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November 30, 2022

Dr. Zachary O'Hagan has accepted an academic staff position in the Department of Linguistics as Manager of the California Language Archive, effective January 1, 2023. In that role, Zach will be responsible for collection acquisition and preservation (including cataloging and digitization), managing general operations (including student employees), and access and outreach in California and beyond. Congratulations, Zach!

November 29, 2022

The following statement in solidarity with the striking academic workers at UC was recently unanimously approved by the voting faculty members in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley:

We share the serious concerns about compensation that have animated the ongoing strike at UC. The cost of living here is high, and the graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in our department, who are central to academic life, are straining to cover living costs. We urge that these concerns be taken seriously, and we hope that an agreement that addresses them can be reached quickly.

November 17, 2022

Due to the ongoing strike, QP Fest 2022 will not take place on November 21 as previously announced. It will likely be rescheduled for the spring semester.

November 16, 2022

Jhonni Carr and Marguerite Morlan presented their research at I Congreso internacional sobre Paisaje Lingüístico: El entorno urbano y rural hispánico (1st International Conference on Linguistic Landscape: Hispanic urban and rural environments). Jhonni's talk was titled "Come work from Mexico, it’s truly magical: la gentrificación en el paisaje lingüístico de Mazunte," and Marguerite's was "Language choice and identity in the transgressive linguistic landscape of Catalonia."

November 13, 2022

Here's the latest from the California Language Archive:

  • In the last month, we've hosted three visits by Indigenous researchers: Richenda Ervin and Jonathan Geary (Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians), who visited twice (photo here); and Anthony Macias, Jessica Chaves, and Kim Carver (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria; photo here).
  • We've accessioned a new collection of materials related to the 1974-1975 Berkeley graduate field methods course on Lakota (Siouan; US), with primary consultant Ruby (LaPointe) Swift Bird (1927-2004) and Eva (Martin) Brown (1909-1996), both Oglala women from Pine Ridge (South Dakota), and instructor Wallace Chafe (1927-2019). The materials -- donated by Kenneth Whistler (PhD 1980), a student in the class -- include extensive in-class and secondary notes, compiled term papers, and lexical file slips. This course had a strong impact on other enrolled students, such as Robert Van Valin, whose dissertation became Aspects of Lakhota Syntax (PhD 1977).
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November 11, 2022

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

Note: Both of the above events will be canceled in the event of a UAW academic workers strike on Monday.

November 10, 2022

Please join us on Monday, November 21, for Qualifying Paper (QP) project presentations by graduate students in linguistics! The event will take place in Dwinelle 370, with a Zoom option.

QP Fest | November 21, 2022 | 3:10-4:35pm

3:10pm | Katherine Russell
Morpheme-specific nasal harmony in Atchan

3:25pm | Maksymillian Dąbkowski
Two grammars of A'ingae glottalization

3:50pm | Mingyu Yuan
An information-theoretic approach to language decline

4:05pm | Tzintia Montaño Ramirez
Status of the patient subject in the Garifuna passives

4:20pm | Rebecca Jarvis
Relative-clause structures in Atchan

November 9, 2022

Calques is happy to pass along this message from the Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students (SLUgS):

Are you interested in Phonetics? SLUgS invites you to join us in a tour of the PhonLab in the linguistics department, headed by Professor Keith Johnson! Tour the lab and see what phoneticians do in person and see experiments in action. Tour is Nov 17th at 5pm, meeting at Dwinelle 1229!

November 8, 2022

Congratulations to Edwin Ko on the publication of a new article, "On the origins of multiple exponence in Crow," in the journal Diachronica.

November 7, 2022

Gašper Beguš gave a talk at the Speech Science Forum at University College London. More info about the talk is available here.

Isaac Bleaman will be giving a research talk and speaking at a roundtable on the state of Yiddish Studies during Yiddish In The Heights: Exploring Yiddish Academia And Activism In Post-War New York, a conference taking place at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary on November 20-21.

November 4, 2022

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

November 3, 2022

Terry Regier presented a talk on "British attitudes toward Arabs and Jews in Mandate Palestine, as assessed through historical records of language use" at a conference on Reassessing the British Mandate in Palestine, in Ramallah (remotely).

Congratulations to Edwin Ko on the publication of a new article, "Shifting teacher/learner roles in language reclamation efforts relying on digital technology," in the journal Language Documentation & Conservation!

Isaac Bleaman was quoted in an article published in Forward about the new Yiddish keyboard layouts available on Apple devices.

November 1, 2022

Congratulations to Eric Wilbanks, whose doctoral dissertation, "The Integration of Social and Acoustic Cues During Speech Perception," was signed, sealed, and delivered last week!

October 31, 2022

The final Linguistics Colloquium of fall 2022 will take place on Monday, November 14, with a talk by Wesley Y. Leonard (UC Riverside) in Dwinelle 370 and on Zoom (passcode: lxcolloq) from 3:10-5pm. His talk is entitled "Insights from Native American Studies for Decolonizing Linguistics Pedagogy," and the abstract is as follows:

Despite the increasing focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the discipline of Linguistics, members of Native American and other Indigenous communities remain underrepresented—and often feel unwelcome. A recurring concern is that Linguistics is not accountable to Indigenous histories, protocols, and ways of engaging with language. A wider issue is that colonization is endemic, and academic norms have developed around colonial logics.

Drawing from critical tools in Native American Studies, this colloquium's objective is to build capacity for teaching linguistics in ways that promote JEDI for Native American and other Indigenous communities. It will begin with a summary of how colonialism, particularly settler colonialism, and related -isms guide Linguistics, and how Indigenous conceptual tools can be leveraged in response. We will then explore these principles through a consideration of how Linguistics is and could be taught.

October 28, 2022

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

October 25, 2022

Gašper Beguš is giving a colloquium talk at Stanford Linguistics on Friday, October 28 at 3:30 PM. The talk is titled "Modeling language from raw acoustic data with generative deep learning." More information is available here.

Isaac Bleaman is giving a colloquium talk at UT Austin's Department of Germanic Studies on Wednesday, November 2. The talk is titled "Contemporary and historical perspectives on sociolinguistic variation in Yiddish." More information is available here.