Speaker Series

The Linguistics Speaker Series is a series of invited talks, organized each semester by the grad students in the Penn Department of Linguistics. We invite students and professors from various subfields and various universities to speak about their current research. All talks are open to the greater Penn linguistics community.


Talks are held on Friday Mornings.  Please see the "upcoming events" entry on the Linguistics Department web-site for time and location. 


Speakers for Fall 2023:

October 20th: Cynthia Clopper - Ohio State University

November 10th: Asia Pietraszko - University of Rochester

December 1st: Ellen Lau - University of Maryland

December 8th: Kathryn Davidson - Harvard University  


Speakers for Spring 2023:

February 17th: Lynn Clark - University of Canterbury 

March 24th: Janet Van Hell - Penn State University

April 14th: Mark Baker - Rutgers University

April 21st: Jason Bishop - CUNY 


Speakers for Fall 2022:

October 20th: Ksenia Ershova - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 27th: Una Stojnic - Princeton University

December 1st: Jennifer Cole - Northwestern University

December 8th: Brian Dillon - Umass - Amherst  


Speakers for Spring 2022:

April 14th: Tal Linzen - New York University

April 21st: Colin Phillips - University of Maryland

April 28th: Annette D'Onofrio - Northwestern University (Virtual) 


Speakers for Fall 2021:

September 16th: Devyani Sharma - Queen Mary University of London (Virtual)

October 28th: Athulya Aravind - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Virtual)

November 18th: Jon Sprouse - University of Connecticut (Virtual)

December 2nd: Matt Goldrick - Northwestern University (Virtual) 


Speakers for Spring 2021:

January 28th: Isabelle Charnavel - Harvard University (Virtual due to Covid)

February 25th: Sophie Holmes-Elliott - Queen Mary Univ. of London (Virtual due to Covid)

March 25th: Michael Wagner - McGill University (Virtual due to Covid)

April 22nd: Mariapaola D'Imperio - Rutgers University (Virtual due to Covid) 


Speakers for Fall 2020:

October 8th: Magdalena Kaufmann - U-Conn  (Virtual due to Covid) 

November 5th: Gary Thoms - NYU  (Virtual due to Covid)

November 19th: Ricardo Bermudez-Otero - Univ. of Manchester  (Virtual due to Covid)

December 3rd: Jim McCloskey - UC Santa Cruz  (Virtual due to Covid)


Speakers for Spring 2020:

February 20th: Jennifer Nycz - Georgetown 

March 19th: Naomi Feldman - Maryland  (Cancelled due to University Closure)

April 9th: Gary Thoms - NYU  (Cancelled due to University Closure)


Speakers for Fall 2019:

October 3rd: Alec Marantz - NYU 

October 17th: Donka Farkas - UC Santa Cruz 

October 31st: Patrice Beddor - Univ. of Michigan

November 14th: Kirk Hazen - West Virginia Univ.


Speakers for Spring 2019:

Faculty Search candidate presentations replaced the Speaker Series for Spring, 2019.


Speakers for Fall 2018:

September 20th: Liina Pylkkanen - NYU 

November 1st: Laurel MacKenzie - NYU 

November 15th: Jim Wood - Yale

December 6th: Lisa Davidson - NYU


Speakers for Spring 2018:

January 18th: Laura Kalin - Princeton 

February 22nd: Juliette Blevins - CUNY 

March 29th: Christina Tortora - CUNY

April 5th: Mandy Simons - Carnegie Mellon

April 19th: Craige Roberts - Ohio State  


Speakers for Fall 2017:

October 12th: Jonathan Bobaljik - University of Connecticut 

November 2nd: Hadas Kotek - New York University 

November 16th: Jeffery Heinz - Stony Brook University

December 7th: Juliet Stanton - New York University 


Speakers for Spring 2017:

April 7th: David Lightfoot - Georgetown University

April 21st: Arthur Samuel - Stony Brook University 

April 28th: Andries Coetzee - University of Michigan


Speakers for Fall 2016:

September 16th: Abby Walker  (Sociolinguistics, Phonetics) - Virginia Tech.

September 30th: Željko Bošković (Syntax) - U-Conn 

October 21st: Mark Aronoff (Morphology) - Stony Brook

November 11th: Roger Schwarzschild (Semantics) - MIT

November 18th: Karlos Arregi (Syntax, Morphology) - U-Chicago

December 9th: Robert Berwick (Computational Linguistics) - MIT 


Speakers for Spring 2016:

March 31st: Aaron Rubin (Historical Ling) - Penn State

April 7th: Mark Tiede (Phonetics) - Haskins

April 14th: Rajesh Bhatt (Syntax/Semantics) - UMass

April 21st: Valentine Hacquard (Semantics/Pragmatics/Syntax) - University of Maryland 

May 5th: Angelika Kratzer (Semantics) - UMass


Speakers for Fall 2015:

October 1st: Richard Kayne (Syntax) - NYU

October 15th: Norvin Richards (Syntax) - MIT

November 5th: Abby Cohn (Phonology, Phonetics) - Cornell University

November 19th: Neil Myler (Morphology, Syntax) - BU

December 3rd: Andrea Beltrama (Semantics, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics) - University of Chicago


Speakers for Spring 2015:

January 22nd:  Maria Gouskova; NYU

January 29th:  Elizabeth Zsiga; Georgetown

February 19th:  Susan Fischer; CUNY

February 26th:  Lisa Green; UMass

March 26th:  Raffaella Zanuttini; Yale

April 23rd:  Bill Haddican; CUNY


Speakers for Fall 2014:

September 11th: Gaurav Mathur (Sign language) - Gallaudet University

October 16th: Susi Wurmbrand (Syntax) - University of Connecticut

October 30th: Joseph Eska (Historical) - Virginia Tech

November 13th: Walt Wolfram (Sociolinguistics) - North Carolina State University

November 20th: Andrea Calabrese (Morphology/Phonology) - University of Connecticut

December 4th: Sarah Murray (Semantics/Pragmatics) - Cornell University



Click here to view a list of invited speakers before Fall 2014.