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.
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.
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).
Following 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).
The 27th Colloquium on Generative Grammar [27CGG] was organized at the Universidad de Alcalá [UAH] by MEAT colleagues and friends Manuel Leonetti, Silvia Gumiel-Molina, Norberto Moreno-Quibén and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez. Right before the Business Meeting, Olga Fernández-Soriano, Isabel Pérez-Jiménez and Elena Castroviejo had the joy of presenting the book they have co-edited (with the support of MEAT and Ikerbasque), entitled Boundaries, phases and interfaces. Case studies in honor of Violeta Demonte and published by the John Benjamin’s series Linguistik Aktuell / Linguistics Today. We were very happy and proud to share some memories of the 24th CGG, unveil the table of contents of the book and thank all its contributors, including authors and reviewers. It was especially nice to be able to give a copy of the book to Violeta and celebrate this event surrounded by the theoretical linguistics community which gathered in Alcalá.
By the way, it was announced that the 28th CGG will be hosted by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and organized by another MEAT friend, Isabel Oltra-Massuet!
The occasion was the workshop “Non-at-issue meaning and information structure” [NAIS2017]. It fit nicely with the goals and subgoals of the MEAT project, which revolves around the interaction between meaning types and has information structure as one of the case studies that we are looking closely.
Berit held a joint talk with Olga Borik entitled “The role of presupposition and information structure in Russian imperfective passives“, and Laia and Elena held a joint talk entitled “Echoicity and contrast in Spanish conditionals“.
On top of the lively discussion, we were lucky to listen to talks by linguists who paved the way for a deeper understanding on such notions, and then to an original format, which included comments on the invited talks by local researchers.
This year, Elena has collaborated again with Ikerbasque in attempting to convince young women that they can be scientists if they are willing to. Amanda Sierra, Matxus Perugorria, Ainara Castellanos and Elena Castroviejo explained their own experiences as women researchers to high school girls from Bilbao, who had the chance to express her doubts about the future and about the life we leave as scientist women.
As in last year’s event, Amaia Esquisabel (representing the Basque Government) opened the floor with her own life experience and the high-schoolers participated in a competition to determine how much we know about women scientists. In the meantime, Marimar Muriel painted two pieces, which were then donated to the two high schools, so the girls could tell the boys about this activity at the headquarters of Ikerbasque.
You can find here the article that has appeared in Deia (Basque newspaper), on May 4th, 2017, which reports on the event and on the data regarding the so-called glass ceiling.