TbiLLC 2017


From 18-22 September, Katie participated in the Twelfth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation at Lagodekhi, Georgia. In the Language session, she presented her own work, “Exploring the multi-dimensional meaning of Extra Arguments in English”. In a workshop, Transmodal Perspectives on Secondary Meaning,  she also presented new joint work with Daniel Hole, “Secondary Meanings in Argument Alternations”. The workshop included talks by Stefan Hinterwimmer, Henk Zeevat, Fabian Bross, Daniel Gutzmann, Katharina Turgay, and Lavi Wolf. Katie received insightful feedback on both projects, which will help her get further in solving the puzzle of why variations in argument structure seems to license secondary meaning in the non-base variants.


The symposium itself was wonderful: super organisation, beautiful location at the foot of the Caucausus mountains, and a great group of people. While there, Katie was able to meet many new and old friends in the linguistics and logic community (list of speakers can be found here), all while getting to know the Georgian culture and cuisine. All in all a good time!

SLE 2017


From 10-14.09, Berit and Katie participated in the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea in Zurich, Switzerland. Berit and Olga Borik organised a workshop, entitled “Participles: Form, Use and Meaning (PartFUM)“, and Katie presented a talk entitled “Extra arguments: a Multi-dimensional perspective”. The workshop was a nice mix of talks on participles and Katie’s talk in the general session went well. Being such a big conference, with many sub-disciplines of linguistics, there were many new colleagues to meet. Even with the large number of lingusits, the organisation was very good (there was an SLE app!), as was the conference dinner– complete with a linguist band and dancing linguists. Next year’s SLE will take place in Tallinn, Estonia.

CreteLing 2017

The University of Crete

From 10 — 21 July, Katie attended the CreteLing Summer School in sunny Rethymnon, Crete. It was a great opportunity to meet other linguistic students from all over the world (USA, India, Norway, Taiwan, . . ) and meet professors from abroad. In between classes, she was able to meet with some of these professors (Rajesh Bhatt and Roumi Pancheva) to talk about–and receive valuable feedback on– some research for the MEAT project.



While there, she attended courses by Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin & Leibniz- ZAS Berlin), Elena Anagnostopoulou (University of Crete), Caroline Féry (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Kai von Fintel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),
Sabine Iatridou (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Winfried Lechner (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Shigeru Miyagawa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and  Roumi Pancheva (University of Southern California). On each Wednesday of the school, there were extra workshops on-site: “Experiment and theory in syntax and semantics, organised by Uli Sauerland ; “Emerging grammars in language contact situations”, organised by Artemis Alexiadou.

Check out this video she participated in, where native speakers of all 22 languages represented at the summer school say “linguistics” in their own language. Here’s a photo with two other UPV/EHU students (and some friends):

Katie asking a fellow UPV student to do a Basque dance


Welcome, Katie!

We are very happy to communicate that, as of July 7th, 2017, Katherine (Katie) Fraser has joined MEAT. She comes from the University of Stuttgart, and she has started her 4-year contract at the UPV/EHU to work on a dissertation that will be concerned with the interactions between lexical aspect and non-at-issue meaning, with Berit and Elena as her co-supervisors.

From now on, she will also join the rest in posting in this blog on her scientific activities.

Welcome, Katie!

July meeting at UPF

thesis proposal at UPF On July 11th, 2017, Elena participated in the evaluation committee of Chenjie Yuan’s dissertation proposal. Chenje is both Laia’s and Enric Vallduví‘s PhD student, and his thesis is concerned with the expression of contrast in Mandarin and Wu Chinese. The other members of the committee were Louise McNally and Xavier Villalba.

On July 12th, Laia and Elena presented their ongoing work on echoicity, contrast and conditionals in a talk at the GLiF Seminar. It was a good opportunity to discuss how the conditionals under study, which are possible in Romance, are absent in other languages (such as English and German), and to establish that the similar German and English versions are not biscuit but regular hypothetical conditionals, where the consequent epistemically depends on the antecedent.

Talking about ‘good’ in a workshop on subjectivity

poster-the-lexicon-of-subjectivity On Tuesday, June 13th, Berit and Elena presented their latest ideas on the meaning of subsective good. This was in the frame of the workshop “The Lexicon of Subjectivity“, organized by colleague Dan Zeman, at the UPV/EHU.

The other presenters in this one-day workshop were John Collins (East Anglia), Lisa Bylinina (Leiden), Hazel Pearson (Queen Mary), Carla Umbach (ZAS) and Sara Packalén (Stockholm).


Book published!

la_239_hbFollowing up on our previous post A book supported by MEAT is presented at the CGG in Alcalá, here is the leaflet of the co-edited book Boundaries, Phases and Interfaces. Case Studies in Honor of Violeta Demonte, published in John Benjamin’s series Linguistik Aktuell. On behalf of Olga Fernández-Soriano and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez, with whom Elena co-edited this volume, here’s our acknowledgment to all the authors who contributed with their papers and to the reviewers who helped improve the book in all its respects.

As always, the research underlying this publication was partially supported by project FFI2015-66732-P, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER, UE), the IT769-13 Research Group (Basque Government), and UFI11/14 (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU).