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Linguistics events this week (Sep 17-24, 2021)

September 17, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Jack Martin (William & Mary): 85 Years after Haas: Collaborative Documentation of Muskogee (Creek) Oral History.
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 4-5pm
    Language revitalization materials show-and-tell! Bring any language revitalization materials that you've been working on, that you've used in the past, or that you are inspired by. We will have a round-robin-style show-and-tell along with time for discussion. We'll ask everyone to briefly describe their material, what they liked about it, and what they didn't particularly like or would like feedback on.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Jon Rawski (SJSU): Abductive learning of phonotactic constraints.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 24 - Zoom (online only) - 12-1pm
    AMP2021 practice talks
    Katie Russell: Nasal harmony and interactions with lexical strata in Paraguayan Guaraní
    Maksymilian Dąbkowski: Prosody drives Paraguayan Guaraní suffix order
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Discussion of Holliday & Squires 2021. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Amy Rose Deal (UC Berkeley): The logic of agreement: Movement, morphology, and composite probes.

Licata teaches at San Quentin

September 16, 2021

Gabriella Licata (Ph.D. Candidate, Romance Linguistics) and co-instructor Will Schuerman (UCSF - Chang Lab) are teaching a new course this fall at San Quentin  State Prison entitled "Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies" that addresses a variety of themes centered around linguistic discrimination. This course is offered through the accredited associate's degree program through Mount Tamalpais College.

Beguš publishes in Computer Speech & Language

September 16, 2021

Congrats to Gašper Beguš on the publication of his article "Local and non-local dependency learning and emergence of rule-like representations in speech data by deep convolutional generative adversarial networks" in Computer Speech & Language! Click here to download the article (Open Access).

Berkeley linguists @ NELS 52

September 15, 2021

NELS is again remote this year, hosted online by Rutgers on Halloween weekend. The program has just been released, advertising talks by numerous Cal linguists and alumni:

Congrats all!

Kavitskaya and Wandl present at PLM

September 13, 2021

Darya Kavitskaya and Florian Wandl (University of Zurich) will present at the Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) on September 16 in the special session "Phonological diversity matters." The title of the talk is "A rare contrast in Slavic: The palatalization of rhotics." The conference program is available here.

CLA updates

September 12, 2021

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Wesley dos Santos added recordings of 78 texts in Juma and Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau (Tupian; Brazil) to his collection of Kawahiva language materials, principally stories told by Mandei Juma, with some conversations with Aruká Juma and Awip Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau.
  • The California Language Archive hosted a visit by Susan Albright, Heidi Barlese, Nicholas Cortez, and Candace Gonzalez, sponsored by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, to consult archival materials related to Northern Paiute (Numic, Uto-Aztecan; CA, OR, ID, NV). They worked with original notes written by native speaker Gilbert Natchez (c1882-1942) from the 1910s (e.g., here), other papers associated with Walter L. Marsden (1858-1913), recordings by Margaret Wheat (1908-1988), notes and recordings by Sydney Lamb (PhD 1957), and recordings by Michael Nichols (PhD 1974). The group also visited the Bancroft Library.

Linguistics events this week (Sep 10-17, 2021)

September 10, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 15 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Ronald Sprouse (UC Berkeley): Computing needs of Linguistics Department field research.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    David Gaddy (UC Berkeley): Decoding silent speech with electromyography.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Jon Rawski (SJSU): Abductive learning of phonotactic constraints.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Organizational meeting. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 17 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    TBD.
  • Zoom Phonology - Monday Sep 13 - Zoom - 10-11am
    Myke Brinkerhoff (UCSC): Tone and phonation in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

CLA updates

September 6, 2021

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Christine Beier and Lev Michael archived a new collection related to their fieldwork in 2008 and 2010 with rememberers of Aʔɨwa (isolate; Peru) Delia Luisa Andi Macahuachi and María Estrella Clavoy. The collection consists of sound recordings of elicitation sessions, field notes, photographs, and transcriptions in TextGrids. Some file bundles were designed specifically to be referenced in their chapter on the language in Epps and Michael's (forthcoming) Amazonian Languages: An International Handbook.

Linguistics events this week (Sep 3-10, 2021)

September 3, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 8 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3:10-4pm
    Zachary O'Hagan (UC Berkeley): Lessons from the Preservation of the Ashaninka Collection of Gerald Weiss.
  • Phorum - Friday Sep 3 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 12-1pm
    Round robin. Feel free to bring any data you'd like to talk through with the group!
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Friday Sep 10 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Organizational meeting. Please email Ben Papadopoulos for the Zoom link and/or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sep 3 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Erika Mayer (UMass Amherst): Likelihood, Predictability, and the Online Processing of Even.