NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2000
In this issue:
Dear friends of the Linguistics Department,
It is finally spring in Wisconsin despite snow on April 11th. The department has had an eventful semester, with numerous talks and the hiring of two (count them, two!) new faculty members. Details on the talks and so forth appear below. Our two new hires are both phonologists: Marie Hélène Côté, from MIT, and Tom Purnell, from the University of Delaware (and who has been teaching here in our department for the last two and a half years). In the fall issue of the newsletter we will give you more details on both of these wonderful people. In the meantime just let me say how excited we are to have them joining our faculty.
I also want to take this chance to thank the generous people who have sent in donations for our colloquia and other activities (including this newsletter). If you're interested in emulating them, the address is: University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, PO Box 8860, Madison, WI, 53708-8860. Specify the Linguistics Department fund #12540435.
Thanks, and have a good summer. We'll be sending out another (longer) newsletter during the fall semester.
Monica Macaulay, Chair
News and Notes
Faculty Profiles: Matt Pearson
Matt Pearson is a graduate student from UCLA and a visiting lecturer in the department for the 1999-2000 academic year. He normally resides in West Hollywood, California, where he has been working for the last couple of years on his soon-to-be-completed ("I swear!") dissertation on word order and morphology in Malagasy. His interests include syntactic theory (especially phrase structure), event structure and theta-role mapping, word order typology, topic/focus structure, Austronesian morphosyntax, and the morphology-syntax interface. He also dabbles in phonology and morphological theory, and is keen to explore the field of child language acquisition (in particular, the acquisition of word order and functional structure) when he has some time to spare. Although his graduate work has mostly been theoretical in nature-involving various attempts to apply Richard Kayne's Antisymmetry Hypothesis to Malagasy clause structure-his first love is fieldwork and 'wallowing in data' from 'exotic' languages. His ambition is to write a reference grammar of an endangered language when he grows up.
Matt has given invited talks here at the University of Wisconsin, as well as at MIT, Cornell, and the University of Tromsoe in Norway, and will be giving a paper in May at the Workshop on Antisymmetry Theory (Cortona, Italy), sponsored by the University of Pisa. Recent publications include "Two Types of VO Languages" (to be published by John Benjamins in the volume The Derivation of VO and OV, edited by Peter Svenonius); "Tense-marking on Malagasy Obliques and the Syntax of Telic Events" (to be published by Kluwer in the proceedings of the 6th annual Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association Conference, edited by Carol Smallwood and Katharine Kitto); and "Feature Inheritance and Remnant Movement: Deriving SOV Order Under the LCA" (published in Syntax at Sunset 2: UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics #3, edited by Gianluca Storto).
On March 9th, John Baugh of Stanford University gave the Hilldale Lecture in the Humanities. His talk was titled "Linguistic Discrimination and the Quest for Fair Housing." Jenny Saffran of the Psychology Department gave a talk on March 21st on "Language Acquisition: The Role of Constrained Statistical Learning." Marlys Macken is organizing the Southeast Asian Linguistics Conference for May 5-7 (we'll have her write up a report on that for the next newsletter). And finally, a talk by Visiting Professor of German Thomas Becker is planned for mid-May.
The Linguistics Student Organization is putting together a volume of
working papers, which will contain six articles by Linguistics Department
graduate students. Contents and an order form will be available in the
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