About the Friday Colloquium

The UNC Linguistics Friday Colloquium series (not to be confused with the annual Spring Colloquium) serves three purposes:

  • a place for UNC graduate students and faculty to present current work for feedback and discussion in a friendly, supportive atmosphere
  • an opportunity for our department to host talks by speakers from other UNC departments or elsewhere
  • a venue for professional-development workshops for linguistics graduate students

All events are 3:30-4:30 pm, and are held in Smith 107 unless otherwise indicated. If anyone is interested in giving a Friday Colloquium talk, please contact the current organizer, David Mora-Marín at davidmm@unc.edu.

Current Schedule: Fall 2017

 Sept 8 New Graduate Student Orientation (led by Prof. Elliott Moreton)
Sept 15 TBA
Sept 29 TBA
Oct 6 Brian Hsu: Evidence for a head-bundling parameter from variation in clausal and nominal structure
Oct 13 Jen Boehm and Amy Reynolds: Sgaw Karen Research Update
Oct 27 Joseph Lam: The Cuneiform Alphabetic Script from Ugarit and its Adaptations
Nov 10 Dr. Elabbas Benmamoun, title TBA
Nov 17 Katya Pertsova, Elliott Moreton, Jen Smith: LSA Practice Talks


Spring 2017

Jan. 27 No Colloquium (Faculty Meeting)
Feb 3 Talk by Katya Pertsova (title and abstract to be announced soon) — CANCELED due to campus closing (Water Emergency)
Feb 10 Linguistics Outreach Group (LOG) meeting
Apr 7 Misha Becker (title and abstract to be announced soon)

The following Fridays are available for additional presentations or workshops:

Possibly Mar 24th; Definitely Apr 21st

Fall 2016

Sept. 2 Misha Becker, “Learning about Abstract Predicates via Sentence-Level and Environmental Cues”
Sept. 9 Graduate Student Orientation (led by Prof. Elliott Moreton)
Sept. 16 T.B.D.
Sept. 30 David Mora Marín, “The Origin and Decipherment of Olmec Writing: History of Research and Recent Approaches to An Old Problem”
Oct 7 Abstract-writing in Linguistics
Oct 14 Website Design for Linguistics Graduate Students
 Nov. 11  Ian Maddieson

Nov. 18: Linguistics Outreach Group meeting


The following dates are available for additional presentations:

Friday, Oct. 28th
Friday, Dec. 2nd
Please contact David Mora-Marín at davidmm@unc.edu if you’re interested in presenting on one of those days.

Spring 2016

Jan. 29 Misha Becker, “Children’s Learning of Emotion Adjectives”
Feb. 5 Craig Melchert, “Relative Clauses in Indo-European Anatolian Languages”
Feb. 19 Mohamed Mwamzandi, “A corpus Study of Swahili conditional constructions”
Mar. 4 Misha Becker
Mar. 5 Spring Colloquium
April 1 Bruno Estigarribia
April 15 Michael J. Terry
April 22 Cristina Schmitt (Michigan State University)

 Fall 2015

Sep 11 Amy Reynolds, WordPress workshop
Sep 18 Kline Gilbert, “Structure of nominal complex compounds: linking elements in Swedish and Turkish”
Oct 2 Amy Reynolds and Jennifer Boehm, UGA practice talks
Oct 9 David Mora-Marin, “On the ‘Firm Glottal Stops’ of the Mayan Languages: Clues to Their Historical Reconstruction”
Oct 30 Becky Butler and Katya Pertsova
Nov 6 Elliott Moreton and Katya Pertsova  “Implicit and explicit learning of cues to grammatical gender”  BU practice talk
Nov 20 Professional development workshop: Publishing your work and applying to conferences


Spring 2015

Jan 9 Ivy Hauser, “Faith-UO: Analyzing opacity in Harmonic Serialism”
Jan 30 Telecolloq with NC State University
Caroline Myrick “Question formation on the island of Saba: An acoustics-based analysis of syntactic and prosodic variation”
Jon Forrest “Frequency Effects and Vowel Lenition in (ING)”
Joel Schneier “Intra-Speaker Variation in Syllable Timing: the Zeitlin Tapes and Reconsidering PVI”
Feb 27 Yasushi Yoshimoto, “What Can Okinawan Say about the C1-LIN Theory of Allomorphy?”
Mar 20 Becky Butler, “Deconstructing the Southeast Asian Sesquisyllable”
Sat Mar 28 2015 Spring Colloquium!
Apr 10 Caleb Hicks, “Linguistic asymmetries of ‘subject’ and ‘object’ in Alabama, Cherokee, and Yuchi”
Apr 17 Katya Pertsova


Fall 2014

Sept 5 Prof. Misha Becker, “Reaction Time as a Measure of Implicit Grammaticality Judgment” (Phillips 328)
Sept 12 Professional Development Workshop: Graduate Student Orientation (led by Prof. Elliott Moreton) (Phillips 328)
Sept 19 Prof. David Mora-Marín, “Mayan Paleography: Processes of Graphic Change in Mayan Writing” (Phillips 328)
Oct 10 Professional development workshop: Tools for graduate students (Praat, WordPress, PsychPy, etc.) (Smith Building 107)


Spring 2011

Jan 14 Professional development workshop (Alice Drozdiak and Crandall Hicks)Making and uploading a web site
Feb 4 Dean Pettit, Philosophy”Varieties of natural language quantification”
Feb 11 Alice Drozdiak“Hyperarticulation as a Tool for Distinguishing Pitch Accent Effects from Word-Final Lengthening”
Feb 25 Professional development workshop (University Career Services)Non-academic careers for linguistics grad students Location: The UCS Seminar Room, Hanes Hall
Mar 18 Kerstin Schwabe, Center for General Linguistics, ZAS, Berlin, and Robert Fittler, Mathematical Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin (Emeritus)”Purely logical conditions ruling German proposition embeddings”
Sat Mar 26 2 0 1 1   S p r i n g   C o l l o q u i u m !
Apr 1 Robin Dodsworth, NCSU”A 3-generation view of the effects of dialect contact on the Raleigh front vowel system”
Apr 8 Professional development workshopTeaching workshop for LING 101 and beyond
Apr 15 Susannah Kirby, UBC (UNC alum!)”Putting Raising above Control: A prototype analysis of child and adult phenomena”


Fall 2010

Aug 27 Linguistics grad student orientation and department reception
Sept 24 David Mora-Marín“Documenting the Mije(-Sokean) language from San Juan Guichicovi (Oaxaca, Mexico): First impressions and future prospects”
Oct 15 Mary Kohn“The more things change, the more (some) things stay the same: A longitudinal analysis of the vowel spaces in childhood and adolescent African American English”
Oct 29 Mamarame Seck, Department of African and Afro-American Studies”Information structure or focus in Wolof narratives”
Nov 12 Professional development workshopChoosing conferences and submitting abstracts