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October 23, 2022

The 2022-2023 colloquium series continues on Monday, November 7, with a talk by our colleague Justin Davidson (UC Berkeley), taking place in Dwinelle 370 and on Zoom (passcode: lxcolloq) from 3:10-5pm. His talk is entitled "Legitimizing non-nativeness: Language contact in Barcelona and the California Bay Area," and the abstract is as follows:

Like many subfields of Linguistics, research and theory from Variationist Sociolinguistics traditionally focused on the speech of monolingual English communities, leading to continued calls to expand the scope to non-Anglo and/or multilingual communities (Bayley and Preston 1996; Bayley, Preston, and Li 2022). A shift, minimally, from an idealized monolingual speaker to a multilingual speaker, would better align linguistic theory with the reality of human experience in that only a minority of people live their entire life with exposure to (and/or use of) exclusively one language. Nevertheless, research on multilinguals and multilingualism begets a series of important questions that inform linguistic theory and the methodologies we incorporate in our research: Who is and who isn't multilingual? At what point does a learner of a second language become a full-fledged speaker of that language? What are the consequences of using native and/or monolingual speaker speech norms as benchmarks for multilingual speech phenomena?

In order to begin answering these and other questions pertaining to multilingualism, in this talk I present findings from a pair of sociophonetic investigations carried out in two Spanish-speaking bilingual communities distinguished, among other factors, by the sociopolitical status of Spanish: Barcelona, Spain and the California Bay Area. In spite of considerable diversity in language dominance, I aim to show, respectively in each community, how variation in the production of the alveolar lateral /l/ or orthographic <b/v> evidences dynamic and full participation in community-wide, sociolinguistically-conditioned speech norms. These findings ultimately support the continued broadening of linguistics research to include a wider range of speakers, and furthermore crucially serve to legitimize the speech of non-native speakers.

October 21, 2022

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October 19, 2022

Congratulations to Andrew Garrett, who has been awarded the 2023 Ken Hale Award from the Linguistic Society of America! Here is the official announcement from the LSA:

The LSA Awards Committee is pleased to announce Andrew Garrett as the 2023 Ken Hale Award Recipient. Through his linguistic and community work documenting languages of Northern California, principally Yurok and Karuk, Andrew Garrett admirably encapsulates the different commitments and achievements of the great Ken Hale. A leading scholar originally trained in historical linguistics and Indo-European, whose honors include the 2015 Best Paper in Language Award (with three co-authors), Garrett has produced produced work on a wide range of linguistic, historical, and cultural issues as well as producing new studies and web-based lexical and grammatical tools useful to language specialists and linguists in general and to the Yurok and Karuk communities. Most recently he is the author of The unnaming of Kroeber Hall: Language, memory, and Indigenous California (MIT Press, to appear in 2023).

The awards ceremony will take place during the annual meeting of the LSA in Denver on January 7, 2023.

Congratulations to Berkeley graduate students Katherine Russell and Gabriella Licata, who received the second and third place prizes, respectively, for this year's LSA Student Abstract Award! Katie's LSA presentation is titled "Variability in Paraguayan Guarani nasal harmony," and Gabriella's is titled "A semiotic analysis of right-wing surveillance of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's communicative repertoire." The official announcement is available here. The awards ceremony will take place during the annual meeting of the LSA in Denver on January 7, 2023.

October 18, 2022

Gašper Beguš and Alan Zhou (Berkeley Speech and Computation lab alum) published a paper titled "Interpreting Intermediate Convolutional Layers of Generative CNNs Trained on Waveforms" in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. The paper is available through Open Access here:

October 14, 2022

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October 13, 2022

Professor Emerita Leanne Hinton will be a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Arizona Linguistics Circle conference (ALC16) at the University of Arizona, Tucson, on October 21-22. In keeping with the conference's theme, "World in Crisis: Linguistics in an ever-changing context," her talk will be titled "From Genocide to Language Revitalization in Native California: Resilience and Reclamation."

Berkeley alumna Professor Rosemary Beam de Azcona (PhD 2004), now at ENAH (National School of Anthropology and History) in Mexico, will also be a keynote speaker, talking on "3000 Years of Crisis and Adaptation: Zapotec in a Changing World."

October 11, 2022

Terry Regier recently gave colloquium presentations at the University of Pennsylvania (September 30) and UC Irvine (October 4).

Congratulations to Yevgeniy Melguy and Keith Johnson, whose article "Perceptual adaptation to novel accent: Phonetic category expansion or category shift?" was published online this week in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Vol. 152, Issue 4). It may be accessed via this link.

October 10, 2022

Zachary O'Hagan, Emanuele Fabiano (Universidade de Coimbra), and Joshua Homan (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) are the recipients of a grant from the Instituto Riva-Agüero (Lima) for their proposed project Historias cautivas: Estudio de las relaciones interétnicas omurano-kandozi en el río Nucuray a partir de la masacre de la comunidad Triunfo (río Urituyacu). The Instituto awards individual and team-based research grants annually to its members. This award is to Fabiano, Homan, and O'Hagan's research group Amazonía indígena contemporánea: Relaciones interétnicas, lenguas e historia, which carried out fieldwork on the Urituyacu River (Peru) in June of this year.

The 2022-2023 colloquium series continues on Monday, October 24, with a talk by Anne Charity Hudley (Stanford) and Christine Mallinson (UMBC), taking place via Zoom (and live-streamed in Dwinelle 370) from 3:10-5pm. Their talk is entitled "Decolonization and inclusion in linguistics: Setting the framework for a liberatory linguistics," and the abstract is as follows:

Colonial oppression is at the heart of linguistics as a discipline because of the expedient material and intellectual wealth that colonialism has provided. Over the last few years, linguists have begun to take the exclusionary, racist and colonial histories seriously in linguistics and in the study of language more broadly. Charity Hudley, Mallinson, and Bucholtz’s (2020) call for racial justice in linguistics challenged current scholars to increase inclusivity while decolonizing the linguistics departments and programs. Several authors responded with their own reckonings with continued colonial and white supremacist practices within the field, all of which were published together a special issue in Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America.

Following the publication of this special issue, Charity Hudley, Mallinson, and Bucholtz presented a call for the development and publication of two volumes on racial justice and inclusion in linguistics: Decolonizing Linguistics and Inclusion in Linguistics (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). In addition, Charity Hudley was invited to co-edit an issue of Dædalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, on the topic of Language and Social Justice.

In this talk, Charity Hudley and Mallinson will present an overview of the three forthcoming volumes and share how this collective work moves us closer to a more liberatory linguistics.

Charity Hudley, A.H., Mallinson, C., & Bucholtz, M. (2020). Toward racial justice in linguistics: Interdisciplinary insights into theorizing race in the discipline and diversifying the profession. Language 96(4), e200-e235. doi:10.1353/lan.2020.0074.
Charity Hudley, A.H., Mallinson, C., & Bucholtz, M. (forthcoming). Decolonizing Linguistics. Oxford University Press.
Charity Hudley, A.H., Mallinson, C., & Bucholtz, M. (forthcoming). Inclusion in Linguistics. Oxford University Press.
Charity Hudley, A.H., & Wolfram, W., guest editors. (forthcoming). Special issue: Language and Social Justice. Dædalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

October 9, 2022

Congratulations to Nik Rolle (PhD 2018), mom Amy, and big brother Jude on the birth of Grace Elisabeth Deverell on October 7.

Nik Rolle and baby girlRolle daughter

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • Larry Hyman and Mwambi Mbûûi (Graduate Theological Union) have archived a new collection of materials related to their ongoing collaborative study of Tiania (Bantu; Kenya). The materials are notable for including drafts of several descriptive pieces co-authored by Prof. Hyman and Mr. Mbûûi in the early months of the project (some already published), alongside recordings of sessions conducted on Zoom, typed notes, and database files. Their collaboration began in the fall 2021 Berkeley undergraduate field methods course, which also included Cynthia Zhong (BA 2022), some of whose notes and recordings are also included here.
  • Madeline Bossi has added 34 new file bundles to her archival collection Kalenjin Field Materials (see items 2019-26.153 through 2019-26.187). The audio recordings of elicitation sessions and texts cover the period from April through August of this year, including in-situ fieldwork in Kenya in June. Speakers represented in the new items are Lydia Chebet Bett, Sharon Chemtai, Ezra Cheruiyot, Linus Kipkoech, Chepkemoi Ronoh, and Kiplangat Yegon.

October 7, 2022

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

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Oct 12 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (password: fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    James Kari (Alaska Fairbanks): "Features of the Lower Tanana Dene Dictionary (to appear in 2023) and Geolinguistic Evidence of Dene/Ahtna Presence at High Water Levels of Glacial Lake Atna."
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday Oct 12 - Dwinelle 370 - 4-5pm
    DE Welcome Back and Info night: Snacks and sharing about the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization; welcoming back DE students, hearing about projects, and encouraging new students to apply.
  • Phorum - Friday Oct 7 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30pm
    Allegra Robertson (UC Berkeley): "Rough around the edges: Representing root-edge laryngeal features in Yánesha’."
  • Phorum - Friday Oct 14 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30pm
    Annual Meeting on Phonology practice talks (Katie Russell, Gašper Beguš, Maksymilian Dąbkowski)
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Oct 7 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Mia Gong (UC Santa Cruz): "A/A' operations at the clausal periphery: Agree, movement, and the interpretation of chains" (work in progress).
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Oct 14 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Caitie Coons (UT Austin): "Toward inclusive linguistic typology: What understudied signed languages contribute."

October 6, 2022

On Tuesday, October 18, from 3 to 4pm, Linguistics graduate students and faculty will be representing the Berkeley Linguistics graduate program at the annual Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair. Please spread the word and encourage prospective graduate applicants to sign up for the admissions fair. It is entirely on Zoom. If you are a current graduate student and interested in taking part, please email Susanne Gahl or Line Mikkelsen.

October 5, 2022

Congratulations to Mingyu Yuan, who has been accepted into the Graduate Designated Emphasis in Cognitive Science!

October 4, 2022

Affiliated faculty member Mairi McLaughlin just had an article published in a special edition of META that brings together articles on "Exploring New Methods in Quantitative Translation Studies." Mairi's article is called "La traductologie de corpus et la traduction journalistique historique," or "Corpus-based translation studies and historical news translation." Congrats, Mairi!

October 3, 2022

The Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2022), taking place at UCLA from October 21 to 23, will feature presentations by the following Berkeley linguists:

Congrats, all!

You are invited to a welcome party and information session for the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization, taking place on Wednesday, October 12, from 4-5pm in Dwinelle 370. For more information, including about the 2022 deadline to apply for the DE, see this flyer.

September 30, 2022

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