2012 Spring Colloquium

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 9:15 am – 5:30 pm
Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall 4th Floor

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University)

Photo by Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine

Ray Jackendoff is the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and the Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His research has centered on the system of meaning in human language but has drawn him into related issues such as syntax, spatial cognition, social cognition, consciousness, and the cognition of music. His most recent book is A User’s Guide to Thought and Meaning, published by Oxford University Press this spring.


Underling Invited Speaker: Dr. Connie Eble (University of North Carolina)

Connie Eble has been the English Department’s linguists for more than forty years, teaching Old English, English for Non-native Graduate Students, History of the English Language, Grammar of Current English, and Expository Writing. In 1994 she taught English linguistics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her book Slang and Sociability: In-Group Language Among College Students (UNC Press, 1996) describes the slang of UNC-CH undergraduates based on her ongoing collection. Her 2012 Colloquium presentation will characterize the corpus for the current academic year.


Schedule ~ Click here for a PDF of the program

9:15 - Breakfast and mingling
10:00 - Grammaticalization vs. ‘Lateral Grammaticalization’ within Minimalism [handout]
Keith Tse, Independent researcher
10:30 - Eastern Andalusian Harmony and Theories of Variation
Aaron Kaplan, University of Utah
11:00 - Break
11:15 - Lexical Selection and Allomorphic Variation in Jerriais
Miranda K. McCarvel, University of Utah
11:45 - Underling Invited Speaker: Dr. Connie Eble, Professor, University of North Carolina
Tar Heel Talk Class of 2012
12:45 - Lunch at 35 Chinese, 143 W. Franklin St.
2:45 - You Can Say That Again: Effects of Alternative Antecedents on Category and Repeated Noun Phrase Anaphora
Laura Dawidziuk, University of Florida
3:15 - The Causative Alternation and Frame Semantics in Persian
Ali Safari, Tehran University & Dr. Gholam Hosein Karimi-Doostan, Tehran University
3:45 - Break
4:00 - Types of Functional Re-orientation of Language Units in Present-day English
Andrei Levitsky, Bowling Green State University
4:30 - Keynote Address: Dr. Ray Jackendoff, Professor, Tufts University
Even Simpler Syntax: A Hierarchy of Grammatical Complexity
5:30 - Social hour
Please join us at Pepper’s Pizza, 127 E. Franklin St.


Programs from past Spring Colloquia



Parking is limited on the UNC campus. For a map of parking options, please click here. The Swain Lot (located at H-5 on the map) and the Ramshead Lot (J-11) are within reasonable walking distance of Dey Hall.

Please direct questions and comments to:

Emily Moeng or Caleb Hicks: ling-colloq@unc.edu

The Spring Colloquium is sponsored in part by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation of UNC.