Ling Lang Lunch

The Ling Lang Lunch covers topics relevant to linguistics and language that are investigated using a wide range of formal and experimental methods. Members of the Brown community can subscribe to the Ling Lang Lunch email list to be informed of upcoming talks.

The talks are open to all members of the Brown community. Dates and abstracts are available on the Ling Lang Lunch page on the Linguistics and Language at Brown website.


Fall 2020

  • Kate Lindsey, Boston University:
    (Sept.16) Deriving the Pahoturi River vowel space using diachronic and synchronic methods 

  • Lelia Glass, Georgia Tech:
    (Sept. 23) The lexical and compositional semantics of distributivity

  • Shiying Yang, Brown University:
    (Sept. 30) Too Much Information: How the Structure of the Lexicon Avoids Information Overload

  • Christina Schonberg, UW Madison:
    (Oct. 7) Language as an agent of cognitive change

  • Emily Morgan, UC Davis:
    (Oct. 14) Psycholinguistics of Programming Languages

  • Rachel Elizabeth Weissler, UMich Ann Arbor:
    (Oct. 21) Depending on Speaker Identity: Sociophonetic Evidence & EEG Correlates Reflect Linguistic Expectations On Behalf of Speaker & Listener

  • Athulya Aravind, MIT:
    (Oct. 28) TBA

  • Andrés Buxó-Lugo, University of Maryland:
    (Nov. 11) TBA

  • Youtao Lu, Brown University:
    (Nov. 18) TBA 

  • Misha Oraa Ali, Brown University:
    (Dec. 2) TBA  

Spring 2021

  • Nicole Holliday, UPenn:
    (Jan. 27) TBA

  • Yoolim Kim, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History:
    (Feb. 3) TBA

  • Jed Pizarro-Guevara, UMass Amherst:
    (Feb. 10) TBA

  • Kathleen Hall, University of British Columbia:
    (Feb. 17) TBA

  • Feb. 24 -Speaker to be announced

  • Meredith Tamminga, UPenn:
    (Mar. 3) TBA

  • Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Reed:
    (Mar. 10) TBA

  • Nikole Giovannone, UConn:
    (Mar. 24) TBA

  • March. 31-Speaker to be announced 

  • Apr. 7-Speaker to be announced

  • Apr. 14-Speaker to be announced

Spring 2019 Speaker Schedule

Date Speaker Title
1/23/2019 First day of classes
2/7/2019 Ellie Pavlick (Brown) Why should NLP care about linguistics?
2/28/2019 Chelsea Sanker (Brown) Secondary cues to coda voicing and vowel duration
3/15/2019 Suzi Lima (Toronto) A typology of the count/mass distinction in Brazil and its relevance for count/mass theories.
3/21/2019 Jason Shaw (Yale)

Phonological control of time 

3/28/2019 Spring Recess
4/4/2019 Jessi Grieser (The University of Tennessee Knoxville)

Talking Place, Speaking Race

4/11/2019 Roger Levy (MIT)  
4/25/2019 Lynnette Arnold (Brown) TBD
5/2/2019   Reading Period


Past Speakers

2018 Speakers

  • Mirjam Fried, Charles University in Prague:
    (Sept. 9) When main clauses go AWOL: a constructional account of polarity shifts in insubordination

  • Kyuwon Moon:
    (Oct. 24) TBA

  • Scott Seyfarth, Ohio State University:
    (Nov. 7) TBA

  • Steven Frankland, Princeton University:
    (Nov. 28)​ TBA


  • Robert Henderson, University of Arizona:
    Pluractional ideophones in Tseltal and Upper Necaxa Totonac 

  • Eiling Yee, University of Connecticut:
    Putting Concepts in Context

  • Matt Barros, Yale University:
    Sluicing and Ellipsis Identity

  • Emily Myers, University of Connecticu:
    Non-Native Speech Sound Learning: Studies of Sleep, Brain, and Behavior

  • Peter Klecha, University of Connecticut:
    Regulating Loose Talk through Implicature

  • Wilson Silva, Rochester Institute of Technoology:
    The Desano Language Documentation Project: Fieldwork, Theory and Language Revitalization

  • Polly Jacobson, Brown University:
    You think there's Silent Linguistic Material, but I don't: Neg Raising meets Ellipsis

  • Stephen Emet, Brown University:
    "I'm sorry I ever went to that talk:" NPIs in Affective Contexts

  • Matthew Hall, University of Connecticut:
    Using Non-Language to Understand Language


  • Philip Hofmeister, Brown University:
    Expectations and linguistic acceptability judgments

  • Stefanie Tellex, Brown University:
    Natural Language and Robotics

  • Scott AnderBois, Brown University:
    The discourse particle wal in Yucatec Maya: a decompositional approach

  • Chigusa Kurumada, University of Rochester:
    Expectation-adaptation in the incremental interpretation of English contrastive prosody

  • Sophia Malamud, Brandeis University:
    Utterance modifiers and the emergence of illocutionary force

  • Masako Fidler, Brown University:
    Mining reader receptions of text with keyword analysis

  • Sara Guediche, Brown University:
    Flexible and adaptive processes in speech perception