Spring 2019

Ling-Lunch is a series of weekly talks, open to all linguistics topics. It is held in an informal setting, and everybody is welcome to present their work, but preference is given to members of the MIT Linguistics Department.

We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:50 pm in room 32-D461.

Meetings and changes in the schedule are announced by email to interested people. If you want to receive the email announcements, want to present something, or have any other comments about Ling-Lunch, please email the organizers.

September 6, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Richard Faure (Harvard)

    September 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Title: Wh-fronting is not wh-movement in colloquial French


    French is said to be one of those languages that have the option to form wh-questions with in-situ (1a) or ex-situ whPs (1c). It is also assumed to have optional subject-verb inversion (1d). Moreover, wh-in-situ structures come actually in two guises, with or without a prosodic…

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September 13, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Julian Lysvik (University of Oslo, MIT)

    September 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Title: Channel bias in artificial language learning of word-final obstruent voicing

    This talk outlines an ALL experiment designed to test for learning and production biases in word-final voicing. Previous studies (see summary in Moreton & Pater, 2011) have not shown learning effects of such biases in forced-choice tasks. In my experiment, no bias against word-final voiced…

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September 20, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Vincent Rouillard & Naomi Francis (MIT)

    September 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Talk 1
    Speaker: Vincent Rouillard (MIT)
    Title: Number Inflection, Spanish Bare Interrogatives, and Higher-Order Quantification

    In this joint work with Luis Alonso-Ovalle, we examine the behavior of simplex interrogative expressions in Spanish. Many languages including Spanish inflect who for number; Spanish has quién (who.sg) and quiénes (who.pl). Assuming Dayals’s (1996)…

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September 27, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Itai Bassi & Keny Chatain (MIT)

    September 27, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Speaker: Itai Bassi (MIT)
    Title: Fake Indexicals: the grammar of variable binding

    In (1), ’my’ can function as a bound variable and doesn’t have to refer to the speaker - it is a “Fake Indexical”. Fake Indexicality has been used in recent decades as a probe into investigating how the logical mechanism of variable…

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October 4, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Sascha Alexeyenko (Goettingen)

    October 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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October 11, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Ljiljana Progovac (Wayne State)

    October 11, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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November 8, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Giuseppe Ricciardo (Harvard)

    November 8, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Title: “She must be mad” Really? Must? Epistemic must statements are felt “weak” because they are usually false [work with Edward Gibson and Rachel A. Ryskin]

    Two main hypotheses have been proposed in the literature about the semantics of epistemic ‘must’. The Strong Must Hypothesis (von Fintel & Gillies, 2010) and the Weak Must Hypothesis (Karttunen, 1972;…

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November 15, 2018
  • Ling-Lunch: Dominique Sportiche (UCLA)

    November 15, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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February 14, 2019
  • Ling-Lunch: Danfeng Wu (MIT)

    February 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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February 21, 2019
  • Ling-Lunch: Beste Kamali (Universität Bielefeld)

    February 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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February 28, 2019
  • Ling-Lunch: Colin Davis (MIT)

    February 28, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

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