GLiF (for "Grup de Lingüística Formal" in Catalan) is the research group for formal linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. GLiF is recognized and funded by the Catalan government as a Consolidated Research Group ("Grup Consolidat"). GLiF together with the Computational Linguistics Group (GLiCom), the Prosodic Studies Group (GrEP), and the ALLENCAM group, devoted to multilingual language learning and acquisition, comprise UPF's Linguistics Research Unit (UR-Ling).

The members of GLiF work on the formal description of the architecture of human language and the interactions between different modules - phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics - based on data from a number of languages, primarily from the Romance, Germanic and Slavic families, and from signed languages. You can find out more about our specific areas of research by looking at our Projects page and at the individual pages of our group members. Check out our activities page to find out about our regular seminars and other events.

We welcome graduate students, postdocs and visiting researchers. Please contact one of the senior researchers in the group if you are interested in joining us.





Congratulations to Kata!
Kata Wohlmuth sucessfully defended her doctoral thesis proposal, Plural Predication in Context, on Monday, Jan. 11. She has also been selected as an alternative for the Workshop on Co-Distributivity to be held at CNRS Pouchet in Paris on Feb. 11-12. Double Congratulations!
Upcoming GLiF doctoral thesis defenses

Congratulations to Cèlia Alba and Mihajlo Ignjatovic on depositing their doctoral theses! Cèlia's defense of Wh-Questions in Catalan Sign Language is scheduled for Jan. 26 (10 am, room 410 in the Tànger building), Mihajlo's, of Nominalization and Apsect, for Jan. 29 (11am, room 52.205+207). 

GLiF hellos and good-byes
GLiF students Giorgia Zorzi and Toni Bassaganyas are abroad this quarter at U. Mass. Amherst and Utrecht University, while Laia Mayol is spending a quarter at UC San Diego. We'll be looking forward to updates from them. Meanwhile, Sara Cañas has joined as a PhD student working in the LSC Lab. Welcome to her!
Welcome back and congratulations to Gemma Barberà!
GLiF is happy to have Gemma Barberà back among us as a member of the Department faculty. Congratulations to her as well for winning the best paper presentation (postdoctoral researcher category) at this year's European Linguistic Society meeting, for Backgrounded agents in sign language: passives or impersonals?, coauthored with Patricia Cabredo Hofherr!
GLiF at spring conferences
The GLiF news page has slowed down a bit, but GLiFfers have not. This quarter, Gemma Boleda has given a talk with Katrin Erk at the AAAI Spring Symposium Workshop on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Integrating Symbolic and Neural Approaches. Former GLiFfer Scott Grimm presented joint work with Louise McNally at WCCFL in Vancouver, and he'll present another installment of their ongoing collaboration at SALT this week, at Stanford. Toni Bassaganyas offered the latest on his dissertation at the Workshop on Existential Predication in Natural Languages, in Paris, and he, Josep M. Fontana and former GLiF visitor Heather Burnett have a poster at the upcoming ICLaVE conference in Leipzig.
Isidora Stojanovic in the New York Times
GLiF associat Isidora Stojanovic was in The New York Times recently, in connection to her participation in the "Night of Philosophy". She closed the program at 6:30 am! Check out the story here.
Welcome to Kata Wohlmuth!
Kata Wohlmuth will be joining GLiF on an FPI grant associated with Louise McNally's CONNECT project. Kata's previous training was at the University of Pecs, in Hungary.
UPF to host FEAST COST Conference Barcelona 2015 and SignGram COST Summer School
GLiF will be hosting the final conference of the COST Action SignGram, kown as FEAST 2015, on May 4-6. FEAST is a yearly conference on formal and experimental approaches to sign language theory, and for the past 4 years it has been the research event of the COST Action IS1006 ‘Unraveling the grammars of European sign languages’. It will be followed by the 3-day COST SignGram Summer School (May 7-9) for graduate students and early stage researchers interested in the formal and experimental study of sign languages.
Catalonia-Israel Symposium
Feb. 16-18 various members of GLiF will be participating in a Catalonia-Israel Symposium on the topic of Lexical Semantics, Grammatical Structure, and the Conceptualization of Events, at the Center for Language, Logic and Cognition (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The symposium has been made possible with the financial support of the Secretaria d'Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

New MINECO-funded Thematic Excellence Network
GLiF together with researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad de Alcalà de Henares, and the University of the Basque Country has been granted a Thematic Excellence Network on Meaning and Grammar for 2015-16. The goal is to promote training and collaborative research activities in the area of natural language semantics and pragmatics.
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