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Upcoming events in the IU linguistics community

Volume 169 March 1 – 7, 2013

The Linguistics Calendar is published by the Linguistics Department to keep you informed of announcements of interest.
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Colloquia and Talks
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Spring Semester Reading Groups

Colloquia and Talks

Catapult Center Workshop: Xiaozhong Liu presents Information retrieval to Knowledge retrieval: One more step

Location: Wells Library Information Commons Cluster 1
Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Catapult Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Analysis of Texts will host an information retrieval workshop by Xiaozhong Liu of the IU School of Library and Information Science. The workshop is free, but registration is required at The abstract follows.

With the exponential growth of the Web in the past decades, we are facing a flood of information. The success of GYM (Google, Yahoo and MSN) has shown that information retrieval is a key component to assisting users to access target information based on their needs. However, there is an increasing demand for knowledge creation, knowledge usage, and knowledge retrieval. We need some innovative methodology to better understand users, documents and the relation between them. In this presentation, we will cover some basic techniques used in information retrieval and then I will talk about some recent projects I'm working on and try to investigate the possibility for automatically extracting knowledge by using data mining and retrieval techniques.

Second Language Studies Colloquium Series

Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 215
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.

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

Guest speaker Annie Tremblay presents What did you say? Locating Word Boundaries in French as a Second/Foreign Language

Location: Swain East 105
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 4:00 p.m.

As part of the FRIT Graduate Student Organization Conference, The Department of French & Italian presents keynote speaker Annie Tremblay (University of Kansas) for a lecture titled, "What did you say? Locating Word Boundaries in French as a Second/Foreign Language." The abstract follows.

Recognizing words in continuous speech, a seemingly effortless task in the native language (L1), becomes strikingly difficult in a second/foreign language (L2), because different information signals the beginning and end of words in the L1 and in the L2. What type of linguistic cues do adult L2 learners use to recognize words in continuous speech? Does their use of these cues change as their proficiency in the L2 increases? Can high-proficiency L2 learners recognize words as efficiently as native speakers do? I will present two eye-tracking listening studies that examine how adult native speakers of English at different proficiencies in French use linguistic cues to locate word boundaries in French. I will focus specifically on liaison consonants as a distributional cue to word-initial boundaries and on pitch prominence as a prosodic cue to word-final boundaries in French. The results show an important asymmetry in L2 learners’ ability to use these two types of linguistic cues for locating word boundaries in French speech. I will discuss the implications of these findings for our understanding of both the nature of the linguistic information that the adult brain can learn to use and the pedagogical interventions needed in French classrooms.

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Guest speaker Liliane Haegeman presents An intervention account for the distribution of Main Clause Phenomena

Location: Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Oak Room
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 5:30 p.m.

The Department of French & Italian presents a lecture by Liliane Haegeman (Ghent University, Belgium), titled "An intervention account for the distribution of Main Clause Phenomena." The abstract follows.

It is well known that certain fronting phenomena in English are by and large restricted to main clause domains. For instance, object fronting is by and large excluded from temporal adverbial clauses:
(i) *When this news I heard, I was very upset.
Hooper and Thompson (1973) and many accounts inspired by them (Bianchi and Frascarelli 2010) offer a mainly semantic/pragmatic account, claiming that Main Clause Phenomena (MCP) depend on ‘assertion’. They also challenge any attempts to provide a syntactic analysis for the ungrammaticality of (i).
In my presentation I will argue that a syntactic account for the distribution of (a subset of) MCP is possible, and I will explore two syntactic accounts for the distribution of Main Clause Phenomena. The ‘truncation’ accounts explore H&T’s own intuition that adverbial clauses – and other clauses that resist MCP - are structurally ‘reduced’ and display a deficient left periphery in which the landing site for the argument fronting is missing. Such accounts postulate a specialized landing site for CLLD which survives truncation in Romance. An alternative approach is to interpret the unavailability of MCP as the result of locality restrictions on movement. According to these accounts, adverbial when clauses, for instance, are derived by operator movement (Geis 1970). Assuming a movement derivation of an adverbial when clause, the unavailability of argument fronting is like the unavailability of argument fronting in interrogative when clauses. Likewise, the availability of CLLD in Romance adverbial clauses is parallel to that in wh- clauses. The movement account can be extended to clauses embedded under factive verbs which are also incompatible with MCP.

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

27th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

Location: Indiana Memorial Hall (IMU) Georgian Room
Date: February 28 - March 2
Program: (Click here to view the PDF)

The Department of Linguistics and the Center for the Study of the Middle East will host the 27th meeting of the Arabic Linguistics Symposium from February 28th - March 2, 2013. Invited speakers are Sam Hellmuth (University of York, UK), Elabbas Benmamoun (UIUC), Mona Diab (George Washington University) and Atiqa Hachimi (University of Toronto). All talks will be held in the Georgian Room of the IMU. Click here to see the program and other links.

27th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics: Call for Volunteers

Location: Indiana Memorial Hall (IMU) Georgian Room
Date: February 28 - March 2

The 27th Annual Arabic Linguistics Symposium, hosted by the Center for the Study of the Middle East, will be held February 28th - March 2nd, 2013. We are currently looking for students who are interested in volunteering with CSME during the conference and are willing to help with registration, serve as information point people, and monitor the doors during individual presentations. Volunteers will receive free admission to the symposium and are welcome to sign up for multiple volunteer times (or volunteer for a partial shift). The available volunteer sessions are as follows:

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Session 1: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Session 2: 1:30pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Session 1: 8:30am - 2:15pm

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please contact Katie or Liese at You can also visit our website for specific schedule and program information at

French & Italian Graduate Student Organization Conference

Location: Swain East (SE) 105
Date: March 1-2

The French & Italian Graduate Student Organization is holding its bi-annual conference March 1-2, 2013. The theme for this year's conference is "Negotiation and Renegotiation." Following is the schedule for the French Linguistics talks, including the keynote address to be given by Annie Tremblay from the University of Kansas.

Friday, March 1, 2013
Codeswitching and Bilingualism panel (2:10-3:10 p.m.)
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Linguistics panel II (11:10-12:10)

Keynote speaker Annie Tremblay (4:05-5:20 p.m.): What did you say? Locating Word Boundaries in French as a Second/Foreign Language; see the listing under "Colloquia and Talks" above for more information.

If you have any questions about the conference or wish to see a full schedule, which includes the French literature and Italian talks, feel free to contact Eric Beurlein at

IULC Annual Graduate Student Conference call for papers

Deadline: Friday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.

The IULC is now accepting abstracts for our Annual Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please submit abstracts by email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

IULC Working Papers Online, Volume 12 available now

Website: IULC Working Papers Online, Vol. 12

Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is pleased to announce the release of Volume 12. IULC Working Papers Online is a peer-reviewed journal accepting submissions from the Indiana University community on topics ranging through the many varied subfields of linguistics and related disciplines. The Volume 12 Table of Contents, with links to abstracts and full text manuscripts, is available at

IULC Working Papers call for submissions


The Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is now accepting submissions for Volume 13.
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

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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Spring Semester Reading Groups

PHLEGME: Phonetics Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Jeffrey Holliday

On Friday, March 1, Jeffrey Holliday will lead the group in a discussion of Kreiman et al (2012), “Variability in the relationships among voice quality, harmonic amplitudes, open quotient, and glottal area waveform shape in sustained phonation.” The article is available on Oncourse if you would like to read it ahead of time.

PHLEGME is an acronym for PHonetics Literature Enjoyment Group MEeting. As the name implies, this reading group gathers to discuss phonetics papers together in a casual setting. Anyone wanting to participate or find more information can contact Jeffrey Holliday ( to be added to the email list and Oncourse page.

CLingDing: Computational Linguistics Hour

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 401
Time: Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
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. Upcoming presenters and topics are as follows:

Please see for the full spring schedule, or contact Markus Dickinson ( for more information.

Syntax Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 317A
Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Yoshihisa Kitagawa

The Syntax Reading Group meets each Monday to discuss syntax readings. On Monday, March 4, the group will discuss Yoshida (2012), available on the Oncourse site. For more information or to join the Oncourse group, contact Yoshihisa Kitagawa (

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Last modified: February 27, 2013