New PhD courses

LingPhil has announced eight PhD courses in the autumn of 2017. Check it out and start registering now.  Also, this year’s LingPhil Summer School still has vacant places.

Biggest linguistic experiment ever?

An online game has become so popular that it provides huge data about human language identification, according to a post at MPI.

Language equality in the digital age

The study “Language equality in the digital age – Towards a Human Language Project” was published by the STOA Committee of the European Parliament.

Cover story

Language Technology is on the cover of the first issue of  “The Economist”
in 2017, and the issue contains a long article on the theme.

Mons 17 i Bergen sikret

Forskningsrådets program FriHumSam har bevilget garantimidler til språkkonferansen MONS 17 (Møte om norsk språk 2017). Konferansen, som går annet hvert år og på omgang mellom universitetene i Norge, avholdes i Bergen i november. Her møtes forskere fra både nordisk og lingvistiske fag.

Are Brand Names different?

Talk by Klaas Römer: Are Brand Names different than other names and/or nouns?

Date: December 9
Place: HF:301
Time: 13:15

The gender of Christ and the subject of PRO

On August 26, 2016, there will be a double Friday seminar with two short presentations related to priming, one in Experimental Aesthetics, the other in Experimental Syntax.
Room: HF: 301. Time: 14:00-16:00.

Presentation 1: Priming the gender of Christ
by Per Folgerø & Christer Johansson (University of Bergen)
We show that briefly presenting a word (male / female) before a letterbox-shaped image of eyes of a portrait affects the recognition of gender of the face. Our participants were reliably able to tell the the gender of the images in less than a second. A congruent word speeded up decisions. Renaissance images of the Holy Face, were also significantly more often recognized as a female image when primed by the word “female”. Implications for Experimental Aesthetics will be discussed.

Presentation 2: The subject of PRO
By Tori Larsen & Christer Johansson (University of Bergen)
An experimental study of big PRO is presented. PRO is a mysterious hypothetical empty category in modern grammatical theory, which has some promise to unify phrase structure such that all clauses, including infinite clauses, have a formal element for the subject.  According to the PRO theorem, PRO must be ungoverned, which contrasts with PRO carrying case in some languages. Our study focus on reactivation at PRO-positions, as measured by reaction time differences. Our observations indicate an effect, in Norwegian, when PRO reactivates the subject of the matrix sentence. The closer object position does not reliably show reactivation at its related PRO-position. Is this specific for Norwegian?