Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Study experimental syntax and get rich!

Well, maybe you won't get rich, exactly, but it seems like a good way to get a job! This year's hiring season has been very good to some of our current and former lab members:

Savi Namboodiripad has accepted a 2-year Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship starting this fall, followed by a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in fall 2019, both in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Rodolfo Mata has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting this fall at Western Washington University, where his primary responsibilities will be in teaching and research on Spanish linguistics. He is currently working at Colby College.

Emily Morgan has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in fall 2019 in the Department of Linguistics at UC Davis. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University.

Congratulations to all!

Sunday, April 2, 2017


UCSD was out in force at the CUNY 2017 conference on sentence processing, held this year at MIT. Many lab affiliates/alums/friends participated, including Savi Namboodiripad, Boyoung Kim, Grant Goodall, Till Poppels, Emily Morgan, Shota Momma and Adam Morgan. Video of talks is available here, and many slides and posters are available here.

Boyoung and Grant's poster (available at: )
Savi's poster (available at
What the world looks like once you leave San Diego
Fabled main entrance to MIT on Mass Ave

Festschrift for Sandy Chung

A festschrift in honor of Sandy Chung was made public recently, and Grant has an article on D-linking and resumptive pronouns in wh-dependencies, featuring an overview of work he did with Bethany Keffala and Alex Stiller:

  • Goodall, G. (2017). Referentiality and resumption in wh-dependencies. In Ostrove, Jason; Kramer, Ruth; & Sabbagh, Joseph (eds.), Asking the Right Questions: Essays in Honor of Sandra Chung.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Winter '17 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter will be (generally) Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00.

Jan. 11
Grant on referentiality and resumption in wh-dependencies.

Jan. 18 (at 3:30)
William Matchin on "Structure and content in real-time: an integrated theory of syntax"

Jan. 25 (at 3:30)
Savi on "Towards a motivated model of contact-induced syntactic change: flexible constituent order and beyond"
Feb. 1
Shota on "Aligning parsing and generation"

Feb. 8
Boyoung and Grant (Grant presenting) with a preview of their upcoming CUNY presentation on "Filler-gap dependencies in L2: Implications for the analysis of islands."
Feb. 15
Savi with a preview of her upcoming CUNY presentation on "Using acceptability judgments to study language change: Age differences reflect differences in speakers' linguistic systems."

Feb. 22
Gustavo with a preview of his upcoming presentation at the Georgetown University Round Table on Linguistics on "Age of acquisition as a predictor of adult language variation."

Mar. 1
Discussion of Schuler, Yang and Newport (2016):

Mar. 8
Shota on successive cyclicity in production

Mar. 15
Discussion of  Boxell, O., & Felser, C. (2016). Sensitivity to parasitic gaps inside subject islands in native and non-native sentence processing. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-18.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two new publications! That-trace and Korean islands!

"Prosody and the That-Trace Effect: An Experimental Study"
Amanda Ritchart, Grant Goodall, and Marc Garellek
pp. 320-328

Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics

"An experimental investigation of island effects in Korean"
Boyoung Kim and Grant Goodall
Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Vol. 23 

Austin and Buenos Aires!

Two recent conference presentations:

  • Savi and Grant presented "Formal acceptability experiments as a tool for exploring variation in constituent order" at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, in Austin.
  • Gustavo presented "Concordantia Temporum violations in Argentinean Spanish" at the Romania Nova VIII conference in Buenos Aires.
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Lab meetings for Fall '16

Our meetings this quarter will be Wednesdays, 10am - 11am.

Oct. 5 and Oct. 12
Tucker, M. A., Idrissi, A., Sprouse, J., & Almeida, D. Resumption ameliorates different islands differentially: Acceptability data from Modern Standard Arabic.

Oct. 19 and Oct. 26
Dillon, Brian, Adrian Staub, Joshua Levy, and Charles Clifton Jr. (in press). "Which noun phrases is the verb supposed to agree with? Object agreement in American English." Language

Nov. 2
Gustavo will give us a preview of his upcoming talk on Concordantia Temporum in Spanish at the Romania Nova conference, held this year in Buenos Aires. 

Nov. 9
Till and Savi will lead a discussion on distinguishing between gradient and discrete response patterns.

Nov. 16
Savi will share her preliminary results from the field experiments she did in India this summer on constituent order in Malayalam.

Nov. 30
Savi will give us a preview of her and Grant's upcoming presentation at the LSA on "Formal acceptability experiments as a tool for exploring variation in constituent order."