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Faytak to Buffalo

April 9, 2021

Matt Faytak (PhD 2018) reports that, after a 2 year post-doc/lecturer position at UCLA, he has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, and will start this August. Congrats, Matt!

Linguistics events this week (Apr 9-16, 2021)

April 9, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

SLUgS' 5th Annual Undergrad Linguistics Symposium

April 8, 2021

The Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students (SLUgS) is excited to invite you to our Fifth Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium that’s taking place on April 10 and 11 (Sat & Sun) from 10am to 3:45pm PT! The conference will feature undergraduate researchers in linguistics from across the country, who will be presenting on a range of topics from third language acquisition of Hindi, the syntax of English parentheticals, to glottal stop production in Yemba. We are also honored to feature a keynote presentation by Professor Eve Sweetser – you definitely don’t want to miss out!

Everyone is welcome regardless of major and background! You’ll be able to join the meeting via https://tinyurl.com/berkeleysymposium21. Hope to see you there!

Hyman appointed Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

April 5, 2021

Larry Hyman has received notification from French Ambassador Philippe Etienne that he has been appointed Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. As Ambassador Etienne explains, "this honor reflects the French authorities' gratitude for [Larry's] efforts to promote French language and culture" and culminates a span of over 50 years in which Larry has studied abroad in Bordeaux, held visiting research positions in Paris, Lyon and Toulouse, and received other invitations in France. He is also known for hosting many French visitors in Berkeley. Along with his French colleague, Clément Sanchez of the Collège de France, Larry has served as Director of the France-Berkeley Fund since 2010. More information is available here. Congratulations, Larry!

Lin colloquium

April 5, 2021

The 2020-2021 colloquium series continues on Monday, April 12, with a talk by our very own Susan Lin, held via Zoom from 3:10-5pm. The talk is entitled "Looking inward: reflections on the role of articulatory research," and the abstract is as follows:

Many of the oldest and most fundamental works in the history of the field of phonetics were articulatory studies. Yet at present, articulatory phonetics accounts for a relatively small fraction of the research published in the most influential phonetics journals. We are in a time when the field is, rightly, reviewing the scientific rigor, ethical standards, and public safety of its research methodologies. It is therefore reasonable to ask what novel contributions articulatory phonetics research can still make, so as to warrant its continued or even renewed use. In this talk, I share phonetic and phonological insights that have resulted from articulatory research. All of these findings point to evidence at the articulatory level that is otherwise hidden from view; these are insights that could not have otherwise been gleaned from acoustic or perceptual data. Some of these findings were the product of targeted investigations and controlled experimentation, while others were incidental findings from other studies, and as such I also argue for the continued value of basic exploratory articulatory research.