Congrats to fifth-year grad student Virginia Dawson on receiving a grant from the American Philosophical Society's Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research! The grant project is entitled "Strategies of disjunction in Tiwa", and will support her field research in Assam, India.
September 12, 2018
September 10, 2018
September 7, 2018
The annual meeting of Sinn und Bedeutung, taking place this week in Barcelona, features five presentations by Berkeley students, faculty, and very recent alumni:
- Emily Clem: Attributive adjectives in Tswefap: Vague predicates in a language with degrees
- Virginia Dawson and Amy Rose Deal: Third readings by semantic scope lowering: prolepsis in Tiwa
- Amy Rose Deal and Vera Hohaus: Vague predicates, crisp judgments
- Ruyue Agnes Bi (BA '18) and Peter Jenks : Pronouns, radical pro-drop, and ellipsis in Mandarin
- Rachel Rudolph (Berkeley philosophy): A Closer Look at the Perceptual Source in Copy Raising Constructions
- Noga Zaslavsky, Charles Kemp, Terry Regier, and Naftali Tishby (2018). Efficient compression in color naming and its evolution. PNAS. [This paper has an associated movie!]
- Noga Zaslavsky, Charles Kemp, Naftali Tishby, and Terry Regier (2018). Color naming reflects both perceptual structure and communicative need.In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
The paper Color naming reflects both perceptual structure and communicative need received the conference prize for best paper on computational modeling of language. Congrats, Noga and Terry!
Keith Johnson and alumna Sarah Bakst (PhD '17) have a new open access paper out this July (published with financial assistance from the University Library for open access publishing):
Sarah Bakst, and Keith Johnson (2018) Modeling the effect of palate shape on the articulatory-acoustics mapping, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144.
This Tuesday's edition of the Daily Cal newspaper contains a letter to the editor by Sharon Inkelas:
September 6, 2018
Alumnus Len Talmy (PhD '72) writes to share news of his book The Targeting System of Language, published earlier this year by MIT Press.
August 31, 2018
A hearty congratulations to our emeritus colleague William S-Y. Wang, who was recently one of five world-class scholars to be awarded honorary degrees from the University of Chicago. Described as "a pioneer in the study of language evolution and the emergence of new languages", Wang was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
- The latest issue of Journal of Linguistics contains a new paper by Larry Hyman: Why underlying representations?
- The latest issue of Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society contains a new paper by Andrew Garrett: New perspectives on Indo-European phylogeny and chronology
A new book on The Language of Hunter-Gatherers, edited by Rich Rhodes together with Tom Güldemann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Patrick McConvell (Australian National University), can now be pre-ordered from Cambridge University Press. Congrats, Rich!
- Grammatical tone: Typology and theory
Nicholas R. Rolle
- The Semantics of Kwak'wala Object Case
Katherine Ann Sardinha
- Contrastive topic in Eastern Cham
- Spell-out, Chains, and Long Distance Wh-movement in Seereer
- Overt versus Zero Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese
- Definite Spans and Blocking in Classifier Languages
- The Syntax of Matsigenka Object-Marking
Congrats to Jonathan Manker (PhD 2017), who has recently taken up a lecturer position at Rice University!
Congrats to newly minted PhD Matt Faytak, who has recently started a post-doc position at UCLA!
Continuing the news of the summer: Congrats to third-year grad student Myriam Lapierre on winning the Best Student Paper Award for Poster Presentations at this summer's meeting of LabPhon! Myriam's award-winning poster is entited 'Patterns of nasal coarticulation in Panará' and is joint work with Susan Lin. Facebook users can find a photo of Myriam demonstrating a vowel from the poster in question on the Friends of Berkeley Linguistics facebook group.
August 24, 2018
The June issue of Language and Speech contains a new paper by third-year graduate student Yevgeniy Melguy:
This year's meeting of the World Conference of African Linguistics (WOCAL) starts tomorrow in Rabat, Morocco, and features talks by two Berkeley graduate students:
Tessa Scott: "Obligatory Resumption in Swahili"
Karee Garvin: "Direct Object Placement in Nafaanra Word Order"
Congrats, Tessa and Karee!
Congrats to alumna Molly Babel (PhD 2009, Associate Professor at UBC) on the August 15 birth of her daughter Zelda Esther! Molly writes: "Zelda kept us in a bit of suspense, joining us in the world 13 days late. She measures in at 3420 grams / 7.5 pounds, 49 cm / 19.25 inches, and 100 metric / 100 imperial units of adorable. She's pretty swell!"
A hearty congratulations to the new PhDs awarded in the past few months:
- Nico Baier, PhD!
- Auburn Barron-Lutzross, PhD!
Speech Stereotypes of Female Sexuality
- Matt Faytak, PhD!
Articulatory uniformity through articulatory reuse: insights from an ultrasound study of Sūzhōu Chinese
- Jack Merrill, PhD!
The Historical Origin of Consonant Mutation in the Atlantic Languages
- Nicholas Rolle, PhD!
Grammatical tone: Typology and theory
- Tammy Stark, PhD!
We're pleased to announce that Jesse Zymet has joined the department as Lecturer in Linguistics, teaching courses in phonology. And we eagerly await the July 2019 arrival of new Assistant Professor Isaac Bleaman, who will be teaching sociolinguistics and computational methods. Welcome, Jesse and Isaac!
Congrats to three faculty colleagues on their recent journal publications:
- The latest issue of Linguistic Inquiry contains a new paper by Peter Jenks: Articulated definiteness without articles
- The latest issue of Journal of Historical Linguistics contains a new paper by Lev Michael and collaborator Thiago Costa Chacon (University of Brasilia): The evolution of subject-verb agreement in Eastern Tukanoan
- The June issue of Neuron contains a new paper by Keith Johnson and collaborators at Berkeley and across the Bay: Encoding of Articulatory Kinematic Trajectories in Human Speech Sensorimotor Cortex (You can also read about this work in Science Daily!)
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