Article in NewScientist, "Rude Awakenings: How Swearing Made us Human," mentioning work on VN compounds used as insults and their potential relevance to the evolution of syntax.
2019. Workshop co-organizer, together with Antonio Benítez-Burraco. Prehistoric languages beyond the limits of comparative linguistics. Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Leipzig, Germany. August 2019.
2019. TBA. Invited presentation at the Workshop on Evolution of Language, at the 2019 Crete Summer School of Linguistics, Crete, Greece. July 2019.
2019. TBA. Keynote presentation, as well as an additional lecture, at the Spring School on EvoLinguistics, University of Tokyo, Japan. March 2019.
2019. TBA. Invited lecture, Kyoto University, Japan. March 2019.
2018. “Transitivity as a derived phenomenon: Reconstruction to an intransitive absolutive grammar.” Workshop on STASL (The Shaping of Transitivity and Argument Structure). October 2018, Pavia, Italy.
2018. “Natural/Sexual Selection: What’s language (evolution) got to do with it?” Keynote presentation at the 48th Poznań Linguistic Meeting, September 2018, Poznań, Poland.
2018. “What use is half a clause? The Five Problems facing language evolution research.” Department of Linguistics Lunch presentation, October 2018, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
2018. “The absolutive vP-less basis of se “middles” in Serbian: A split-accusative language?” Syntax Square presentation, September 2018, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
2017. “Simple syntax in Slavic, evolution, neuroimaging: Middles and absolutives.” Keynote presentation at the Slavic Linguistic Society (SLS). Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 21-23.
2017. “Acquisition of clausal structure: The ‘Weakest Continuity’ view.” Joint paper with Natalia Rakhlin as first author. The 19th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS). Kyoto Women’s University, Kyoto, Japan. July 1-2.
2016. “Proto-syntactic foundation: Argument omission at the two-word stage.” Invited joint paper with Natalia Rakhlin. University of Ghent Workshop on ‘A Probe into the multilingual mind. How languages evolve.’ Ghent, Belgium, October 19-20.
2016. “A reconstruction of early human (and Neandertal) grammars.” CIEL (International Conference on Evolutionary Linguistics) 8. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, August 8-10, 2016.
2016. “What kind of grammar did early humans (and Neanderthals) command? A linguistic reconstruction.” Keynote presentation, 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (New Orleans, March 21-24, 2016).
2015. “Expressive language in the evolution of grammar: More than nature needs.” Invited presentation. ECOM Workshop on Expressive Language, University of Connecticut, Storrs. November 2015.
2014. “The absolutive basis of ‘middles’ and the status of vP and UTAH.” FASL 23 (Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 23), University of California, Berkeley, May 2-4.
2014. “Topics from A Program for Evolutionary Syntax.” Workshop on The Evolution of Syntax, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Keynote lecture, March 28.
2013. “Tinkering with Structure: Stages of Syntax and Language Representation in the Brain.” Invited talk for the symposium Transcending the Boundaries: Making Meaning: Origins of Communication.Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University, April 2013.