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March 31, 2023

In and around the Department of Linguistics in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Apr 5 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Deborah Anderson (UC Berkeley) with Craig Cornelius (Google) and Kamal Mansour: "Language Preservation and Documentation with Unicode: Character encoding, keyboards and fonts."
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Apr 5 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w lrwg22) - 2:10-3pm (note different time)
    Yan García (CSU Long Beach and Tlahtoltapazolli): "Community Nahuatl Teaching in Los Angeles."
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 7 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30pm
    Marie Tano (Stanford): "Stancetaking and the construction of Black American identities in the United States."
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Monday Apr 3 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 2-3pm
    Lorenzo García-Amaya (Michigan): "Investigating the impact of long-term bilingualism on filled-pause production and fluency patterns in Afrikaans-Spanish bilinguals" (remote talk).
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Apr 7 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Nicoletta Biondo (UC Berkeley): "Bridging theoretical linguistics and cognitive neuroscience: Fine-grained linguistic differences do matter during online language comprehension."

March 28, 2023

Congratulations to Andrew Cheng (PhD 2020) who has accepted a tenure track offer from the University of Hawai'i to start in August 2023! Andrew also has a new paper out in the Journal of Linguistic Geography titled "A comparative study of English vowel shift and vowel space area among Korean Americans in three dialect regions."

March 27, 2023

The 2022-2023 colloquium series concludes on Monday, April 10, with a talk by Laura Kalin (Princeton), taking place in Dwinelle 370 and on Zoom (passcode: lxcolloq) from 3:10-5pm. Her talk is entitled "On the nature of linearization: Insights from infixes and infixation," and the abstract is as follows:

How do abstract syntactic structures come to have a linear order? It is widely assumed in the generative literature that linearization follows the syntax (see, e.g., Chomsky 1995, Nunes 1999, 2004, Moro 2000, Berwick & Chomsky 2011). But, there is no consensus on the precise timing and nature of post-syntactic linearization, with proposals split along the following lines (among many others): (i) is linearization determined entirely by structural relationships?; (ii) does linearization within a word obey the same principles as linearization across words?; and (iii) does linearization of an affixal morpheme with respect to its stem take place prior to or simultaneous with (i.e., as part of) exponence? For some varying proposals, see e.g. Lieber 1992, Noyer 1992, Embick 2010, Arregi and Nevins 2012, Bye and Svenonius 2012, Idsardi and Raimy 2013, Myler 2017, Georgieva et al 2021, Felice 2022, Hewett 2022.

In this talk, I use infixes and infixation as a window into linearization and the post-syntactic component. In very brief, what I will propose is that basic linear order (for all morphemes) is established cyclically, from the bottom of a spelled-out structure upward, interspersed with exponence; at each terminal, linearization properly precedes exponence, and can be influenced by various non-structural factors. In addition, I will argue for one point of re-linearization which is also cyclic, but which takes place after exponent choice. The evidence will include and go beyond the type of case study considered in Kalin 2022.

March 24, 2023

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March 23, 2023

Calques is happy to pass on this message from Gabriella Licata:

The Language as Social Justice Working Group (Berkeley Language Center) is hosting a free virtual conference April 6-7 titled "Visibilizing raciolinguistic ideologies across cultures, languages, and systems." Our keynote speakers are Clara Vaz Bauler (Adelphi University) and Ian Cushing (Edge Hill University). You can see program information and register here on our conference site.

The 41st meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) will take place May 5-7, 2023, at UC Santa Cruz and features work by a number of Berkeley linguists!

  • Madeline Bossi: "Two types of 'say'-complementation in Kipsigis"
  • Amy Rose Deal & Justin Royer: "Mayan animacy hierarchy effects: A dynamic interaction approach"
  • Amber Galvano: "A Q- and Exemplar-Theoretic approach to cross-dialect Spanish <st> production"
  • Shweta Akolkar, Sansan Claude Hien, Kang Franco Liu: "Nominal licensing without T: Switch reference and wh/focus fronting in Lobi"
  • Rebecca Jarvis: "Subject movement in Atchan relative clauses: A two-probe, mixed A/A'-account"

The full program is available here.

March 22, 2023

This past weekend, several Glottal Non-Stops participated in the Oakland Running Festival (running the 10k & half marathon)!

Glottal Non-Stops

March 21, 2023

Isaac Bleaman and Ronald Sprouse have published a tutorial on speaker diarization at the Linguistics Methods Hub. The process allows researchers to automatically generate ELAN or Praat files for audio recordings with speech segments marked off on the appropriate speaker tiers — an important first step in the transcription workflow.

Larry Hyman was honored by Resulam, which promotes ancestral mother tongues, in a 2-1/2 hour Zoom session on Saturday, March 18, organized by the Cameroonian Bamileke community in the diaspora which chose the occasion to thank Larry for his contributions to the Fè'éfè'ê language. Larry's speech in Fè'éfè'ê-Bamileke can be heard here. The full meeting video is posted here. Matt Faytak (Berkeley PhD 2018) also attended and spoke.

Resulam video

Larry spent 6 months in Bafang in 1971 doing his dissertation research when he received a Certificate in Nufi (the Fe'fe' literacy program) and a title of nobility nzɑ᷆ and read a speech in Fe'fe'. The highlight of the Zoom event for Larry was when one of the women present spoke and said that as a little girl she had been at the huge event of several hundred people in the middle of the town when Larry gave his speech.

Resulam video

March 17, 2023

In and around the Department of Linguistics in the next week:

March 14, 2023

Keith Johnson will be a keynote speaker at the 47th Penn Linguistics Conference, taking place March 18-19, with a talk on "Vowels in the Brain."

Congrats to Larry Hyman on the publication of two articles:

Emily Drummond has received a research grant from the Firebird Foundation to document and revitalize Nukuoro oral histories and traditional knowledge. This research will be conducted alongside collaborators Johnny Rudolph and former Berkeley undergraduate Margaret Asperheim (University of Hawaii) and will train several Nukuoro community members to continue the documentation of traditional knowledge.

Congratulations to Yevgeniy Melguy who has just been awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language with Arthur Samuel and Clara Martin.

March 12, 2023

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • We've accessioned a new collection of materials related to the winter-spring 1980 Berkeley graduate field methods course on Lakota (Siouan; US), with consultants Eva (Martin) Brown (1909-1996), previously a consultant for the 1974-1975 course, and Mary (Afraid of Enemy) McDaniel (1917-1992), and instructor Wallace Chafe (1927-2019). Mrs. McDaniel was a granddaughter of Solomon Afraid of Enemy, who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 and survived the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890; she was also the great-granddaughter of the Oglala Sitting Bull (d. 1877). The single notebook in the collection was recovered at an estate sale at the former home of Knud Lambrecht (PhD 1986) in Alameda in 2019!

March 10, 2023

In and around the Department of Linguistics in the next week:

March 9, 2023

Big Give is an online fundraising tradition that began in 2014, giving alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends the chance to come together on one day to support the Berkeley campus community. This year you can show support for the Department of Linguistics, the California Language Archive, and the Society of Linguistics Undergrad Students (SLUgS). Big Give starts at 9 pm on Wednesday, March 8, and continues through 9 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Watch for our emails around that time — you might even be able to help us win extra money in the hourly contests!

On Wednesday, March 15, at 11am PDT, Leanne Hinton will be one of the speakers in an online event in Sweden to present the Swedish translation of her edited book Bringing Our Languages Home. [Flyer] [Press release]

March 8, 2023

Edwin Ko will be speaking (virtually) on the topic of "Migrating and Digitizing Materials" at the Language Vitality Initiative's Language Reclamation Landscapes, an educational series on language reclamation topics by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Administration for Native Americans.

Gašper Beguš will offer a course on "Deep Language Learning: Modeling language from raw speech" at the ESSLLI summer school in Ljubljana, Slovenia (July 31 to August 11, 2023). Click here for the program and here for the course syllabus.