The Journal Club arose out of the interest among many of us to work towards new ideas for collaborative research and increased subdisciplinary cross pollination within our department (and we hope also within Linguistics as a discipline).
The Journal Club is informal and anyone who is interested is most heartily welcome to come. The general format involves reading and discussing a paper that somehow exemplifies intradisciplinarity and that is accessible to a general Linguistics audience. No one officially presents the article and the discussion is only "led" in the most general sense of getting it started and keeping it going. We hope to also spend time exploring research sparks that emerge from reading and discussing the paper.
For the first meeting we'll be reading Lauren Squires 2013 paper in Language and Cognition on Talker Specificity and the Perception of Grammatical Variation (.pdf).