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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.


Stephanie Shih (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, USC)

Lexically-conditioned phonology in probabilistic grammar


Mental Health as an NLP Problem


Using Computational Linguistics to Investigate Multiword Expressions at the Brain Level


Roumyana Pancheva (Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures, USC Dornsife)

Numerals and Number Features


Variation and learnability in constraints on wh-movement


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