Indiana University Department of Linguistics

Upcoming events in the IU linguistics community

Volume 149 September 7 – 13, 2012

The Linguistics Calendar is published by the Linguistics Department to keep you informed of announcements of interest.
To have an event posted in the Linguistics Calendar, email your information to by Wednesday of the week before your event.


Colloquia and Talks
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Fall Semester Reading Groups

Colloquia and Talks

Second Language Studies Colloquium

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 205
Date: Fridays
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Second Language Studies presents this colloquium series, which explores a wide range of topics related to second language acquisition. The first three talks are as follows:

For more information on these or future SLS Colloquia, please visit

Anna Babel: "The social construction of 'foreign' sounds in Quechua-influenced Spanish"

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 215
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Anna Babel of Ohio State University will present a discussion of the social construction of 'foreign' sounds in Quechua-influenced Spanish.

Andrew Nevins: "Hierarchical Contrast: Whistled Languages as Extreme Vowel Reduction"

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 242
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by the IULC and Department of Linguistics, Andrew Nevins will discuss the proposal that whistled languages have their own phonology, and as such involve a mechanism of choices based on formal considerations, examining the cases of whistled varieties of Greek and Spanish.

Linda Smith: "Tracing Developmental Pathways in Early Word Learning and Object Recognition"

Location: Kelley Dining Room, DeVault Alumni Center (1000 E 17th St)
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 1:45 - 03:00 p.m.

Linda Smith will present a lecture on child language acquisition titled, "Tracing Developmental Pathways in Early Word Learning and Object Recognition."

Introductory Parallel Programming Workshop

Location: Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The strength of IU's supercomputers lies in their ability to harness multiple processors to accomplish a single task. This workshop will introduce the concepts of threads and message passing to accomplish this task. The workshop will contain a lecture and a hands on lab. A session will also be held at IUPUI on September 25th, 9:30 to 4:30 in IT 127 at the ICTC building. To register for either session, please visit:

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

IULC Working Papers call for submissions


The Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is now accepting submissions for Volume 12.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from all departments are encouraged to submit original papers on any subfield in linguistics. Submissions resulting from outstanding term papers and independent research studies are welcome.
The IULCWP is meant to provide a gentle introduction to the world of publishing and a stepping stone to a full-fledged journal submission through the review and revision process. We appreciate faculty support in familiarizing our students with this opportunity and encouraging them to keep it in mind as they begin designing their final projects and papers.
Please visit our website for detailed instructions on submission and to view previous volumes:
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at


Location: Indiana Memorial Union
Date: October 25-28, 2012

The 41st meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 41) will be held at Indiana University from October 25-28, 2012. Keynote speakers are Sali Tagliamonte, Dennis Preston and Norma Mendoza-Denton. Other presenters include William Labov, Walt Wolfram, and John Baugh among many others. The preliminary program and registration information can be found at the NWAV website:

Conferences of Interest

Many conferences of interest to IU Linguists can be found on the Linguist List Calls and Conferences page. Our own page for such announcements is undergoing revisions and will be linked shortly.

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Fall Semester Reading Groups

CLingDing: Computational Linguistics Hour

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 401
Time: Tuesdays at noon
Contact: Markus Dickinson
Website: CLingDing Page

CLingDing is a weekly computational linguistics discussion group, where students and faculty share in-progress research. CL students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please contact Markus Dickinson ( for more information.
The next two CLingDing meetings will feature out-of-town speakers and will be NOT be at the usual time and day:

After these two talks, we'll be back to our usual Tuesday at noon meetings. See for the full fall schedule.

Syntax Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Steven Franks

Meeting times for the Syntax Reading Group have been tentatively set to Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. The group is currently reading Norvin Richards' book, Uttering Trees. If you would like to join the discussion or need to be added to the Oncourse site, please contact Steven Franks (

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Last modified: 6 September 2012