On October 5th and 6th, the Hizkuntzalaritza Teorikorako Taldea (HiTT) held the first meeting of the second edition of the thematic network ‘Significado y Gramática‘ (SigGram, MEIC FFI2016-81750-REDT, PI. M.Teresa Espinal, UAB).
In this meeting, we had the chance to learn about many participants’ ongoing work, including Katie, who presented on extra arguments in English. Elena had the opportunity to present the MEAT project, under the HiTT umbrella, and Zoltan was part of the local organization, along with the rest of the HiTT students (thanks, Laura and Marina!).
The next event in the series of activities that will happen as part of the SigGram iniciative is a semantics winter school at UPF, Barcelona.
It was very nice to have UAH-ers, UPF-ers and UAB-ers with us! We hope to see you soon in Vitoria-Gasteiz!
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!
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.
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.
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):
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.