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. And click here to learn more about one of our most popular annual events, the GLiF calçotada.

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.





Welcome to Julie Hunter and Maribel Romero!
We are very happy to have Julie Hunter join us as a new Juan de la Cierva researcher. Julie works at the interface between philosophy of language and linguistics on a variety of issues related to context sensitivity in interpretation. We are also very happy to have semanticist and Professor of Linguistics  Maribel Romero visiting us for May and June from the University of Konstanz. Welcome to them both!
Shimoyoshi defends
Ayumi Shimoyoshi defended her doctoral thesis "Psych Verbs in Spanish and Japanese" on Monday, April 18. In September she will take up a position at the Universidad de Alcalà de Henares associated with an agreement between UAH and Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Congratulations, Ayumi!
New GLiF projects

Enric Vallduví and Josep Quer have been awarded projects in the most recent call from the Spanish MINECO. Enric's project is on the relation between contextual resources and information structure, and Josep's, on the grammar of reference in Catalan Sign Language. Both have also been awarded FPI PhD grants. Congratulations!

Winter conferences and workshops
It has been a busy February and March for GLiF. Louise McNally and Josep Quer presented work at the DGfS in Konstanz, where they met up with GLiF collaborator Berit Gehrke. Louise and Berit then coincided at the Szklarska Poreba Workshop, where Louise was awarded the Lotze Prize. Wolfram Hinzen is presenting a paper at EVOLANG 2016 with Joana Rosselló; and Laia Mayol, a paper with Xavier Villalba at the LSRL at SUNY Stony Brook at the end of March.
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.
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Departament de Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge

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