August 26, 2021

Congrats to Zachary O'Hagan, who became an associated member of the Instituto Riva-Agüero in Lima, part of the research group Amazonía indígena contemporánea: Relaciones interétnicas, lenguas e historia with anthropologists Emanuele Fabiano and Joshua Homan.

August 19, 2021

Berkeley linguists have been engaged in many ways over the summer, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We're happy to share the stories that were submitted to Calques during its summer hiatus:

  • Isaac Bleaman received faculty fellowships from the Hellman Fellows Fund and the Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowships program. The title of his project is "Documenting the linguistic diversity of Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors," and funds will support a postdoctoral researcher during 2021-2022. He also gave a public lecture (in Yiddish) at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research titled "Standardization in contemporary Yiddish: Case studies from Hasidic Jews and Yiddishists." A recording is available here.
  • Maksymilian Dąbkowski gave a talk titled "A'ingae syntax conditions the representation of glottalization" at the 28th Manchester Phonology Meeting; gave a lightning talk (presented a poster) titled "Complex left periphery in A'ingae" at the 25th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas; presented an asynchronous poster titled "Morphological domains and idiosyncrasies in A'ingae stress" at the phonological symposium of Amazônicas VIII; presented a poster co-authored with Roman Feiman titled "Evidence of accurate logical reasoning in online sentence comprehension" at the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology; and published an article titled "A'ingae (Ecuador and Colombia) ― Language snapshot" in the journal Language Documentation and Description 20.
  • Justin Davidson was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • This summer, through the magic of Zoom, Amy Rose Deal shared work on Agree(ment) in three continents without leaving Berkeley -- a mini-course at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a tutorial (slides) at the McGill/UBC Move/Agree Forum (alongside a great talk on Agree by Tessa Scott), and an invited talk titled Without uninterpretability at the Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar.
  • Karee Garvin, Katherine Russell, and Hannah Sande will present at the 5th American International Morphology Meeting, August 26-29. Their talk is entitled "There is no unified generative analysis of STAMP morphs."
  • Jorge Hankamer (UCSC) and Line Mikkelsen are co-authors of a new article, "CP complements to D," published in Linguistic Inquiry. Read it here!
  • In collaboration with Ivoirian linguistics student Timothée Kouadio, Katherine Russell and Rebecca Jarvis have begun remote fieldwork on the Ebrié language, a highly understudied Kwa language of Côte d'Ivoire. They hope to travel to Côte d'Ivoire to work with the Ebrié community in person in the future.
  • Myriam Lapierre's article "A phonological analysis of Panãra" has been accepted for publication at the International Journal of American Linguistics.
  • Gabriella Licata (Romance Languages and Literatures) passed her QEs in May and had a paper accepted for publication at the Journal of Language and Discrimination entitled, "Sorry, not sorry. A critical and pragmatic analysis of Ted Yoho’s non-apology." She also had a Teacher's Perspective published in the L2 Journal, "A Raciolinguistic Perspective on the Structure of Language Programs and Departments," which will be presented at the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium in September.
  • Julia Nee has spent the summer working for the Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership at the Berkeley Haas school of business, where she's developing guidance for tech companies looking to use more inclusive language, particularly as they develop AI tools. Some of these resources will be publicly launched at an event in October, so stay tuned for more!
  • Zachary O'Hagan spent time with linguist friends in San Diego, Hollister, Vic (Catalonia), and Berlin, where he was part of a widely acclaimed remake of Nimoy's (1987) Three Men and a Baby with two Berkeley alumni. In addition to managing the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, Zach reviewed two articles; co-organized the general session at AMAZONICAS VIII, presenting on Caquinte voice alternations at AMAZONICAS VIII (slides); published an academic obituary of anthropologist Gerald Weiss (Spanish version in press; English pre-print here); and participated in biweekly Salinan (isolate; California) language meetings. He spent time in the Bancroft Library creating new metadata for the Margaret Langdon [PhD 1966] Papers as part of the Survey's current NEH grant related to Yuman and Uto-Aztecan languages, and traveled to Carmichael and Reno to retrieve archival materials from anthropologist Allen Johnson (UCLA) and linguist Heather Hardy (UNR) related to Matsigenka (Arawak; Peru) and Tolkapaya Yavapai (Yuman; Arizona), respectively. He also received a grant from the Endangered Language Fund for a project titled "Documenting Omurano through Urarina Oral Narrative."
  • Miriam R. L. Petruck (PhD 1986) is a co-author, together with Michael Ellsworth and Collin F. Baker, of "FrameNet and Linguistic Typology," appearing in Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Computational Typology and Multilingual NLP, pages 61–66, June 10, 2021, Association for Computational Linguistics. She and Kyoko Ohara also organized a panel at the International Pragmatics Association (Winterthur, Switzerland & online, June 27- July 2, 2021), entitled "Interactional Frames and Language Resource Development." The two also contributed a paper to that panel entitled, "Interactional Frames in a Literary Work: Multiple Levels of Interaction."
  • A paper by Hannah Sande and Taylor Miller (SUNY Oswego) was published in Languages in May:
  • Tessa Scott visited the highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala this summer to immersively learn Mam language and culture. Her research with co-author Henry Sales titled "The spell out of Mam subject enclitics" was accepted to be presented at Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics VI (FAMLi 6) in Chiapas, Mexico this November. Their Mam language and culture classes at Laney College start Aug 28th for the Fall semester; it will be their 6th time teaching Mam together.
  • Noah Usman presented the results of a remote speech study of Majhi Panjabi speakers at the 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, under the title "Voicing Contrasts and Prosody in Majhi Panjabi," supervised by Keith Johnson and Emily Remirez. He also published the op-ed The Official Language: A Case for Structural Reform in the Summer 2021 issue of U-Lingua, the Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (p.16). Since May, Usman has also served as Project Lead for the Jewish Languages Documentation and Revitalization Project at Wikitongues, and published the following articles for the American Pakistan Foundation based on the sociolinguistic issues involved: We Can't Take Urdu for Granted, and Linguistic Diversity in Pakistan.
  • What If Babel Was Just a Myth?, a new film by Sandrine Loncke featuring Florian Lionnet (PhD 2016) and the Láàl-speaking community in Southern Chad, has been released. A trailer is available to watch here.

Congrats, all!

August 16, 2021

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

  • Madeline Bossi archived a new collection related to her work on Kipsigis and Tugen (Southern Nilotic; Kenya) with speakers Linus Kipkoech and Robert Langat (Kipsigis) and Nicholas Kipchumba Koech (Tugen). A major portion of the collection consists of video recordings of elicitation sessions conducted on Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • José Armando Fernández Guerrero archived a new collection of recordings, transcriptions, and translations of stories in the Ja'a variety of Kumiay (Yuman; Mexico, US) told by Yolana Meza Calles (some on Zoom). The stories were published as Ja'a Kumiay: Jwañow Tipey Aam in the Survey's Publications in Language Maintenance and Reclamation, together with a coloring book, Tipey Aam Awilk Tañorj.
  • Susan Steele archived a new collection of sound recordings of Luiseño (Uto-Aztecan; California) and Ichishkíin (Sahaptian; Pacific Northwest), together with over 2200 pages of field notes of Luiseño spanning the 1970s to '90s. Speakers Villiana Hyde (1903-1994, Luiseño) and Hazel Miller (c1917-1989, Ichishkíin) are featured.
  • We released a new collection related to the 2017-2018 field methods course taught by Lev Michael on the San Juan Atitán variety of Mam, with speaker Henry Sales. (See here for a summary of the department's field methods classes since its inception.)
  • Justin Spence (PhD 2013) added 185 new file bundles to the collection Materials of the Hupa Language Documentation Project (see 427-599, 1416-1429). The materials stem from a longtime collaboration with speaker Verdena Parker and others, and include sound recordings of elicitation sessions, (re-)transcription and translation of texts (many of them told by others and/or archived previously), discussions of cultural topics, and more.
  • Larry Hyman and Florian Lionnet (PhD 2016) archived a new collection of recordings, field notes, and a draft lexicon of Teke (Bantu; Congo, Gabon) from their work in 2016 and 2018 with speaker Christophère Ngolele.
  • Hannah Pritchett (MA 2009) archived a small new collection of recordings and photographs from an exploratory field trip in 2009 to work with speakers of Koho (Austroasiatic; Vietnam) and Chru (Austronesian; Vietnam).
  • We digitized papers from a graduate seminar that Leanne Hinton taught on Aikanã (isolate; Brazil) in fall 1992 (here and here). The course was based on the documentary materials collected by Harvey Carlson (1954-1994, BA 1985), who received a President's Undergraduate Fellowship to do fieldwork in Brazil in 1984, facilitated by visiting professor Aryon Rodrigues (1925-2014), who had taught a course on South American indigenous languages in winter 1983.
  • We digitized more of Series 1 and Series 2 of the Laura Buszard-Welcher Papers on the Potawatomi Language (Series 1: here and here; Series 2: here, here, here, and here), consisting of Buszard-Welcher's (PhD 2003) notes and Charles Hockett's transcriptions of Potawatomi (Algonquian; Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario) stories from the 1930s and '40s.
  • We digitized three volumes of papers on indigenous languages of the Americas written at Harvard and collected by Karl Teeter (1929-2007, PhD 1962) during his early years there (here, here, and here). Authors include Berkeley linguists such as Robin Lakoff and Alan Timberlake, among others such as Ives Goddard and the late Michael Silverstein (1945-2020).

August 15, 2021

An article featuring Zachary O'Hagan and the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages appeared in Berkeley News in late May 2021, just after Calques went on summer break. Click here to read it!

May 20, 2021

The 10th World Congress of African Linguistics, hosted by Leiden University and taking place from June 7 to 12, 2021, will feature the following presentations by Berkeley linguists:

  • Karee Garvin, Katherine Russell, and Hannah Sande: "A typological survey of STAMP morphology in the Macro-Sudan Belt"
  • Katherine Russell and Hannah Sande: "The interaction of tone, segmental auxiliaries, and word order in Guébie TAMP morphology"

Congrats, all!

May 18, 2021

The 14th annual conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM14), hosted by the University of Vilnius and taking place online from June 23 to 26, 2021, will feature the following presentations by Berkeley linguists:

Congrats, all!

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

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

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!

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:

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!