Gasper Beguš' research on Generative AI and whale communication was featured in Science News Explores: https://www.snexplores.org/article/artificial-intelligence-animal-language-technology
September 7, 2023
September 6, 2023
Peter Jenks is giving a talk (via Zoom) at the 4th meeting of the Definiteness across Domains DFG network this Sunday at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The talk is entitled "Anaphoric bare nouns without indices". The program is available here: https://www.definiteness-across-domains.org/4th-meeting/.
Zach O'Hagan sends the following report from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:
- Thanks to Anna Macknick, the CLA website now includes a FAQ page, with a video! The page includes information about using our digital catalog, about our holdings, and about access, among other topics.
- We've digitized 101 cassette tapes of Kwtsaan (Yuman) and added them to the Abraham M. Halpern Collection of Kwtsaan Sound Recordings (see items LA250.073-LA250.160). Made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the tapes primarily feature speakers Howard Allen, Ignatius Cachora, Rosita Carr, Amelia Caster, Henry Collins, John Comet, Jessie Escalanti, Josepha Hartt, and Tom Kelly. To improve the usability of the collection, undergraduate volunteer Naomi Schroeter has added references to associated paper materials in the Margaret Langdon Papers.
- We've accessioned a new collection of sound recordings of Paipai (Yuman; Mexico), made in 1957 by Roger Owen, then a graduate student in anthropology at UCLA, with speaker Loreto González.
- We've accessioned a new collection of materials related to the 1993-1994 Berkeley graduate field methods course on Armenian (Indo-European), with consultant Aleks Göllü and instructor James Matisoff.
- Newly listenable in our Linguistics Lectures collection are William Bright's (PhD 1955) "Plant and Animal Names in Northwestern California" (1964) and Professor Emeritus William Wang's "Phonological Rules and Distinctive Features" (1965) and "Phonological Description and Speech Recognition" (1966). This collection consists mainly of departmental colloquia beginning in 1960, and is being digitized incrementally.
- We've accessioned a new collection of materials related to the 2021 UC San Diego graduate field methods course on Todos Santos Cuchumatán Mam (Mayan), with consultant Angela Ramirez and instructor Emily Clem (PhD 2019).
- We've accessioned a set of small collections of materials related to graduate field methods courses that Margaret Langdon (PhD 1966) taught at UCSD.
- Kumeyaay (1966), consultant Rosalie Robertson
- Kumeyaay (1967), consultant Rosalie Robertson with Fernando Kwaxa as guest
- Kumeyaay (1969), consultant Rosalie Robertson
- Paraguayan Guaraní (1972), consultant Marina dos Santos
- Iñupiaq (1973), consultant Edith Rowray
- Kwtsaan (1975), consultants Christine Emerson, Cynthia Wilson, and others unidentified
- Paraguayan Guaraní (1984), consultant Marina dos Santos
- Kumeyaay (1990), consultant Jane Dumas
September 4, 2023
Darya Kavitskaya published an article with co-author Florian Wandl "On the reconstruction of contrastive secondary palatalization in Common Slavic" in the Journal of Historical Linguistics. Congrats, Dasha!
August 31, 2023
In and around the linguistics department in the next week:
August 30, 2023
Amy Rose Deal has been promoted to Full Professor! Congratulations, Amy Rose!
August 24, 2023
In and around the linguistics department in the next week:
- Phorum - Friday, Aug 25 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Round robin
- Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley (SLAB) - Tuesday, Aug 29 - Dwinelle 5125 - 3:30-4:30pm: Post-summer check-in; snacks provided. Email Julianne Kapner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marguerite Morlan (email@example.com) to be added to the bCourses page.
- Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday, Aug 30 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3-4:30pm: Welcome back summer round robin
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday, Sep 1 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4pm: Round robin
- Phorum - Friday, Sep 1 - Dwinelle 1303 - 4-5pm: Dakota Robinson (UC Berkeley): Sociophonetic variation in Breton rhotics
August 16, 2023
Congratulations to Hannah Sande; who has received a 5-year CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation! The project is entitled Documentation, description, and analysis of multiword tone and harmony systems in four languages.
Congrats to Tessa Scott on her dissertation Pronouns and agreement in San Juan Atitán Mam, filed in May! Tessa has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow with the UC Berkeley Future of Higher Education Postdoctoral Fellowship Program starting in September. She will be working in the office of the Dean of the College of Letters and Science on undergraduate education policy and advising. In this position she will also continue her research and work on Mam.
Berkeley linguists have been very busy this summer! We're happy to share the stories that they submitted to Calques during the summer break:
Congratulations to Edwin Ko who recently filed his dissertation on "Studies in Crow Linguistics". He is beginning a position in Yale's Linguistics Department starting this month.
May 11, 2023
We wrote to our soon-to-be and very recent undergraduate alumni (fall 2022, spring and summer 2023) for updates on their plans after graduation. Here are the stories they shared with us:
- Aishwarya Jayadeep (BA 2023) will be starting an MS in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley this fall.
- Chelsea Tang (BA 2022) will be starting her Ph.D. in Linguistics at MIT this fall.
- Calvin Quick (BA 2023) will be starting the Linguistics PhD program at the University of Toronto in September 2023.
- Cid Bryan (BA 2022) is currently working as a substitute teacher and is getting ready to apply to graduate programs in the near future.
- Dara Gaeuman (BA 2022) will be starting the master's program for clinical Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University in September 2023.
- Cecilia Elena Bachmann (BA 2023) will begin working as the Emerging Adult Workforce and Education Coordinator for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in Los Angeles. She also has plans to apply to graduate school for the fall of 2024.
- Noah Boihem (Linguistics BA, Computer Science BA 2023) will be attending Nuclear Power School to become a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy starting in October 2023. He will be assisting in research at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab until then.
- Corina Chen (BA 2022) will be starting her M.Ed. at Stanford in June 2023 and is looking forward to becoming an English secondary school teacher in the SF Bay Area.
- Gunjan Anand (BA 2023) will be starting her PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the fall.
May 10, 2023
Alexandra Pfiffner will be giving a talk with co-author Nicole Rosen (University of Manitoba) at the 2023 conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association on June 1. She has also been awarded an International Phonetics Association travel grant and a Professional Development Fund grant from Berkeley to sponsor her summer conference travel.
The following Berkeley linguists will be presenting their research at the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), taking place in Prague in August:
- Amber Galvano: "Cross-dialectal comparison of /st/ clusters in Spanish: Implications for sound change"
- Emily Grabowski: "Methodological trends in acoustic phonetic analysis"
- Keith Johnson: "Individual differences in Speech Production: What is 'Phonetic Substance'?"
- Yevgeniy Melguy: "Mechanisms of generalization for phonetic learning of accented speech"
- Alexandra Pfiffner and Julian Martinez-Garcia (BA 2023): "Spirantization of word-final plosives in Standard Dutch"
- Alexandra Pfiffner and Nicole Rosen (University of Manitoba): "Stop voicing in two settler communities on the Canadian Prairies"
May 9, 2023
The following Berkeley linguists will be presenting their research at the 54th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL), taking place June 12-14, 2023, at the University of Connecticut:
- Franco Liu and Shweta Akolkar: "Nominal Licensing without T: Switch Reference and Focus Fronting in Lobi"
- Shweta Akolkar and Franco Liu: "Morphological rɛ́-flex of focus in Lobi"
- Anna Macknick: "STAMP as Asymmetric Negation in Lobi"
- Katherine Russell: "Two types of negation in Guébie"
- Amber Galvano and Sansan Hien: "Quantifying the Lobi vowel space"
- Rebecca Jarvis: "Relative clause derivations and subject displacement in Atchan"
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