January 30, 2020

Congrats to Meg Cychosz, first author of another new article just accepted:

Cychosz, M., Erskine, M., Munson, B., & Edwards, J. (to appear). A lexical advantage in four-year-old children's word repetition. Journal of Child Language. [preprint]

January 29, 2020

Zach O'Hagan sends the following update from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • We archived a new collection of sound recordings and transcriptions of Kupang Malay (West Timor), which derive from the spring 2013 undergraduate field methods course (Linguistics 140) taught by Sarah Cutfield, with language consultant Adriana Tunliu. Sarah was a lecturer at the time, having just finished her PhD in 2012 at Monash University (Australia) with a dissertation titled "Demonstratives in Dalabon: A Language of Southwestern Arnhem Land."

Now that 2019 is in the books, congratulations to our 2019 PhD alumni!

January 27, 2020

Amy Rose Deal will be in New York City this week to give an NYU colloquium on Interaction, satisfaction, and the PCC.

January 26, 2020

Gabriella Licata of Romance Linguistics writes to share that her quantitative work on language attitudes towards Genoese and Italian is in the Ligurian news. The article, by Andrea Acqarone of the newspaper Secolo XIX, sums up her results (in Genoese) for a nonlinguistic audience, explaining how gender can condition the way we speak and perceive language.

January 24, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

January 23, 2020

Congrats to Meg Cychosz, first author of a new paper to appear:

Cychosz, M., Romeo, R. R., Soderstrom, M., Scaff, C., Ganek, H., Cristia, A., Casillas, M., de Barbaro, K., Bang, J., Weisleder, A. (to appear). Longform recordings of everyday life: Ethics for best practices. Behavior Research Methods.

Here is a link to the Open Science Framework ethics repository created for the article.

The proceedings of NELS 49 are now in print, featuring a paper each by Schuyler Laparle and Tessa Scott:

  • Laparle, S. 2019. Locative inversion without inversion. In NELS 49: Proceedings of the Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, vol. 2, eds. Maggie Baird & Jonathan Pesetsky, 199-208.   [preprint]
  • Scott, T. 2019. Clitic placement in Mam (Mayan) requires a host requirement. In NELS 49: Proceedings of the Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, vol. 3, eds. Maggie Baird & Jonathan Pesetsky, 117-126. [preprint]

Congrats both!

January 22, 2020

Postdoc Bernat Bardagil has recently learned that he has been awarded a Rubicon grant by the Dutch funding agency NWO for a postdoc at Ghent University with Jóhanna Barðdal. The project is entitled The subject in the Amazon. Grammatical relations in indigenous Amazonian languages. Congrats, Bernat!

January 21, 2020

A new article by Lev Michael and Natalia Chousou‐Polydouri on Computational phylogenetics and the classification of South American languages has just appeared in the journal Language and Linguistics Compass. Congrats Lev and Natalia! 

January 20, 2020

Zach O'Hagan sends the following update from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • In December we published the first Survey Report in five years, Jane and Kenneth Hill's 1473-page magnum opus "Comparative Takic Grammar," which covers a wide range of topics related to this branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family in incredible detail. Jane Hill, born in Berkeley in 1939, received her PhD in anthropology from UCLA in 1966, with a dissertation titled "A Grammar of the Cupeño Language." She went on to become Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona beginning in 1983, retiring in 2009. Sadly, Jane passed away in November 2018, as Ken writes in the preface, shortly after the completion of the first draft of this monograph.

January 17, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

January 16, 2020

The program for the upcoming 38th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics has just been released, promising the following presentations by current department members and alumni:

  • Tessa Scott: Two types of "composite" probes
  • Madeline Bossi: A morphological account of promiscuous agreement and *local > local in Kipsigis
  • Virginia Dawson: Disjunction is not Boolean: novel evidence from Tiwa
  • Nicholas Baier (PhD '18) and Gloria Mellesmoen: Spelling out object agreement in Central Salish
  • Maziar Toosarvandani (PhD '10): TBA (invited talk)

Congrats all!

Congrats to first-year student Alexander Elias, whose paper "Are the Central Flores languages really typologically unusual?" is to appear in a book called Austronesian Undressed: How and Why Languages Become Isolating (eds David Gil and Antoinette Schapper), and whose paper "Kabyle Double Consonants: Long or Strong?" will appear in McGill Working Papers in Linguistics!

Alexander has also recently learned that his MA thesis Lio and the Central Flores languages has been nominated for two prizes, the Leiden University Thesis Prize and the Jan Brouwers Thesis Prize!

January 14, 2020

Congrats to Tessa Scott, whose paper "Two types of Resumptive Pronouns in Swahili" has been accepted for publication in Linguistic Inquiry!

January 13, 2020

Congrats to Zach O'Hagan, whose paper A Phonological Sketch of Omagua, co-authored with Clare Sandy (PhD 2017), has now been published in the International Journal of American Linguistics!

January 12, 2020

Congrats to Isaac Bleaman, whose entry on Yiddish Linguistics has now been published with Oxford Bibliographies!

January 11, 2020

Congrats to Deborah Anderson, whose "Universal Scripts Project" has just received an NEH Preservation and Access grant! The project will support preparation of eight scripts—six historical and two modern—for inclusion in the international Unicode standard, to aid research using materials in historical scripts and to promote communication in minority language communities. This is a part of the larger Script Encoding Initiative.

Larry Hyman writes to share the news that his 2019 edited volume Phonological Typology (Hyman & Plank, eds.),  along with his 2018 edited volume The Conjoint/Disjoint Alternation in Bantu (van der Wal & Hyman, eds.), is now available in paperback!

Zach O'Hagan sends the following set of updates from the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages:

  • Amalia Skilton (PhD 2019) added 46 new file bundles to one of her three extant collections on Ticuna (isolate; Brazil, Colombia, Peru), based on her 2019 fieldwork in Cushillococha. These file bundles -- totaling nearly 1TB -- correspond to different (anonymized) children, and typically include daylong audio recordings, as well as audio and video recordings of task-oriented and undirected interactions between children and caregivers.
  • Kenneth Hill has archived a new collection of papers focused on Serrano (Uto-Aztecan; California), including field notes (digitized), sound recordings (digitized), 7 boxes of lexical file slips, and 2 boxes of mingograms. The sound recordings are original reel-to-reel tapes dating from his dissertation fieldwork in 1963 and 1964 with speakers Sarah Martin and Louis Marcus, and include word lists, sentence translation, and 20 texts. There are also short sound recordings of Cahuilla, Nahuatl, Cusco Quechua, and Efik. Ken received his PhD in linguistics from UCLA in 1967, with a dissertation titled "A Grammar of the Serrano Language" supervised by William Bright, the first recipient of the PhD in the modern instantiation of this department (1955). Ken was a visiting assistant professor here in 1964-1965, before moving to Michigan, where he supervised Rich Rhodes' PhD dissertation (1976).