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Linguistics events this week (Feb 14-21, 2020)

February 14, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Linguistics Department Colloquium - Friday Feb 14 - 3335 Dwinelle - 3-5pm
    Anthony Yates (UCLA): What is a lexical accent? Indo-European evidence for a metrical representation
  • Language and Cognition Lab & Language and Cognitive Development Lab - Tuesday Feb 18 - 370 Dwinelle - 12:30-2p
    Yang Xu (Toronto): Bootstrapping meaning in historical text: From emotion semantics to moral sentiment

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Feb 19  - 1303 Dwinelle - 4-5.30pm
    Ana Lívia Agostinho (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina): Fieldwork and language contact in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Found in Translation Working Group - Thursday Feb 20 - Dwinelle 4 - 2-3:30pm
    Myriam Lapierre (Berkeley): Challenges of literacy education and orthography development in the Amazonian indigenous context: A case study from Panãra
  • Spanish & Portugese Dept's Berkeley Series in Linguistics Tutorials - Friday Feb 21 - 3401 Dwinelle - 1-3pm
    An introduction to LaTeX; Sign up here
  • Linguistics Department Colloquium - Friday Feb 21 -  Dwinelle hall, room TBA - 3-5pm
    Charles O'Hara (USC): TBA

Survey updates

February 14, 2020
First-year graduate student Alex Elias has assisted in the last few weeks in scanning two Berkeley linguists' field notes on five different languages:
  • George Foster's 13 notebooks on the culture and language of the Yuki people of northern California, dating from 1937 (Oswalt.007.001 through Oswalt.007.013). Foster (1913-2006) received his PhD under A.L. Kroeber in 1946, and was later Professor of Anthropology, until 1979. His wife, Mary LeCron Foster (1914-2001), received a PhD from this department in 1965, and the campus's anthropology library is named after them. The notebooks were originally given to Robert Oswalt (PhD 1961). Consultants were Charlie Doorman, Cecilia Logan, George Moore, Ralph Moore, Eben Tilletson, and Old Toby.
  • George Foster's 3 notebooks on Huchnom (Yukian; CA) culture, also dating from 1937 (Oswalt.007.014 through Oswalt.007.016). The consultant was Lula Johnson.
  • George Grekoff's 3 notebooks on the Clayoquot dialect of Nuu-chah-nulth, a Wakashan language of British Columbia, dating from 1966 and 1967 (Grekoff.002.001 through Grekoff.002.003). Grekoff (1923-1999) was a student of Mary Haas in this department. He did not complete the PhD, but later taught at the University of Washington. Consultants were Hyacinth David, Winifred David, and Odelia Hunter.
  • George Grekoff's 5 notebooks on Skagit, a Lushootseed variety (Salishan; WA), dating from 1964 to 1967 (Grekoff.002.004 through Grekoff.002.008). The consultant was Louise George.
  • George Grekoff's notebook on Southeastern Pomo (Pomoan; CA), dating from 1957 (Grekoff.002.009). The consultants were Effie and John Kelsey.

Mystery Language, Splash @Berkeley!

February 11, 2020

Raksit Lau, Wendy López Márquez, Alice Shen and Edwin Ko will present a short course at Splash on Sunday, March 8th.

Splash brings over 400 high school students to Berkeley's campus for "a day of unlimited learning". 

Mystery Language! Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

Ever wondered what linguists do? In this course, we will work with a speaker of a mystery language to give you a preview of how linguists analyze language. We will start by talking about some techniques that linguists use when beginning to explore a language. We will then apply these lessons by working with the speaker to try to identify the sounds of the language through learning words. After this, we will turn to sentences and begin to develop a basic understanding of how words and sentences are formed.  By the end of this course, you will come to see that linguistic analysis is a lot like working on a puzzle so get ready to put your problem-solving skills to the test!

Linguistics events this week (Feb 7-14, 2020)

February 7, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

Linguistics events this week (Jan 31-Feb 7, 2020)

January 31, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

Survey update

January 29, 2020

Zach O'Hagan sends the following update from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • We archived a new collection of sound recordings and transcriptions of Kupang Malay (West Timor), which derive from the spring 2013 undergraduate field methods course (Linguistics 140) taught by Sarah Cutfield, with language consultant Adriana Tunliu. Sarah was a lecturer at the time, having just finished her PhD in 2012 at Monash University (Australia) with a dissertation titled "Demonstratives in Dalabon: A Language of Southwestern Arnhem Land."

Deal at NYU

January 27, 2020

Amy Rose Deal will be in New York City this week to give an NYU colloquium on Interaction, satisfaction, and the PCC.