News

April 24, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

April 23, 2020

Congrats to Isaac Bleaman, whose article "Implicit standardization in a minority language community: Real-time syntactic change among Hasidic Yiddish writers" has been accepted for publication at Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. The article will appear in the section Language and Computation as part of the research topic in Computational Sociolinguistics. Read the abstract here!

April 17, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday April 22 - Zoom link TBA - 4-5:30pm
    Wesley dos Santos (UC Berkeley): A linguistic survey meets the Kawahiva communities.

April 16, 2020

A new article by Pius W. Akumbu (Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2015-16), Larry M. Hyman, and Roland Kießling entitled "The segmental and tonal structure of verb inflection in Babanki" has just appeared in the online open access journal Phonological Data and Analysis. Congrats!

April 11, 2020

Congrats to Virginia Dawson, whose squib "Outscoping the directive force of imperatives" has been accepted for publication at Linguistic Inquiry!

April 10, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

April 9, 2020

Congratulations to Allegra Robertson and recent post-doc Konrad Rybka
, whose article "A grammatical description of Warao imperatives: Formal brevity and morphological complexity" was published this week in Cadernos de Etnolingüística. Read it here!

April 7, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities, through its "Documenting Endangered Languages" grant program (in collaboration with the National Science Foundation), announced today that it will fund a project to be administered by the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages (PI Andrew Garrett, $332,762): "Archiving legacy documentation from southern California and the southwest: Toward a new collaborative model."

This two-year project will catalog, digitize, and describe sound recordings and paper materials assembled over many years by Berkeley professor emerita Leanne Hinton, Margaret Langdon (Berkeley PhD 1966), Frank Lobo, and Pamela Munro, making them accessible where appropriate in the California Language Archive. A key element of the project is collaboration with several Indigenous communities to create a model of co-curation and community-based description of materials we catalog. The grant will support a full-time postdoctoral position in the department to coordinate and supervise all the work.

Alice Shen has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Reed College. Congratulations, Alice!

April 6, 2020

Andrew Garrett channeled some of his pandemic-induced stress into a creative work written over spring break: a short satirical edition of poems minimally adapted from the ancient Greek poetry of Sappho and Alcaeus in the form of a book of poems by his and Leslie Kurke's cats, also named Sappho and Alcaeus, together with full scholarly apparatus. Primarily of interest only to classical philologists, Poetarum lesbiorum carmina pestilentialia ("Plague poems of the Lesbian poets") can be read as a lovely printed book or in proof here.

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

  • Augmenting our activities with work that can be done from home, we've digitized 120 color slides from Harvey Carlson's 1984 fieldwork on Aikanã (isolate; Brazil). We also redigitized over 100 prints scanned at higher resolution. Carlson (d. 1994) received a BA from our department and also worked for many years in the Berkeley Language Center, whose recording studio is named in his honor. He was inspired to do fieldwork in Rondônia after taking a seminar titled Indian Languages of South America from visiting professor Aryon Rodrigues in the winter 1983 quarter.

April 3, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum: Wednesday April 8 - Zoom link TBA - 4-5:30pm
    Ruth Rouvier (UC Berkeley): Exploring emotion in Yurok language reclamation

March 30, 2020

An Iquito-English Dictionary was recently published by Ediciones Abya Yala and Cabeceras Aid Project, compiled by Lev Michael and Christine Beier on the basis of the linguistic and cultural knowledge of Jaime Pacaya Inuma, Ema Llona Yareja, Hermenegildo Díaz Cuyasa, and Ligia Inuma Inuma. Ronald Sprouse played a key role in preparing the dictionary manuscript by further developing a script originally created by Berkeley grad Greg Finley to generate a LaTeX file from the FLEx XML database file. A blurb is available on the Calques site.

Congratulations to Mairi McLaughlin (Department of French), whose article "La représentation de l'oral dans la Gazette d'Amsterdam à la fin du XVIIIe siècle" (On the representation of spoken language in an historical French-language newspaper) has just appeared in Langages. Read it here!

March 27, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum: Wednesday April 1 - Zoom link: TBA - 4-5:30pm
    Alternative summer arrangements amidst COVID-19

  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Wednesday April 1 - Zoom - 2-3pm
    Using historical documents with language learners in revitalization (Discussion of Warner, Luna, & Butler, 2007 and Begay, Spence, & Tuttle, unpublished, led by Edwin Ko)

March 25, 2020

Congrats to Hannah Sande (PhD 2017), Peter Jenks, and Sharon Inkelas, whose article "Cophonologies by Ph(r)ase" has just appeared online in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. Read it here!

March 23, 2020

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

  • Christine Sheil (PhD 2016) archived a new collection of sound recordings of 18 elicitation sessions on Scottish Gaelic (Indo-European; Scotland), stemming from her dissertation fieldwork there in 2013 and 2014.
  • Wilson de Lima Silva (Arizona) archived a new collection on Ticuna (isolate; Brazil, Colombia, Peru), based on fieldwork in the Cidade de Deus neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil during his MA research at the University of Utah in 2004. There are sound recordings of elicitation, reading, and texts, as well as derivative materials like MA coursework and previously published booklets.
  • We archived a new collection of sound recordings and written materials related to Chungli Ao (Ao; India), which derive from the 2008-2009 graduate field methods course (Linguistics 240) co-taught by Alice Gaby and Lev Michael, with language consultant Moa Imchen. The students in the course were Alex Bratkievich, Daniel Bruhn (PhD 2014), Ramón Escamilla (PhD 2012), Lindsey Newbold, Hannah Pritchett, Marilola Pérez (PhD 2015), and Russell Rhodes. Prof. Gaby is now at Monash University in Melbourne. We're grateful to undergraduate student Ellis Miller, who's working as an LRAP apprentice in the Survey this semester, for making the content descriptions for the items in this collection.
  • Steve Parker (Dallas International University & SIL International) archived a new collection of field notes and sound recordings of Panobo/Huariapano (Panoan; Peru). Dating from 1991, these are the only known sound recordings of Panobo in existence, the language being thought to have no more first-language speakers. The consultant was Arquímedes Sinuiri Nunta.

March 19, 2020

Alice Shen presented a talk at the CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing, which was entirely online this year. The title of her talk was "Asymmetric processing costs in the auditory comprehension of Mandarin and English bilingual sentences." You can read more about it here.

A paper by recent Berkeley Linguistics post-doc Konrad Rybka and Lev Michael, entitled A privative derivational source for standard negation in Lokono (Arawakan), has appeared in the pages of the Journal of Historical Linguistics. Congrats!

March 13, 2020

In and around the linguistics department in the next week: