The Hong Kong lectures

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Allow me, if you will, to briefly pervert the general functions of Language Log to send a personal message to the Hong Kong readers of Language Log who have been asking me about my upcoming lectures in their city. The answer is, on Monday (2 March 2009) I will be doing two engagements at different universities in the city, back to back. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., a lecture called "English Grammar: The Lost Twentieth Century" at Hong Kong Baptist University, in room RRS905 in the Sir Run Run Shaw Building on the Ho Sin Hang Campus; and then (after a rapid transfer by limousine; I may arrive looking a bit harried) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. a lecture called "Language Studies: Bridging Science and Humanities", in the Inaugural Series for the new Faculty of Humanities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in room N003. Both, I believe, are wide open to the general public with no ticketing.

At least, to Language Log's public they are open, because I shall demand it. Just put your gold Language Log Premier Membership card on the card reader facing downward with the embedded microchip at this end. Or if you don't have one of those (no one does, yet; we are having trouble with our microchip supplier), then give the code word syncategorematicity to the guards on the door. Or ask for me by name and I will get you in via the stage door. If they try to keep you out I will stamp my foot and refuse to go on. You are Language Log readers; you are important.

Don't try to take in both lectures. There is such a thing as overdoing it. It is possible to overdose on Geoff time.

I will also be giving a more informal and slightly more linguistics-oriented lecture called "Grammaticality, Frequency, and Evidence in Syntax" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, also at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; but I don't know the room details, so you might have to call Cherine Yu or Jody Lee to find out.

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