Every spring, the Linguistics Graduate Student Association at UNC-Chapel Hill puts on its annual Spring Colloquium. We invite fellow linguists from all over to present and discuss current topics of interest in the field in an all-day conference. This coming spring it will take place on March 28, with Daniel Everett as our keynote speaker.

UNC Linguistics Spring Colloquium 2015

March 28th, 2015
Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Room 3411

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10:00 Breakfast
10:30 Null subjects in child and adult French (abstract)
Megan Gotowski (UCLA)
11:00 Syntax-intonation correspondence in on-line parsing (abstract)
Graham Watling (Brooklyn College)
11:30 Break
11:40 Cross-linguistic and cross-situational variation in Chinese vs. English expressions of gratitude (abstract)
Yuh-Huey Lin (North Virginia Community College)
12:10 Syllable codas in Brazilian Portuguese (abstract)
Alex Chabot (Randolph College)
12:40 Lunch
McAlister’s Deli, 205 E Franklin Street
3:00 Autonomous entities and the choice between there and have existentials (abstract)
Bert Cappelle (Université de Lille 3)
3:30 A curious case of conflation: SAP status and conflated argument marking in three languages of the American Southwest. (abstract)
Caleb Hicks (UNC Chapel Hill)
4:00 Break
4:10 Keynote Speaker
Daniel Everett (Bentley University)
Nonrecursive, nonendocentric, and nonbinary structures in Amazonian languages: Counterexamples vs. exceptions (abstract)
5:10 Social Hour
Top of the Hill, 100 E Franklin Street

Keynote Speaker

Dan headshotDaniel L. (Dan) Everett holds a ScD in Linguistics from the Universidade Estadual in Campinas, where he served as professor of linguistics. He has held appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Manchester, UK, and Illinois State University. Since 2010 he is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Everett has lived in the Amazonian jungle for nearly eight out of the last thirty years, studying more than a dozen Amazonian languages. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and eight books, including Don’t sleep there are snakes: life and language in the Amazonian jungle and Language: The Cultural Tool. He is currently working on Dark Matter of the Mind for the University of Chicago Press and How Language Began, for W.W. Norton. A documentary about his life and work, The Grammar of Happiness, was released in 2012.



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