Seminars

  • Founded
    2011
  • Seminar Number
    739

The seminar series continues the line of research established by Professor of Linguistics William Diver. The aim in this approach, as contrasted with formal linguistics, is to account for observed language use, with authentic text as the main source of data. For grammar, this typically entails hypotheses about linguistic signals and their meanings; for phonology, hypotheses about the relevant phonetic characteristics of phonological units. The roles of communication and a human factor are explicitly acknowledged as supporting the explanations offered. The series was begun in 1968 by Diver for the benefit of graduate students working on doctoral theses under his guidance. Since his death in 1995, the series has continued under the auspices of the Columbia School Linguistic Society, with participants presenting analyses or work in progress. Occasionally, it hosts by invitation presenters doing compatible work outside the Columbia School tradition. Work coming out of the seminar has led to numerous conference presentations and publications.


Co-Chairs
Professor Nancy Stern
nstern.ccny@gmail.com

Professor Wallis Reid
wreid@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Rapporteur
Prakhar Bhartiya
prakhar.m@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
Revisiting the English System of Degree of Control and why we sometimes behave ourselves
Nancy Stern,




09/20/2019 CCNY NAC 6/207B
9:45 AM
Considering two possible meaning-hypotheses for 'how'
Andrew McCormick,




10/04/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
Some English 'Prepositions' Revisited
Alan Huffman,




10/18/2019 CCNY NAC 6/207B
9:45 AM
On saying how: and why, when, where, etc
Andrew McCormick,




11/01/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
'A' in Spanish: a sign-based analysis to account for its distribution
Roxana Risco,




11/08/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
PHB beyond the lexical corpus / Note: Double session
Daan van Soeren,




11/08/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Control system and gender. The case of Spanish le and la / Note: Double session
Bob de Jonge,




11/22/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
A review of can followed by exploring a new problem: must, may and could
Lauren Whitty,




12/06/2019 CCNY NAC 6/207B
9:45 AM
Event Attentionworthiness: Qualitative validation of One-Participant Events in Spanish featuring non-human entities
Eduardo Ho-Fernández,




12/20/2019 Via Zoom
9:45 AM
Exploration of They/Them Usage
Joss Sackler,




01/31/2020 CCNY NAC 6/207B
9:45 AM
Harper Lee's Habit of Putting 'Bare Infinitives' in English to Dignified, Respectable Use
Aaron Liebman,




02/07/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
Columbia School and Variation
Ricardo Otheguy, Graduate Center, CUNY




02/21/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
9:45 AM
What Do Words Mean? The Lexicographer vs. the Linguist. Forays into English 'prepositions' and related matters
Alan Huffman, Graduate Center, CUNY




03/06/2020 CCNY, NAC 6/207C
9:45 AM
Refining the Meaning-Hypothesis for how
Andrew McCormick,




04/03/2020 Faculty House
9:45 AM

Roxana Risco,




04/24/2020 Faculty House
9:45 AM

Lauren Whitty,




05/08/2020 Faculty House
9:45 AM

Berenice Darwich,




05/22/2020 CCNY, Room TBA
9:45 AM

Daan van Soeren,