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January 15, 2023

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Toward the end of December, we released our first newsletter! If you are on the ling-dept email list, you received it, but consider subscribing individually.
  • We digitized an important VHS recording of Milton "Bun" Lucas telling stories in Kashaya (Pomoan; CA) in 1993. Mr. Lucas was also the language consultant for the 1989-1990 graduate field methods course.
  • We accessioned the John H. Davis Collection of Materials on the Sliammon Language, currently consisting of 1,369 pages of original field notes on ʔayajuθəm, also known as Mainland Comox (Salishan; WA, British Columbia). The notes were donated by linguist John Davis in November, and feature work with speakers Mary George, Noel George Harry, and Tommy Paul, among many others. In the future, we will digitize reel-to-reel tapes, combine them with those already in the John H. Davis Collection of Sliammon Sound Recordings, and merge them into this collection.
  • We accessioned the Heather Hardy Collection of Tolkapaya Yavapai Language Materials, consisting of field notes, dissertation notes, and lexical file slips related to this Yuman language of Arizona. The materials were donated by Heather Hardy in August 2021, and feature work with speaker Molly Fasthorse. In the future, we will digitize cassette tapes, and add them as another series to this collection. Prof. Hardy began working with Mrs. Fasthorse as part of a UCLA graduate field methods course in the mid-1970s.
  • We accessioned three collections related to Berkeley field methods courses taught by Richard Rhodes from the late 1980s:

January 13, 2023

In and around the Department of Linguistics in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Jan 18 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Melissa Gomes (UC Davis): "Konkani in America: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Heritage Language Maintenance."
  • Phorum - Friday Jan 20 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30pm
    Sarang Jeong (Stanford): "The relation between perception and production in an ongoing sound change: A pilot experiment on the younger group's perception of Korean three-way stop contrast."
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Jan 20 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Line Mikkelsen (UC Berkeley): "Hyperraising to object in Kalaallisut."

January 11, 2023

Congratulations to Schuyler Laparle, who recently filed her doctoral dissertation:

"The shape of discourse: How gesture structures conversation"
Committee: Eve Sweetser (co-chair), Line Mikkelsen (co-chair), Elise Stickles, Dor Abrahamson

Dr. Laparle will be taking up a faculty position at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Congratulations to Raksit Tyler Lau-Preechathammarach, who recently filed his doctoral dissertation:

"From Voice Quality to Tone: Multilingualism in Northeast Thailand and Shifting Cue Weights"
Committee: Susan Lin (co-chair), Andrew Garrett (co-chair), Justin Davidson

Congratulations to Yevgeniy Melguy, who recently filed his doctoral dissertation:

"Perceptual learning for speech: Mechanisms of phonetic adaptation to an unfamiliar accent"
Committee: Keith Johnson (chair), Frederic Theunissen, Terry Regier, Isaac Bleaman

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 53), hosted by the University of Göttingen in Germany from January 12 to 14, features presentations by Berkeley linguists:

  • Shweta Akolkar: "Co-occurring classifiers and plural morpheme in Bishnupriya Manipuri"
  • Emily Drummond: "Syntactic ergativity without inversion: A composite probe analysis of ergative extraction"

January 9, 2023

Congratulations to Amber Galvano and co-authors Nicholas Henriksen and Shayna Greenley on the publication of their article "Sociophonetic Investigation of the Spanish Alveolar Trill /r/ in Two Canonical-Trill Varieties" in the journal Language and Speech.

Hannah Sande will be giving a plenary talk at the OCP (Old World Conference in Phonology) in January. The conference runs January 25-27 and the conference website is here: Her talk is titled "Discontinuous harmony is movement after local phonology."

January 8, 2023

The second workshop for the NSF-funded South American Nasality Project was held in Berkeley December 12-16 at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Eleven participants from nine universities (pictured below) reported on preliminary results from phonetic fieldwork with speakers of ten Amazonian languages, while the project PIs (Faytak, Lapierre, and Michael) led discussions on various aspects of methodology and workflow. Originally slated for December 2020, both fieldwork and the workshop were delayed by two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, so all were enthusiastic to get the project back on track!

2nd South American Nasality Workshop

Physically present (L to R): Lorena Orjuela (UT Austin), Marina Magalhães (Universidade de Brasilia), Jorge Rosés Labrada (University of Alberta), Thiago Chacon (Universidade de Brasilia), Myriam Lapierre (University of Washington), Kelsey Neely (ELDP), Wilson da Silva (University of Arizona), Matt Faytak (SUNY Buffalo), Wesley dos Santos (UC Berkeley); Projected (L to R): Lev Michael (UC Berkeley), Adam Singerman (Syracuse University)

December 20, 2022

December 19, 2022

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • At the beginning of December, CLA manager Zachary O'Hagan returned from Salt Lake City with a car full of 22 boxes of materials related primarily to Kiliwa (Yuman; Mexico), Mandan (Siouan; North Dakota), and Shoshone (Uto-Aztecan; western US), donated by Mauricio Mixco (PhD 1971), Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Utah.
  • We accessioned small collections related to the 2001-2002 field methods course on Leggbo (Cross River; Nigeria) with speaker Imelda Udoh and instructor Larry Hyman (here), and to the 2003-2004 course on Yucatec Maya (Mayan; Mexico, Belize) with speaker Santos Nic and instructor Leanne Hinton (here).
  • We digitized nine of Walter Dyk's (BA 1928) original (1931) notebooks of texts in Washo (isolate; California, Nevada; see catalog items 2014-21.003.016 through 2014-21.003.024). Dyk gave the notebooks to William Jacobsen, Jr. (PhD 1964), in whose collection they appear. Dyk was born in Halberstadt, Germany in 1899. After Berkeley, he received an MA from the University of Chicago under Edward Sapir (1931), and a PhD from Yale University (1933) after Sapir went there, working with the Wishram language of Oregon. The texts are by (at least) Haltie Charlie, Roma James, and Blind Mike.

In and around the Department of Linguistics in the next week:

December 15, 2022

In addition to the practice LSA poster session held last Friday, there will be practice LSA talks on Thursday, December 29, at 2pm on Zoom. For questions, please contact organizers Katie Russell and Maksymilian Dąbkowski.

December 14, 2022

Zachary O'Hagan is in Austin, Texas this week giving a talk titled "Interaction of Causative and Antipassive in Caquinte" at the 14th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology.

December 12, 2022

Congratulations to Wesley dos Santos, whose manuscript "Asymmetries among person indexes in Kawahíva" was accepted for publication at the International Journal of American Linguistics! The manuscript can be read here (requires Berkeley credentials).

December 11, 2022

Lev Michael, Fernando de Carvalho, Thiago Chacon, Konrad Rybka, Andrés Sabogal, Natalia Chousou-Polydouri (PhD Environmental Science 2014), and Gereon Kaiping recently published "Deriving calibrations for Arawakan using archaeological evidence" in Interface Focus.

December 7, 2022

Isaac Bleaman and Chaya Nove will be giving a research talk at the 54th annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, held in Boston, December 18-20. Their talk is titled "The Corpus of Spoken Yiddish in Europe: A new resource for language research and pedagogy," and it is part of a panel on "Jewish Corpus Linguistics and Language Documentation."

December 6, 2022

Katie Russell gave a talk on Monday titled "The development of subject negation marking across Eastern Kru" at the Third AMC Symposium: Change in syntax and phonology: The same or different? in Edinburgh.

Congratulations to Erik Hans Maier, who recently filed his doctoral dissertation:

"A Treebank of the Karuk Language"
Committee: Line Mikkelsen (chair), Peter Jenks, Beth Piatote

December 5, 2022

Congratulations to the Berkeley linguists who will be presenting at the 2023 meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Denver:

  • Isaac L. Bleaman and Georg F.K. Höhn (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen & Humboldt): "Three-way preposition-determiner interactions in Yiddish: A corpus-based investigation"
  • Maksymilian Dąbkowski: "Postlabial raising and paradigmatic leveling in A'ingae: A diachronic study from the field"
  • Wesley dos Santos: "A nominalizer account of =a in Kawahíva (Tupí-Guaraní)"
  • Emily Grabowski and Jennifer Kuo (UCLA): "Comparing k-means and OPTICS clustering algorithms for identifying vowel categories"
  • Ernesto R. Gutiérrez Topete and Jesus Duarte (UCLA): "Perception of acoustic cues of voiced coronal stops by Spanish-English bilinguals"
  • Edwin Ko and John Huelsenbeck: "Internal and external borrowing and their effects on linguistic phylogenies: A simulation study"
  • Gabriella Licata: "A semiotic analysis of right-wing surveillance of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's communicative repertoire"
  • Chaya R. Nove: "Regional distinctions in the length contrast of Central Yiddish vowels"
  • Katherine Russell: "Variability in Paraguayan Guaraní nasal harmony: Interactions with morphosyntax"
  • Myriam Lapierre (Washington; PhD 2021) and Katherine Russell: "Opposite directionality in [+/–F] agreement: The case of Tupí-Guaraní nasal harmony"

Please let us know if any presentations are missing from this list, so that we can update this story on our departmental website.