Spring 2017

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.

February 9, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch (Stuart Davis, Indiana University)

    February 9, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    On Explaining English Schwa Syncope

    See more details

February 23, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch Zheng Shen (UConn)

    February 23, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    Multi-Valuation and the Agreement Hierarchy

    In this talk I present arguments for treating cross-linguistic agreement patterns of multi-valuation (Shen to appear) as an instantiation of the Agreement Hierarchy (Corbett 1979).

    The nominal right node raising construction in (1) has been argued to involve a single probe that is valued by multiple goals; that is, it involves multi-valuation.…

    See more details

March 23, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Michelle Yuan (MIT)

    March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

    Title: Against morphological diagnostics for object agreement vs. clitic doubling: Evidence from Inuktitut

    There has been much recent debate concerning the proper analysis of object agreement—whether it is true agreement (phi-feature valuation) or clitic doubling (a pronominal D0 co-referring with a DP). Various diagnostics have been put forth to determine whether a given “object-referencing morpheme” is…

    See more details

April 6, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Adrian Stegovec (UConn)

    April 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    See more details

April 13, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Ezer Rasin (MIT)

    April 13, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Title: Severing stress from phonology

    According to the consensus view in generative linguistics, the cognitive module known as ‘phonology’ is responsible for various phonological computations, including the computation of word stress, tone, and segmental processes. I will present two differences between stress and segmental phonology to motivate a modular decomposition of phonology, where the computation of stress…

    See more details

April 20, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Ian Roberts (U. Cambridge/U. Connecticut)

    April 20, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Title: Verb Movement and Cartography in English and Romance

    I begin by presenting the recent important proposals in Schifano (2014, 2015a,b) showing that across Romance there are at least four distinct landing sites in the TMA zone of the clause for finite lexical verbs, all of them higher than the position of the English lexical verb and…

    See more details

May 4, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Amanda Rysling (UMass Amherst)

    May 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Title: Preferential early attribution in segmental perception

    Recognizing the speech we hear as the sounds of the languages we speak requires solving a parsing problem: mapping from the acoustic input we receive to the sounds and words we recognize as our language. The way that listeners do this impacts the phonologies of the world’s languages.


    See more details

May 18, 2017
  • [CANCELLED] Ling-Lunch

    May 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    See more details

May 22, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch: Jay Keyser

    May 22, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    Music, Poetry, Painting and Easter Eggs

    This talk takes the view that modernism in the so-called sister arts of music, poetry and painting resulted from the abandonment of sets of rules that characterized each genre and that were shared by the artist and his/her audience. Rules governing meter and tonal music are reasonably well understood. I…

    See more details