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March 8, 2022

We are saddened to learn of the recent deaths of Haruo Aoki (PhD Berkeley 1965), Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley; and Terrence Kaufman (PhD Berkeley 1963), Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Aoki was an authority on Nez Perce, the author of a grammar and dictionary of the language and the editor of two Nez Perce text volumes. Kaufman was one of the foremost specialists in Mesoamerican Indigenous languages and a significant historical linguist. For more information about their lives and accomplishments see this Facebook post.

March 6, 2022

Congratulations to Mairi McLaughlin who just guest edited a special issue of L2 Journal on the Future of Translation in Higher Education.

March 4, 2022

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March 2, 2022

Congratulations to Martha Schwarz, who successfully applied for a departmental Graduate Diversity Pilot summer grant to become certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)!

March 1, 2022

February 27, 2022

Annie Helms's article "Bay Area Spanish: Regional sound change in contact languages" has been published in Isogloss: Open Journal of Romance Linguistics, as part of the special issue Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 17 with selected papers from the Going Romance conference in 2020. Congratulations, Annie!

Zachary O'Hagan published a new article in Cadernos de Etnolingüística, "Morphosyntax and Semantics of Psych-predicates in Caquinte." Congratulations, Zachary!

February 25, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Mar 2 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Peter Jenks (UC Berkeley): Interrogating the "field" -- a discussion on the term "fieldwork," critique, and its future.
  • Phorum - Friday Feb 25 - Zoom only - 1-2pm
    John Starr (Cornell): A first look at mind rhymes.
  • Phorum - Friday Mar 4 - Zoom only - 1-2pm
    Andrew Cheng (Simon Fraser University; PhD 2020): Measuring creak in novel words in Infant- and Adult-Directed Speech.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Feb 25 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Márta Abrusán (Institut Jean Nicod): Varieties of Perspective Shift: Protagonist Projection vs. Free Indirect Discourse.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Mar 4 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Wesley dos Santos (UC Berkeley): Reassessing Tupí-Guaraní "nominalizers" through Kawahíva.
  • Zoom Phonology - Friday Mar 4 - Zoom - 9am
    Karee Garvin (University of Delaware; PhD 2021): Constraining place of articulation effects in phonotactic distribution.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

February 24, 2022

Congrats to Ben Papadopoulos, who has just published an article titled "A Brief History of Gender-Inclusive Spanish" in the Italian feminist journal Deportate, esuli, profughe 'Deported, exiled, refugee (women).' Ben wrote the article in both English and gender-inclusive Spanish (in the x gender), and the journal has published both versions.

February 23, 2022

The Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley is seeking a lecturer in Phonetics. The job ad and link to apply are available here: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03347

February 21, 2022

February 18, 2022

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February 11, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Fieldwork Forum - Wednesday Feb 16 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom (p/w fforum) - 3:10-4pm
    Lise Dobrin (UVA): Is the aim accuracy or insight? Transcribers as cultural and linguistic filters.
  • Phorum - Friday Feb 11 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Josefina Bittar (UC Santa Cruz): Borrowing of Mental Event Verbs from Spanish to Guaraní.
  • Phorum - Friday Feb 18 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Maksymilian Dąbkowski (UC Berkeley): A Q-Theoretic solution to A'ingae postlabial raising.
  • ProD* - Friday Feb 11 - Zoom - 2-3pm
    A conversation with Alice Shen (PhD 2020), an analytical linguist at Grammarly, about her career path, how she uses her PhD training in her work now, among other topics.
    *Professional development seminar for grad students, postdocs, and faculty. If you would like to opt in to the ProD mailing list, please let Susanne Gahl know.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Feb 11 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Andrew Garrett and Erik H. Maier (UC Berkeley): How to do things with birds: The pragmatics of lexical and syntactic choice in early Karuk narrative texts.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Feb 18 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Yurika Aonuki (UBC): Relative pronominal tense in Gitksan and Japanese.
  • Zoom Phonology - Friday Feb 18 - Zoom - 9am
    Larry M. Hyman (UC Berkeley) and Mwambi G. Mbûûi (Graduate Theological Union): Dahl's Law in two Bantu Languages. Part I: Tiania.
    For the Zoom link or to be added to the Zoom Phonology mailing list, contact Karee Garvin.

February 4, 2022

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January 31, 2022

The 2021-2022 colloquium series continues on Monday, February 7, with a talk by Anna Belew (Endangered Languages Project & University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), held via Zoom (passcode: 956577) at 3:10pm. The talk is entitled "Ten Years Beyond the Ancestral Code: Growing Into a Model for Sociolinguistic Documentation," and the abstract is as follows:

Reflecting on the ten years since the 2012 Workshop on Sociolinguistic Documentation in Sub-Saharan Africa, this talk will explore work and ideas at the intersection of language documentation, revitalization, and sociolinguistics. Documentary linguistics has traditionally focused on describing and recording the structure of a single lexico-grammatical code (or bounded "language"). However, as argued by Childs, Good, and Mitchell (2014), in their report on the aforementioned 2012 workshop, the documentation of sociolinguistic contexts is equally crucial - especially since these contexts are generally more fragile, and more endangered, than languages themselves. This talk will share findings from the author's sociolinguistic documentation work in Iyasa-speaking communities in Cameroon; explore the challenges of forging viable, useful, and ethical paths in this relatively new field of study; reflect on how sociolinguistic documentation can lead to better language revitalization planning; and share lessons learned and suggestions for others interested in this type of work. Finally, this talk will touch on how the skills and knowledge of documentary and/or sociolinguists can be applied to career paths outside of academia.

January 28, 2022

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Phorum - Friday Jan 28 - Zoom - 1-2pm
    Anna Björklund (UC Berkeley): Nomlaki Vowel Quality and Duration: An Archival Examination.
    Note: Due to scheduling conflicts in the department, the organizers have decided to move Phorum to Fridays at 1pm for the rest of the semester.
  • Phorum - Friday Feb 4 - Dwinelle 1303 and Zoom - 1-2pm
    Richard Bibbs (UC Santa Cruz): Perceptually-grounded contrast licensing by laryngeals in Chamorro.
  • Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley - Wednesday Feb 2 - Dwinelle 5125 and Zoom - 3-4pm
    Spring organizational meeting
    Please contact Ben Papadopoulos for more information or to be added to the SLaB mailing list.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Jan 28 - Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Tatiana Bondarenko (MIT): Two paths to clausal embedding.
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Feb 4 - 1303 Dwinelle and Zoom - 3-4:30pm
    Round Robin

January 27, 2022

January 26, 2022

Wesley dos Santos presented at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) last Sunday, January 23. The slides for his talk, "For a Realis and Irrealis Account of Ko and Po in Kawahíva," are available here.

January 25, 2022

A chapter by Christine Beier and Lev Michael entitled "Managing Lexicography Data" appears in the new Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management (MIT Press). All 56 chapters of the handbook, which span a tremendous range of topics, are available free online. Check it out!

January 21, 2022

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