Casadio Slides

Hello readers,

We hope you enjoyed our first colloquium! Here is a hyperlink to the slides for Professor Casadio’s presentation: Casadio Montreal 19:09:14





Anagnostopoulou (2003) argues in her seminal paper “Participles and Voice” that the properties of Modern Greek and German participles are determined by different levels of incorporation of functional structure: in target state participles, the nominalizer attaches directly to the root and does not include the functional projection Voice, while in result state participles, it does include VoiceP. Building on this insight and subsequent work (e.g., Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou 2008), I argue that this approach to the architecture of participles makes interesting predictions with respect to voice mismatches (“deponency”). We expect that voice mismatches are preserved in nominalizations that include VoiceP, but disappear in nominalizations that do not include VoiceP. I argue that the syntax of deponent participles in Hittite, Vedic Sanskrit, Ancient & Modern Greek and Latin confirms this prediction and makes it possible to pinpoint exactly where and why voice mismatches occur.

LSA Talks: Claudia Casadio


We will introduce a framework for the analysis of natural language based on the idea of a type logical grammar: a system of formal rules that can be applied to test the grammaticality of strings of words of a language, and eventually produce algorithms for the generation of grammatical sentences.

This idea has important precedents in the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and was developed in details by the Polish School of Logic (Ajdukiewicz). A significative step in this direction is represented by the Syntactic Calculus introduced in 1958 by the mathematician Joachim Lambek, and then developed in the Eighties by linguists and logicians like J. van Benthem, M. Moortgat, G. Morrill, W. Buszkowski and many Others.

In the talk the basic elements of type logical grammars, also known as categorial grammars, will be introduced and linguistic examples will be given concerning different languages, making particular reference to the rules of Lambek’s Syntactic Calculus.

-Prof. Claudia Casadio

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We are proud to present our final speaker of the semester, our very own Professor Todd Clary. These are the details of his talk:

Title: The Watery Ways: the Etymology of Greek κέλευθος

Time: POSTPONED UNTIL Thursday, April 17th, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H661.2.

Abstract: Watery Ways abstract



There will also be the end of semester wine and cheese, which is a great chance to mingle and network with professors and fellow students.

Place: Cafe Andalucia, 2nd floor

Address:  1424 Bishop Street. Nearest cross-street is Ste-Catherine.

Time: April 11th, 18h30,

Study in Peru

We’ve received an email from Piero Fioralisso, Coordinator of Special Programs of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, announcing the launch of the Field School Program in Peru 2014. This program, created and developed by PUCP, provides students with the opportunity to carry out practical work in research projects which are directed by some of our most prestigious faculty members and during its ten years of existence the Field School program has received more than 300 students.

This season the program is offering courses that  may be of interest to you:

-Linguistic Summer Field School
-Spanish Language and Peruvian Studies Program

You will find more information about these courses and the complete Field School Program offer in the following links:

-Field School Program Brochure: 

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VP Internal: Samara Wiseman

VP Finance: Matthew Schuurman

VP Academic: Liz da Silva

MA councillor: Sarya Majdalani

VP Communications: Gianluca Cefis

VP Social: Nicolas Desmarais

VP external is… a tie between Emily Crilly and Sabrina Gaiser

Speaker:  Alan J. Nussbaum of Cornell University

Topic: “Syntactically Aided Semantic ‘Change’: *‘Painstaking pants’, the ‘neat worker’ who’s a slob, and the etymology of Greek akrībḗs, -és ‘precise’”

Time: Friday, April 4, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H-661.2

Abstract: Nussbaum akrībḗs (Abstract)

Vanessa Taler is a neurolinguist from the University of Ottawa and will be giving a talk entitled “Bilingual language processing and neurocognitive function”.

Time: Friday, March 7, 16h15

Place: Concordia Hall Building (1455 de Maisonneuve W.), room H613.

You may be interested to learn that Concordia University features in the world’s elite (Top 200) institutions in 7 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject, which will be published on 26th Feb 2014 on and by leading media around the world .

For the third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, we evaluated 3,002 universities and ranked 689 institutions in total. 130 million of citations attributions were analyzed and we verified the provision of 10,639 programs.

Of particular note, Concordia University has an improved ranking or is featured for the first time in the following subjects:

  • English Language & Literature
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