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 2021

  • Rowena Garcia, Max Planck Institute for Psychololinguistics:
    (Sept. 15) Children's aquisition of a symmetrical voice language: Evidence from Tagalog

  • Mieke Slim: Ghent University:
    (Oct. 6) TBA

  • Amalia Skilton: Cornell University:
    (Oct. 20) TBA

  • Tyler Knowlton: University of Pennsylvania:
    (Nov. 17) TBA

  • Rachel Dudley: Central European University:
    (Dec. 1) TBA

  • Guilluame Thomas: University of Toronto:
    (Dec. 8) TBA

Spring 2021

  • Nicole Holliday, UPenn:
    (Jan. 27) Kamala Harris and the Construction of Complex Ethnolinguistic Political Identity

  • Yoolim Kim, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History:
    (Feb. 3) Is the mental representation of a bi-scriptal language enriched by multiple orthographic inputs?

  • Jed Pizarro-Guevara, UMass Amherst:
    (Feb. 10) Processing (a)symmetries in relative clauses: Tagalog as a case study

  • Kathleen Hall, University of British Columbia:
    (Feb. 17) Testing “Message-Oriented” Phonology in the Signed Modality 

  • Judith Degen, Stanford:
    (Feb. 24) Towards a unifying computational account of reference production and comprehension

  • Meredith Tamminga, UPenn:
    (Mar. 3) Interspeaker covariation in sound changes: A hierarchical clustering approach

  • Nikole Giovannone, UConn:
    (Mar. 24) Individual differences in acoustic-phonetic and lexical contributions to speech perception

  • Jeremy Kuhn, Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS), Ecole Normale Supérieure:
    (Mar. 31) Negative concord in spoken and sign language

  • Lauren Franklin, Brown University:
    (Apr. 7) Toddlers show adult-like sensitivity to consonants and vowels in early word representations

  • Youtao Lu, Brown University:
    (Apr. 14) Bear the bare bear: is there a difference between homophones and homonyms in spoken word recognition?

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) Presupposition and accommodation in child language 

  • Andrés Buxó-Lugo, University of Maryland:
    (Nov. 11) That was a question?: Encoding and decoding meaning through structured variability in intonational speech prosody  

  • Misha Oraa Ali, Brown University:
    (Dec. 2) (When) do children learn the distributivity of “each”?

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