September 4, 2019
August 30, 2019
This summer Amy Rose Deal completed her first book, entitled A theory of indexical shift: meaning, grammar, and crosslinguistic variation. It will appear in late 2019 or early 2020 with MIT Press. The larger project from which the book springs is a study of the compositional semantics of different types of attitude reports crosslinguistically. A new manuscript on this topic, entitled Uncentered Attitude Reports, is available here.
- As part of the High Art Project, Emily Drummond climbed Yosemite's iconic El Capitan this summer. The group performed three concerts on the wall over three and a half days, in a variety of genres (classical, jazz, folk, pop) all accompanied on electric guitar!
Wesley dos Santos was in Brazilian Amazonia for a 3-month fieldwork trip with the Kawahiva groups Juma, Karipuna and Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau. He offered a workshop on the writing system of the language (photo below with participants), gave a talk at Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (Belém, Brazil) on Kawahiva Reported Speech (Tupi-Guarani), and participated in a workshop held in Rio de Janeiro for projects funded by Unesco and Museu do Índio to create digital dictionaries for Brazilian Indigenous languages.
- Larry Hyman spent a month in Paris (May 21-June 20) attending the annual business meeting of the France-Berkeley Fund, relaxing in his favorite city, and giving two talks: "The fall and rise of vowel length in Bantu" (University of Paris 3) and "Tonology of Luganda Noun Phrase Constituents at a Workshop on Nominal Expressions in the Bantu Languages" (LLCAN [Langues, Langages et Cultures d'Afrique Noir], CNRS, Paris). He thereafter rescued three "refugees" from the LSA Summer Institute at UC Davis. The rest of the summer he enjoyed the liberty of doing his research in Berkeley and preparing for his Fall courses, Linguistics 24, 140, and 290e.
Darya Kavitskaya gave a poster with Sharon Inkelas at the 3rd Phonetics and Phonology in Europe conference, held at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, in June; the poster was entitled Cluster simplification in Russian-speaking children with SLI. Dasha also did some fieldwork on Crimean Tatar and recorded some Crimean Tatar words for a perception experiment on vowels, now under construction.
- Edwin Ko, Julia Nee, Erica Carson Jr., Catherine O'Connor (Boston University), Brady Dailey, and Ethan Rimdzius (Boston University) hosted the second two-day Northern Pomo language camp at Redwood Valley Rancheria, where participants used the Northern Pomo Language Tools website to work on their Northern Pomo language skills . Ko and Nee also presented the results of the first camp at SSILA in July. This is a picture of camp organizers & participants:
- Over the summer Tyler Lemon traveled to the island of Timor in Indonesia to engage in linguistic fieldwork and documentation training through a project funded by the Documenting Endangered Languages program of the NSF and directed by Professors Peter Cole and Gabriella Hermon (University of Delaware). Tyler was put on a team with two native speakers of Uab Meto (Timor-Babar, Austronesian) named Nona Seko and Yoakim Kenjam and lived in the village of Oelneke for 3 weeks to record speakers of the language. The materials resulting from this project will be archived in Paradisec. Here is Tyler with his doumentation teammates Nona Seko (left, in blue and gold) and Yoakim Kenjam (right, in red):
- Julia Nee worked with Rosita Jiménez Lorenzo to host a three-week Zapotec summer camp for kids in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The camp involved both classroom activities (including games like Bingo) and field trips to important sites in the area (including the Zapotec ruins at Monte Albán). Here are some bingo boards created by students, and a picture of students documenting a particular type of cactus while on a field trip to "La Cuevita":
- Zach O'Hagan gave a talk in Lima in July at the conference Lenguas del Perú: Hacia un estado del arte. He spent time in La Merced, Satipo, and Atalaya finishing a monolingual book of Caquinte stories before traveling to the Caquinte community Kitepampani. At other points in the summer he was writing, curating a comparative lexical database of Arawak languages, working in the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, copy-editing parts of an upcoming handbook of Amazonian languages edited by Pattie Epps (UT) and Lev Michael, doing genealogy, and road-tripping, including with Virginia Dawson to install one Berkeley linguist in their new home in San Diego. Here is a picture of Zach with Caquinte speaker Antonina Salazar:
- Eric Wilbanks presented his work at ICPhS in Melbourne and had a published paper appear in Glossa!
Eve Sweetser participated in a theme session on Figurative Language and Grammar at the Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Workshop, Aug 5-6 at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, with two co-authored papers: (1) Seiko Fuiji, Oana David, Paula Radetsky and Eve Sweetser, 'When metaphoric and literal meanings meet: CUT/BREAK verbs in English verb-particle constructions and Japanese compound verb constructions.' (2) I-Hsuan Chen and Eve Sweetser, 'Metaphors, sentence structure, and CUT/BREAK verbs in Mandarin'. She also presented two papers at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Aug 6-10 also at Kwansei Gakuin University. (1) 'Embedded viewpoint and stance in gesture and speech: multimodal stance-stacking.' (2) Schuyler LaParle and Eve Sweetser, 'War is war - or is it? - Different genres show different metaphors for cancer'.
- Some Berkeley people are pictured at the 52nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, University of Sydney, Australia: Aimée Lahaussois (PhD 2002), David Peterson (PhD 1999), Jackson Sun (PhD 1993), Jim Matisoff (professor emeritus), David Bradley, Dominic Yu (PhD 2012):
August 28, 2019
In and around the linguistics department in the next week or so:
- Fieldwork Forum - Thursday Aug 29 - 1303 Dwinelle - 3:40-5p
Summer fieldwork updates.
Language Revitalization Working Group - Thursday September 5 - Dwinelle 3401 - 1-2pmIntroductions, semester planning, framing language revitalization (Reading: Hinton 2018 "What is language revitalization")
*New group! Contact Martha Schwarz for more information*
- Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Sept 4 - 1229 Dwinelle - 9:30-11a
Teela Huff and Nick Carrick (UC Berkeley): The Xavante Documentation Project
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Sept 6 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30
Round robin -- bring us a short update on your syntax/semantics related recent thinking!
August 26, 2019
Keith Johnson was a member of a team (together with UCB Post-doc Matthias Sjerps, and UCSF Post-doc Neal Fox, and UCSF faculty Edward Chang) who have just published a new paper on "Speaker-normalized sound representations in the human auditory cortex" in Nature Communications.
Congrats to Meg Cychosz, who has been awarded the 2019 Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science by the Acoustical Society of America!
Meg also found out this summer that she has received a postdoc position at the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (working with Rochelle Newman and Jan Edwards). So she will moving back to DC/Maryland in summer 2020 to start work on a new project studying kids with cochlear implants.
August 25, 2019
Bossi's paper is entitled V1 in Kipsigis: Head movement and discourse-based scrambling, co-authored with Michael Diercks.
Wilbanks' paper is entitled Sound change and coarticulatory variability involving English /ɹ/, co-authored with Bridget Smith, Jeff Mielke, and Lyra Magloughlin.
The Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23 have now been published, containing the following papers by faculty, students, and/or alumni:
- Pranav Anand & Maziar Toosarvandani (PhD 2010)
Now and then: Perspectives on positional variance in temporal demonstratives. pdf
- Ruyue Agnes Bi (BA 2018) and Peter Jenks
Pronouns, null arguments, and ellipsis in Mandarin Chinese pdf
- Emily Clem (PhD 2019)
Attributive adjectives in Tswefap: Vague predicates in a language with degrees. pdf
- Virginia Dawson and Amy Rose Deal
Third readings by semantic scope lowering: Prolepsis in Tiwa. pdf
- Amy Rose Deal and Vera Hohaus
Vague predicates, crisp judgments. pdf
- Rachel Etta Rudolph (PhD 2019, philosophy)
A closer look at the perceptual source in copy raising constructions. pdf
Congrats to professor emerita Leanne Hinton, who has been awarded the 2019 International Guardians of Culture and Lifeways “Honored One” Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums!
Congratulations to Amalia Horan Skilton (PhD 2019), who has filed her dissertation and begun a 2-year NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship for her project entitled "Documenting multimodal language development in an indigenous Amazonian community". During the postdoc, Amalia will split her time between UT Austin, working with Pattie Epps and others, and MPI Nijmegen, working with Caroline Rowland and others in the new Language Development department.
The Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) 2019 have now been published, containing the following papers by current faculty and students (in addition to numerous alumni):
- Yevgeniy Melguy: Phonetic strengthening or phonological substitution? An X-ray microbeam investigation of acoustic and articulatory variability in the production of American English dental fricatives
- Myriam Lapierre & Susan Lin: Cues to Panãra nasal-oral stop sequence perception
- Emily Grabowski & Laura McPherson: DAPPr: A (semi-)automated tool for vowel extraction and pitch annotation
- Margaret Cychosz: Holistic lexical storage: Coarticulatory evidence from child speech
- Andrew Cheng: Age of Arrival does not affect childhood immigrants' acquisition of ongoing sound change: Evidence from Korean Americans
- Eric Wilbanks: Modeling the influence of confidence in social cues during speech perception using gaussian mixture models
- Susan Lin, Margaret Cychosz, Alice Shen, & Emily Cibelli: The effects of phonetic training and visual feedback on novel contrast production
- Yu-Ying Chuang, Marie-lenka Vollmer, Elnaz Shafaei-Bajestan, Susanne Gahl, Peter Hendrix, & R. Harald Baayen. 2019. On the processing of non-words in word naming and auditory lexical decision
Larry Hyman recently authored an LSA online tribute to Victoria A. Fromkin (Berkeley BA 1944). You can read it here.
May 10, 2019
For this final 2018-2019 edition of Calques, here's a look at what some linguists will be up to this summer!
Andrew Cheng will be presenting his dissertation research on bilingual Korean Americans three times this summer: at the Acoustical Society of America in Louisville, KY in May (where Meg Cychosz will also be presenting a paper, as well as recent alumnus Matthew Faytak); at the International Circle of Korean Linguistics in July in Melbourne, Australia; and at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in August in Melbourne, Australia (where numerous Berkeley linguists will be in attendance!).
- Virginia Dawson will be giving an invited talk entitled “Paths to exceptional wide scope: choice functions in Tiwa” at TripleA 6 (The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages) at MIT, June 1.
- This week Amy Rose Deal is in Oslo for the annual meeting of Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), where together with Patrick Grosz (University of Oslo) she co-organized the syntax/semantics workshop (Anaphora at the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface in endangered and understudied languages). Later in the summer she will continue her fieldwork on Nez Perce, and travel back to Europe to teach a short course on Agree at the University of Bucharest and to give an invited talk at the British Academy conference The Alphabet of Universal Grammar.
Wesley dos Santos will be leaving soon for a 12-week field research trip involving three different Kawahiva communities living in the states of Rondônia and Amazonas, Brazil. He has also signed off a one-year contract with Unesco and Museu do Índio (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro) to produce a 600-word multimedia dictionary within the Salvaguarda do Patrimônio Linguístico e Cultural de Povos Indígenas Transfronteiriços e de Recente Contato na Região Amazônica. As part of the contract, he will be attending a workshop to be held at the Museu do Índio, Rio de Janeiro, on June 4-6. He also plans to give a talk at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi on The historical development of an enclitic marker in Tupi-Guarani family in August.
- Susanne Gahl plans on spending part of the summer in Germany, in her role as a Mercator fellow on the 'Spoken Morphology' project.
- Dmetri Hayes' paper "What just happened? Evaluating retrofitted distributional word vectors" has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT), to be held in Minneapolis, June 2-7. It will be published in the conference proceedings.
- Larry Hyman will be in Paris May 20-June 20. He will be speaking at the Workshop on Nominal Expressions in Bantu Languages (talk title: Tonology of Luganda Noun Phrase Constituents), consulting with fellow Bantuists and Bistrots, and attending the annual business meeting of the France-Berkeley Fund on June 12. He then will spend the rest of the summer in Berkeley working on Luganda, Lusoga, Lulamogi and Lunyole (the 140 field methods class language this semester), hence any language that starts with Bantu class 11 lu- (!).
- A group of Cal linguists will be attending the LSA institute this summer in Davis: faculty members Keith Johnson, Terry Regier, and Susan Lin; graduate student Ruth Rouvier; and undergraduates Amelia Fineberg, Wanqing (Psyche) He and Leslie (LaLa) Speights-Barhatkov.
- Edwin Ko, Julia Nee, Cathy O'Connor (PhD 1987), and Erica Carson, Jr. will be implementing the second Northern Pomo Language Camp at Redwood Valley Rancheria in June.
- Julia Nee will travel to Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico to document language revitalization activities, including a twenty hour language learning camp for kids, in July and August.
- Emily Remirez is serving as the Social Science and Humanities advisor for the SURF program in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, supporting and mentoring fellows working towards senior theses.
- Eric Wilbanks will be spending his summer teaching LINGR1B, studying for his qualifying exam, and heading to Melbourne to give a talk in the special session on Social Priming in Speech Production and Perception at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
It may be Finals Week, but the events keep coming:
- Syntax and Semantics Circle - Wednesday May 15 - Dwinelle 1229 - 3-4:30 [note special time and place]
Pauline Jacobson (Brown University): Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide'
- Dissertation Defense - Friday May 17 - Dwinelle 1229 - 10a-1p
Emily Clem: Agreement, case, and switch-reference in Amahuaca
- Linguistics Commencement - Sunday May 19 - International House - 2pm
May 9, 2019
Alumna Thera Crane (PhD 2011), currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Academy of Finland project “Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa)", has received an additional 5-year research grant from the Academy of Finland to work on modality and multilingualism in South Africa. Congrats, Thera!
Justin Davidson writes with a report from the Linguistic Symposium for Romance Languages (LSRL 49), held at the University of Georgia from May 1st - May 4th, where there was a lively Berkeley cohort -- and where all 3 Berkeley grad students were selected to be recipients of LSRL 49 Graduate Student Awards!
- Justin Davidson: Discrete and Gradient Approaches to Lateral Darkness: Sociophonetic Variability in the Spanish and Catalan of Valencia
- Ernesto Gutiérrez: Lexical Frequency Effects on Place of Articulation of Voiced Coronal Stops of Spanish-English Bilinguals
- Gabriella Licata: Language Attitudes in Liguria: Effects of Gender on the Perception of Genoese
- Rachel Weiher: Factors of Lexical Stability in (Inter)Action Across Romance
- Efficient use of ambiguity in an early writing system: Evidence from Sumerian cuneiform, by Noah Hermalin and Terry Regier.
- Evolution and efficiency in color naming: The case of Nafaanra, by Noga Zaslavsky, Karee Garvin, Charles Kemp, Naftali Tishby, and Terry Regier.
- Semantic categories of artifacts and animals reflect efficient coding, by Noga Zaslavsky, Terry Regier, Naftali Tishby, and Charles Kemp.
- Season naming and the local environment, by Charles Kemp, Alice Gaby, and Terry Regier.
- "Natural concepts" revisited in the spatial-topological domain: Universal tendencies in focal spatial relations, by Alexandra Carstensen, Noah Hermalin, Terry Regier, and George Kachergis.