Language Science Colloquia



All 2020-2021 colloquia are remote talks, taking place over Zoom.


Tuesday, October 20
Damián Blasi
, Harvard University

11:00am - 12:30pm
The exceptional nature of linguistic diversity and language change and why it matters for theories of language

Wednesday, November 11
Paula Rubio-Fernandez, University of Oslo
9:00am - 10:30am
The psychophysics of referential communication: Discriminability vs informativity

Tuesday, November 24
Language Science Community Talks
11:00am - 12:30pm
Andrew Cheng and Alandi Bates

Tuesday, December 8
Jeff Heinz, Stony Brook University
11:00am - 12:30pm

Deterministic Analyses and Learning of Optional Phonological Processes

Tuesday, December 15
Evelina Fedorenko, MIT
11:00am - 12:30pm
The language system in the human mind and brain

Tuesday, April 6
Adina Williams, Facebook AI Research
11:00am - 12:30pm
Talk Title TBA

Tuesday, April 27
Jennifer Culbertson, University of Edinburgh
9:00am - 10:30am
Talk Title TBA

Tuesday, May 4
Gary Lupyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:00am - 12:30pm
Talk Title TBA

Tuesday, June 1
Tal Linzen, NYU

11:00am - 12:30pm
Talk Title TBA




Monday, June 8
Remote Presentation
Tamar Gollan, UC San Diego

Monday, May 11
Remote Presentation
Sam Bowman, NYU
11:00am - 12:15pm
Learning acceptability judgments from raw text alone

Monday, March 2

Community Talks
Galia Bar-Sever, UC Irvine
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Wednesday, February 26
Linguistic Diversity Talk
Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford University
2:00pm - 3:30pm, HG 1030

Monday, February 24
Zoe Klemfuss, UC Irvine
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPB 1222
Causes and Effects of Narrative Variation in Childhood

 Thursday, February 6
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPA 2112 (Room Change)
Not So Great Expectations

Monday, January 21
Amy Pratt, UC Irvine
"Identification of Spanish-English Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD): The Differential Effect of Exposure Across Bilinguals with and without DLD"
Ashley Adams, UC Irvine
"Exploring the classroom experiences of dual language learners with and without special education needs"
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Monday, December 2
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University 
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPA 2112 (Room Change)
"The Neurobiology of Reading in Deaf and Hearing Adults"

Monday, October 14

Hannah Forsythe, Language Science UC Irvine
"Modeling the Source of Children’s Non-Adult-Like Pronoun Interpretations: Representation Versus Deployment"
Anne Therese Frederiksen, Chancellor's Postdoc Fellow UC Irvine
"Comprehension of pronouns in American Sign Language: Modality-general and modality-specific influences"
11:00am - 11:50am, SSPB 1222

Monday, October 21
Leon Bergen, UC San Diego

"Verbal Irony, Pretense, and the Common Ground"

Monday, November 4

Anne Beatty-Martinez, Penn State University
"Revisiting Grammatical Gender in Spanish: Evidence from Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers" 

Monday, November 18
Shota Momma, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
11:00am - 12:15pm, SSPB 1222

"Structure Building in Speaking"

Monday, November 25
Andrea Takahesu Tabori, UC Irvine
11:00am - 11:30am, SSPB 1222

Talk Title TBA

Christian Navarro-Torres, UC Irvine
11:30am - 12:00pm, SSPB 1222
Talk Title TBA



Monday, June 3
Alexis Wellwood, University of Southern California
"Seeing and Talking About Events"

Monday, May 13

Dylan Bumford, UCLA
"Superlative Scope, Comparison Classes, and Negative Polarity"

Monday, March 11
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
"The Combinatory Cognitive Science of Language"

Monday, March 4
Hans Kamp, University of Stuttgart
"DRT Tutorial"

Monday, February 11
Stephanie Shih, University of Southern California
"Catching Phonology in the Pokéverse: Cross-linguistic Comparisons in Sound Symbolism"

Monday, February 4
Eve Higby, UC Riverside

"The Dynamic Nature of the Bilingual Language System"

Monday, January 14
Brandy Gatlin, UC Irvine
"Why They Be Talkin' Like That?"  A Look at Language Variation and Literacy"

Monday, December 3
Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
"It's Still About Grammar: Cascading Structural Reorganization in Bilinguals"

Monday, November 19
Stefan Th. Gries, UC Santa Barbara
"Quantitative Corpus Applications: Morphemes, Multi-word Units, & Constructions"

Friday November 9
Judith Kroll, UC Riverside
"The Fate of the Native Language in Second Language Learning: A New Hypothesis About Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain"
Talk recording




Monday, May 21

Kara Morgan-Short, University of Illinois at Chicago
"The Neurocognitive processing of late-learned second language: The role of external and internal factors"

Monday, April 23

Victor Ferreira, University of California, San Diego
"Syntactic Entrainment as a Candidate Mechanism for Learning the Meanings of Syntactic Constructions"

Monday, March 19
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"Montague Grammar: 50 years after"

Monday, March 12
Caroline Féry, Goethe University Frankfurt
"The Grammatical and Prosodic Reflexes of Information Structure in a Typological Comparison"

Saturday, March 3
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"Second Formal Semantics Boot Camp II"

Monday, February 26
Oana David, University of California, Merced

"The role of grammar in computer-aided metaphor research"

Saturday, Februrary 17
Ede Zimmermann, Visiting Scholar, UCI (Frankfurt)
"First Formal Semantics Boot Camp I"


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