Cambridge Linguistics Forum Series 



The Cambridge Linguistics Forum (CLF) is a talk and discussion series with presentations on all aspects of linguistics.

The main aims of the CLF are to: 



Please send an email to the organisers, Dr Calbert Graham and  Dr Ana Perez (mmlclf[AT], if you wish to give a talk or to suggest a speaker. 




18 January

Freek Van de Velde (University of Leuven)

Faculty sponsor: Dr David Willis

Research area:  Mechanisms of Language Change

Title: Languages adapt to minute differences in their speakers’ ecology

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Venue (time): GR-06/7 (4-5:30pm)

1 February 

Harald Baayen (University of Tübingen)

Faculty sponsor: Dr Jim Blevins

Research area:  Computational Linguistics

Title: Using quantile regression and dynamic survival analysis to study the time course of the lexical processing of complex words

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Venue (time): GR-06/7 (4-5:30pm)

15 February

Roberto Sileo

Faculty sponsor: Prof Kasia Jaszczolt

Title: The Semantics and Pragmatics of racial and ethnic language: towards a comprehensive radical contextual account

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Venue (time): GR-06/7 (4-5:30pm)

1 March

Teresa Bajo (University of Granada)

Faculty sponsor: Prof Ianthi Tsimpli

Title: Sources of Variability in Language Activation and Control in Spanish/English bilinguals and L2 learners

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Venue (time): GR-06/7 (4-5:30pm)

26 March

Jim McCloskey (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Faculty sponsor: Prof Ian Roberts

Research area:  Comparative Syntax

Title: Understanding Ellipsis: Corpus, Annotation, Theory

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Venue (time): GR-06/07 (4-5:30pm)

26 April

Prashant Parikh (Independent Scholar; formerly University of Pennsylvania) Prof Dick Hudson (retired, UCL)

Faculty sponsor: Prof Kasia Jaszczolt Dr N Katsos, Dr B Post, Prof I Roberts

Research area:  Semantics & Pragmatics Relevant to all of TAL

Title: Equilibrium Semantics: Toward a Comprehensive Account of Meaning TBA (about introducing linguistics into secondary school curriculum)

Abstract for Dick's talk will be added here later.

Note: We will try to reschedule Prashant's talk. 

Venue (time): GR-06/07 (4-5:30pm)

17 May

Margaret Kehoe (University of Geneva)

Faculty sponsor: Dr Brechtje Post

Title: Seeking cross-linguistic interaction in the phonetic and phonological development of bilingual French-speaking children

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Venue (time): GR-06/07 (4:30-6:00pm)