About the LSA Member Spotlight

Originally created in 2011 and now making its debut on the new LSA website, the LSA Member Spotlight highlights the interests and accomplishments of a different LSA member each month.  If you would like to be featured in a Member Spotlight, or would like to recommend someone else to be featured, please contact David Robinson, the LSA's Director of Membership and Meetings.

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July/August 2011: Rebekah Baglini

Rebekah Baglini is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago. She is the LSA’s Bloch Fellow for 2011-2013, in which capacity she receives a full fellowship for the 2011 Linguistic Institute and sits on the Executive Committee, taking part in the governance of the Society.

Q: How long have you been a member of LSA? Why did you join the Society?

I joined my very first week of graduate school in the fall of 2008. At the time, I don't think I was fully aware of the range of benefits that membership affords students. But I was eager to assert my identity as a member of the field and to stay on top of important developments across subfields by reading Language.

Q: What are your current research interests?

My interests lie primarily at the interface of syntax and semantics, with a particular focus on verb meaning, event structure, scalarity, and the morphosyntax of the VP.

Q: What is/are the most important service/s the LSA provides to its student members?

Students benefit enormously from participating in the annual meeting (which we're able to attend for a deeply discounted rate). It's a great chance for graduate students to have their work exposed to a large number of people in the field, and also discover relevant research being conducted by colleagues. In addition to the talks and poster sessions, there are also special student-targeted workshops and social events organized by COSIAC (Committee on Student Issues and Concerns).

Q: Can you speak to the importance of the Linguistics Institute for students?

I'm thrilled to be attending my first Linguistic Institute this month. Spending a month in beautiful Boulder, CO with renowned linguists from around the world--what could be better? I think the Institute is a valuable experience for students at any point in their undergraduate or graduate career. For undergraduates and early graduate students, it's a chance to survey different topics and subfields which may end up becoming main areas of research later. For students in mid-to-later stages of graduate school like me (I'm entering my fourth year), it's a chance to develop and expand my existing research interests and learn new skills by taking more advanced/specialized classes which are not available in my home department.