1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Spring 2006

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.