October 7, 2016

Awesomeness | Welcome | Grammarama | Talks and events

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Awesomeness

From our friends at Yale: "We, the faculty of the Linguistics Department at Yale University, join our colleagues of the UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics in expressing our support for the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and other tribal nations and people in opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Working as we do in a scholarly discipline that draws on the cultural heritage and intellectual property of indigenous people worldwide, and being aware that linguists have not always collaborated ethically with those whose languages we study, we are especially conscious of the need to respect Native cultural autonomy, sovereignty, and rights to self-determination. The Dakota Access Pipeline would cross the ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Missouri River. The Dakota Access Pipeline project impinges on indigenous communities' rights to land, clean water, health, and cultural preservation, including language. We call on our leaders to respect the sovereign rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ask the national linguistics community to add its voice in support of this urgent need."

Welcome

On the first of November, Konrad Rybka will commence his two-year postdoctoral project funded by the Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Supervised by Prof. Lev Michael, Konrad will work on the patterns of lexical and grammatical borrowing in the indigenous languages of the Guianas (particularly Lokono, Warao, Kali'na, and Wayãpi), focusing on culturally salient domains such as plants, animals, tools, and stars. Welcome to Berkeley!

Grammarama

One month from today, our nation faces a grave choice! On Monday, November 7, we exercise our civic right to decide whose QP is the coolest at the 17th AnnualQP Fest!

  • Geoff Bacon, "Inducing phonological knowledge with distributed representations"
  • Andrew Cheng, "Heritage Korean and ethnic identity in California"
  • Emily Clem, "Ergativity is a lie. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It's a yuge problem."
  • Meg Cychosz, "Sources of variation in an emerging Parisian French vernacular"
  • Virginia Dawson, "Epistemic indefinites in Tiwa"
  • Erik Hans Maier, "Make grammar great again"
  • Alice Shen, "Costs and cues in code-switched lexical acces"

All are welcome for the talks (3-5 pm, 370 Dwinelle) and reception afterwards. Après nous le déluge!

Talks and events

  • Friday, October 7
    • 3–4:30: NELS Practice Talks (Syntax & Semantics Circle, 1303 Dwinelle)
    • 3–5: Masha Khachaturyan (Berkeley), "Monty Python, the Deadly Joke and the Ideology of Ecclesiastic Translation" (Linguistic Anthropology Working Group, Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall)
  • Monday, October 10
  • Tuesday, October 11
  • Wednesday, October 12
    • 5–6: SLUgS Living Catalog of spring electives (Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students, 1229 Dwinelle)
  • Thursday, October 13
    • 12:30–2: GoOD InTEnSIOnS (Semantics reading group, 1303 Dwinelle)
    • 12:30–2: Discussion of Hayes & White, "Saltation and the P-map" (*dhworom, 1229 Dwinelle)