News

May 14, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

May 13, 2021

The 25th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 25), hosted by Sogang University and taking place online from May 28 to 30, 2021, will feature presentations by the following Berkeley linguists:

May 12, 2021

Congratulations to Karee Garvin who has just accepted a post-doctoral research position with Katie Franich at the University of Delaware, starting in January 2022!

The Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization invites applications for a new grant program that offers up to $250 to cover the cost of developing language materials for revitalization efforts. Grants will be awarded three times a year. The program is reimbursement-based; grantees must provide receipts and documentation for expenses up to the award amount.

This new grant program is open to all Berkeley students (undergraduate and graduate) who are working in language revitalization and seek reimbursement-based support up to $250 for teaching and other revitalization materials, with priority for funding to members of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Examples of eligible costs include photocopies, flashcards, art materials, books, games, digital tools, and other items used in language activities.

Funds can be requested for expenses from Jan. 2020 onward. Applications are due on May 21, 2021 for this first round.

Questions can be directed to Beth Piatote at piatote@berkeley.edu.

May 11, 2021

Maksymilian Dąbkowski will be giving a talk at the 28th Manchester Phonology Meeting on "A'ingae syntax conditions the representation of glottalization." The program schedule is available here.

Congratulations to Aurora Martinez Kane, who has received the 2021-2022 Mentored Research Award from the Graduate Division! More information on the fellowship is available here. Her research mentor on the award is Isaac Bleaman.

May 10, 2021

The 41st Annual Siouan & Caddoan Languages Conference, which is organized by Edwin Ko, will be taking place virtually via Zoom from May 20th to May 23rd. The conference program is available on the website. Please email Edwin Ko for the Zoom invitation link if you are interested in attending.

The Linguistic Society of America has just announced the following news related to Geoffrey Nunberg, who passed away last year:

The LSA is honored to be the recipient of a major bequest from the estate of the late LSA member Geoff Nunberg (1945-2020). The bequest was made to the LSA's General Fund, and will be used to support the basic mission of the Society: to advance the scientific study of language and its applications. We thank him for his generosity in remembering the LSA in his estate planning.

Geoff first joined the LSA in 1970, eventually becoming a Life Member. He was the recipient of the LSA's Linguistics, Language and the Public Award in 2001, and an annual contributor to the LSA's Leadership Circle donor program.

Geoff was an adjunct full professor in the School of Information at the University of California Berkeley. Until 2001, he was a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, working on the development of linguistic technologies. He also taught at UCLA, the University of Rome, and the University of Naples.

Learn more about the LSA's planned giving program here: https://www.linguisticsociety.org/donate/planned-giving

Read the In Memoriam notice published by the LSA last year.

May 9, 2021

Here's the latest from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • We have updated our Languages of California page(s), thanks to the efforts over the course of this semester of Allegra Robertson, who is finishing a semester as Graduate Student Researcher in the archive. In this role Allegra has been instrumental in cataloguing and making publicly available collections related to Kawaiisu (Uto-Aztecan; California), Kiliwa (Yuman; Baja California), Lulamogi (Bantu; Uganda), Sereer (Senegambian; Senegal, The Gambia), and Tswefap (Grassfields; Cameroon), and in preparing other forthcoming collections related to Abo (Bantu; Cameroon) and Totela (Bantu; Zambia, Namibia).
  • On Monday and Tuesday of this week, 10 boxes of papers related to Gerald Weiss's study of Ashaninka (Arawak; Peru, Brazil) language and culture arrived at the Survey, in addition to some 75 tape recordings spanning the early 1960s to 1980 brought back by Zachary O'Hagan from Boca Raton last week. In addition to field diaries and lexical file slips, the papers include everything from notes on cosmology to transcriptions of recordings to detailed identification of biological specimens, alongside some 5000 slides and photographs. Here is an example of the good quality of one of the tapes, a song sung by an Ashaninka woman named Rosa circa 1963.

May 6, 2021

On Tuesday, May 4, this year's Linguistics Research Apprentice Program wrapped up with a Zoom meeting where mentors and apprentices spoke about the projects.

This year's cohort includes 7 graduate mentors with 8 projects: Wesley dos Santos, Emily Drummond, Raksit Lau-Preechathammarach, Schuyler Laparle, Ben Papadopoulos, Tessa Scott, and Eric Wilbanks. There were 29 undergraduate Apprentices: Kabini Achrekar, Margaret Asperheim, Cooper Bedin, Miranda Cheung, Char Juin Chin, Jesus Eduardo Durante, Julie Duran, Chandler Fliege, Kat Huynh, Matthew Ji, Samba Kane, Anjali Kantharuban, Jenkin Leung, Molly Pinder, Sophia Stremel, Nina Sirna, Lauren Szeto, Chelsea Tang, Tran, Melody, Xingyue Tu, Jay Eduardo Urbano Gonzales, Stacey Vu, Irene Yi, Crystal Wang, and Ivori White. Irene appears to be the winner of the "apprentice on most projects" prize, and Sophia gets the "longest work on one project" prize. A meeting screenshot is below and more information about the projects can be found here.

LRAP 2020-2021

May 5, 2021

Congrats to Ana Lívia Agostinho and Larry Hyman on the publication of their article "Word Prosody in Lung’Ie: One System or Two?" in Probus! The article has just appeared online.

Congrats to Isaac Bleaman and Dan Duncan (Newcastle University) on the publication of their article "The Gettysburg Corpus: Testing the proposition that all tense /æ/s are created equal" in American Speech. Read it here!

May 3, 2021

A number of Berkeley linguists will be presenting at Amazônicas VIII, taking place online from May 31 to June 4. The full program is available here.

Congrats, all!

Alejandro Granados Vargas (BA 2013) was admitted into the PhD program in Education, with an emphasis on Human Development in Context, at UC Irvine. His research area will be in bilingual language development in language impaired children. Congratulations, Alejandro!

April 30, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

April 29, 2021

The Linguistics Department Honors Colloquium will take place on Monday, May 3, from 3 to 5 PM. The Zoom access code is 966 0052 6874.

The following students will present:

Teela Huff
Thesis title: LAMA: A Simple Tool for Sharing Audio-Linked Lexical Data
Prof. Lev Michael (Faculty Advisor)
Prof. Larry Hyman (Reader)

Sophia Stremel
Thesis title: The Syntax of English Parentheticals: An Adjunction Analysis
Prof. Line Mikkelsen (Faculty Advisor)
Prof. Peter Jenks (Reader)

Stacey Vu
Thesis title: The Phonetics of Iquito Tone
Prof. Lev Michael (Faculty Advisor)
Prof. Chris Beier (Reader)

Irene Yi
Thesis title: "Sometimes I’ll start a sentence in Mandarin 然后用中文完成": Towards Sociolinguistically-Aware Computational Models of Codeswitching Using Classification and Regression Trees (CART)
Prof. Gasper Begus and Prof. Isaac Bleaman (Faculty Co-Advisors)

Kevin Yu
Thesis title: Pragmatic Influences on Argument Word Order in Karuk Narrative Texts
Prof. Line Mikkelsen (Faculty Advisor)
Prof. Eve Sweetser and Prof. Isaac Bleaman (Readers)

Format: Each student will have 15 minutes to present and 5 for questions.

April 28, 2021

Isaac Bleaman will be giving an invited research talk (in English) and leading a workshop (in Yiddish) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 2-3, as part of a graduate research seminar on "The Yiddish Object." The title of his lecture is The Yiddish sentence: Social meaning reflected in grammatical variation and it is open to the public. The title of his workshop is Borokhovs yidishe filologye un di legitimkayt fun der yidisher shprakh 'Borokhov's Yiddish philology and the legitimacy of the Yiddish language.'

April 27, 2021

This Saturday at LSRL 51 (Linguistic Symposium of Romance Languages), Mairi McLaughlin (French) and Justin Davidson (Spanish and Portuguese) will be presenting a joint paper entitled "Translator style as a sociolinguistic variable: Variation in news translation from English to Romance."

April 26, 2021

Supplementing last week's list of updates from our graduating seniors, we've received the following news:

  • Cecelia Di Mino, who graduated in December 2019, will be starting an Ed.M. this fall at the Harvard School of Education, studying 'Human Development and Education.'

April 25, 2021

Here's the latest from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • Zachary O'Hagan is in Boca Raton, Florida (April 29-May 3) to inventory and retrieve portions of a large linguistic and ethnographic archival collection deriving from the fieldwork of anthropologist Gerald Weiss (1932-2021), who worked in Ashaninka (Arawak; Peru) communities beginning in 1961.
  • Uriel Weinreich's (1966) lecture Current Questions in Semantic Theory, delivered at Berkeley the year before his death, is now available as part of the ongoing digitization of the Linguistics Lecture collection. The collection consists of over 140 lectures given primarily as part of departmental colloquia between 1960 and 1985.
  • We released a new collection of materials on Sereer (Senegambian; Senegal, The Gambia), from the 2012-2013 graduate field methods course. The consultant was Malick Loum, the instructor was Peter Jenks, and students were Nico Baier, Kayla Begay, Oana David, Erin Donnelly, Matthew Faytak, Jevon Heath, Jack Merrill, Kelsey Neely, Melanie Redeye, and Vivian Wauters.
  • We released a new collection of materials on Shanenawa (Panoan; Brazil), from Prof. Gláucia Vieira Cândido's research with speakers Maria Iraci Brandão and Militão Brandão. Wesley dos Santos, who was Prof. Cândido's student at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, facilitated the delivery of tapes, slides, and negatives for digitization in 2019.