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Background

This page collects logistical and contentful information on the first all-hands SynSem meeting, from Monday, February 6, to Wednesday, February 8. The meeting will be hosted at Lysebu Hotel, just outside of Oslo.

To help calibrate expectations, we have posted a copy of the original project proposal (which is now two years out of date) and some impressions from at and near the Oslo Center for Advanced Research.

The programme will start at 10:00 in the morning of February 6 in meeting room Fyn. There will be a social dinner (starting at 19:30) for those arriving early enough on Sunday evening.

Participants

Name

At OSL

From OSL

First Meal

Last Meal

Preferences

EmilyBender

Sunday, 11:55 (DL9268)

Friday, 06:30 (DL9285)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

no invertebrate seafood

GosseBouma

Sunday, 20:50 (SK828)

Wednesday, 16:20 (SK4745)

Monday, breakfast

Wednesday, lunch

MiriamButt

Sunday, 19:00 (LX1216)

Wednesday, 13:20 (LX1211)

Monday, breakfast

Wednesday, breakfast

StergiosChatzikyriakidis

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

MaryDalrymple

Saturday, 06:50 (TG945)

Thursday, 13:30 (TG955)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

gluten-free, no red meat

HelgeDyvik

Sunday

Wednesday, 17:00 (SK277)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

JanHajič

Sunday, 16:25 (KL1147)

Wednesday, 09:30 (DY1502)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, breakfast

Dan Flickinger

Sunday, 15:40 (SK4608)

Friday

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

MatthewGotham

Monday, lunch

Wednesday, lunch

DagHaug

Monday, lunch

Wednesday, lunch

JoakimNivre

Sunday, 16:30 (SK491)

Wednesday, 16:00 (SK882)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

StephanOepen

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

allergic to seafood

AdamPrzepiórkowski

Sunday, 12:35 (DY1021)

Thursday, 11:00 (DY1020)

Sunday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

MarkSteedman

Sunday, 16:25 (KL1147)

Tuesday, 17:25 (KL1148)

Sunday, dinner

Tuesday, lunch

LiljaØvrelid

Monday, dinner

Wednesday, lunch

Transportation

The hotel is accessible by public transport, where the final leg requires a ten-minute walk along a minor road. The hotel is close to the stop called Voksenkollen on the T-bane (‘tunnel train’, running underground in the city center and above ground otherwise). From downtown Oslo, take the T-bane line #1 towards Frognerseteren. When coming from the airport, one can either transfer at the main train station (Oslo S) or at Nationaltheatret; transit onto the T-bane is slightly easier and faster at the latter station, but some trains coming from the airport only go to Oslo S.

From the airport, take the airport express train (Flytoget) to either Oslo S (all trains) or Nationaltheatret (every other train). There are other options—regional and local trains—too, but these are less frequent and operate on a different ticket system than Flytoget. As you leave the customs area, turn right and walk straight towards the Flytoget departure terminal. Tickets are available from vending machines (using all sorts of credit cards) and possibly a staffed ticket office; there is no benefit in getting a round-trip ticket.

At Oslo S or (preferably) Nationaltheatret follow the ‘T’ signs to transfer into the T-bane and find the platform for line #1 in the direction of Frognerseteren. You will need a separate ticket for the T-bane, which in turn will be available from vending machines; seeing as you will be returning to Oslo soon, consider pre-installing the mobile ticket application, which will make public transport a lot easier (but does not cover the Flytoget line, which provides its own mobile application, if you are determined). The T-bane will gradually take you up the hills surrounding Oslo, past the Holmenkollen ski jump, and eventually to the Voksenkollen stop, which is near the end of the line.

At the Voksenkollen stop you leave the platform in the direction ‘against’ the incoming T-bane line, i.e. turn right as you leave the train, and slightly right again onto the countryside road that runs past the T-bane stop. There are signs towards Lysebu hotell at the road, and after walking around a gentle curve and past the Lysebu bus stop, one turns right onto an even smaller, dead-end road towards the hotel. In case you want to look for on-line assistance, the address of the hotel is Lysebuveien 12, 0790 Oslo.

Voksenkollen is situated many hundred meters above Oslo and well beyond the bounds of civilization; please prepare adequately for your trip and observe the mountain code. In case of an emergency (or other needs for assistance), please call Stephan at +47 4546 6632.

Schedule

There will be five basic types of programme elements: (a) plenary discussion of ‘grand’ research questions; (b) an open space experiment; (c) two parallel reading groups; (d) contrastive syntactico-semantic analysis of nominated sentences; and (e) social and ‘downtime’ activities. While we suggest an outline below, we expect that the group will be free to collaboratively adjust and re-prioritize as we see fit.

Monday, February 6

10:00

11:00

Round-the-Table Introductions & Expectation Management

11:00

12:30

Keeping me Awake at Night: Gosse, Miriam, Joakim

12:30

13:30

Lunch

13:30

14:30

Excursion into the ‘Wilderness’ (Photos by EmilyBender)

14:30

16:30

Sleepless Curious Minds: Emily, Jan, Mary, Stergios

16:30

17:00

Coffee

17:00

18:00

Open Space Preparations

18:00

18:30

Sentence #4 (Maybe Over Drinks)

Tuesday, February 7

09:30

10:30

Awake at Night: Mark, Adam

10:30

11:00

Coffee

11:00

12:00

Reading Groups: Croft et al. (2017); Han Lau et al. (2016)

12:00

13:00

Lunch

13:00

14:00

More Wilderness (Photos by EmilyBender)

14:00

15:30

Open Space: SynSem/LysebuResources

15:30

16:00

Sentence #5 (Over Coffee & Fruit)

16:15

17:15

Reading Groups: Champollion (2016); van Cranenburgh (2017)

17:15

18:15

Researchers Rarely Sleep: Helge, Matthew

18:15

18:30

Wrapping Up the Day

Wednesday, February 8

09:30

11:30

Sleepless for a Full Year: Dag, Dan, Lilja, Stephan

11:30

12:30

Moving On: Plans for SynSem

12:30

13:30

Lunch

Still more photos by EMB

Sentences

#1

The linguist and philosopher tried to talk to me and my wife.

FGD

MaryDalrymple

#2

What and where did Mary and her friends eat or drink?

FGD

AdamPrzepiórkowski

#3

Once again, he shook his head, kept his face expressionless and his voice very calm, and had a strongly supported alibi ready.

FGD

DanFlickinger

#4

A similar technique is almost impossible to apply to other crops, such as cotton, soybeans and rice.

FGD, LFG

StephanOepen

#5

Which problem would a greater man than John have liked to solve?

FGD, LFG

HelgeDyvik

#6

It was Mary who solved the problem.

FGD

 JoakimNivre

#7

It is the earliest Hemingway work to employ his iceberg theory of writing, in which the underlying meaning is hinted at, rather than explicitly stated.

FGD

StergiosChatzikyriakidis

#8

But Joseph did not.

FGD

JanHajic

Non-English sentence [EmilyBender]

その  試験   は   思った    より  やさしかった。
Sono shiken wa  omot-ta   yori yasashikat-ta.
DEM  exam   TOP think-PST than easy-PST.
`The exam was easier than I thought.' [jpn] Source: Makino & Tsutsui 1986:567

Selected Readings

Readings

SynSem/Planning (last edited 2017-02-13 14:14:55 by StephanOepen)

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