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

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

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

 Matthew Goldrick, Northwestern University

 Department of Linguistics

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

Monday, April 22, 2019

Documenting contact and change in Siberian multilingual contexts

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

 Lenore Grenoble, University of Chicago

 Department of Linguistics

Multiple indigenous languages in Eurasia are undergoing change and loss as speakers shift to Russian. The language ecologies of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) provide an excellent testing ground for hypotheses about the causes and effects of contact-induced language change. The Sakha language (Turkic) is spoken by a (slim) majority of residents of the Republic, with an estimated 500,000 speakers;...   More >

Monday, April 29, 2019

Honors Colloquium

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

 Department of Linguistics

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide' (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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Dynamics of Linguistic Development: The Unfolding of Skill Interaction

Colloquium | September 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Khalil Iskarous, University of Southern California

 Department of Linguistics

Recent work on the development of production, perception, and phonological skills in children has shown a remarkable amount of interaction between these skills, so that it is difficult to understand each separately from its relation to the others. This talk will introduce a predictive dynamical systems-based model of linguistic development that tries to capture these fundamental interactions...   More >

Monday, September 30, 2019

Nez Perce Word for Shark

Colloquium | September 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

In this talk Prof. Piatote will share some pieces of an essay collection that she is working on that deals with translation and language revitalization. The title of the manuscript (and the talk) is Nez Perce Word for Shark. She will also share excerpts from her forthcoming short story collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint 2019), that engage Nez Perce language and aesthetics, and...   More >

Monday, October 14, 2019

Careers in Speech Language Pathology

Information Session | October 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Adam Politis (UCB Ling, 2002), Chief of the Speech Language Pathology Section National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, October 21, 2019

Two Paths to Habituality: Imperfective Mode vs. Habitual Mode in Tlingit (and Simple Present in English)

Colloquium | October 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Seth Cable, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Linguistics

Despite its morpho-syntactic simplicity, the English sentence in (1) expresses an especially complex and still deeply puzzling meaning, one having to do with the subject’s habits, propensities, dispositions, duties, etc.

(1) My father eats salmon.

Interestingly, in the Tlingit language (Na-Dene; Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon), there seem to be two means for expressing the general meaning...   More >

Monday, October 28, 2019

Damian Blasi

Colloquium | October 28 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Damian Blasi, Harvard University

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, November 18, 2019

Daisy Rosenblum

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

 Daisy Rosenblum, University of British Columbia

 Department of Linguistics

Friday, March 13, 2020

18th Spring Workshop on Theory and Method in Linguistic Reconstruction

Conference/Symposium | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

On Friday, March 13, the workshop will take place in 3335 Dwinelle; on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, the workshop will take place in 2063 VLSB.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

18th Spring Workshop on Theory and Method in Linguistic Reconstruction

Conference/Symposium | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

On Friday, March 13, the workshop will take place in 3335 Dwinelle; on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, the workshop will take place in 2063 VLSB.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

18th Spring Workshop on Theory and Method in Linguistic Reconstruction

Conference/Symposium | March 13 – 15, 2020 every day | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

On Friday, March 13, the workshop will take place in 3335 Dwinelle; on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, the workshop will take place in 2063 VLSB.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Johanna Nichols

Colloquium | March 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Johanna Nichols, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, March 30, 2020

Kristen Syrett

Colloquium | March 30 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Kristen Syrett, Rutgers University

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 13, 2020

Zenzi Griffin

Colloquium | April 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Zenzi Griffin, University of Texas, Austin

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 20, 2020

David Goldstein

Colloquium | April 20 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David Goldstein, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 27, 2020

Juliet Stanton

Colloquium | April 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Juliet Stanton, New York University

 Department of Linguistics