1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

2005 - 2006

September 16, 11am-1pm

Lauren Squires

"Speaking in Text (-: Socio/linguistic Issues in Computer Mediated Discourse."


September 22

Rich Janda

"Linguistic Importations from Biology: Cross-Pollenation or Cross-Bollixation?"
10am-12noon in Brooks Hall Library.

"'Speak Friend and Enter!' The Lord of the Rings as a Gateway to Language."
5:00-6:30pm in Minor Auditorium


September 28, 4-5:30pm

Arienne Dwyer


September 30, 4-5pm

IATH digitalization “summit”: Helen Dry & Tony Aristar on E-Meld


October 19


"Toda naming practices"
10:30am - 12noon in Brooks Hall Library

"Toda songs."
3:00 pm in Minor Hall


October 21, 11am-1pm

Peter Hook

Vector Verbs


October 27, 11am-1pm

Eve Danzinger

Doing Prehistory with Language: Semantic Change and Borrowing in the Proto-Yucatecan (Mayan) Kinship Lexicon.


November 4, 11am-1pm

Lisa McNair

“Negotiating Linguistic Capital in Economic Decline."


November 18, 11am-1pm

Lisa Conathan

“Balancing description and documentation: Contemporary Arapaho pitch accent and verbal aspect.”


Friday, February 10, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Mark Sicoli

"From phonology to metapragmatics: Tone, voice, and tone of voice in a Zapotec region."


Friday, March 24, 12-2pm (Brooks Hall Library)

David Golumbia

"Minimalism; or, Noam Chomsky vs Generative Grammar."

Note: Special Meeting Time: 12:00 -- 2:00 pm.


Suggested Reading

Chomsky, Noam. 2005. "Three Factors in Language Design." Linguistic Inquiry 36(1):1-22


Friday, March 31, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Peter Hook

"Areal Distribution and Semantic Evolution of EAT in the Languages of Asia."


Suggested Readings

Masica, Colin P. 1976. “Introduction.” In Defining a Linguistic Area: South Asia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Pp. 1-12)

Hook, Peter E. 1987. “Linguistic Areas: Getting at the Grain of History.” In George Cardona and Norman H. Zide (eds.), Festschrift for Henry Hoenigswald: on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Tuebingen: G. Narr.


Friday, April 21, 10am-12pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Tomas Samek (Public University, Czech Republic)

"What is Wrong With Us? A contribution to a political and linguistic ethnography of Czech public space."

Note: Special Meeting Time: 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm.


Friday, April 28, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Elana Shohamy (Linguistics, U. of Tel Aviv & Georgetown U.)

"At what cost? Methods of reviving, maintaining and sustaining endangered and minority languages."


The paper will challenge the terms 'endangered', 'minority', and 'varieties' in the context of politics, ideology, education and place. Examination of the methods and mechanisms used to revive, maintain and sustain languages - using the case of Hebrew in Israel as an example - will demonstrate the high cost of these efforts in terms of rights, participation, representation and inclusion.

Suggested Reading

Ben-Rafael, E., et al. 2006. “Linguistic Landscape as Symbolic Construction of the Public Space: The Case of Israel.” International Journal of Multilingualism 3(1): 7-30.


Friday, May 11, 10am-12pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Sophie Rosenfeld (U.Va. Department of History)

"On Language planning as a means of structural censorship in post-Revolution France."

Note: Special Meeting Time: 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm.

Suggested Reading

Sophia Rosenfeld, "Writing the History of Censorship in the Age of the Enlightenment," in Postmodernism and the Enlightenment: New Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History, ed. Daniel Gordon (Routledge, 2001), 117-145.

NOTE: For this seminar we are distributing the presenter's essay in advance so that our meeting can be an informed discussion of the subject.


Wednesday, July 19, 12:30-2:30pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Ellen Contini-Morava

"The myth of grammatical agreement."

Suggested Reading

Contini-Morava, Ellen. 1996. "Things in a Noun-Class Language: Semantic Functions of Agreement in Swahili." IN: Edna Andrews & Yishai Tobin (eds.), Toward a Calculus of Meaning: Studies in Markedness, Distinctive Features, and Deixis, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Pp. 251-290)

Text -- Part 1
Text -- Part 2 


Wednesday, July 26, 1-2:30pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Peter Hook

"Agreeing to Disagree: Concordant Adverbs and Discordant Adjectives in Marathi and other Indo-Aryan Languages."

Suggested Reading

Corbett, Greville. 2001. "Agreement: Canonical Instances and the Extent of the Phenomenon."


Thursday, August 3, 12:30-2:30pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Prashant Pardeshi

"Transitivity: Beyond Intentionality and Affectedness."

Professor Pardeshi teaches in the Linguistics Dept at Kobe University (Japan). He will be visiting U.Va. and Charlottesville for a week in early August.

For background reading suggestions see Dr. Pardeshi's abstract


Wednesday, August 9, 12:30-2:30pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Mark Sicoli & Daniel Lefkowitz

"On Creak."

Suggested Reading

Sapir, Edward. 1949.  "Speech as a Personality Trait." In Mandelbaum, David G. (ed.), Selected Writings of Edward Sapir in Language, Culture and Personality.