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Precise meanings and loose concepts: Roles for underdetermination and imprecision in formal semantics


A new way to find developmentally meaningful variation in children's input: A look at syntactic knowledge across socio-economic status

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This talk, you should attend (to understand this sentence).

Judith Aissen (UC Santa Cruz) will give a talk on information structure. The talk is officially part of Masha Polinsky's class, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


In this week's meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (CNL) Lab, Hanna Muller (LING) will be leading a discussion on what is meant by "shallow processing".

If you'd like to join this discussion and/or the CNL Lab email list, contact Colin Phillips (colin@umd.edu).


Do children know WHanything? Acquisition of Mandarin wh-indefinites

Abstract: Unlike English wh-words like “what”, Mandarin wh-words have both an interrogative and an indefinite interpretation, as shown in (1). 

(1)   Xiaoxiao mei chi shenme.
       Xiaoxiao NEG eat what

a.     Interrogative: What didn’t Xiaoxiao eat?
b.     Indefinite: Xiaoxiao didn’t eat anything/much. 

Lunch served at 12:15, talk starts at 12:30.

How many grammars of Accusative-and-Infinitive constructions can we prove there to be in English?

This year’s University of Maryland Mayfest is 2020 Hindsight, a retrospective view of our department through the prism of those who have studied and worked with Norbert Hornstein, one of its founders. We have invited a dozen alumni and collaborators – distinguished researchers in syntax, semantics, processing, neuroscience, computational models and acquisition – to come back to Maryland and share their work with us.

More information here.


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