Friday, January 12, 2018

Fall Quarter '17 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter are Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00.

Oct. 4
Fukuda, S., (2017). Split intransitivity in Japanese is syntactic: Evidence for the Unaccusative Hypothesis from sentence acceptability and truth value judgment experiments. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 2(1), p.83. DOI:

Oct. 11
Continuation of discussion on Fukuda article and Japanese unaccusativity.

Oct. 18
Who knew that Japanese split intransitivity could be so interesting? We continue our discussion today

Oct. 25
Sprouse, J., & Almeida, D. (2017). Design sensitivity and statistical power in acceptability judgment experiments. Glossa, 2(1), 1.

Nov. 1
Continuation of discussion of Sprouse & Almeida article

Nov. 8
Discussion of syntactic satiation and new paper by William Snyder

Nov. 15
Continuation of discussion syntactic satiation.

Nov. 22
Tollan, R., & Heller, D. (2015). Elvis Presley on an island: wh-dependency formation inside complex NP objects. In Proceedings of NELS (Vol. 46).

Nov. 29
Dayoung will present a practice version of her talk for this weekend's CAMP (California Meeting on Psycholinguistics):

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dayoung and Savi at AMLaP 2017!

Dayoung Kim and Savi Namboodiripad (together with Gyeongnam Kim) presented a poster on "Bilingual Processing of Flexible Constituent Order in Korean" at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) 2017 conference at Lancaster University in the UK.

Spring Quarter '17 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter will be Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00.

Apr. 12
Gustavo with a practice talk on "A Quantitative Study on the Evolution of the Subjunctive System in Argentinean Spanish" for the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages.

Apr. 26
Gustavo with a practice talk for his visit to Tromsø, Norway, on "Acquisition under varying and stable input: The case of the past subjunctive in Argentinean and Peninsular Spanish."

May 3
Till on his recent experimental work on VP Ellipsis.
May 10
Savi and Dayoung with a practice talk for CLS on "English-dominant Korean speakers show reduced flexibility in constituent order."

May 17
Discussion of Hettiarachchi and Pires article on L2 syntax and Sinhala wh-questions.

May 24 (11:00)
Preliminary results from experiment done by Bonnie Chinh and Grant on embedded subject vs. object extraction in Spanish.

May 31
Continuation of discussion of Hettiarachchi and Pires paper.

June 7
Gustavo will present results from his three-country experiment on the choice of tense in Spanish subjunctive clauses.

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.

Gustavo Guajardo has accepted a position as a Teaching Fellow in Spanish Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University in the UK.

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.