What: First meeting of Linguistics Journal Club

When: Friday, 9/28, 4 pm

Where: TBD - an announcement will be sent out later in the week.

There is a new discussion group in the Department this year - the Linguistics Journal Club. The idea for this Journal Club arose out of discussions that several of us have had over the past year or so about ways in which to increase our cross sub-disciplinary interactions, to further develop our aim of achieving higher levels of integration in the Department, and hopefully even to foster new research collaborations.

The intended audience:  Any interested Department member – faculty, graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, visitors. All are welcome.

The structure of our meetings: Since this is a brand new group, the exact nature and structure of our meetings can be developed collaboratively by participants over the first few meetings. The idea, however, is that this will not be like our other research group meetings. Rather than one of us presenting our own research, we will start out like a more traditional journal club where we read and discuss research by others. We intend to select readings:

  • That would be of interest to a broad linguistic audience – i.e. preferably research that addresses general issues rather than specific technical details or detailed analysis of specific phenomena.
  • That, if possible, speaks specifically to the “integration of social and cognitive approaches to language”. We know that these terms are vague and controversial. One thing that we hope may come out of this Journal Club would be that we can gain a better understanding of what these terms should mean to us.
  • Would be accessible to a broad linguistic audience – i.e. nothing too technical and theory internal.
  • Would be short, so that we can actually read it.

At our first meeting (Friday 9/28, 4 pm), we will discuss Janet Pierrehumbert's  "Stochastic Phonology" (Pierrehumbert 2001). Although the paper contains the word "phonology" in its title, it is actually more general and speaks about the nature of mental representations. It should be of relevance to all linguists.  (See below for the full reference. The paper is available via the Library catalog, or you can also contact Andries Coetzee if you want an electronic copy.)

Come prepared to discuss the paper (i.e. read the paper before the meeting!) 

Pierrehumbert, Janet. 2001. Stochastic phonology. Glot, 5:195-207.