October 1: Introduction to CAL

This Wednesday, Juergen will be discussing his new project: Causality Across Languages, where he intends to investigate the representation of causality across 28 languages belonging to 25 genera spoken on six continents. His goal is to create a semantic typology of how speakers of different languages categorize causal chains for the purposes of linguistically describing them.

The project has four main objectives:

  • To clarify semantic differences between the causative constructions available in the languages examined
  • To improve models of the mapping between  meaning and morphosyntactic form of causative constructions based on the data
  • To reexamine the interface between language and nonlinguistic cognition in the representation of causality using the data
  • To discern the criteria by which speakers choose from among the expressive options available to them
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Schedule Update!

Originally, Generalized Linear Mixed Models were to be discussed this week. However, that has been moved to Wednesday, October 15. Instead, we will hear Juergen Bohnemeyer discuss his new project: Causality Across Languages.

The remaining meetings are scheduled as follows:

10/1   [2-3:30] Introduction to CAL: Juergen Bohnemeyer

10/8   [3:30-5] Workshop on data coding: Holly (Williams) Keily

10/15  [3:30-5] Generalized Linear Mixed Models: Kate Donelson

10/22  [3:30-5] Causality paper: Sang-Hee Park

10/29  [2-3:30] Kinship day: Katharina Pabst

11/5    [3:30-5] Posture verbs in Russian: Anastasia Stepanova

11/12  [3:30-5] – to be determined –

11/19  [3:30-5] – to be determined –

12/3   [2-3:30] Dry run for LSA presentation: Yen-Ting Lin

Updated Lab Schedule

A working version of ST Lab schedule and weekly topics for the rest of the semester:

9/24   [3:30-5] Field Report: Randi (Tucker) Moore

10/1   [2-3:30] Generalized Linear Mixed Models: Kate Donelson

10/8   [2-3:30] Workshop on data coding: Holly (Williams) Keily

10/15  [3:30-5] Introduction to CAL: Juergen Bohnemeyer

10/22  [3:30-5] Causality paper: Sang-Hee Park

10/29  [2-3:30] Kinship day: Katharina Pabst

11/5    [3:30-5] Posture verbs in Russian: Anastasia Stepanova

11/12  [3:30-5] – to be determined –

11/19  [3:30-5] – to be determined –

12/3   [2-3:30] Dry run for LSA presentation: Yen-Ting Lin

 

September 10: Katharina Pabst & Kate Donelson – Field reports

Today we will have two field reports of work done this summer.

Katharina Pabst will talk about her field trip to Sri Lanka. She will advise of her experiences and time in the field.

Katharine Donelson will be discussing her recent trip to Chiapas, Mexico. She will provide an overview of the project and preliminary impressions of the data, plus issues associated with the work.