Spring ’17

The book is taking shape:Explain me this: Creativity, Competition and the Partial Productivity of Constructions. Princeton University Press.

Goldberg will teach PSY 309, Psychology of Language.

Fall ’16

Fun and interesting visit to Google where I found many old friends and previous students. Yes, I took the slide.

Fabulous retirement party for George Lakoff in Berkeley!  Packed room, much laughter, a few tears, many testimonials about how George changed each of our lives, Haj Ross reminiscing about the early days of syntax.

Just back from an interesting workshop on verbs and argument structure at Boston College (organized by Josh Hartshorne). Oct 21st.

Goldberg to teach a freshman seminar, The Word. Tuesdays 1:30-4:20.

Summer ’16

Conventional metaphors in longer passages evoke affective brain response.  Just out in NeuroImage.

Spring ’16

Congratulations to psychology seniors Matthew Barouch, Jalisha Braxton, and Danielle Ellis, and to linguistic seniors Nick Tippenhauer and Ronan O’Brien on graduating!  And a special congratulations to Matthew for winning the George Miller prize in Cognitive Science for his publication-worthy senior thesis work!

4/6-7/16: Tanner Lectures at the Center for Human Values by Robert Boyd  (Culture Matters: the roots of human uniqueness).

Exciting talks by both Mike Frank  and Thalia Wheatley.

Wojciech Lewandowski, a postdoc in Copenhagen is visiting us for the next two months. Welcome Wojciech!

Goldberg is teaching PSY 309, Psychology of Language, using Julie Sedivy‘s exceptional new textbook, Language in Mind.

Great trip to LSA in DC.  Talks by Marianne Mithun, Jack DuBois, John Rickford, Betty Birner, and others made for a very interesting and fun weekend.

Goldberg awarded a Humboldt Research Award and spoke at the Humboldt Award ceremony in March in Bamberg, Germany.  Will be hosted by Thomas Herbst (Erlangen  University) and Friedemann Pulvermueller (Freie University)

Fall ’15

The University of Birmingham has made offers to both Florent Perek  and to Bodo Winter.

Psychology and Cognitive Science at Princeton have new looks!
November 17th: Kenny Smith and November 18th: Hugh Rabagliati both from University of Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences will be visiting Princeton.


Just finalized a paper on anaphoric one (as in, this is a good one!) with dear friend Laura MIchaelis for a special issue of Cognitive Science devoted to last year’s Rumelhart Prize winner, Ray Jackendoff. [pdf]

Visit Bodo Winter’s new Data Goldmine website that contains information and links to hundreds of corpora and databases–incredibly useful:

Very interesting new paper relating Schema Theory in music to construction grammar from Northwestern here.

Libby Barak will visit us from U of Toronto next year to work on modeling work.  Welcome Libby!

Summer ’15

Just returned from the fabulous Linguistic Institute at the University of Chicago, where  I got to teach 50+ wonderful graduate students and visiting scholars from all over the world and sit in on half a dozen great courses there.  Kudos to the organizers!

Goldberg is invited to visit Paris in 2016 for a series of lectures through the International Chair program: Empirical Foundations of Linguistics: data, methods, models.

Finished up a little review of Vyv Evans’ The Language Myth, requested by Language. [pdf]

Congratulations to undergrads Daisy Lopez for graduating with high honors and to Jessica Hao for graduating with highest honors! And also to Jessica for winning the George A. Miller prize in Cognitive Science!

Goldberg to serve on LSA’s Nominating Committee 2016-2019.  (which I believe means I get to nominate others to actually do things).

Neural systems involved in processing novel linguistic constructions and their visual referents. Matthew A. Johnson, Nick Turk-Browne, & AE Goldberg. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Jessica Hao will be leaving our group after 4 years as an RA to attend medical school at Washington University. Congrats, Jess!

Stefan Gries (UCSB) taught an excellent week-long course on mixed model statistics in May.

Spring ’15

Goldberg is on sabbatical, working on a new book, Explain me this: how we learn what not to say. To be published by Princeton University Press.

Re: a-adjectives that resist appearing attributively (?? the afraid boy):  BoydGoldberg2011; Bruening’s blog;  response to BrueningYang(2015);  Our reply to to Yang is here: pdf.

Judgment evidence for statistical preemption: It is relatively better to vanish than to disappear a rabbit, but a lifeguard can equally well backstroke or swim children to shore. C Robenalt & AE Goldberg.  2015, in Cognitive Linguistics.

Generalizing beyond the input: the functions of the constructions matter. F Perek & AE Goldberg.2015, in Journal of Memory and Language. 

Goldberg has joined fabulous Psychology Department at Princeton full time.

Introduction of Emergent Communication and Language Sciences group at Princeton.

Carol Madden Lombardi (CRNS) visit Jan ’15.

Florent Perek visit Jan ’15.

Fall ’14 

Michael Arbib (USC, CS) & Maria Pinango (Yale, LIN) visit Oct 23-24, 2014.

Goldberg taught LIN/PSY Language Acquisition course Fall ’14. TTh 11-12:30.

Workshop on language processing Oct 11-12, 2014.

ETS workshop on the Lexicon Oct 17-18.

Sweet!  Conventional taste metaphors activate gustatory and emotion brain areas more than carefully matched literal controls: (Citron & Goldberg, JoCN 2014)

Luc Steels  (VUB AI lab) visiting Sept 24, 2014

Casey Lew-Williams has joined the psychology faculty!  Casey!

Spring ’14

Congratulations to David Abugaber for winning the extremely prestigious Gates Cambridge Fellowship AND an NSF fellowship. David will be heading to Cambridge after graduating to earn a masters in psycholinguistics.

We are very much enjoying having Florent Perek with us from Freiburg U., and Cotie Long from Indiana University.

We have moved to the new Peretsman-Scully (P-SY) building.   Goldberg’s office is #327.

Goldberg’s Einstein Fellowship from Berlin is renewed for another two years,  2013-2014!  The fellowship offers generous funding for travel from Princeton to Berlin for short-term stays, as well as a postdoc and student based at Freie U. in Berlin.

Appreciation goes to Haibu Wu for translating Constructions at Work into Chinese for Peking University Press (Dec, 2013).

Goldberg is elected a lifetime Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America 2014.