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October 19, 2023

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • SSCircle- Friday, Oct 20 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Akshay Aitha(link is external) (University of Chicago): "A Case Study in Nominal-Clausal Parallelism: The View from the Telugu Oblique"
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 20 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: NO MEETING (AMP)
  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday, Oct 25 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3:10-4:30pm: Maks Dąbkowski (UC Berkeley) and Hannah Sande (UC Berkeley): Round-table discussion about incorporating theory into grammatical descriptions, dealing with variation between groups of speakers and between individuals, and deciding on the scope of a grammar
  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 27 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Niko Webster (UC Santa Cruz): TBD
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 27 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Anna Björklund (UC Berkeley): Automated vs Traditional Approaches to Patwin Intonation

     

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Raksit Lau-Preechathammarach (PhD 2022) has accessioned a new collection of materials related to Kuy, Thro, and So Thavung (Austroasiatic), based on work with several dozen speakers in Thailand beginning in 2018. The materials consist mainly of audio recordings of elicitation of lexical items, conversations, and anonymized data from a production study consisting of target words embedded in a carrier sentence.
  • Bernat Bardagil (postdoc 2018-2020) has accessioned a new collection of materials related to Mỹky (isolate; Brazil), based on work with 18 speakers beginning in 2022. (Materials from earlier in their project are archived with the Endangered Languages Archive.) The materials mainly consist of audio and video recordings of stories, songs, and elicitation.
  • We've accessioned a new collection of materials related to the 2022-2023 Berkeley graduate field methods course on Lobi (Gur; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire), with consultant Sansan Claude Hien and instructor Hannah Sande.
  • Hannah Sande and Katherine Russell have added dozens of items to the Guébie Fieldwork Collection (see 2014-15.224 through 2014-15.257), based on remote and in-person work from March 2022 to the present with Abie Esmel Kokolou, Boris Azie, Gnakouri, Juliette Kadja Abalé, Olivier Agodio, and Serikpa Emil.

October 12, 2023

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 13 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Delaney Gomez-Jackson (UC Santa Cruz): "Questions and indefinites in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec"
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 13- Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: AMP 2023 practice talks: Maksymilian Dąbkowski: "Phasal strength in A'ingae classifying subordination", Katie Russell: "Reduplication in Atchan as prosodically conditioned morphological doubling"
  • SLaB - Tuesday, Oct 17 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3:30-4:30pm: SocioStudyHall
  • Language Revitalization Working Group (LRWG) - Wednesday, Oct 18 - Dwinelle 1303 or  Zoom (password: lrwg23) - 3-4pm: Pa Vue (UC Berkeley) "The Affordances and Challenges of Teaching an Endangered Language on Instagram"
  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 20 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Akshay Aitha (University of Chicago): TBD
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 20 - NO MEETING (AMP)

October 11, 2023

A free, virtual "open house" question and answer session on Unicode character and script encoding will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. (Pacific). Come ask two Unicode experts any questions you may have about getting characters into Unicode. (The session will be recorded. It is organized by Debbie Anderson.). For further information (with a list of resources and the speakers), see https://www.unicode.org/events/ Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-GhpzMvHtX4Y_eL0NvwvBUpLVv... If you have questions, please contact Debbie Anderson dwanders@berkeley.edu.

October 5, 2023

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 6 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Yaqing Cao (UC Santa Cruz): "Modals and negations LF-PF (mis)matches in English and Mandarin"
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 6 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Noah Macey (UC Berkeley): "A dynamic neural model of the interaction between social and lexical influences on speech production: The case of retroflex sibilants in Taiwan Mandarin"
  • SLaB- Tuesday, Oct 10 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3:30-4:30pm: NWAV Practice Talks, Part 2. Noah Macey: "A dynamic neural model of the interaction between social and lexical influences on speech production: the case of retroflex sibilants in Taiwan Mandarin", Naitian Zhou: "Artificial accents: assessing phonological variation in voice cloning software", Aurora Martinez Kane: "Social perceptions of Traditional New Mexican Spanish paragoge across communities"
  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Oct 11 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3-4:30pm: Hossep Dolatian (Stony Brook): "Documentation of Iranian Armenian: A pandemic grammar"
  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 13 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Delaney Gomez-Jackson (UC Santa Cruz): "Questions and indefinites in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec"
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 13 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: AMP 2023 practice talks: Maksymilian Dąbkowski: "Phasal strength in A'ingae classifying subordination", Katie Russell: "Reduplication in Atchan as prosodically conditioned morphological doubling"

October 2, 2023

Hannah Sande published an article "Is grammatical tone item-based or process-based?" in Phonologyhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675723000106.

September 28, 2023

Larry Hyman and Hildah Kemunto Nyamwaro have published an open-access article "Grammatical tone mapping in Ekegusii" (a Bantu language of Kenya) in Phonology 39(1), a special issue on Grammatical Tone edited by Nicholas Rolle (Berkeley PhD, 2018), Florian Lionnet (Berkeley PhD 2016) and Laura McPherson: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675723000118

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • SSCircle - Friday, Sep 29 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Emily Clem (UC San Diego) & Amy Rose Deal (UC Berkeley): "Dependent case by Agree: Ergative in Shawi"
  • Phorum - Friday, Sep 29 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Alex Elias (UC Berkeley): "Just because you can doesn’t mean you should: Two analyses of Jao’s phonemic inventory"
  • SLaB - Tuesday, Oct 3 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3:30-4:30pm: NWAV Practice Talks, Part 1. Julianne Kapner, "Ne-omission in Ivorian French celebrity interviews on YouTube"; Riley Van Meter, "Quantifying grammaticalization via translation: The position of Lo Cunto de li Cunti’s Neapolitan on the Romance grammaticalization cline"; Baichen Du, "Visible articulatory variation as a cue to sound change: Lip rounding and lip protrusion variability in the Mandarin sibilant merger"
  • SSCircle - Friday, Oct 6 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Yaqing Cao (UC Santa Cruz): TBD
  • Phorum - Friday, Oct 6 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Noah Macey (UC Berkeley): "A dynamic neural model of the interaction between social and lexical influences on speech production: The case of retroflex sibilants in Taiwan Mandarin"

September 26, 2023

A new volume of papers on language documention edited by Berkeley linguistics faculty members Peter Jenks and Lev Michael includes a paper by

Amber Galvano and several co-authors from the University of Michigan have just published their article "Perceptions of regional origin and social attributes of phonetic variants used in Iberian Spanish" in the Journal of Linguistic Geography.

Congratulations to Glottal Non-Stops superstar Becky Jarvis, who ran the Alameda "5k" (actually ~5.5k) race on Sunday, September 24, 2023 and was the #1 woman (out of 170) and #12 overall (out of all 285 runners).

Gašper Beguš gave an invited colloquium talk on "Modeling Language as a dependency between the latent space and data" at the University of Arizona's Department of Linguistics on September 22, 2023. The abstract can be found here: https://linguistics.arizona.edu/events/modeling-language-dependency-between-latent-space-and-data

September 22, 2023

Wesley dos Santos published a paper on "Asymmetries among Person Indexes in Kawahíva"in the International Journal of American Linguistics. You can find the paper here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/726149?fbclid=IwAR3N6v...

Maksymilian Dabkowski published a paper on "Two grammars of A’ingae glottalization: A case for Cophonologies by Phase" in NLLT. You can read the paper here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11049-023-09574-5.

September 21, 2023

Gašper Beguš gave a virtual invited hall titled Modeling language from raw speech with GANs” at the CHAI: Chat about AI colloquium at the School of Data Science and AI, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Guwahati) on September 13, 2023.

September 20, 2023

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • SSCircle - Friday, Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Tyler Lemon (UC Berkeley) "Low nominative agreement in Uab Meto and its interactions with verbal and nominalizing morphology"
  • Phorum - Friday, Sep 22 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Jonathan Paramore (UC Santa Cruz): "Codas are universally moraic"
  • SLaB - Tuesday, Sep 26 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3:30-4:30pm: Eve Fleisig: "Diagnosing Linguistic Discrimination in Large Language Models: Negative Politeness Strategies in ChatGPT Responses to African-American English."
  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sep 27 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3:10-4:30pm: Chris Beier (UC Berkeley) and Zach O'Hagan (UC Berkeley): Round-table discussion about the logistics of grammar writing, grammar organization, and making grammars useful for different audiences, including the language community
  • SSCircle - Friday, Sep 29 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Emily Clem (UC San Diego) & Amy Rose Deal (UC Berkeley): TBD
  • Phorum - Friday, Sep 29 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Alex Elias (UC Berkeley): "Just because you can doesn’t mean you should: Two analyses of Jao’s phonemic inventory"

Oliver Whitmore presented a paper "Naming a Place for Occitan in the US French Curriculum" at the XIVth Congress of the International Association for Occitan Studies, held at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, Sept 11-15.

Cameron Flynn (cameron_flynn@berkeley.edu) and Oliver Whitmore (whitmore.1@berkeley.edu) are pleased to announce the start of the Romance Studies working group this fall. This group brings together scholars at both the graduate and undergraduate levels — providing a space to share research and explore questions that transcend disciplinary and language boundaries . As such, it's open to those working on any Romance language(s) through any disciplinary lens, including but not limited to linguistics, cultural studies, literature, history, art, politics, and science. The group's first meeting will be Friday, Sept  22, from 3:30-4:30 in 4229 Dwinelle. Please contact Cameron or Oliver to learn more!

September 14, 2023

Gašper Beguš recently appeared on the Stack Overflow Podcast and the STARTS podcast talking about computers and language. You can listen to the podcasts at the following links: https://stackoverflow.blog/2023/09/07/ai-brain-computer-interface-deep-implant-speech/,  https://open.spotify.com/episode/2LQEGSrtoXRBUZVAhINdEI

In and around the linguistics department in the next week: