Past Department Seminars

Spring 2023 Schedule 

23 Jan: Cory Shain, Postdoctoral Researcher (MIT) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Uncovering the algorithmic foundations of language learning and processing

30 Jan: Aleksandre Maskharashvili, Visiting Assistant Professor (Ohio State University) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Discourse Relations: Their Role and Use in Natural Language Generation

2 Feb: No talk

6 Feb: Spencer Caplan, Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Texas at Austin) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: The Immediacy of Linguistic Computation

9 Feb, Thursday: Forrest Davis, Postdoctoral Researcher (MIT) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: What neural models tell us about linguistics knowledge: insights from cross-linguistic investigations

13 Feb: TBA

20 Feb: Ryan Shosted, Professor (UIUC) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Deseret Texts as a Guide to Early Utah English

27 Feb: Brennan Dell, Graduate Student (UIUC) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Fine-grained Error Analysis in Machine Translation

6 Mar: Rodrigo Delgado, Assistant Professor (UIUC, Spanish and Portuguese) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: The mesa: a phonetic analysis of English/Spanish code-switched determiner phrases

13 Mar: NO TALK (Spring Break)

20 Mar: Numa Markee, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics (UIUC) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: How detailed do conversation analytic transcripts really need to be?

27 Mar: Christopher M. Stewart, Computational Linguist (Google), Research Associate (University of Memphis, Institute for Intelligent Systems) (Co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: From French Linguistics to Speech Science to Data Science to Google: Getting from Here to There

3 Apr: Jennifer Cabrelli, Associate Professor (UIC, Hispanic and Italian Studies) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Examining the effects of third language (L3) acquisition on existing languages to inform the constitution of first language (L1) versus second language (L2) systems

10 Apr: Masaya Yoshida, Associate Professor (Northwestern University) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: There is something missing in NP and Moving in DP

17 Apr: Sarah Clark, Graduate Student (UIUC) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: The Veteran Dialect: Discourses of Identity in the Liminal Space between Institutions and Ideologies

24 Apr: Rurik Tywoniw, English Placement Test Coordinator (UIUC) (Lucy Ellis)

     Title: Evaluating writing in the age of AI: what’s left to assess?

26 Apr, Wednesday: Jonathan Dunn, Senior Lecturer, Linguistics and English Language (University of Canterbury) (Zoom)

     Title: Emerging Structure and Global Variation in Computational Construction Grammar

1 May: Cristina Garbacea, PhD Candidate in CS (University of Michigan) (Zoom)

    Title: Text Simplification: Methods and Evaluation

4 May, Thursday at 3pm: Michael Wilson, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Yale) (Zoom)

    Title: Syntactic productivity in people and large language models

8 May: Omid Abdar, Graduate Student (UIUC) (Zoom)

    Title: Granular Text Classification for Biomedical Natural Language Processing



Fall 2022 Schedule 

5 Sep: NO TALK (Labor Day) 

12 Sep: TBA 

19 Sep: Gorrety Nafula Wawire, Grad student at UIUC (LCLB G24 and on Zoom)
Title: Discursive Scaling of Solidarity through Difference

26 Sep: TBA 

3 Oct: Dan Fogerty, Associate Professor at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: The (mis)perception of speech in adverse conditions: stimulus and listener factors

10 Oct: Emily A. Hanink, Assistant Professor (Indiana University) (Lucy Ellis)
Title: A vs. A’ dependencies: Parallels between relativization and nominalization

17 Oct: TBA 

24 Oct: Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: The role of input in the acquisition of evidentiality by Turkish heritage language children in the United States 

31 Oct: Jennifer Zhang, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Bilingual perception of onset f0 as a cue to the voicing distinction in Spanish & English

7 Nov: TBA

14 Nov: TBA

21 Nov: NO TALK (Fall Break) 

28 Nov: TBA 

5 Dec: TBA 

12 Dec: NO TALK (Finals Week) 



Spring 2022

24 Jan: No Talk

31 Jan: *Peter De Costa, Associate Professor at Michigan State University (Lucy Ellis + Zoom)
Title: When Language Teacher Emotions and Language Policies Intersect in Neoliberal Times

3 Feb, Thursday: *Andrew Moody, Associate Professor at the University of Macau (Zoom)
Title: Norms and Performance: The projection of authority and authenticity within media Englishes

10 Feb, Thursday: *Anna Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (Zoom)
Title: Teachers’ awareness and management of the social, cultural, and political indexicalities of translanguaging

18 Feb, Friday: *Farzad Karimzad, Assistant Professor at Salisbury University (Lucy Ellis + Zoom)
Title: Chronotopization and Meaning-making: A Sociolinguistic Theory of Context, Complexity, and Coherence

21 Feb: No Talk

28 Feb: Helen Gent, Grad student at UIUC (Zoom)
Title: Deep Learning for Prosody-Based Irony Classification in Spontaneous Speech

7 Mar: James H. Yang, Professor at the National Yunlin University Science and Technology, Taiwan (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Teaching and assessment of ICC for ELF: A lingual-cultural pedagogy

14 Mar: No Talk - Spring Break

21 Mar: Yan Sun, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis + zoom)
Title: Effects of anticipatory tonal variations on spoken-word recognition and lexical activation

28 Mar: Mai Mohamed, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Writing Direction and Mental Representations of Time in Arabic and English Bilinguals

4 Apr: No Talk

11 Apr: Andrew G. Armstrong, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: The Impact of Literacy on the Production of Verbal Passives in School-age Spanish Heritage Speakers and L1 Spanish Adults

18 Apr: Aniello De Santo, Assistant Professor at the University of Utah
Title: The Devil is in the Details (of the Linking Theory)

25 Apr: Wafa Abdulla, Grad student at UIUC
Title: 'Chicken nugget' effect and scaling English(es) in Bahraini Youth

2 May: Hayley Park, Grad student at UIUC (Zoom)
Title: Pitfalls and possibilities: What NLP systems are missing out on

9 May: No Talk - Finals Week

* - sociolinguistics/TESL candidate job talk


Fall 2021

13 September: Cassandra Jacobs, Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo
Title: Understanding the contributions of linguistic style and sequence probabilities to lexical choice

20 September: Zeljko Boskovic, Professor at the University of Connecticut
Title: On the contextuality of the EPP, the Comp-trace effect, and multiple wh- and subject positions

4 October: Chase Adams, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Paralinguistic segmental featurization – scoping in on the ADReSS Challenge

18 October: Marco Aurelio Silva Fonseca, Grad student at UIUC (Zoom)
Title: Using LSTM RNNs to assess Japanese phonological rules using monolingual and bilingual networks

25 October: Melissa Troyer, Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, UIUC (Zoom)
Title: Nuances of knowing: Using a fictional world to study how the brain makes meaning during word-by-word reading

1 November: Dr. James Yang, Sociolinguistics Professor at National Yunlin University Science and Technology, Taiwan (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Sociolinguistic fieldwork research experience sharing

8 November: Andrew Murphy, Instructor in Syntax at the University of Chicago (Zoom)
Title: Discontinuous noun phrases in Iquito (joint work with Brianna Wilson, UChicago)

15 November: Jill Burstein, Principal Assessment Scientist, Duolingo (Zoom)
Title: Natural Language Processing in Assessment

6 Dec: Taraneh Sanei, Grad student at UIUC (Lucy Ellis)
Title: Multisemioticity and the Performance and Evaluation of (Migrant-)Iranianness Online: a Chronotopic-scalar Approach


Spring 2021

Fall 2020

21 September: Yimei Xiang, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University - "Higher-order readings of wh-questions"

28 September: Stephanie Shih, Assistant Professor at USC Dornsife - "Gradience for lexically-conditioned phonology"

5 October: Noriyasu Li, Language Engineer at Amazon - "Alexa, what do linguists do at Amazon?"

12 October: Marko Simonović, Research Fellow at the University of Graz, and Petra Mišmaš, Research Fellow at the University of Nova Gorica - "Slovenian Verbs, Structure, Stress and Allomorphy"

28 October (Wednesday): Ljiljana Progovac, Professor at Wayne State University - "Evolution of syntax: Genes and grammar caught in the act of sexual selection"

2 November: Chris Heffner, Assistant Professor at Buffalo - "Phonetic Plasticity: Rate, Accent, and Learning"

9 November: Matthew Barros, Lecturer in Linguistics at Washington University

16 November: Vicki Carstens, Professor at the University of Connecticut

30 November: Diego Arispe-Bazan, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

7 December: Lyn Tieu, Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University


Spring 2020

Jan. 27th: Matthew Rispoli, Assoc. Prof. Department of Speech and Hearing Science, UIUC

Title: The Development of Predication

Feb. 24th: Karlos Arregi, Assoc. Prof. Department of Linguistics, U. Chicago.

Title: When head chains split: Do-support crosslinguistically

March 9th: Mien-Jen Wu, Graduate student, UIUC - (Open House)

Title: Acquisition of Inverse Scope by L1-Mandarin L2-English Learners

March 16th: Spring Break - No talk

March 23rd: TBD

March 30th: Diego Arispe-Bazan, Post-Doc Fellow, Northwestern University

April 6th: SLATE lecture

April 13th: TBD

April 20th: Stephanie Landblom, Graduate student,  UIUC

April 27th: Matthew Barros, Lecturer in the Linguistics Program, Washington University, St. Louis.

May 4th: Hans Henrich Hock, Professor Emeritus, Department of Linguistics, UIUC


Fall 2019

Sept. 9th: Anastasia Stoops (Post-Doc, UIUC Psychology)

Title: Morphosyntactic processing: Evidence from eye-tracking and EEG.

Event info here.

Sept. 16th: Annette D'Onofrio (Asst. Prof., Northwestern Linguistics)

Title: Personae in sociolinguistic perception.

Event info here.

Sept. 30th: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (Prof. U. Warsaw, African Languages and Cultures)

Title: Polysemy of body part terms: A cognitive linguistics perspective.

Event info here.

Oct. 7th: Guillermo Del Pinal (Asst. Prof., UIUC Linguistics/Philosophy)

Title: Oddness, modularity and exhaustification

Event info here.

Oct. 21st: Brian Monson (Asst. Prof., Speech & Hearing Sciences, UIUC)

Title: The Effect of Altered Perinatal Experience on Auditory Brain and Language Development

Event info here.

Oct. 28th: Sarah Clark (PhD student, UIUC) presenting about LSA

Nov. 4th: Nicholas Fleisher (Associate Prof., U. Wisconsin, Linguistics)

Title: An Alternative to Compulsory Binding

Event info here.

Nov. 11th: Rizwan Ahmed (Ass. Prof., English Literature & Linguistics, Qatar University)

Title: Indexicality, identity, and language change: Journey of Urdu across times

Event info here.

Nov. 18th: Aurore Patricia Mroz (Asst. Prof., French & Italian, UIUC)

Title: Mind-body-machine-world: Capturing learners

Event info here.

Nov. 25th: Fall Break - no talk

Dec. 2nd: SLATE lecture

Dec. 9th: Anita Greenfield (Grad. Student, UIUC, Linguistics)

Title: Polycentricity and agency in the construction of expatriate teacher identity and pedagogical practice

Event info here.

Spring 2019 and earlier
  • Apr 29th, 2019 - Sarah Johnson, Phd Candidate, UIUC on Spontaneous nasalization: an articulatory investigation of glottal consonants in Thai
  • Apr 22nd, 2019 - Lauren Clemens, Assistant Professor, U. Albany on Prosodic indeterminacy: a syntax-prosody mismatch in Rutooro’s relative clauses
  • Apr 15th, 2019 - Sea Hee (Sarah) Choi, Graduate Students, UIUC on The count/mass distinction in native and non-native grammar
  • Mar 11th, 2019 - James Yoon, Professor UIUC on Lexical and syntactic nominalizations in Korean
  • Feb 25th, 2019 - Damir Ćavar, Associate Professor, Indiana University on Semantic Information Extraction and Generation of Dynamic Knowledge Graphs
  • Feb 19th, 2019 - Emily Chen, Phd Student, UIUC on Bootstrapping a Neural Morphological Analyzer for St. Lawrence Island Yupik Nouns from a Finite-State Transducer
  • Dec 3rd, 2018 - Patrick James Drackley (UIUC) on Spelling authority: what French language policy can tell us about standard language ideologies and national linguistic identity
  • Nov 26th, 2018 - Myeong Hyeon Kim (UIUC) on Processing of canonical and scrambled word orders in native and non-native Korean
  • Nov 12th, 2018 -  Marissa Barlaz (UIUC) on Modeling the relationship between articulation and acoustics in phonemic and phonetic nasalization
  • Nov 5th, 2018 - Elias Shakkour (UIUC) on Cognitive pressure and non-targetlike performance: an analysis of speech errors in simultaneous interpreting from English into German
  • Oct 29th, 2018 - Xun Yan (UIUC) on In quest of learner profiles in L2 writing classrooms: The development and validation of a profile-based rating scale for a post-admission ESL writing placement test
  • Oct 22nd, 2018 - Jennifer Cramer (University of Kentucky) on Perceptual Dialectology, Borders, and Kentucky’s Place in the Southern Dialect Landscape
  • Oct 15th, 2018 - Jeffrey Green (UIUC) on PROcessing reference: Constraints on the interpretation of adjunct control
  • Sept 10, 2018 - Jessica Montag (UIUC) on Why people say what they say
    More information on this event can be found here.
  • Apr 02, 2018 - Bill Bryce (UIUC) on Psycholinguistically-motivated partial supervision for grammar induction
    More information on this event can be found here.
  • Mar 12, 2018 - Suyeon Im (UIUC) on Exemplar encoding of intonation in syllables, words and phrases.
    More information on this event can be found here.
  • Mar 05, 2018 - Ha Ra Kim (UIUC) on Peer Feedback in an Integrated, Process-Oriented ESL Writing Placement Test
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Feb 26, 2018 - Dunja Veselinović (NYU) on Must be pragmatic: Child over-adherence to modal inferences (joint work with Ailis Cournane).
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Feb 19, 2018 - Dr Anne Pycha (U Wisconsin) on When do listeners mis-perceive co-articulatory variation? Experimental evidence for the role of temporal dynamics.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Feb 08, 2018 - Dr Hadas Kotek (NYU) on A selective ban on syntactic scope-taking
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Feb 05, 2018 - Dr Martina Martinović (U Florida) on Wh-movement, pseudoclefts, and sluicing in Wolof
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Feb 01, 2018 - Dr Jason Overfelt (U Minnesota) on Currency in a semantic economy
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Jan 18, 2018 - Dr Aida Talić on (Non)Uniformity of the Adjectival and the Nominal Domain
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Nov 27, 2017 - Dr Fred Genesee on Lessons from a Half Century of Research on Dual Language Teaching and Learning.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Nov 13, 2017 - Dr Jeffrey Punske on Representations in Dissimilation Phenomena.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Oct 30, 2017 - Dr Elise Kramer on Net-Savvy Cats and Newbie Dogs: Textual Materiality and the Embodiment of Computer-Mediated “Voices”
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Oct 16, 2017 - Dr Klaus von Heusinger on Inferrable and partitive indefinites in topic position.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Oct 02, 2017 - Dr Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez on Language Contact Leading to Complexification or Simplification; Evidences from Basque.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Sep 25, 2017 - Dr Roy Lyster on Language-Focused Instruction in Content-Based Classrooms.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Sep 18, 2017 - Dr Aida Talić on Spelling out enclitics in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and giving their tone a voice.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.
  • Sep 11, 2017 - Dr Eleanor Chodroff on Structured variation in sibilant fricatives: Implications for phonetic theory and generalized perceptual adaptation.
    This past calendar item can be viewed here.