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Berkeley linguists @ LSA 2023

December 5, 2022

Congratulations to the Berkeley linguists who will be presenting at the 2023 meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Denver:

  • Isaac L. Bleaman and Georg F.K. Höhn (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen & Humboldt): "Three-way preposition-determiner interactions in Yiddish: A corpus-based investigation"
  • Maksymilian Dąbkowski: "Postlabial raising and paradigmatic leveling in A'ingae: A diachronic study from the field"
  • Wesley dos Santos: "A nominalizer account of =a in Kawahíva (Tupí-Guaraní)"
  • Emily Grabowski and Jennifer Kuo (UCLA): "Comparing k-means and OPTICS clustering algorithms for identifying vowel categories"
  • Ernesto R. Gutiérrez Topete and Jesus Duarte (UCLA): "Perception of acoustic cues of voiced coronal stops by Spanish-English bilinguals"
  • Edwin Ko and John Huelsenbeck: "Internal and external borrowing and their effects on linguistic phylogenies: A simulation study"
  • Gabriella Licata: "A semiotic analysis of right-wing surveillance of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's communicative repertoire"
  • Chaya R. Nove: "Regional distinctions in the length contrast of Central Yiddish vowels"
  • Katherine Russell: "Variability in Paraguayan Guaraní nasal harmony: Interactions with morphosyntax"
  • Myriam Lapierre (Washington; PhD 2021) and Katherine Russell: "Opposite directionality in [+/–F] agreement: The case of Tupí-Guaraní nasal harmony"

McLaughlin and Arrigo publish in Synergies

December 3, 2022

Both Michael Arrigo (graduate of RLL's Linguistics track, current lecturer in French) and Mairi McLaughlin (French) just had articles published in the latest edition of Synergies: Pays riverains de la baltique: http://gerflint.fr/Base/Baltique15/baltique15.html (dated 2021 but only just released!)

Michael's article is titled "L’incertitude à double sens: le conditionnel journalistique et la construction de l’objectivité et de la subjectivité dans les textes journalistiques," and Mairi's article, co-authored with Eva Havu, is titled "Le discours rapporté et l’agentivité du journaliste dans les dépêches d’agences de presse."

Garrett podcast interview

December 1, 2022

In the History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences podcast series, James McElvenny conducted an interview with Andrew Garrett about Alfred Kroeber and the forthcoming book The Unnaming of Kroeber Hall: Language, Memory, and Indigenous California (MIT Press, 2023). Click here for more information.

CLA Manager news

November 30, 2022

Dr. Zachary O'Hagan has accepted an academic staff position in the Department of Linguistics as Manager of the California Language Archive, effective January 1, 2023. In that role, Zach will be responsible for collection acquisition and preservation (including cataloging and digitization), managing general operations (including student employees), and access and outreach in California and beyond. Congratulations, Zach!

Faculty statement on academic labor strike

November 29, 2022

The following statement in solidarity with the striking academic workers at UC was recently unanimously approved by the voting faculty members in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley:

We share the serious concerns about compensation that have animated the ongoing strike at UC. The cost of living here is high, and the graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in our department, who are central to academic life, are straining to cover living costs. We urge that these concerns be taken seriously, and we hope that an agreement that addresses them can be reached quickly.

QP Fest 2022 postponed

November 17, 2022

Due to the ongoing strike, QP Fest 2022 will not take place on November 21 as previously announced. It will likely be rescheduled for the spring semester.