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An article by Floris Roelofsen (ILLC) and Donka Farkas (UC Santa Cruz) on answer particles (yes/no) across languages was published last week in Language. Floris Roelofsen was interviewed by BNR news radio about this work.
Listen to the interview at http://www.bnr.nl/?player=archief&fragment=20150623063915180
For more information, see the review by Michael Shermer entitled "The Humanities and Science Share the Virtues of Empiricism and Skepticism" at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/
Johan van Benthem was recently elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a member of this distinguished institution, Van Benthem joins a select group of some of the world's greatest minds, including more than 250 Nobel Laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the American Academy, is one of the oldest and most respected learned societies in the United States. Founded during the American War of Independence in 1780, it is a leading centre for independent policy research, bringing together the brightest minds from the academic, business and government sectors to address some of the critical challenges facing society. Some of its most illustrious members have included Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and Niels Bohr.
For more information, see https://www.amacad.org/
Linguistics is ranked 22nd worldwide. This research is carried out at two UvA research institutes: the interfaculty Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities, and the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) of the Faculty of Humanities. Both institutes pursue their own lines of research, but also collaborate in the area of language and cognition, for example. The ILLC also participates in the national 'Language in Interaction' Gravitation Programme.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/organisation/faculties/content/