LINGUIST List 13.1162

Fri Apr 26 2002

FYI: Ling Humor, Summer School, Howard Lasnik

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  1. Mike Maxwell, humor
  2. Tobias Scheer, 9th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar
  3. Scott Fults, U of Maryland announces appointment of Howard Lasnik

Message 1: humor

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 10:40:45 -0400
From: Mike Maxwell <>
Subject: humor

I don't know when you might post linguistic humor again, but here's one
that should tickle any linguist who has ever puzzled over donkey
sentences: a dog sentence!

"There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it."
- Anonymous

 Mike Maxwell
 Linguistic Data Consortium
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Message 2: 9th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 22:58:52 +0200
From: Tobias Scheer <>
Subject: 9th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar

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9th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar

We are pleased to (belatedly, sorry) announce this year's Central European
Summer School in Generative Grammar, to be held in

Novi Sad, Serbia
July 22nd - August 3rd

registration is taking place at

where more detailed information is available.
Deadline for application: May 15th
Students from Central and Eastern European countries can apply for
financial support (covering travel, visa and accommodation expenses).
There will be an introductory and an advanced track. The list of courses is
appended below.

Tobias Scheer
on behalf of GLEE (Generative Linguistics in Eastern Europe)

Syntax - Semantics -Acquisition
Klaus Abels (UConn) - Linguistics is Biology: An Introduction to Basic
Issues and Concepts
Michal Starke (NYU) - Basic Introduction to Syntactic Theory 
Hedde Zeijlstra (Amsterdam) - Introduction to Semantics 
John Bailyn (SUNY) - Comparative Slavic Syntax 
Peter Svenonius (Tromso) - Scandinavian Syntax 
Olga Tomic (Leiden) - From 'Syntactic Structures' to the Minimalist Program 
Gillian Ramchand (Oxford) - Introduction to the Semantics of Events 
Ute Bohnacker (Lund) - Bilingual child language acquisition 
Andrew Nevins (MIT) - Why Irregular English Plurals are Morphology as Usual 
Ad Neeleman (UCL) - An Introduction to Morphological Interfaces 
Haike Jacobs (Nijmegen) - Introduction to Non-linear Phonology
Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill) - Contemporary approaches to historical
Jonathan Kaye (Gerona) - Constituent Structure in Phonology
Martin Kraemer (Ulster) - A typology of vowel harmony

Syntax - Semantics -Acquisition
Klaus Abels (UConn) - The syntax of preposition stranding 
John Bailyn (SUNY) - Slavic Word Order 
Ad Neeleman (UCL) - The Configurational Matrix 
Michal Starke (NYU) - The Day Syntax Ate Morphology 
Peter Svenonius (Tromso) - Prepositions and case 
Gillian Ramchand (Oxford) - Aspectual (De)composition 
Hedde Zeijlstra (Amsterdam) - The Syntax and Semantics of Negation 
Ute Bohnacker (Lund) - How language acquisition turned generative 
Andrew Nevins (MIT) - Reduplication: The Computation from Merge to PF 
Olga Tomic (Leiden) - Topics in Balkan Syntax 
Haike Jacobs (Nijmegen) - Optimaility Theory: Stress, Change and Acquisition 
Patrick Honeybone (Edge Hill) - Issues and implications in segmental structure
Jonathan Kaye (Gerona) - Phonology-Morphology Interface
Martin Kraemer (Ulster) - Derivational aspects of vowel harmony in a
nonderivational framework (OT)
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Message 3: U of Maryland announces appointment of Howard Lasnik

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 11:33:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: Scott Fults <>
Subject: U of Maryland announces appointment of Howard Lasnik

		UMCP announces appointment of Howard Lasnik

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Department of Linguistics in the College of ARHU
at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of
Howard Lasnik as Professor of Linguistics, beginning Fall 2002. Since
receiving his Ph.D. from MIT in 1972, Howard Lasnik has been on the
faculty at the University of Connecticut, where he was named Board of
Trustees Distinguished Professor. He has held visiting positions at
numerous universities and in 2000 was a Fellow of the Institute for
Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has played a prominent role
in linguistic theorizing in the generative-transformational framework
advanced by Noam Chomsky (MIT). Within this framework, Howard Lasnik's own
work has encompassed most of the central areas of theoretical syntax,
including phrase structure, movement, scope, anaphora, ellipsis, and
verbal morphology, as well as more foundational issues of language
learnability and the general properties of linguistic theories. His
publications include six books and more than seventy-five articles, three
of them co-authored with Noam Chomsky. His two most recent books are
Minimalist Analysis (1999, Blackwell) and Syntactic Structures Revisited:
Contemporary Lectures on Classic Transformational Theory (2000 MIT Press,
with M. Depiante and A. Stepanov). He is known as much for his teaching
and advising as for his research, having supervised 40 Ph.D.
dissertations, including those of two current faculty in the Department of
Linguistics at UMCP, Rosalind Thornton and Juan Uriagereka. This
appointment will also reunite him with a former colleague of 15 years,
Stephen Crain (Chair). Howard Lasnik has won numerous teaching and
research awards, and was honored with a festschrift published by MIT
Press, on the occasion of his 25th year of teaching. To quote Noam

"For thirty years, Howard Lasnik has been a leading figure in the study of
language, with fundamental contributions in many areas and unparalleled
success in teaching and research supervision. He will be a wonderful
addition to an already outstanding department. " 

In addition to being one of the world's leading linguists, Howard Lasnik
is a fully certified teacher of Scottish Country Dancing, and has taught
classes and workshops all over New England and in California. He also
plays drums in five nationally known Scottish Country Dance bands. 
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