Weekly Digest – October 21, 2019

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a great Fall Break! This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, at 11-11:50 in the Conference Room, PhonLunch: Charlie O’Hara will be presenting “Language-specific factors influence learnability: case study from contour tone licensing.” Rachel Walker will be presenting “Gradient feature activity in Korean place assimilation.”

At 3:30-5 in the Conference Room, we will have a colloquium:  Dylan Bumford (UCLA) will be presenting “Superlative scope, comparison classes, and negative polarity”

Tuesday (10/22), 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Mary Byram Washburn will talk about “An alternative time course for focus.”

Wednesday (10/23), 12-1 in WPH 202, Meaning Lab! Jesse Storbeck will present “”Discourse-level processing of English possessed nouns” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser).

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Weekly Digest – October 14, 2019

Hello everyone! This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, at 11-11:50 in the Conference Room, PhonLunch: Reed Blaylock will be presenting “Breaking down the beat: beatboxing for speech scientists.”

Today, at 3:30 in the Conference Room: Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore) will present “Anti-pied-piping.” Dinner will follow, and all are welcome

Tuesday (10/01), 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Jesse Storbeck will talk about “Discourse-level interpretation of possessed nouns.”

On Wednesday, (10/9) in WPH 202, from 12-12:50, Meaning Lab! Deniz Rudin will present “When faultless disagreement is not so faultless: What widely-held opinions can tell us about subjective adjectives” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser)

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On 10/4, Toby Mintz gave a colloquium at the University of Maryland Linguistics Department entitled “Infants’ capacity for learning non-adjacent dependencies in linguistic and non-linguistic domains.”

On 10/3, Roumyana Pancheva & Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, presented “Future time reference in Paraguayan Guaraní” at the Workshop on Tenselessness 2 in Lisbon.

This last weekend, October 10-14, a number of USC phonologists were present at the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2019 at Stony Brook University. Hayeun Jang presented a poster “Learning hidden gradient features: from muscular activation to featural representation.” Yifan Yang presented a poster “Surface Correspondence in Reduplication.” Charlie O’Hara gave a talk entitled “Learning Prevents MaxEnt from Giving Probability to Harmonically Bounded Candidates.” USC alumni Caitlin Smith (PhD 2018) and Jason Shaw (BA 1999) both gave talks as well.
Also, Stephanie Shih was a keynote speaker at AMP, and gave a talk entitled “The contribution of sound symbolism to phonological theory“.

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Weekly Digest – October 7, 2019

Hello everyone! This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, at 11-11:50 in the Conference Room, PhonLunch: Stephanie Shih will be presenting “The contribution of sound symbolism to phonological theory.”

Tuesday (10/01), 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Silvia Kim will talk about “L2 Korean Null Pronoun Interpretation by Spanish Speakers.”

On Wednesday, (10/9) in VKC 111, from 12-12:50, Meaning Lab! Alexis Wellwood will present “Graded plurals and indeterminacy”

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On 9/23, Khalil Iskarous gave a colloquium at UC Berkeley entitled “The Dynamics of Linguistic Development: The Unfolding of Skill Interaction”

At DETEC 2019 (Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives), held in Berlin from September 27-28, 2019, Elsi Kaiser gave an invited talk entitled “On causal relations in discourse: Expected and unexpected situations.” Jina Song presented a talk entitled “Effects of coherence relations on the interpretation of Korean null pronouns,” (pictured below).

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On 10/02 Ana Besserman gave an invited talk titled “Objetos Implícitos Existenciais e Anafóricos: Propriedades do Discurso e Compreensão” (Existential and Anaphoric Implicit Objects: Discourse Properties and Comprehension) at the workshop “Questões de Intervenção, ligação e correferência” (Issues on intervention, binding and coreference) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Elsi Kaiser gave another invited talk entitled “Pronouns and predicates of personal taste: Investigating the role of reference resolution in perspectival processing”, at the Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED) meeting (Theme: Pronouns and discourse prominence), in Kassel, Germany, which was held October 3-4, 2019.

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The USC Linguistics Welcome Back Picnic was held on September 28th, at Pan Pacific Park. Thanks to Chloe and Ian for organizing such a successful event!

Weekly Digest – September 30, 2019

Hello everyone! This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, at 11-11:50 in the Conference Room, PhonLunch: Hayeun Jang will be presenting “Learning hidden gradient features: from muscular activation to featural representation” and Yifan Yang will be presenting “Surface correspondence in reduplication.”

Later Today, at 2pm in the Reading Room, Syntax+! Luis Miguel Toquero Perez will give a presentation titled “The syntax and semantics of Spanish comparatives: a unified account.”

Tuesday (10/01), 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Helen Lu will talk about “Visual rule learning: The connection between human action and speech.”

On Thursday, (10/3), from 12:30-1:30, more PhonLunch! Charlie O’Hara will present “Learning prevents MaxEnt from giving probability to harmonically bounded candidates”

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Andrew Simpson gave a colloquium presentation at Cornell University on 9/18.  His talk was entitled: ‘The directionality of selection relations.’

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Meet the student workers of the Linguistics Department here!

Meet the student workers of 2019!

The student workers of the Linguistics department work tirelessly to keep our department running smoothly. They’ve been kind enough to introduce themselves here to the department. So get to know a little about them, say hi when you see them, and thank them for their hard work!

Alicia Scruggs

Alicia is a senior double-majoring in Psychology and Informatics with an emphasis in Digital Forensics and a minor in Applied Computer Security; it is thanks to all of these programs that she’ll be around to work for the Linguistics Department for an extra year! She’s a local SoCal resident from the San Fernando Valley that enjoys cooking, playing video games, going for walks, and playing with her pets. After graduation, Alicia is looking to pursue a master’s in Health Informatics and put her skills to work storing, analyzing, and protecting data for a large hospital. A couple items on her bucket list include learning to draw and getting strong enough to do a pull up at least once in her life.

Hetal Patel

Hetal Patel is a sophomore studying Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability, Energy, and Society. Hetal is also involved with USC’s Environmental Student Assembly, SCOutfitters, and works at the Department of Environmental Studies. Outside of USC, Hetal volunteers for a grassroots environmental organization, Future Frogmen, founded by Richard Hyman, a former Cousteau diver. Hetal spends much of her time outdoors and also enjoys photography. In the future, Hetal hopes to work on climate change mitigation efforts.

Ramie Khoury

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Ramie Khoury is a junior from Chicago, IL majoring in Data Science and Cognitive Science. This past summer, Ramie was a TA for a data science lecture circuit in Beijing through the program AI Hub where he traveled all throughout the main cities of China and Hong Kong giving presentations and running data science competitions. Alongside Ramie’s job in the Linguistics Department at USC, he is also a part of the USC Varsity rugby squad. For two years, Ramie has worked as a software engineer intern for IBM where he worked on a project which utilizes high powered telescopes to find transient patterns in space. In his spare time, he loves to watch NBA games and solve different rubix cubes.

 

Weekly Digest – September 23, 2019

Hello everyone! This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, at 3:30 in the Conference Room: Jason Shaw (Yale) will be giving the first colloquium of the semester: “The temporal geometry of phonology.”

Tuesday (09/24) 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Cindy Chiang will talk about “Examining the effects of disfluencies on verb bias”.

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The Washington Post featured facial and voice recognition technology developed by Shrikanth Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School and his team to help the Geena Davis Institute on Gender ascertain the screen and speaking time of men and women in movies, TV shows and ads. “An analysis of leading characters in the 50 most popular children’s television programs in 2018 showed that on-screen gender parity had been achieved, with women accounting for 52 percent of lead or co-lead roles in those shows,” they wrote.

Weekly Digest – September 16, 2019

Hello everyone! On the USC Linguistics blog this week, the Fall 2019 cohort has been kind enough to supply introductions to the department. Click over to here to read their bios!

This week, in the Linguistics department…

Phonlunch is cancelled today.

Tuesday (09/17) 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Jina Song will talk about “Effects of coherence relations on the interpretation of Korean null pronouns”.

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The Southern California Annual Meeting on Syntax (SCAMS) is taking place at Pomona College on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The application deadline has been extended until September 20. 

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USC Linguists were well represented at Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing, 2019 (AMLaP) in Moscow from September 6-8. Silvia Kim presented a talk “English-Korean code-switching: Looking beyond balanced bilinguals and beyond Indo-European” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser). Cindy Chiang, Yijing Lu, and Elsi Kaiser presented a poster “Effects of discourse status, representational complexity, and locality on object-extracted relative clause processing”. Jina Song and Elsi Kaiser presented a poster “Effects of coherence relations on the interpretation of Korean null pronouns”.