23 April: Dry-runs: Matthew Dryer and Lea Brown, Randi Moore

This week we’ll hear two dry-run talks. First will be Matthew Dryer and Lea Brown, giving us a dry-run of their talk “Semantic factors governing the order of object and verb in Walman, a language of Papua New Guinea.” The abstract can be found here.

Then, we’ll hear from Randi Moore (again!) as she gives us a dry-run of her talk for WAIL: the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages. Randi’s talk is entitled “Spatial reference frame use in Isthmus Zapotec: a qualitative analysis of strategy variation,” and her abstract can be found here.


16 April: Dry-runs: Symposium on American Indian Languages (Juergen, Randi)

This week we’ll hear dry-runs of talks by Juergen Bohnemeyer and Randi Moore. The talks are for the Symposium on American Indian Languages (SAIL), to be held in Rochester Friday, April 17th.

Abstracts for both talks can be found online. Juergen’s abstract for his talk “Elicitation with verbal and nonverbal stimuli in language documentation” can be found here.

The abstract for Randi’s talk, “Documenting landscape use in spatial reference in Diidxa za (Isthmus Zapotec),” can be found here.

9 April: Katharina Pabst QP brainstorming

This week we’ll hear from Katharina Pabst about her QP research. Here is her brief description of the discussion topic:

In my qualifying paper, I will explore if and how sexual interest influences the use of politeness strategies in speed dating. During my presentation in lab, I will talk about the corpus I am going to use, the different variables I am interested in, and how I am planning to operationalize them. I’m hoping to get feedback on the project idea and the methodology I am proposing. Also, I would like to discuss what statistical models I can use to analyze my data.