2018 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain

University of Sheffield, 11-14 September 2018

Summer school

Please note that the summer school will take place in The Diamond, Workroom 1 (building 199 on this campus map: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel/university). This is a different venue from that of the main conference. 

The LAGB summer school is organised by the LAGB student committee and free to attend for LAGB student members. This year, it will take place on 11th September 2018 and will feature the following sessions:

09.30-11.00 – Chris Montgomery (Sheffield) "Accessing non-linguists' perceptions"

This session will discuss ways of accessing the perceptions non-linguists have about language variation. It will cover traditional methods of language attitude research, as well as contemporary perception work. I will argue that more attention needs to be paid to the topic of talk and the co-presence of linguistic features in perceptual linguistic research.

11.00-11.30 – break

11.30-13.00 – Diane Lillo-Martin (Connecticut) "Bimodal Bilingualism"

Bimodal bilinguals (those who use a sign language and a spoken language) have a unique potential to produce two languages simultaneously, in an analogue to code-switching known as code-blending. While code-blending shows that the language faculty is particularly flexible, there are constraints on such production, analysis of which may help in the development of improved models of language architecture. I will discuss data from bimodal bilingual code-blending to explore such models.

13.00-14.00 – lunch

14.00-15.30 – Heidi Harley (Arizona) "Invisible Passivisation"

There are many contexts cross-linguistically where transitive verbs receive a passive interpretation in the absence of passive marking. In this talk I develop an analysis that calls for invisible passivization in Hiaki, a Uto-Aztecan language of Arizona and Mexico. Passive is supposed to be a universally morphologically marked category compared to the active, but in Hiaki desiderative, causative and abilitative constructions, passive is not marked. I link the morphological invisibility of the Hiaki passive in these constructions to a surprising property of the overt (impersonal) passive, namely that it can apply to unaccusative as well as unergative verbs. I propose that overt Hiaki ‘passive’ morphology is a reflex of an Agree relation between Voice and an embedded, morphologically null, ‘passivizing’ head. It is this head, not Voice, which derives all the morphology-less passives in Hiaki. I then suggest that morphology-less passive interpretations in other languages may be amenable to a similar approach.

15.30-16.00 – break

16.00-17.30 – questions and answers session on REF with Charles Forsdick (REF 2021 sub-panel chair for UoA 26 Modern Languages and Linguistics). Anybody interested in very welcome to attend this session, even if they have not registered for the summer school. 

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