Upcoming Events

Monday, February 4, 2019

Canceled - to Be Postponed: Lifeworlds of Indigenous Languages

Colloquium | February 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Beth Piatote, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

How do the underlying structures, epistemologies, and cultural practices associated with Indigenous languages in North America enrich the study of disciplines beyond linguistics? Drawing on my own work in Nez Perce language and literature, as well as examples from other scholars, I will present some of the current influences of Indigenous language “lifeworlds” shaping scholarship in law,...   More >

Friday, February 8, 2019

Berkeley Linguistics Society Workshop: Countability Distinctions

Conference/Symposium | February 8 | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David Barner, UC San Diego; Suzi Lima, University of Toronto

 Department of Linguistics

See the Workshop Program.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Berkeley Linguistics Society Workshop: Countability Distinctions

Conference/Symposium | February 9 | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David Barner, UC San Diego; Suzi Lima, University of Toronto

 Department of Linguistics

See the Workshop Program.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Fall and Rise of Vowel Length in Bantu

Colloquium | February 11 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Larry M. Hyman, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Although Proto-Bantu had a vowel length contrast on roots which survives in many daughter languages today, many other Bantu languages have modified the inherited system. In this talk I distinguish between four types of Bantu languages: (1) Those which maintain the free occurrence of the vowel length contrast inherited from the proto language; (2) Those which maintain the contrast, but have added...   More >

Monday, February 25, 2019

Jessica Coon, "Mayan Agent Focus and the Ergative Extraction Constraint: Facts and Fictions Revisited"

Colloquium | February 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jessica Coon, McGill University

 Department of Linguistics

Many languages of the Mayan family restrict the extraction of transitive (ergative) subjects for focus, wh-questions, and relativization (A’-extraction). We follow Aissen (2017) in labelling this restriction the ergative extraction constraint (EEC). In this talk, we offer a unified account of the EEC within Mayan languages, as well as an analysis of the special construction known as Agent Focus...   More >

Friday, March 15, 2019

41st California Celtic Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics, Celtic Studies Program, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Follan Fund

The conference is free and open to the public.
Papers will range through Celtic languages, cultures, literatures, histories, and linguistics (come hear about syntactic change in Gaulish!).

Saturday, March 16, 2019

41st California Celtic Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics, Celtic Studies Program, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Follan Fund

The conference is free and open to the public.
Papers will range through Celtic languages, cultures, literatures, histories, and linguistics (come hear about syntactic change in Gaulish!).

Symposium on Amazonian Languages 3

Conference/Symposium | March 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 1229 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Sunday, March 17, 2019

41st California Celtic Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics, Celtic Studies Program, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Follan Fund

The conference is free and open to the public.
Papers will range through Celtic languages, cultures, literatures, histories, and linguistics (come hear about syntactic change in Gaulish!).

Symposium on Amazonian Languages 3

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 1226 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, March 18, 2019

Evidence for the Suffixing Preference

Colloquium | March 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew S. Dryer, Professor of Linguistics, University at Buffalo

 Department of Linguistics

It might be thought that there already exists overwhelming evidence for a preference for suffixes over prefixes. However, strictly speaking, most of the available evidence is evidence for an orthographic suffixing preference, i.e. a preference for suffixes over prefixes in the orthographic representations of words in grammatical descriptions. Haspelmath (2011), however, questions how reliable...   More >

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Phonetics and Phonology Research Weekend: (Phrend)

Conference/Symposium | April 6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Oral and poster presentation of research phonological research by Northern California faculty, students and visiting researchers.

Monday, April 8, 2019

On the Rise of the Dative and Benefactive Alternations in English: The Intertwining of Differentiation with Attraction

Colloquium | April 8 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University

 Department of Linguistics

The rise of the ‘dative’ alternation (e.g. She gave her neighbor birthday presents ~ She gave birthday presents to her neighbor) has been shown to develop in later Middle English, around 1400 (Zehentner 2018). Building on Zehentner and Traugott (Forthcoming), I outline the rise of the benefactive alternation (e.g. build her a house ~ build a house for her) after 1600 from a historical...   More >

Monday, April 15, 2019

Matthew Goldrick

Colloquium | April 15 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew Goldrick, Northwestern University

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 22, 2019

Lenore Grenoble

Colloquium | April 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Lenore Grenoble, University of Chicago

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 29, 2019

Honors Colloquium

Colloquium | April 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pauline Jacobson

Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall

 Pauline Jacobson, Brown University

 Department of Linguistics

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Linguistics Commencement

Miscellaneous | May 19 |  International House

 Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Commencement. Ceremony for BA, MA, and PhD recipients and their families. Admission by ticket only.