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Statement on George Floyd killing

June 13, 2020

The Faculty of the Berkeley Linguistics Department issued a statement on the George Floyd killing.

We the faculty of the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley were appalled by the killing of George Floyd by the police, as well as the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black and brown people before them. We strongly support the protests against police violence, and to enact structural change in policing, and in systems of power and privilege which reinforce systemic racism more generally, including in our own community.

Please see:

Black Lives Matter - Defund the Police(link is external) 

Othering and Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley.(link is external)

Linguistics events this week (June 12-19, 2020)

June 12, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Summer Meeting Group - Wednesday June 17 - Zoom - 2pm
    Anaruth Hernández: Language Revitalization Matters: Exploring the loss of a language.

New web page: Women in Berkeley linguistics

June 11, 2020

In connection with the campus celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the University of California, the linguistics department has made a web page honoring some of the many women who have contributed to our work over the last 120 years:

This may expand or evolve in the coming days and months. The committee that put the page together (Madeline Bossi, Margaret Cychosz, Andrew Garrett, Zachary O'Hagan, Emily Remirez, and Tessa Scott) is very grateful to the many contributors who wrote thoughtfully and shared pictures.

O'Hagan on COVID-19 and language loss in Peru

June 4, 2020

In response to the presumed COVID-19-related death of one of the last speakers of Omagua, Amelia Huanaquiri Tuisima, on May 10 in Iquitos, Peru, Zach O'Hagan was interviewed by freelance journalist Barbara Fraser for a piece in the New Humanitarian (English) about the role of the Catholic church in the local health response and the effects on indigenous people. He was also interviewed by Juan Francisco Ugarte of Salud con Lupa for a series of obituaries -- one for doña Amelia (Spanish) -- that outlet is doing in response to COVID-19. Zach wrote an obituary for Amelia of his own (Spanish & English) and a reflection on the perseverance of Omagua people since 1542 (Spanish).

Hyman Cascardi wedding ceremony

June 3, 2020

On June 2, Leslie Francesca Hyman married Matthew Cascardi, son of Anthony Cascardi, Dean of Arts and Humanities, in an intimate and joyful Zoom ceremony, courtesy of Oakland City Hall. As Larry has been saying all along, "I'm not losing a daughter, I'm gaining a dean!"

Congratulations to the happy couple and their families!

Hyman Cascardi wedding ceremony

Lederer awarded tenure at SFSU

May 23, 2020

Our alum Jenny Lederer (PhD, 2009) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of English Language and Literature at San Francisco State University. Congratulations, Jenny!