Recent alumnus and current Googler Michael Greenberg (BA '16) writes to share news of Google's recently announced Interpreter Mode feature, on which he was the principle designer. He writes, "The feature is a synthesis of so much I learned at Cal, from cognitive linguistics to phonetics, language learning, and language acquisition." Check out this article about the "potentially world-changing" Intepreter Mode feature to learn more!
January 14, 2019
November 15, 2018
The 2018 annual meeting of The Society of Biblical Literature is taking place this weekend in Denver.
November 1, 2018
A workshop on Multiple Agreement Across Domains is coming up this week in Berlin, hosted by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS). Berkeley linguistics will be represented in three presentations by students and alumni:
- Emily Clem: Switch-reference as multiple agreement with cyclic expansion
- Nico Baier (PhD '18): Multiple anti-agreement in Northern Italian dialects
- Elango Kumaran (BA '18): Non-projection, horizons, satisfaction, and feature exchange in cyclic probing
October 30, 2018
The 50th Algonquian Conference took place last weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, featuring four talks by Berkeley faculty or alumni:
- Rich Rhodes: Morphological transitivity in Ojibwe
- Amy Dahlstrom (PhD '86): A Meskwaki construction in narrative texts: independent pronoun + full NP
- David Costa (PhD '94): Verb negation in Indiana Miami
- Jerome Biedny, Matthew Burner, Andrea Cudworth, & Monica Macaulay (PhD '87): Classifier Medials Across Algonquian: A First Look
Berkeley authors are depicted below!
- Boris Harizanov and Line Mikkelsen, Resumption and Chain Reduction in Danish VP Left Dislocation
- Nicholas Rolle (PhD '18), Output-Output Correspondence via Agreement by Projection
- Hannah Sande (PhD '17) and Peter Jenks, Cophonologies by phase
October 25, 2018
In and around the linguistics department in the next week:
- California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) 11 - Saturday and Sunday Oct 27 and 28 - Dwinelle 370
CUSP will feature semantics and pragmatics talks all day Saturday, as well as Sunday morning, with speakers from across the state!
- Phorum - Monday Oct 29 - Dwinelle 1303 - 12-1pmSarah Bakst and Caroline A. Niziolek (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Self monitoring in L1 and L2: a magnetoencephalography study
- Climate Committee - Monday Oct 29 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4pm and 4-5pm
For everyone, from 3pm to 4pm, we will have a discussion of the 'impostor phenomenon', facilitated by Dr. Amy Honigman from UC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). For graduate students only, from 4pm to 5pm, Dr. Honigman will talk about the mental health and wellness services that are available for grad students and how to access them.
- Fieldwork Forum - Thursday Nov 1 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5:30PM
Catalina Torres (University of Melbourne): TBA
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Nov 2 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
Amy Rose Deal: Clausal complementation vs. “relative embedding”: On knowledge and happiness in Nez Perce
October 17, 2018
This weekend features la tercera conferencia sobre Sistemas de Sonido de Latino América (SSLA3) -- Sound Systems of Latin America III -- at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Berkeley linguistics will be represented in five presentations by students, faculty, and '08 alumni:
- Yuni Kim (PhD '08): “La relación entre ortografía e investigaciones fonológicas: Algunas posibilidades en amuzgo. Can phonological research contribute to Amuzgo orthography development – and vice versa?” [invited talk]
- Myriam Lapierre and Lev Michael: “Nasal harmony in Tupí-Guaraní: A comparative synthesis”
- Christian DiCanio (PhD '08) and Richard Hatcher: “Does Itunyoso Triqui have intonation?”
- Gabriela Caballero (PhD '08): “Direccionalidad y localidad en el condicionamiento de alomorfos en Tarahumara Central”
- Myriam Lapierre (University of California, Berkeley): “Word-initial [I] epenthesis in Panará: A prosodic analysis”
October 11, 2018
Calques has received some great photos from last weekend's NELS/AMP double-header!
Tessa Scott with her NELS poster
Schuyler Laparle with her NELS poster
Nicholas Rolle (PhD '18) presenting his poster (joint work with Larry Hyman)
Berkeley phonologists at AMP: Gabriela Caballero (PhD '08), Alan Yu (PhD '03), Andrew Shibata (BA '17), Hannah Sande (PhD '17), Nicholas Rolle (PhD '18), Jesse Zymet
October 3, 2018
The program for this year's LSA annual meeting has been released, and Berkeley linguistics will be represented in 14 talks and posters (plus an organized session) by students, faculty, and very recent alumni:
- Kenneth Baclawski Jr.: Optional wh-movement is discourse-connected movement in Eastern Cham
- Amalia Skilton and David Peeters (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics): Speaker and addressee in spatial deixis: new experimental evidence
- Zachary O'Hagan: Two Sorts of Contrastive Topic in Caquinte
- Emily Clem and Virginia Dawson: Feature sharing and functional heads in concord
- Noga Zaslavsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Karee Garvin, Charles Kemp (University of Melbourne), Naftali Tishby (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and Terry Regier: Color-naming evolution and efficiency: The case of Nafaanra
- Susan Lin and Myriam Lapierre: Articulatory patterns in contrasting nasal-stop sequences in Panará
- John Merrill (PhD '18): Polarity rules in Kobiana consonant mutation
- Jesse Zymet: Learning lexical trends together with idiosyncrasy: MaxEnt versus the mixed logit
- Andrew Cheng: Style-shifting, Bilingualism, and the Koreatown Accent
- Emily Clem: The cyclic nature of Agree: Maximal projections as probes
- Nicholas Rolle (PhD '18): A cyclic account of a trigger-target asymmetry in concatenative vs. replacive tone
- Virginia Dawson: Disjunction scope can be lexically encoded: Evidence from Tiwa
- Tessa Scott: Cyclic linearization and the conjoint/disjoint alternation in Ndengeleko
- Martha Schwarz, Myriam Lapierre, Karee Garvin, and Sharon Inkelas: Representing Segment Strength: New Applications of Q Theory [in the special session on Inside Segments, organized by Myriam Lapierre, Karee Garvin, Martha Schwarz, Ryan Bennett, and Sharon Inkelas!]
This weekend features two conferences at which Berkeley Linguistics will have a major presence, one each in the east and the west:
- The Annual Meeting on Phonology, at UC San Diego, features work by faculty Larry Hyman and Jesse Zymet, along with alumni Nik Rolle (PhD 2018, now at Princeton), Hannah Sande (PhD 2017, now at Georgetown), Gabriela Caballero (PhD 2008, now at UCSD), Alan Yu (PhD 2003, now at Chicago), and Eugene Buckley (PhD 1992, now at Penn).
- NELS 49, at Cornell, features presentations by graduate students Emily Clem, Schuyler Laparle, and Tessa Scott, along with alum Maziar Toosarvandani (PhD 2010, now at UC Santa Cruz).
Newly published with CSLI is the long-awaited volume Revealing Structure: Papers in Honor of Larry M. Hyman (eds. Eugene Buckley, Thera Crane and Jeff Good)! The book features numerous contributions by alumni, faculty, emeriti, and former visiting scholars, including:
- Jeff Good (Ph.D. 2003), Eugene Buckley (Ph.D. 1992) & Thera Crane (Ph.D. 2011): Revealing Structure in Languages and Grammar
- Jean-Marie Hombert (PhD 1975) and Rebecca Grollemund: Phylogenetic Classification of Grassfields Languages
- Sharon Inkelas: Overexponence and Underexponence in Morphology
- Joyce T. Mathangwane (Ph.D. 1996): On Tones in Chisubiya (Chiikuhane)
- Johanna Nichols: A Direct/Inverse Subsystem in Ingush Deictic Prefixes
- John J. Ohala: The Aerodynamic Voicing Constraint and its Phonological Implications
- Imelda I. Udoh (former visiting scholar): Compounding in Leggbó
- Alan C. L. Yu (Ph.D. 2003): Laryngeal Schizophrenia in Washo Resonants
Congrats, Larry, on the celebratory volume, and congrats to the editors and authors!
The Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21 have just been published, containing four papers by faculty, students, and/or alumni:
- Pranav Anand & Maziar Toosarvandani (Ph.D. 2010)
Unifying the canonical, historical, and play-by-play present. pdf
- Amy Rose Deal & Julia Nee
Bare nouns, number, and definiteness in Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec. pdf
- Peter Jenks, Andrew Koontz-Garboden, & Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso
On the lexical semantics of property concept nouns in Basaá. pdf
- Peter Sutton & Hana Filip (Ph.D 1993)
Restrictions on subkind coercion in object mass nouns. pdf
September 28, 2018
In and around the linguistics department in the next week:
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sept 28- Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
Three NELS practice talks: Emily Clem on Cyclic expansion in Agree: Maximal projections as probes; Schuyler Laparle on Locative inversion without inversion; and Tessa Scott on Anti-clitic host requirement on second position clitic in SJA-Mam
- Phorum - Monday Oct 1 - Dwinelle 1303 - 12-1pm
Florian Lionnet (Princeton): Phonetically grounded gradient faithfulness: the case of conditional feature affixation in Laal
- Fieldwork Forum - Thursday Oct 4 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5:30pm
Saul Schwartz (UC Berkeley): The Afterlife of a Formerly Endangered Language: Producing Chiwere as Cultural Heritage
- SLUgS - Thursday Oct 4 - Dwinelle 1229 - 5-7pm
September 26, 2018
Ian Chen, son of I-Hsuan Chen (PhD '15) and Tim Chen, was born on Sept. 12. Welcome, baby!
September 20, 2018
A group of students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Berkeley linguistics were on hand this Wednesday evening to cheer the Oakland A's to a 10-0 victory over the visiting LA Angels!
September 18, 2018
Alumna Miriam R. L. Petruck (PhD '86) writes to share news of her edited book MetaNet, recently published by John Benjamins. The book contains contributions by Miriam and fellow alumni Karen Sullivan (PhD '07), Elise Stickles (PhD '16), Oana David (PhD '16), Ellen Dodge (PhD '10), and Jisup Hong (PhD '12), along with faculty member Eve Sweetser and emeritus faculty member George Lakoff.
Congrats to alumna Oana David (PhD 2016), who has just taken up a new position as an Analytic Linguist at Google!
September 12, 2018
Taking advantage of the visual possibilities afforded by the new Calques format, we present some recent evidence of Berkeley linguists out and about. Send your photos of linguistics-in-action to Calques!
The Berkeley Crew at LabPhon16: Yao Yao (PhD 2011), Charles Bond Chang (PhD 2010), Grant McGuire (former postdoc), Keith Johnson, Matt Faytak (PhD 2018), Myriam Lapierre, Jeremy Steffman (BA 2016), Hannah Sande (PhD 2017), Alice Shen, Andrew Cheng and Alan Yu (PhD 2003).
September 7, 2018
The annual meeting of Sinn und Bedeutung, taking place this week in Barcelona, features five presentations by Berkeley students, faculty, and very recent alumni:
- Emily Clem: Attributive adjectives in Tswefap: Vague predicates in a language with degrees
- Virginia Dawson and Amy Rose Deal: Third readings by semantic scope lowering: prolepsis in Tiwa
- Amy Rose Deal and Vera Hohaus: Vague predicates, crisp judgments
- Ruyue Agnes Bi (BA '18) and Peter Jenks : Pronouns, radical pro-drop, and ellipsis in Mandarin
- Rachel Rudolph (Berkeley philosophy): A Closer Look at the Perceptual Source in Copy Raising Constructions
Keith Johnson and alumna Sarah Bakst (PhD '17) have a new open access paper out this July (published with financial assistance from the University Library for open access publishing):
Sarah Bakst, and Keith Johnson (2018) Modeling the effect of palate shape on the articulatory-acoustics mapping, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144.