The EGG school

view from the dorms towards Banja Luka

For the first two weeks of August, Katie attended the Eastern Generative Grammar (EGG) School, this year in Banja Luka (Bosnia). This was her second time at an EGG school, and she is a big fan. The school is based on some nice ideas, such as making high-level linguistics courses available to students in Central and Eastern Europe and keeping costs low for students generally. Another big goal of the school’s organisers is to promote interaction between teachers and students–a big plus for learning and for the social environment.

On the way to the opening party

While there, Katie attended courses by Patrick Elliot (ZAS Berlin), Daniele Panizza (Göttingen), Yasutada Sudo (UCL), Sarah Zobel (Tübingen), and Gillian Ramchand (Tromsø). One course, concerning the Exhaustivity Operator was even extended into the second week because there was such a lively discussion!

There was also an Open Podium during the second week, where Katie had the opportunity to present her joint work with Elena and MEAT friend Agustín Vicente. She received good feedback, including a question about the potential diachronic connection between the construction under investigation (Ethnic/Social Terms used as Insults, ESTIs) and slurs.

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


Short stay in Manchester

From the 3rd of February to the 2nd of May of 2017, Zoltan Zato had a short stay in the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Manchester, under the supervision of Dr Andrew Koontz-Garboden.


In the University of Manchester, Zoltan worked on the analysis of Spanish deadjectival nominalizations, which is the topic of his ongoing dissertation. The meetings with Andrew were extremely productive and insightful.

Zoltan also attended the seminars of the department, the Semantics Labs, the Time Meetings, the Minimalist Syntax course (taught by Dr Julio Villa-García), and the Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL) conference.