Rosenwald 011

January 31, 3:30-5pm
Jack Hoeksema, University of Groningen
Diversity and diachrony in the marking of degree
Rosenwald 011

February 7, 3:30-5pm
Erin Wilkinson, University of Manitoba
Typology of Kinship Terminology in Signed Languages
Rosenwald 011

February 28, 3:30-5pm
Li Julie Jiang, Harvard University
Articles, classifiers, and the theory of argument formation
Rosenwald 011

March 7, 3:30-5pm
Mark C. Baker, Rutgers University
Parameters of Structural Case
Rosenwald 011

March 14, 3:30-5pm
Ashwini Deo, Yale University
The semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of grammaticalization paths: The progressive and the imperfective
Rosenwald 011


April 11, 3:30-5pm
Salikoko S. Mufwene, University of Chicago
Language as Technology: Some questions that evolutionary linguistics should address
Social Sciences 122

April 25, 3:30-5pm
Anne Pycha, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Do listeners perceive roots and affixes differently?
Social Sciences 122

May 9, 3:30-5pm
Laura Staum Casasanto, Stony Brook University
Rethinking acceptability judgments
Harper 103

May 16, 3:30-5pm
Rajesh Bhatt, University of Massachusetts Amherst
An Argument for Semantically Contentful Head Movement
Harper 103

May 30, 3:30-5pm
Barbara Davis, University of Texas at Austin
Emergence of Complexity: The Case of Phonological Acquisition
Social Sciences 122

June 6, 3:30-5pm
Alan Munn, Michigan State University
Some observations on participle levelling
Social Sciences 122



October 6: Zoe Gavriilidou, Democritus University of Thrace
General aspects of intensity in Modern Greek

October 27: Alda Mari, Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS/EHESS
Reciprocity and asymmetry

November 3: Geoffrey Nunberg, University of California, Berkeley
On having a word for it
Special location: Franke Institute for the Humanities
This talk is sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Linguistics.

November 10: Rick Nouwen, UiL-OTS/Utrecht University
Numerical quantifiers, ignorance and free choice


January 12: José Ignacio Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Morphological domains in sound change, with special attention to Judeo-Spanish

February 2: Jerry Sadock, University of Chicago
A Dictionary for a Polysynthetic Language

February 16: Molly Babel, University of British Columbia
Social constraints on spontaneous phonetic imitation

March 8: Caterina Donati, Sapienza Università di Roma
Labels and movement: Deriving the strong islandhood of relativization


April 2: Ellen Bialystok, York University
Please note change in place and time: April 2 (Monday), 3-5pm, place TBA.

April 12: Sarah Murray, Cornell University
Evidentiality and Varieties of Update

April 26: Monica Macaulay, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Autofocus with Eneq in Menominee

May 3: Itamar Francez, University of Chicago
Semantic variation and the grammar of property concepts

May 10: Yoshihisa Kitagawa, Indiana University
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Split

May 17: Unn Røyneland, University of Oslo and University of Chicago
Hip-Hop youth and the (re)negotion of language and identity in Norway

May 31: Amanda Seidl, Purdue University
Infants learning of phonological status

Colloquia 2010-2011


October 7: Annika Herrmann, University of Göttingen
The split nature of scalar focus particles in sign languages

November 4: Anton Zimmerling, Moscow State University for Humanities
Slavic Clitic Systems and Word Order Typology

November 11: Bart Geurts, University of Nijmegen 
Piggyback anaphora

November 18: Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Spanish and Hindi as Heritage Languages

December 2: William Idsardi, University of Maryland
MEG evidence for rapid abstraction from speech


January 20: Janet B. Pierrehumbert, Northwestern University
Example-based learning and the dynamics of the lexicon

January 27: Kara Morgan-Short, University of Illinois at Chicago
External and internal factors in adult second language acquisition

February 10: Ann Bradlow, Northwestern University
English speech communication in a polyglot soundscape

March 3: Nicholas Fleisher, Wayne State University
Tough Scope and Rare Subjects: On the phrase structure and thematics of the tough construction


April 14: Lyn Frazier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Towards a theory of processing Question-Answer relations

May 5: Eric McCready, Aoyama Gakuin University 
Good Reasons (with Yohei Takahashi)

May 12: Sarah Thomason, University of Michigan
Does Language Contact Simplify Grammars?

May 19: Bob Frank, Yale University
Formal Restrictiveness and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Colloquia 2009-2010


October 8: Johanna Nichols, University of California, Berkeley
Rapid drastic shift of lexical type: From verb-based to noun-based in late Proto-Slavic

October 22: Maria Polinsky, Harvard University
Ergativity, Again

November 5: James Yoon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Architecture of Right Dislocation in Korean and Japanese


February 2: Chandan Narayan, University of Toronto
What language development in infants tells us about sound systems and change 
Special Time and Location: Tuesday, 3pm, Social Sciences 122

February 25: Katherine Kinzler, University of Chicago

March 4: Craige Roberts, Ohio State University

March 11: Marcela Depiante, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


April 1: Judith Tonhauser, Ohio State University

April 29: Edward Stabler, University of California, Los Angeles
Merging in phases

May 6: Michael Wagner, McGill University

May 13: James Stanford, Dartmouth College

June 3: Idan Landau, Ben Gurion University and University of California, Santa Cruz

Colloquia 2008-2009


October 23: Paul Portner, Georgetown University,
Two Problems about Permission

October 30: Diane Brentari, Purdue University, 
When does a system become phonological? Grammatical regularities at the interfaces.

November 4: Matthias Brenzinger, University of Cologne,
Changing roles for African languages in the past, present, and future
This colloquium will take place on a special date, time and place:
4-5:30pm, Harper 103

November 13: Duane Watson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Prosody, Production, and Parsing

November 20: Luis López Carretero, University of Illinois at Chicago,
A thing or two that I learned studying dislocations

December 4: Alicia Wassink, University of Washington,
The Development of Sociolinguistic Competence in Children


January 15: Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
The scope of English indefinites: an experimental investigation

January 20 (Tuesday): Greg Kobele, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
On Syntactic Copying
Room change: Rosenwald 11

January 29: Tim Hunter, University of Maryland, College Park
Procedures for Computing in Syntax and Semantics

March 5: Keren Rice, University of Toronto 
What determines morpheme order in the Athapaskan verb?


April 2: Adam Albright, MIT
Rabbitometry vs. rabbitography: phonetic faithfulness and affix-by-affix differences in derived words

April 30: Teresa Satterfield, University of Michigan
Testing Language Formation Theories: Computer experiments as linguistic time machines

May 14: Nick Fleisher, Wayne State University (Cancelled)
Attributive Adjectives and the Semantics of Inappropriateness

May 21: Ryan Shosted, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Still breathing? The state of aerodynamics in phonetics and phonology

June 1: Shigeto Kawahara, Rutgers University
Testing P-map
Note: Monday colloquium, to be held in Harper 103 from 3:30 to 5pm.

June 4: Rob Podesva, Georgetown University
The social meaning of released /t/ among U.S. politicians: Insights from production and perception