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April 18, 2024

news article about Peter Jenks on the occasion of his receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award has been published on the Berkeley Letters and Science website.  The public ceremony to celebrate this year's DTA recipients will be on Tuesday April 23, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, in the West Pauley Ballroom in MLK Student Center, followed by an open reception. 

April 12, 2024

Berkeley Prof. (emeritus) William Shiyuan Wang is one of two recipients of the first Yuen Ren Chao Prize in Language Sciences, organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and named in honor of the late Yuen Ren Chao, often regarded as the founder of linguistics in China and also later a founding member of Berkeley's Department of Linguistics.

Maksymilian Dąbkowski's paper "The phonology of A'ingae" has been published in Language and Linguistics Compass 13 (2024) e12512. Abstract:

April 4, 2024

Hannah Sande's chapter "Onomatopoeia in Guébie (Kru)" has been published in a new handbook, Onomatopoeia in the World’s Languages: A Comparative Handbook, edited by Lívia Körtvélyessy and Pavol Štekauer (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2024), pp. 223-235.

March 28, 2024

We're thrilled to announce that Prof. Nicole Holliday will be joining the UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics faculty as of July 1, 2024.

March 21, 2024

Prof. Peter Jenks will receive UC Berkeley's 2024 Distinguished Teaching Award. Given annually to a handful of faculty, this is the highest campus honor in recognition of sustained excellence in teaching.

March 12, 2024

Berkeley alumna Dr. Amalia Skilton (PhD 2019) has accepted a tenure-track position as a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Linguistics & English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Congratulations, Amalia!

February 23, 2024

Maksymilian Dąbkowski and Gašper Beguš have published a new paper, "Complex diachronies of final nasalization in Austronesian and Dakota", in Glossa 9/1 (2024). Abstract:

February 2, 2024

Amy Rose Deal's paper "Interaction, Satisfaction, and the PCC" has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry 55 (2024) 39-94. Abstract:

January 26, 2024

The Canadian Studies Program is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, March 2, 2024, honoring the late David Pentland on the occasion of the posthumous publication of his Proto-Algonquian Dictionary. The speakers will be: Kevin Brousseau, David Costa, Rose-Marie Déchaine & Chris Wolfart, Ives Goddard, Will Oxford, and Richard A. Rhodes. More details may be found here.

January 11, 2024

Hannah Sande and Madeleine Oakley's article "A typological survey of the phonological behavior of implosives: Implications for feature theories" has been published in Phonological Data and Analysis 5 (2023) 1-46. Abstract:

December 20, 2023

Congratulations to Emily Drummond, who has filed her dissertation, Clause structure and ergativity in Nukuoro. Emily is a Language Data Project Manager with IntelliPro in New York and also continues to manage the Nukuoro Documentation Project.

A new chapter, "Karuk", co-authored by Andrew Garrett, Susan Gehr, Erik Hans Maier, Line Mikkelsen, Crystal Richardson, and Clare S.

December 6, 2023

Several Berkeley colleagues and past students took part in the "Theory of Tone" workshop at INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Paris, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. This project is supported by a European Research Council grant (Valentin Vydrin, Principal Investigator). Its goal is to provide a Tonal Density Index for 250 tone languages over the next five years.

December 3, 2023

Andrew Garrett's new book, The Unnaming of Kroeber Hall: Language, Memory, and Indigenous California, has been published by MIT Press. From the publisher's website:

November 30, 2023

Darya Kavitskaya and Alan C. L. Yu (Berkeley PhD 2003) have coedited a new book, The Life Cycle of Language: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press), dedicated to Andrew Garrett and with numerous Berkeley contributors (among others):

November 24, 2023

Larry M. Hyman's co-authored review article (with William R. Leben) "Beauty of construction, richness of expression: Paul Newman and the history of Hausa" has appeared in Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 15 (2023) 433-475. Abstract: