Language Lovers Unite

The second annual USF/Tampa Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology will take place at the USF Library Friday and Saturday.


By Barbara Melendez

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 8, 2011) – People who love language to the point of wanting to know the most detailed aspect of how human beings put their thoughts into words are gathering at the University of South Florida for the “2nd Annual USF/Tampa Workshop on Syntax, Semantics, Phonology” on March 11-12, 2011.


Languages from Malagasy to Polish to Brazilian Portuguese and the Spanish spoken by Japanese Colombians will get intense scrutiny. And those who want to know more about infixed plurals in Jebbāli, a south Arabian language, or interrogative verbs in Amis, an Austronesian language in Taiwan will find scholars with whom to share their interest.


The keynote address will be delivered by Eric Potsdam from the University of Florida’s linguistics department on the topic, A Direct Analysis of Malagasy Comparatives.


“This is another great opportunity for USF and linguists from around the world working on a variety of languages to share their research and ideas. After a successful first meeting last year our workshop is growing and becoming more and more recognized in the linguistic universe,” said Margit Grieb, USF associate professor of World Languages.”


The main event is open to the public and free of charge. It will be held in the Grace Allen Room, fourth floor in the USF Library. A complete schedule for the event is here. More information about the event itself can be found at  The conference is sponsored, in part, by the Humanities Center and the Department of World Languages.