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Survey updates

March 23, 2020

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

  • Christine Sheil (PhD 2016) archived a new collection of sound recordings of 18 elicitation sessions on Scottish Gaelic (Indo-European; Scotland), stemming from her dissertation fieldwork there in 2013 and 2014.
  • Wilson de Lima Silva (Arizona) archived a new collection on Ticuna (isolate; Brazil, Colombia, Peru), based on fieldwork in the Cidade de Deus neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil during his MA research at the University of Utah in 2004. There are sound recordings of elicitation, reading, and texts, as well as derivative materials like MA coursework and previously published booklets.
  • We archived a new collection of sound recordings and written materials related to Chungli Ao (Ao; India), which derive from the 2008-2009 graduate field methods course (Linguistics 240) co-taught by Alice Gaby and Lev Michael, with language consultant Moa Imchen. The students in the course were Alex Bratkievich, Daniel Bruhn (PhD 2014), Ramón Escamilla (PhD 2012), Lindsey Newbold, Hannah Pritchett, Marilola Pérez (PhD 2015), and Russell Rhodes. Prof. Gaby is now at Monash University in Melbourne. We're grateful to undergraduate student Ellis Miller, who's working as an LRAP apprentice in the Survey this semester, for making the content descriptions for the items in this collection.
  • Steve Parker (Dallas International University & SIL International) archived a new collection of field notes and sound recordings of Panobo/Huariapano (Panoan; Peru). Dating from 1991, these are the only known sound recordings of Panobo in existence, the language being thought to have no more first-language speakers. The consultant was Arquímedes Sinuiri Nunta.

Shen presents at CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing

March 19, 2020

Alice Shen presented a talk at the CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, which was entirely online this year. The title of her talk was "Asymmetric processing costs in the auditory comprehension of Mandarin and English bilingual sentences." You can read more about it here.

Welcome Katherine Hilton

March 6, 2020

Belatedly, welcome Katherine Hilton!

Dr. Katherine Hilton has joined the linguistics department this semester as a temporary lecturer teaching Ling 100 “Introduction to Linguistic Science”.  Dr. Hilton earned her PhD in 2018 from Stanford, and now lives in Berkeley.  Her dissertation was entitled “What does an interruption sound like?” (committee: Rob Podesva, Penny Eckert, and Meghan Sumner), so she might be paying close attention if she hears you interrupt someone.  She has an impressive teaching history at Stanford both as a TA (Phonetics, AAVE, and Language and Society), and as an instructor of record (Intro to Linguistics, Language and Society, and Discourse Structure).

You’ll see her holding busy office hours in Dwinelle 1224.

 Welcome Katherine! 

Breath of Life 2020 issues call for linguistic partners

March 6, 2020

Leanne Hinton writes:

We are seeking graduate students and professors who would like to be linguistic partners for the upcoming Breath of Life Archival Institute for California Indian languages, taking place on the Berkeley campus May 31-June 6. Applications are due on or before Sunday April 5. Find out more at aicls.org, and fill out an application at that site. Questions: contact Leanne Hinton (lhinton@berkeley.edu, 510-219-4842).

Linguistics events this week (March 6-13, 2020)

March 6, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week: