Spring 2019 – Wednesdays 2-3:20pm (or Friday 2-3:20/3:30-4:50) — Baldy 617
30 January –
Juergen’s Stanford talk dry run: ‘The semantic typology of causatives: quantitative evidence and pragmatic explanation’. Classes cancelled!
15 February (Friday 2-3.20pm) – First meeting of the semester, nibbles & coffee, season’s preview, Juergen’s Tokyo & Stanford travelog.
20 February – Juergen – The distribution and evolution of motion framing constructions.
27 February – Stephanie’s dissertation proposal pep prep
8 March – Prospective student day Speed Dating event
15 March (Friday) – Toronto workshop dryruns (Juergen and Erika)
20 March SPRING BREAK NO LAB
29 March (Friday) – 1. Saima’s dissertation proposal dry-run. 2. Causality readings Part 1
3 or 5 April – Causality readings Part 2
10 April NO LAB THIS WEEK (conflicting meetings, Cog Sci, Linguistics Colloquium)
17 April –
24 April – Juergen dryrun: Agentivity symposium
1 May JB AWAY
8 or 10 May – Erika ICLC dryrun
15 May –
- Erika – event structure and aspectual coercion (Croft, Michaelis papers)
- Len Talmy’s new book “The targeting system of language.”
- Anastasia – project report
- Ali – Field trip report
- Ali, Juergen – RRG conference and ICLC dryruns.
- Juergen – Professionalism topic on time management
- Juergen – Liberating syntactic typology from its weird pre-modern folk theory of semantics.
- Causality-related readings:
- Haspelmath, M. (2016). Universals of causative and anticausative verb formation and the spontaneity scale. LINGUA POSNANIENSIS LVIII(2): 33-63.
- Levshina, N. (2016). Finding the best fit for direct and indirect causation: a typological study. LINGUA POSNANIENSIS LVIII(2): 65–82.
- Martin, F. (2018). Time in probabilistic causation: Direct vs. indirect uses of lexical causative verbs. In: Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt (eds.),Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 22, vol. 2, ZASPiL 61, pp. 107–124. ZAS, Berlin.
- Neeleman, A. & H. van de Koot. (2012). The Linguistic Expression of Causation. In M. Everaert, M. Marelj, and T. Siloni, eds.,The Theta System: Argument Structure at the Interface, OxfordUniversity Press, Oxford, UK, 20-51.
- Rappaport Hovav, M. (2014). Lexical content and context: The causative alternation in English revisited. Lingua 141: 8-29.
- Robustness of cognition readings:
- Woodward – 2006 – Sensitive and Insensitive Causation
- Lombrozo – 2010 – Causal–explanatory pluralism: How intentions, functions, and mechanisms influence causal ascriptions
- Hitchcock – 2012 – Portable Causal Dependence: A Tale of Consilience.
- Vasilyeva et al. – 2018 – Stable Causal Relationships are Better Causal Relationships
- Gerstenberg et al. – 2015 – How, whether, why: Causal judgments as counterfactual contrasts.
- Grinfeld et al. – 2018 – Causal Responsibility and Robust Causation
Fall 2018 – Wednesdays 2-3:20pm, Baldy 603
29 August – First meeting for Fall 2018
5 September – Juergen ICSC Dry run, Erika on Embodied Construction Grammar
12 September – NO LAB (Juergen away)
19 September – NO LAB (CogSci event)
21 September (Friday @ 3.30pm) – Ali & Juergen field reports
26 September – Juergen UBC colloquium dry run (Counterfactuals in Yucatec)
3 October – Monique Flecken lab-fest: event representation in language and cognition (Presentations by Juergen, Erika, and Ali)
10 October – Juergen: “Inside the macro-event property”
19 October (Friday @ 3:30pm)- Presentations of 4 papers on whether iconicity effects in grammar can be reduced to frequency-based iconicity. Presentations are given by Ali, Anastasia, Erika, and Juergen
24 October – Stephanie’s AMPRA dry run, Juergen on “iconicity in Yucatec causatives: frequency vs. complexity”
31 October – No lab this week
7 November – Dr. David Braun’s presentation of his paper: “Questions are not Answers”
14 November (Friday at 3:30pm) – Yu Li: “degree expressions in Zauzou”
21 November (THANKSGIVING, NO MEETING)
30 November – 1. Anastasia (Field work report), 2. Juergen (discussion of advising models)
5 December – 1. Juergen & Erika: Talmy’s Windowing of Attention chapter, 2. Kate: LSA dry run
14 December – 1. Juergen : motion macro-event property (Practice run), 2. Saima: Proposal brainstorming
- Stephanie dissertation proposal brainstorming
- Majid lab-fest, von Stutterheim lab-fest,
- Juergen on Event Semantics for RRG,
- field report (Anastasia),
- dissertation proposal brainstorming (Saima),
- dissertation updates (Ali, Anastasia, Erika),
- Erika on Frame Semantics, coherence and event representations
- more on Bayesian regression analysis (Kruschke 2015)
- professionalism topics
- Erin research
- Philosophy of Language appreciation day
Spring 2018 – Thursdays 1-2:20pm, Baldy 617
1 February: First meeting for Spring 2018
- Kruschke: Doing Bayesian Data Analysis. Review of material covered last semester.
- The conquest of manipulable space: The case for a pan-simian geocentrism bias. (Juergen Bohnemeyer)
15 February: Kruschke: Doing Bayesian Data Analysis.
22 February: Regierfest: Terry Regier lab update
- Joe: Yang Xu, Terry Regier, and Barbara C. Malt (2016). Historical semantic chaining and efficient communication: The case of container names. Cognitive Science, 40, 2081-2094.
- Juergen: Terry Regier, Naveen Khetarpal, and Asifa Majid (2013). Inferring semantic maps. Linguistic Typology, 17, 89-105. [Preprint] [Supplementary material]
- Erika: Terry Regier and Yang Xu (2017). The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and inference under uncertainty. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, e1440. [Preprint]
1 March: CAL Language and Cognition update: new datasets, possible incorporation of linguistic predictors & sociocentrism survey
8 March: Spatial reference frames
9 March (Friday 2-3pm, 617 Baldy): Prospective student weekend – Speed Dating!
15 March: The history of linguistics: the jet perspective (Juergen)
22 March: Spring Break, no meeting
29 March: Erika dissertation proposal
5 April: Stephanie dissertation brainstorming
12 April: Anastasia dissertation update
19 April: Ali dissertation proposal workshopping
26 April: Myth-busting semantics for typologists – brainstorming (Juergen)
3 May: “Temporal remoteness markers in a tenseless language” SULA dry-run (Juergen)
10 May: Narrative relative clauses (brainstorming)
Fall 2017 – Fridays 2-3:20pm, Baldy 617
8 September: Doing Bayesian Data Analysis (Kruschke, 2015): Chapters 2, 4, 5
1. Dry run: Juergen “Causality Across Languages: State of the Art”
2. Reading: Doran, R., Ward, G., Larson, M., McNabb, Y., & Baker, R. E. (2012). A novel experimental paradigm for distinguishing between what is said and what is implicated. Language, 88(1), 124–154.
(22, 29 September, 6 October: No lab)
- Reading: Li P & Abarbanell L. (2018) Competing perspectives on frames of reference in language and thought. Cognition. 170:9-24.
- Doing Bayesian Data Analysis (Kruschke, 2015): Chapter 5
20 October: Saima Hafeez: QP Update
27 October: Doing Bayesian Data Analysis (Kruschke, 2015): Chapters 6 & 7
- Stephanie QP Research Update
- Saima Urdu Causality Research Update
- Doing Bayesian Data Analysis (Kruschke, 2015): Chapter 15
17 November: Dry run spectacular! Randi (AAA); Erika (ALT); Juergen (ALT)
1 December: Language Evolution/Complex Adaptive Systems
Spring 2017 – Tuesdays, 4-5:20 pm, Baldy 617
April 4Data talk: Ali
|January 31||First meeting!|
|February 7||Future in tenseless languages: Juergen Bohnemeyer|
|February 14 12:30-2:00||Space Robots in love|
|February 21||Data talk: Saima|
|February 28||Data talk: Erika|
|March 7||Data talk: Kate|
|March 10 2:00-3:30||*Friday* Speed dating|
|March 14||**SNOW DAY** Data talk: Holly|
|March 21||Spring Break|
|March 28||AAG Dryrun: Randi Moore (and Holly Data)|
|March 31 12:30-2:00||Special cross-pollination: SemTyp and SynSem combined for future time reference|
|April 4||Ali Alshehri|
|April 11||Discussion: Li & Abarbanell in response to Haun 2006|
|April 18||BTLI Dryrun: Randi Moore|
|April 25||QP Dryrun: Stephanie|
|May 2||Event description with LSTM-RNNs|
|May 9||IPrA Dryrun: Erika|
Other topics of interest:
Data discussions: Ali, Erika, Holly, Kate, Saima
Robot direction paper: Michael Spranger “The evolution of grounded spatial language”
Stats paper: Eager & Roy (2017) “Mixed effects models are sometimes terrible”
Selected Papers to discuss:
Lupyan, G. & R. Dale (2010), Language structure is partly determined by social structure. PLOSone http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008559
Li, P. & L. Abarbanell (submitted), Alternative spin on phylogenetically inherited spatial reference frames. http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/peggyli/files/liabarbanell_cups.pdf
Li, P. & L. Abarbanell (submitted), Competing Perspectives: Frames of Reference in Language and Thought. http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/peggyli/files/liabarbanellanimals.pdf
New papers from Terry Regier’s webpage:
Emily Cibelli, Yang Xu, Joseph L. Austerweil, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Terry Regier (2016). The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and probabilistic inference: Evidence from the domain of color. PLOS ONE 11(7): e0158725. [Preprint]
Terry Regier, Alexandra Carstensen, and Charles Kemp (2016). Languages support efficient communication about the environment: Words for snow revisited. PLOS ONE 11(4): e0151138.
Yang Xu, Terry Regier, and Barbara C. Malt (2016). Historical semantic chaining and efficient communication: The case of container names. Cognitive Science, 40, 2081-2094. [Supplementary material]
Terry Regier, Charles Kemp, and Paul Kay (2015). Word meanings across languages support efficient communication. In B. MacWhinney & W. O’Grady (Eds.), The handbook of language emergence (pp. 237-263). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Terry Regier, Naveen Khetarpal, and Asifa Majid (2013). Inferring semantic maps. Linguistic Typology, 17, 89-105. [Preprint] [Supplementary material]