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Spring 2014: Wrapping up

April 28, 2014

As we wrap up the spring semester, many congratulations must go mentioned! First, congratulations to our lab members that presented at undergraduate conferences this semester:

 

Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCON):

  • Kyle Latack and Mina Hirzel,  “Taking Baths with Duck-Ducks: Exploring Children’s Understanding of Contrastive Reduplication”

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[Above: Mina Hirzel (left) and Kyle Latack (right)]

 

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF2014):

  • Emily Glaser and Tess Huelskamp, “An Artificial Language Investigation of Number and Number Neutrality”
  • Adam Liter, “A unified analysis of passive constructions in English”
  • Kyle Latack and Mina Hirzel, “Taking Baths with Duck-Ducks: Exploring Children’s Understanding of Contrastive Reduplication”
  • Eric Villanueva, “The Syntax of Japanese Aspect”
  • Kenneth Hanson, “The Loss of Bare Singular Noun Phrases in the History of English”
  • Kevin Kain and Adam Greene, “Accounting for Comprehension Asymmetries in Children’s Acquisition of the Passive”

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[Above: Tess Huelskamp (left) and Emily Glaser (right)]

 

Michigan State Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (MSULC2014):

  • Adam Liter, The Architecture of FL: A View from Appositives”
  • Kenneth Hanson, “Methods for Tracking Lexical Classes in Parsed Historical Corpora” (Best Poster)
  • Emily Glaser and Tess Huelskamp, “An Artificial Language Investigation of Number and Number Neutrality”
  • Kyle Latack and Mina Hirzel, “Taking Baths with Duck-Ducks: Exploring Children’s Understanding of Contrastive Reduplication”
  • Eric Villanueva, “The Syntax of Japanese Aspect”
  • Kevin Kain and Adam Greene, “Accounting for Comprehension Asymmetries in Children’s Acquisition of the Passive”
  • Adam Liter, “A Unified Syntactic Analysis of the Get-passive and the Be-passive” (Best Poster)

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[Above: Kenneth Hanson (left) and Adam Liter (right)]

 

Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL2014):

  • Kenneth Hanson, “The Loss of Bare Singular Noun Phrases in the History of English”
  • Kyle Latack and Mina Hirzel, “Taking Baths with Duck-Ducks: Exploring Children’s Understanding of Contrastive Reduplication”
  • Eric Villanueva, “The Syntax of Japanese Aspect”

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[Above: GLEEFUL2014 presenters, with keynote speaker Anthony Kroch]

 

Way to represent! Congratulations on your successful presentations.

 

Finally, we would like to congratulate graduating undergraduate members of the lab— Kenneth Hanson and Eric Villanueva. Congratulations on your graduation, and good luck with your journey ahead! Thanks for all of your hard work in the lab.

 

 

 

 

We have had a very productive year in the lab, and will continue to work throughout the summer. Stay tuned for updates!

 

The Fall 2014 lab meeting time will be announced in August.

 

Have a fun and safe summer, everyone!

 

Fall 2013 Conference Presentations

October 21, 2013

We have already had quite a few of our lab members (and PIs Alan and Cristina)  represent at conferences this semester! Congratulations on their successful presentations:

  • 9/6/2013:  Jessica Gamache, Mina Hirzel, and Kyle Latack presented their talk, “Noun categories in children’s production of noun-noun compounds” at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference in Oldenburg, Germany.

 

  • 10/5/2013:  Adam Liter and Cristina Schmitt (co-authored by Chris Heffner) presented their talk, “Inclusive plural interpretations depend on grammaticalized number: An argument from artificial language learning” at the Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification at the University of Massachusetts.

 

  • 10/18/2013: Ai Taniguchi (co-authored by Yui Totsuka, Cristina Schmitt, and Alan Munn) presented her poster, “Isn’t it not cute?: Variation in the interpretation of Japanese double negation by age” at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42 in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

 

We have a number of projects going on in the lab right now, including topics in:

 

  • Artificial language learning
  • Compounds
  • Passive and light verbs
  • Vietnamese nouns
  • Telicity
  • Corpus extract
  • Japanese

 

Stay tuned for research updates!

 

Summer Linguistic Institute: Syntax Variation Workshop

July 7, 2013

Congratulations to Cristina for a successful talk at the Syntax and Variation workshop this weekend at the Summer Linguistic Institute! Her talk was titled What can variation tell about acquisition and what can acquisition tell about variation?, and she discussed the influence of variable input in first language acquisition, using experimental data with a focus on the comprehension of grammatical number and verbal agreement morphosyntax across Spanish and Portuguese dialects.

A big congratulations also goes to Alan, who was an organizer of this workshop– it was a huge success! Many of our lab members came out to support the event; it was a fun and intellectually stimulating weekend with lots of syntax, variation, and acquisition!

 

Workshop website: http://syntaxvariationworkshop.wordpress.com/

(I think the workshop slides and handouts are going to be posted on their website soon.)

 

I hope everyone is having a great summer, and I hope those at the Summer Linguistic Institute are enjoying all of the linguistic adventures.

 

UURAF 2013

April 14, 2013

Congratulations to all of the undergraduate members of the lab who presented at UURAF this weekend!! Everyone did a GREAT job.

A special congratulations to JJ and Kyle for winning First Place in Linguistics and Languages, and to our very own Cristina for winning the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award!!!

Pictures from the event can be found here: UURAF

 

     Camila Alfonso, Anaite Castaneda, and Brandon Grenier, “Theoretical Account of Spanish Light Verbs”

     Camila Alfonso, Anaite Castaneda, and Brandon Grenier, “Acquisition of Light Verbs in Spanish: Frequency        or Grammatical Function?”

     Brandon Grenier, “Studying the Acquisition of Boundedness in Children: Learning Novel Verbs and                        Adjectives”

     Olivia Catt, “Make, Be, and Get in the Speech of Late Talkers and Typically Developing Children”

     John Sheets and Kyle Latack, “Sleeping-Bag as a Bag for Sleeping or a Bag that is Sleeping? How Native and        Non-Native Speakers Use Prosody to Disambiguate Compounds and Phrases” (First Place, Linguistics,                  Languages, and Speech )

     Kyle Latack, Mina Hirzel, and John Sheets, “How Children Find a Bird in Iceberg: Exploring Noun-Noun                 Compound Usage in Children”

     Yui Totsuka, “The Use of Double Negation by Japanese Teens”

     Kenneth Hanson, “Corpus Extract: A Tool for Analyzing Coded Syntactically Annotated Linguistic Corpora”

 

 

 

Also a shout out to every lab member– undergraduate, graduate, and faculty alike– for all of the hard work put in to make all of these projects happen. We are truly a team!

 

 

MSULC/GLEEFUL 2013

April 14, 2013

Congratulations to all of the undergraduate members of the lab who presented at MSULC and GLEEFUL last weekend! A special congrats goes to Yui Totsuka and Kyle Latack, Mina Hirzel, & John Sheets for winning Best Posters at MSULC!

Pictures from the events can be viewed here: MSULC and GLEEFUL

MSULC:

     Adam Liter, “An Artificial Language Investigation of Number and Number Neutrality”

     Camila Alfonso, Anaité Castaneda, and  Brandon Grenier “Acquisition of Light Verbs in Spanish: Frequency        or Grammatical Function?”

     Brandon Grenier, “Examining Verb Type in the Acquisition of Telicity”

     Yui Totsuka, “Japanese Double Negation” (Best Poster)

     Camila Alfonso, Anaité Castaneda, and  Brandon Grenier, “A Theoretical Account of Spanish Light Verbs”

     Kenneth Hanson, “Corpus Extract: A Tool for Analyzing Coded Syntactically Annotated Linguistic Corpora”

     Kyle Latack, Mina Hirzel, and John Sheets, “How Children Find a Bird in Iceberg: Exploring Noun-Noun                  Compound Usage in Children” (Best Poster)

GLEEFUL: 

     Adam Liter, “An Artificial Language Investigation of Number and Number Neutrality”

Fantastic job, everyone!

Congratulations Dr. Wang!

August 29, 2011

Congratulations to Chiung-Yao Wang, who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation:

Children’s Acquisition of Tone 3 Sandhi in Mandarin

BUCLD

August 27, 2011

Alan and Cristina along with undergraduates Kait Ayres, Kara Brewer and Katrina Torgerson will be presenting “You must be as tall as this line to ride the roller coaster: “exactly” readings of as-comparatives” at this year’s Boston University Conference on Language Development