Linguistics Seminar: "On the Prescriptivity of Imperatives"

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
West End Board Room, 18th floor POT
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Come hear about the logical form of imperatives, and what sets prescriptive language apart from ordinary descriptions and questions!

Linguistics Seminar: "Data-Driven Compound Analysis"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Lexmark Room - Main Building
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"Speakers of German enjoy forming compounds and the German language is infamous for long words like 'Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz". Even though compound formation is an easy task for speakers, the linguistic analysis of the semantic relations of the stems of a compound is a complex task. This talk will discuss possibilities of how we can use compound analysis for a deeper understanding of cultural change, discuss data-driven methods, and present empirical evidence from large German newspaper corpora. The talk will present: 1. a quick overview of the different word formation processes in German, 2. different heuristics for the semantic analysis of compounds, 3. analysis of distributional patterns of stems in large corpora, and 4. possibilities of a data-driven identification of the semantic relations between the stems."

Book It - Recent Publications From the Department of English

It was an excellent summer for the Department of English as six faculty members published books in highly-regarded presses.

Sam Powers

When Sam Powers travels, he buys a one-way ticket. He prefers it that way - as he searches for “Goat man” in Guatemala or participates in Buenos Aires’s annual pillow fight or motorbikes through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, he wants the people he meets, not a return ticket, to determine his schedule.

Rebecca Street

Linguistics Undergraduate Students

Jessica Holman

Linguistics Undergraduate Student

Rebecca Greene

Rebecca Greene knew one thing when she came to college from Elliott County in eastern Kentucky. She was going to leave her tiny hometown of Sandy Hook and become an astrophysicist. No doubt about it.
Both her parents were teachers, and she was reading at a very young age. Greene seemed far enough ahead of the other kids that she was “outcast and ostracized” from the start. “So, I was turned against my hometown in certain ways,” Greene said. “I thought I needed to get out of there – that it was suffocating and oppressive.”

Dustin Zerrer

Linguistics Undergraduate Student

Patrick Murphy Conlon

Linguistics and Political Science Senior


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