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Upcoming Events

Oct24

linguistics research brownbag: Children's and adults' processing of variable agreement patterns: Agreement neutralization in English.

come hear and discuss recent linguistic work in the department. this week, Dr. Cynthia Lukyanenko discusses her work.

Linguistics

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

every tuesday at noon. students and faculty meet to talk about their research. alway informal, sometimes planned presentations. just come with a lunch!

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Oct26

Linguistics Colloquium: The (non)recursivity of prosody in Xhosa. a talk by Will Bennett, University of Calgary.

Linguistics

Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

One of the famous hallmarks of syntactic structure is recursion: phrases are embedded inside other phrases. Some current theoretical frameworks extend this property of grammar to phonology, in the form of recursive prosodic structure. However, the limited nature of the evidence makes recursive prosodic structure tricky to support or refute. Prosodic phrases are typically evident because of things that happen at their edges, rather than from clear indicators of internal structure. This talk aims to bring new new data to this question, by studying Xhosa, a Bantu language from South Africa. In Xhosa, the penultimate syllable of a phrase is lengthened. We examine the durational properties of these lengthened syllables, to see if they show evidence for multiple degrees of lengthening, suggestive of recursive phrase structure.

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Oct30

Folklore Spooky Stories Open Mic

Spooky Stories

Folklore

Monday, October 30, 2017 8:00 AM
Johnson Center, Room B

Join Mason Folk and friends for an evening of spooky stories. We'll share stories of the Mason Pond Ghost and other Mason specters, and spooky stories from around region. This open mic event is open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

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Nov1

Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings

Film and Media Studies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Research Hall, 163

This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the afterlife of media and the Arab Uprisings. It interrogates the images, political dynamics, and cultural forms that have emerged in the years since Bouazizi, Tahrir, and Asad became familiar names beyond the Middle East.

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Nov9

Visiting Writers Series Presents Myung Mi Kim

Creative Writing

Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room B, 3rd Floor

Myung Mi Kim’s poetry collections include Under Flag (1991), winner of the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Award of Merit; The Bounty (1996); DURA (1999); Commons (2002); River Antes (2006); and Penury (2009). She has taught at San Francisco State University and in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, where she is the James H. McNulty Chair of English. There will be a reception at 7:00, before the reading, in the JC West Lounge.

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Nov9

Visiting Writers Series Presents Kristen Radtke

Creative Writing

Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:30 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, 3rd Floor

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (2017). She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. There will be a reception immediately following the reading in the JC West Lounge.

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Nov16

Visiting Writers Series Presents Hannah Tinti

Creative Writing

Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:30 PM
Johnson Center, George's, 3rd Floor

Hannah Tinti’s short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her newest novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, was published in March 2017. She is the co-founder of the magazine One Story and for 14 years was Editor in Chief. In 2014 One Story won the AWP Prize for Best Small Press.  There will be a reception preceding the reading at 7:00pm at the same venue.

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