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April 22, 2022

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

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Apr 27 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Samuel Akinbo (UMinnesota): Evaluative and Noun-class in Fungwa.
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Apr 27 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 4-5pm
    Gabriela Pérez Báez (UOregon): Increasing inclusion in academia in support of language.
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 22 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Maksymilian Dąbkowski (UC Berkeley): Two grammars of A'ingae glottalization: A case for Cophonologies by Phase (practice GLOW talk, in lieu of previously scheduled talk).
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 29 - Zoom only - 1-2pm
    Anne Hermes (CNRS/Sorbonne Nouvelle): Patterns of variability in secondary articulation in Tashlhiyt.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Wednesday Apr 27 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Ivy Sichel (UC Santa Cruz) and Uri Mor (UC Berkeley & Ben-Gurion University of the Negev): The Double Standard in Modern Hebrew: The Rise of Modern Vernacular Hebrew in the 1940s and 1950s.
    Please contact Ben Papadopoulos for more information or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Apr 29 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Carlos Cisnernos (UC Berkeley) and Anqi Zhang (Nanjing University): The non-scalar, epistemic nature of polarity sensitive wh-indefinites in Mandarin.
    (Note: the talk that was previously scheduled for 4/22 has been canceled)
  • Zoom Phonology - Friday Apr 29 - Zoom - 9am
    Katherine Russell (UC Berkeley): Variation in two Paraguayan Guaraní nasalization patterns.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

April 20, 2022

Congrats to Maksymilian Dąbkowski, who will be giving a talk titled "Two grammars of A’ingae glottalization: A case for Cophonologies by Phase" at the 45th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Colloquium at Queen Mary University of London on 28 April. The program is available here: https://glowlinguistics.org/45/28-april-day-2-main-colloquium/

April 18, 2022

Johanna Nichols and her Helsinki colleagues have co-authored a new paper in Diachronica. Congrats, Johanna!

Grünthal, Riho, Volker Heyd, Sampsa Holopainen, Juha Janhunen, Olesya Khanina, Matti Miestamo, Johanna Nichols, Janne Saarikivi, and Kaius Sinnemäki. 2022. Drastic demographic events triggered the Uralic spread. Diachronica. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.20038.gru; supplement: https://zenodo.org/record/6345559.

This research was also featured in a press release to Helsingin Sanomat (Finland's main newspaper): https://www.hs.fi/kaupunki/helsinki/art-2000008761777.html

April 15, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

April 14, 2022

Congratulations to Belén Flores, who has been selected for the Social Sciences Distinguished Service Award for 2022! Belén and the other prize winners will be honored at the Annual Social Sciences/Matrix Fest on Thursday, April 28th from 3 to 5 pm (RSVP).

Calques is happy to pass along the following update from Keith Johnson and Sharon Inkelas:

Congratulations to Meg Cychosz (PhD 2020) who has just accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA!

April 13, 2022

Hannah Sande will be giving a colloquium talk at Stanford called "Accounting for discontinuous vowel harmony in Guébie" (based on joint work with Emily Clem and Maks Dąbkowski). The talk will take place on April 26 at noon in the Greenberg room on the Stanford campus.

April 11, 2022

The UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics is celebrating the distinguished career of Professor Richard Rhodes at the Patio of the Faculty Club on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 4 to 6 PM. Congratulations, Rich!

April 8, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Linguistics Department Colloquium - Monday Apr 11 - Zoom and 370 Dwinelle - 3:10-4:30pm
    Zenzi M. Griffin (UT Austin): Talking and timing: Using eye movements to study language production.
  • Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students (SLUgS) - Saturday Apr 9 - Dwinelle 370 and Zoom - 9am-4:30pm
    Come out to the Sixth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium and support undergraduate research! The Symposium schedule can be found here. All are welcome.
  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Apr 13 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Richard Bibbs (UC Santa Cruz): Wewewa Pronominal Marking.
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Apr 13 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 4-5pm
    Jenny Davis (Chickasaw Nation, UIllinois Urbana-Champaign): TBA.
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 8 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Marko Drobnjak (UC Berkeley): Evaluation of testimony: Speech perception vs. witness credibility.
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 15 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Lily Xue Gong (UC Berkeley): Phonemic segmentation of narrative speech in human cerebral cortex.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Wednesday Apr 13 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Practice talks.
    Please contact Ben Papadopoulos for more information or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Apr 8 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Schuyler Laparle (UC Berkeley): By the way, did you know that digression is multimodal?.
  • Zoom Phonology - Friday Apr 15 - Zoom - 9am
    Jamilläh Rodriguez (UNC Chapel Hill): Towards a unifying account of tone lowering in Copala Triqui: A case study of possessive constructions.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

April 6, 2022

The Department of Linguistics is delighted to announce that Prof. Marilyn Vihman has accepted an appointment as a "Research Linguist" with the department. Vihman is one of the world's leading experts on the cross-linguistic study of phonological development in child language acquisition. Her CV lists over 100 publications including her books Phonological Templates in Development (2019) and Phonological Development: The first two years (2014, 2nd ed.). Welcome, Marilyn!

Isaac Bleaman gave a research talk over Zoom for the Language and Linguistics Cluster at the National University of Singapore on Wednesday, April 6 (in Berkeley: Tuesday, April 5). The talk was titled "Language maintenance, prescriptive norms, and community divergence."

April 4, 2022

The 2021-2022 colloquium series continues on Monday, April 11, with a talk by Zenzi M. Griffin (UT Austin), held via Zoom (with an in-person screening in Dwinelle 370) at 3:10pm. The talk is entitled "Talking and timing: Using eye movements to study language production," and the abstract is as follows:

People do not retrieve all of the words they will use in an utterance before beginning to speak. At the same time, they do not appear to blurt out each word as it is prepared. A wealth of experimental and observational data testify to this. But then how do speakers coordinate the preparation and articulation of words over time? In this talk, I will discuss eye-tracking and other experiments from my lab on the time course of language production.

April 1, 2022

It has come to our attention that a group of disgruntled linguists at a rival institution have put together a newsletter of mediocre-sounding linguistics events purportedly taking place here on campus, which conflict with our own very real events. Please be aware that Calques (a play on "Cal" + calques) does not endorse this other newsletter, published under the name "False Friends of UC Berkeley Linguistics." We will be issuing a cease and desist.

- Isaac Bleaman, Calques editor

(Happy April Fools' Day.)

In and around the linguistics department in the next week(+):

  • Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students (SLUgS) - Saturday Apr 9 - Dwinelle 370 and Zoom - 9am-4:30pm
    Come out to the Sixth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium and support undergraduate research! The Symposium schedule can be found here. All are welcome.
  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Apr 6 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Pamela Munro (UCLA): TBA.
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 1 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Julianne Kapner (UC Berkeley): The University Next Door: Sound change in an urban Rochester neighborhood.
  • Phorum - Friday Apr 8 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Marko Drobnjak (UC Berkeley): Evaluation of testimony: Speech perception vs. witness credibility.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Apr 1 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Colin Brown (UCLA): Variable interrogative flip in evidential questions.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Apr 8 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Schuyler Laparle (UC Berkeley): By the way, did you know that digression is multimodal?.
  • Zoom Phonology - Friday Apr 1 - Zoom - 9am
    Canaan Breiss (MIT): Token frequency in the grammar: A case study of Japanese Voiced Velar Nasalization.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

March 31, 2022

Gašper Beguš gave two invited talks this week, and a third is coming up on Friday (in-person in Berkeley):

1. At the Harvard School of Engineering (Soft Math Lab): "Approaching unknown communication systems with unsupervised deep neural networks trained on speech." Link to the event description.

2. At École Normale Supérieure (Cognitive Machine Learning Team): "Deep Learning, Language Acquisition, Auditory Brainstem Response, and Phonology"

This Friday's talk:

3. At the UC Berkeley NLP seminar (hybrid): "Cognitive modeling, neural network interpretability, and GANs"
Friday, April 1, from 11-12 Pacific. This talk will be held in-person in South Hall 202.

March 30, 2022

Jasper Talwani (class of 2023) was just selected as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. This grant awards $5,000 for his proposed 8-week summer research project that will describe and analyze valency-changing suffixes in Highland Chontal, a language isolate of Oaxaca, Mexico, including a language revitalization workshop with Chontal collaborators in Santa María Zapotitlán. These funds will go to research expenses including equipment for community auto-documentation projects and the production and printing of pedagogical materials. He will produce his senior thesis on the basis of this collaborative research.

March 27, 2022

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Madeline Bossi has archived 51 new file bundles of recordings and notes from elicitation sessions on Kipsigis (Southern Nilotic; Kenya) with speakers Linus Kipkoech, Victor Mutai, and Kiplangat Yegon. See file bundles 2019-26.102 through 2019-26.152 here. The work dates from June 2021 through March 2022, and the bundles include useful descriptive titles (e.g., "Grammatical elicitation: Converbial phrases and complementation") and descriptions.

March 25, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

March 24, 2022

The Fourth Symposium on Amazonian Languages (SAL 4) will be held at UC Berkeley during the weekend of April 2-3.

All talks will take place in Dwinelle 370. The full program is available here.

More information from the conference organizers, Allegra Robertson and Wesley dos Santos:

What is SAL 4?
The conference consists of 24 talks by scholars working in different subfields of linguistics – from phonetics to typology to semantics – on the following languages: A’ingae, Caquinte, Chamikuro, Enlhet-Enenlhet, Guaraní, Guató, Iskonawa, Iquito, Ka’apor, Kawahíva, Kichwa, Panará, Maropa, Mʉteã, Nadëb, Nheengatu, Secoya, Shiwilu, Siriano, Tuparí, Wari’, and Yanesha’.

Do I need to register?
No! Attendance is open to all, and there is no registration fee. Please feel free to circulate this message.

How can I stay in the loop?
If you are interested in receiving future communications about the conference, please email sympamazlang@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.

March 23, 2022

An article by Gašper Beguš titled "Distinguishing cognitive from historical influences in phonology" has just been published in Language. Click here to read it. Congratulations, Gašper!