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Talk & Workshop with Dr. Luis González

Gilbert Hall 113 and Gilbert Hall 320
We are happy to invite you to the event that we are organizing for this week with the well-known Spanish linguistics professor Dr. Luis González. People from all departments are welcome at this event. Please, share this info and the flyer with your students.


  1. TALK on Wednesday, November 9, 4:00-5:00 pm, Gilbert Hall 113 



"Rules that work: a verber/verbed fragment of a grammar of Spanish"
This talk, meant for language students and instructors as well as linguists, will show that rules of language are easier to state, understand, retain, and apply if stated in terms of the verber entailment and the verbed entailment than in terms of subject and direct object, as proposed in The Fundamentally Simple Logic of Language (González 2021). 
Rules to be re-visited include reflexivization, passivization, auxiliary selection in Italian, and “types” of dative sentences. One and the same rule will account for personal a and leísmo (dialectal and general).
  1. WORKSHOP on Thursday, November 10, 10:00-11:00am, Gilbert Hall 320 
"Let us listen to the numbers!"
In this workshop, we will examine competing grammar rules using a variety of data sources―including novels, Google Scholar, Corpes XXI, as well as tables from research studies―to evaluate possible competing grammar rules. This talk is intended for students and faculty in literature as well as linguistics. 
Some of the structures we will examine will be Noun-Adjective order in Spanish and English, por vs. para in Spanish, and clitic pronoun doubling in Spanish. We will use the data available to determine which rules capture the numbers best and which rules do not. 
Luis H. González is Professor of Spanish and linguistics at Wake Forest University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. His main areas of research are semantic roles, case, reflexivization, clitic doubling, differential object marking, dichotomies in languages, Spanish linguistics, and second language learning. He is the co-author of the book Gramática para la composición with Dr. Stanley Whitley, and is the author of four other books. 

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