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May 24, 2024

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Meg Cychosz

Affiliation: UCLA

Topic: TBA

April 26, 2024

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Lal Zimman

Affiliation: UC Santa Barbara

Topic: Toward an expansive theory of vocal gender: Trans approaches to the sociophonetics of gender

April 12, 2024

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Kathryn Franich

Affiliation: Harvard University

Topic:  Coordination and its Relationship to Acoustic and Articulatory Enhancement

February 16, 2024

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Georgia Zellou

Affiliation: UC Davis

Topic: Linguistic and social biases impact speech communication in human-computer interaction

January 26, 2024

Linguistics Colloquium Series:  Jonathan Brennan

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Topic: Grammatical dynamics and neural decoding with EEG 


November 10, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Anjalie Field

Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Topic: Equity and NLP in High Stakes Domains

October 27, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Florian Schwarz

Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

Topic: Exploring the contrast between weak and strong definite articles experimentally

May 26, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Junyi Jessy Li 

Affiliation: University of Texas Austin

Topic: Deciphering Emotional Dynamics on Social Media

April 14, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Mark Amengual

Affiliation: University of California Santa Cruz

Topic: Long-term and short-term phonetic interactions in bilingual and trilingual speech

March 10, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Sharese King 

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Topic: Linguistic Prejudice on Trial: Examining the Othering of Black Speech in the Courtroom

February 24, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jason Bishop

Affiliation: City University of New York (CUNY)

Topic: Planning prosodic structure should give you pause (duration): Evidence from individual differences

January 20, 2023

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Vera Gribanova

Affiliation: Stanford University

Topic: Negative concord, genitive of negation, and case (dis-)connectivity in Russian ellipsis


October 28, 2022

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Tessa Bent

Affiliation: Indiana University

Topic: Relating pronunciation distance metrics to children and adults’ accent perception

May 13, 2022

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Eric Acton

Affiliation: Eastern Michigan University

Topic: Definites, alternatives, and generalized pragmatic inference

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April 29, 2022

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Bob Frank

Affiliation: Yale University

Topic: Linguistic Productivity in Neural Networks: Representation and Inductive Bias

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January 28, 2022

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jessi Grieser

Affiliation: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Topic: What We Talk About When We Talk About Gentrification

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November 12, 2021

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Ming Xiang

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Topic: Semantic convention and pragmatic reasoning in sentence comprehension

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October 8, 2021

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Rachel Theodore

Affiliation: University of Connecticut

Topic: Listener sensitivity to structured phonetic variation

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April 16, 2021

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Nicole Holliday

Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania 

Topic: Kamala Harris and the Construction of Ethnolinguistic Political Identity

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April 2, 2021

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Affiliation: The University of Texas at Austin

Topic: My life as a linguist: Advancing research and uplifting communities

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January 29, 2021

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Erica Britt

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Topic: Oral History and the Discursive Construction of Identity in Urban Spaces

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November 13, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jennifer Cabrelli

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago

Topic: The role of a learner’s background languages in the acquisition of a third language

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October 30, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Shiri Lev-Ari

Affiliation: Royal Holloway University of London

Topic: Language from a social networks perspective

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October 9, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Ellen Lau

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Topic: Sequences, syntax, and scenes: towards the neural underpinnings of working memory for language comprehension

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May 29, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Heidi Harley.

Affiliation: University of Arizona

Topic: Relative nominals and event nominals in Hiaki

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May 8, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Allyson Ettinger.

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Topic: "Understanding" and prediction in language: perspectives from AI and human cognition 

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April 10, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro. (POSTPONED)

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago

Topic: TBA

January 31, 2020

Linguistics Colloquium Series: John Goldsmith

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Topic: Battle in the Mind Fields


November 1, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Abby Walker. 

Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Topic: Expecting the unexpected: How long-term exposure to dialectal variation may change listening strategies.

October 18, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Michael Wagner.

Affiliation: McGill University

Topic: Toward a Bestiary of the Intonational Tunes of English.


June 7, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jordana Heller.

Affiliation: Northwestern University

Topic: Connecting better: Understanding linguistic representation and accommodation benefits business outcomes.

May 24, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Melinda Fricke.

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Topic: Costs and benefits: What corpus studies can tell us about the psycholinguistics of codeswitching.

May 10, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Suzanne Wagner.

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Topic: Michiganders think they sound normal: Is that turning out to be true?

April 19, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Andy Wedel.

Affiliation: University of Arizona

Topic: Signal evolution within the word.

April 12, 2019

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Charles Chang.

Affiliation: Boston University

Topic: Integration, change, and stability in bilingual speech perception.


December 7, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Elsi Kaiser.

Affiliation: University of Southern California

Topic: Subjectivity and generalizability: Psycholinguistic investigations of predicates of personal taste.

October 12, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Norbert Hornstein.

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Topic: The Triumph of Minimalism.

June 8, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Meredith Tamminga. 

Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

Topic: Are there leaders of language change?

June 1, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Morgan Sonderegger.

Affiliation: McGill University

Topic: Towards large(r)-scale cross-linguistic study of speech: prosodic case studies. 

May 18. 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jeff Lidz.

Affiliation: University of Maryland

Topic: 2nd Year Syntax.

May 11, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Jason Merchant. 

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Topic: Stochastic resolution of ellipsis: Why the holy grail of a grand unified theory will never be found.

April 6, 2018

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Carlos Gallo

Affiliation: Northwestern University

Topic: "Analyzing linguistic style in text messages for an HIV prevention program".


December 1, 2017

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Melissa Baese-Berk.

Affiliation: University of Oregon

Topic: Expectation, Experience, and Word Segmentation.

November 10, 2017

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Donna Jo Napoli.

Affiliation: Swarthmore College

Topic: Influence of predicate sense on sign order: Intensional and extensional verbs.

April 14, 2017

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Sandy Chung.

Affiliation: University of California Santa Cruz

Topic: Competition among Pronouns in the Grammar and Processing of Chamorro.

April 3, 2017

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Patrick Sturt.

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

Topic: Agreement attraction in English and Korean.

March 31, 2017

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Scott Grimm

Affiliation: University of Rochester

Topic: Plurality and Referentiality.


December 2, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Sarah Creel.

Affiliation: University of California San Diego

Topic: Hearing a who: How talker identity shapes language processing throughout development.

October 28, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Rick Lewis.

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Topic: Toward Computationally Rational Language Processing and Language Design.

October 7, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Kristin Van Engen.

Affiliation: Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: The accent wall: listening effort and L2 speech.

October 2, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Ann Bunger.

Affiliation: Indiana University Bloomington

Topic: How children parse motion events.

May 20, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Dr. Jennifer Arnold.

Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Topic: Psycholinguistics.

May 6, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Dr. Gina Kuperberg

Affiliation: Tufts University

Topic: Neuroscience of language.

April 8, 2016

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Dr. Brian Dillon.

Affiliation: University of Massachusetts

Topic: Sentence processing.


May 29, 2015

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Rebecca Scarborough

Affiliation: University of Colorado Boulder

Topic: Clarity and the Lexicon.

April 10, 2015

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Florian Schwarz

Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

Topic: Experimental comparisons of presuppositions and implicatures.

March 13, 2015

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Robert Daland

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Topic: What we have learned about speech perception from loanword phonology: Native phonotactics in Korean loanword corpora and online adaptation.

February 20, 2015

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Giuli Dussias

Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University

Topic: Using codeswitching data as a lens to study the link between production and comprehension.

January 23, 2015

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Noah Goodman

Affiliation: Stanford University

Topic: Uncertainty in language and thought.