Keith Johnson was a member of a team (together with UCB Post-doc Matthias Sjerps, and UCSF Post-doc Neal Fox, and UCSF faculty Edward Chang) who have just published a new paper on "Speaker-normalized sound representations in the human auditory cortex" in Nature Communications.
For this final 2018-2019 edition of Calques, here's a look at what some linguists will be up to this summer!
Andrew Cheng will be presenting his dissertation research on bilingual Korean Americans three times this summer: at the Acoustical Society of America in Louisville, KY in May (where Meg Cychosz will also be presenting a paper, as well as recent alumnus Matthew Faytak); at the International Circle of Korean Linguistics in July in Melbourne, Australia; and at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in August in Melbourne, Australia (where numerous Berkeley linguists will be in attendance!).
- Virginia Dawson will be giving an invited talk entitled “Paths to exceptional wide scope: choice functions in Tiwa” at TripleA 6 (The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages) at MIT, June 1.
- This week Amy Rose Deal is in Oslo for the annual meeting of Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), where together with Patrick Grosz (University of Oslo) she co-organized the syntax/semantics workshop (Anaphora at the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface in endangered and understudied languages). Later in the summer she will continue her fieldwork on Nez Perce, and travel back to Europe to teach a short course on Agree at the University of Bucharest and to give an invited talk at the British Academy conference The Alphabet of Universal Grammar.
Wesley dos Santos will be leaving soon for a 12-week field research trip involving three different Kawahiva communities living in the states of Rondônia and Amazonas, Brazil. He has also signed off a one-year contract with Unesco and Museu do Índio (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro) to produce a 600-word multimedia dictionary within the Salvaguarda do Patrimônio Linguístico e Cultural de Povos Indígenas Transfronteiriços e de Recente Contato na Região Amazônica. As part of the contract, he will be attending a workshop to be held at the Museu do Índio, Rio de Janeiro, on June 4-6. He also plans to give a talk at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi on The historical development of an enclitic marker in Tupi-Guarani family in August.
- Susanne Gahl plans on spending part of the summer in Germany, in her role as a Mercator fellow on the 'Spoken Morphology' project.
- Dmetri Hayes' paper "What just happened? Evaluating retrofitted distributional word vectors" has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT), to be held in Minneapolis, June 2-7. It will be published in the conference proceedings.
- Larry Hyman will be in Paris May 20-June 20. He will be speaking at the Workshop on Nominal Expressions in Bantu Languages (talk title: Tonology of Luganda Noun Phrase Constituents), consulting with fellow Bantuists and Bistrots, and attending the annual business meeting of the France-Berkeley Fund on June 12. He then will spend the rest of the summer in Berkeley working on Luganda, Lusoga, Lulamogi and Lunyole (the 140 field methods class language this semester), hence any language that starts with Bantu class 11 lu- (!).
- A group of Cal linguists will be attending the LSA institute this summer in Davis: faculty members Keith Johnson, Terry Regier, and Susan Lin; graduate student Ruth Rouvier; and undergraduates Amelia Fineberg, Wanqing (Psyche) He and Leslie (LaLa) Speights-Barhatkov.
- Edwin Ko, Julia Nee, Cathy O'Connor (PhD 1987), and Erica Carson, Jr. will be implementing the second Northern Pomo Language Camp at Redwood Valley Rancheria in June.
- Julia Nee will travel to Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico to document language revitalization activities, including a twenty hour language learning camp for kids, in July and August.
- Emily Remirez is serving as the Social Science and Humanities advisor for the SURF program in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, supporting and mentoring fellows working towards senior theses.
- Eric Wilbanks will be spending his summer teaching LINGR1B, studying for his qualifying exam, and heading to Melbourne to give a talk in the special session on Social Priming in Speech Production and Perception at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
It may be Finals Week, but the events keep coming:
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Wednesday May 15 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30 [note special time and place]
Pauline Jacobson (Brown University): Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide'
- Dissertation Defense - Friday May 17 - Dwinelle 1229 - 10a-1p
Emily Clem: Agreement, case, and switch-reference in Amahuaca
- Linguistics Commencement - Sunday May 19 - International House - 2pm
Larry Hyman writes to report that Thera Crane (PhD 2011), currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Academy of Finland project “Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa)", has received an additional 5-year research grant from the Academy of Finland to work on modality and multilingualism in South Africa. Congrats, Thera!
Justin Davidson writes with a report from the Linguistic Symposium for Romance Languages (LSRL 49), held at the University of Georgia from May 1st - May 4th, where there was a lively Berkeley cohort -- and where all 3 Berkeley grad students were selected to be recipients of LSRL 49 Graduate Student Awards!
- Justin Davidson: Discrete and Gradient Approaches to Lateral Darkness: Sociophonetic Variability in the Spanish and Catalan of Valencia
- Ernesto Gutiérrez: Lexical Frequency Effects on Place of Articulation of Voiced Coronal Stops of Spanish-English Bilinguals
- Gabriella Licata: Language Attitudes in Liguria: Effects of Gender on the Perception of Genoese
- Rachel Weiher: Factors of Lexical Stability in (Inter)Action Across Romance
- Efficient use of ambiguity in an early writing system: Evidence from Sumerian cuneiform, by Noah Hermalin and Terry Regier.
- Evolution and efficiency in color naming: The case of Nafaanra, by Noga Zaslavsky, Karee Garvin, Charles Kemp, Naftali Tishby, and Terry Regier.
- Semantic categories of artifacts and animals reflect efficient coding, by Noga Zaslavsky, Terry Regier, Naftali Tishby, and Charles Kemp.
- Season naming and the local environment, by Charles Kemp, Alice Gaby, and Terry Regier.
- "Natural concepts" revisited in the spatial-topological domain: Universal tendencies in focal spatial relations, by Alexandra Carstensen, Noah Hermalin, Terry Regier, and George Kachergis.