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November 2017

Tuesday Seminar: Maggie Sood (11/14)

14-Nov-2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220 United States + Google Map

Speaker: Maggie Sood In partnership with Ashleigh Smith, Kevin Baetscher, Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Claire Stabile, Brad Rentz, Gavin Lamb, Christina Higgins & Victoria Anderson Title: Introducing HI-SKILLS: Hawai’i School Kids Investigating Language in Life + Society Date & Time: 11/14 (Tues.), 12:00PM Abstract: In this seminar we introduce HI-SKILLS, a linguistics-based after-school program that started last spring at Voyager Public Charter School. We present the ongoing development of HI-SKILLS as a community-based extension of the LDTC, and discuss our philosophical viewpoint that…

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Austronesian Circle: Dr. Jim Ellis (11/14)

14-Nov-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jim Ellis Title: Community Level Top-down Grammar Date & Time: 11/14 (Tues.), 3:00-4:00PM Location: TBA Abstract: Most grammars, including pedagogical grammars are well out of reach for most community-level Pacific Islanders. Part of the reason is that grammars typically start right out with subject matter that is the most abstract and furthest removed from daily island life (phonemes, parts of speech, etc.). And often the level of grammar that is nearest and most meaningful to islanders is left…

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Special Linguistics Seminar: Russell Gray (11/22)

15-Nov-2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join us for a special seminar, brought to you by the Department of Linguistics: Speaker: Russell Gray (Director, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany) Date and Time: 11/22 (Wed.), 12PM Location: Moore 575 Title: The Big, Bright Future of Linguistics Abstract: Linguistics is a subject with a great past. In this talk I will argue that it also could have a great future. However, to achieve this future linguists need to embrace the…

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Tuesday Seminar: Timothy Vance (11/21)

21-Nov-2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220 United States + Google Map

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Vance (East Asian Languages & Literature) Date & Time: Nov. 21 (Tues.), 12PM Location: AGSCI 220 Title: Japanese Spelling Pronunciations Abstract: The Japanese writing system is routinely described as the most complicated system still in use in the modern world, and this complexity allows orthography and phonology to influence each other in a variety of different ways, some of which have no obvious analogs in cases involving alphabetic systems. This presentation will consider the notion of spelling…

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Tuesday Seminar: Elliott, Stabile, Hauk (11/28)

28-Nov-2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
AGSCI 220 United States + Google Map

Speakers: John Elliott; Claire Stabile; and Bryn Hauk Date and Time: 11/28 (Tues.), 12PM Location: AGSCI 220 Abstract 1: Semantic alignment in Enxet Sur (Elliott) This presentation is a fieldwork report from recent fieldwork on Enxet Sur, an Enlhet-Enenlhet language of the Paraguayan Chaco. Enxet Sur, like many languages of the Chaco and larger Lowland South America, has a type of semantic alignment system (also referred to as active-stative or split-S) in which intransitive verbs have two pronominal prefix paradigms…

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December 2017

Austronesian Circle: Brad Rentz (12/1)

1-Dec-2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Second Language Studies Conference Room, 1890 East-West Rd. Moore 551
Honolulu, 96822 United States
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Speaker: Brad Rentz Date and Time: 12/1 (Fri.), 3-4PM Location: SLS Conference Room Title: Language attitudes on Pohnpei: Results from a survey analysis Abstract: In this presentation, I present the results from a language attitudes survey of 1/3% of the adult population on Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. The results include domain-based language choices and attitudes toward a variety of topics including multilingualism, education, and Pohnpeian identities. The presentation also includes results fro ma novel combination of statistical methods including…

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January 2018

[SEMINAR] Dr. Alison Biggs

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 1881 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Alison Biggs, Univ. of Pennsylvania Date and Time: 1/30 (Tues), 12:00 PM Location: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium On the relation between the lexicon and syntax, and certain arguments of verbs of motion The role of the verb in deriving the structured meaning of the clause is much debated. Does the lexical representation of the verb project a semantic representation, determining syntactic properties of the clause? Or is it the case that the semantic representation derives from the…

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February 2018

[SEMINAR] Dr. Michael ‘Mitcho’ Yoshitaka Erlewine

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 1881 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Michael 'Mitcho' Yoshitaka Erlewine, National University of Singapore Date and Time: 2/1 (Thur), 12:00 PM Location: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium Extraction and licensing in Toba Batak I investigate patterns of preverbal fronting in Toba Batak, a predicate-initial Austronesian language of northern Sumatra. Contrary to the claims of previous work on the language, I show that multiple constituents can be simultaneously fronted, though only in limited configurations. I argue that the distinct heads C and T are present…

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LDTC Workshop Series

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Moore 253, 1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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Linguists and native speakers of underdocumented languages work together on mini-documentation projects in a series of 8 workshops per semester. Workshops are open to everyone. Check the full schedule at http://ling.hawaii.edu/ldtc/workshops/. For more information please contact ldtc@hawaii.edu

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[SEMINAR] Dr. James N. Collins

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 1881 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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Dr. James N. Collins, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem How syntax feeds interpretation: The view from Tagalog NPs How are indefinite or definite expressions interpreted in languages which lack definite or indefinite articles? Previous works which have addressed this question have observed that cross-linguistically indefinite and definite readings of bare noun phrases are in part determined by the broader syntactic structure of their containing clause. However, these analyses often do not consider the reasoning that interlocutors engage in when calculating the…

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