Visiting Search Update

We now have a confirmed short list for our second search, to fill a visiting position in Linguistics and Humanities (recall that the candidate will offer one section of HUM 110, plus one upper-division Ling course per semester). The finalists will be visiting campus during the last two weeks of classes. Each candidate will have lunch with students at noon in Commons, and giving a job talk in the late afternoon. Exact times and locations for the job talks will be announced shortly.

Katy McKinney-Bock (University of Southern California) will be on campus on Thursday, April 25. Katy is a syntactician and psycholinguist who studies the architecture of grammar and the syntactic and semantic processing of adjectives. She has also done fieldwork on Atayal, an Austronesian language of Taiwan. For more information about Katy, check out her webpage here.

David Medeiros (University of Michigan) will be on campus on Monday, April 29. David is a syntactician whose research focuses on imperative constructions. He has also conducted experimental work, looking at the processing of wh-questions in Japanese, and done fieldwork on Hawaiian. More information about David can be found here.

Lyn Shan Tieu (University of Connecticut) will be on campus on Wednesday, May 1. Lyn is a psycholinguist who looks at how children acquire semantics, including how they learn to use negative polarity items. She also studies bilingual/bimodal acquisition and has worked on sign languages. More information about Lyn can be found here.

I realize that this visits come at a very busy time for everybody, what with final papers and exams, not to mention Renn Fayre around the corner. Nevertheless, I hope that you will take time to attend the lunches and job talks, and give the search committee your feedback on the candidates. Student input is extremely important to the search process, so please participate if you can! Thanks!

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