USC Ling Weekly Digest Feb.21

Hello, linguists! We hope you enjoyed this long rainy weekend! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Thursday 2/23 at 3:30pm in WPH400: Ian Roberts will present in a special Syntax+!
And also on Thursday at 3:30, PhonLunch will have an organizational meeting.

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This past weekend a group of USC linguists presented at GLOW in Asia XI at the National University of Singapore!
Hayeun Jang presented a poster on “Decay of ungrounded rules: the residual vowel harmony of Middle Korean in Contemporary Korean”; Bhamati Dash gave a talk titled “A unified account of the yes/no particle in Hindi, Bangla, and Odia”, joint work with Saurov Syed; and Yifan Yang and Wei Wei presented a talk on “Verbal reduplication in Mandarin Chinese: an analysis at syntax-phonology interface”.



USC Ling Weekly Digest Feb.13

This week…

… on Monday, 02/13 at 5pm in the Philosophy Department’s seminar room: Alexis Wellwood (Northwestern) will be giving a talk on “How to mean ‘more'”.

and on Thursday, 2/16 at 5pm in the Linguistics Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! NhaBinh Ngo will talk about “Kinship features in Vietnamese pronoun resolution”.

Don’t forget to submit any news or updates here.

Happy valentine’s day!

USC Ling Weekly Digest Feb. 6

This past weekend, Jessica Harmon presented “Simultaneous articulation as a window into structure: non-manual negation as explicit scope marking in ASL” at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

And here’s what’s happening this week:

This Monday 02/6 at 3:30 in GFS330: colloquium speaker Matt Wagers (UC Santa Cruz) will give a talk about sentence processing work he has conducted on pronouns in Chamorro.

Thursday 2/9 at 3:30 in B47 (Social Sciences Building):  Syntax+! Saurov Syed and Bhamati Dash will present “A unified account of the yes/no particle in Hindi, Bangla, and Odia”.

also on Thursday 2/9, at 5pm in GFS330: Lindy Comstock (UCLA) will present “Morphological priming in Russian”.

Statement from the USC Linguistics Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics Department at USC strongly condemns the immigration and travel ban signed and implemented on January 27, 2017. We believe the ban is immoral: it targets individuals on the basis of their nationality, and ultimately their ethnicity and religion, it denies protection to refugees escaping war and persecution, and it tears apart families and communities. We are also deeply alarmed by the execution of the ban, which has resulted in prolonged detainment at airports, denial of legal representation, and deportations.

We stand with our current and former students who are directly affected by this ban, many of whom have aging parents and relatives in the targeted countries.  It tears at our hearts to imagine what a terrible and unreasonable hardship they are facing right now. We also stand with all our international students who now fear that they may not be able to continue their studies in the US. We support all of our students regardless of their nationality, citizenship, ethnicity, or religion.  Although we are a small department, our faculty and students come from many countries, working together and enriching each other’s lives. We are one another’s colleagues, classmates, teachers, mentors, and friends. When confronted with xenophobia, islamophobia, and racism, we can count on one another for the care and strength we need to persevere, and to continue our work together.

As scientists, we are committed to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and we aspire to foster rational and critical thinking, free of prejudice and dogma. We oppose barriers to the communication of ideas and collaborative efforts for discovery. We strongly oppose discriminatory actions aimed at anyone in our community. We value diversity. We believe in human equality and dignity. We will not be divided.

USC Ling Weekly Digest Jan.30

Hello everybody! Here’s what you shouldn’t miss this week:

Monday 01/30 at 3:30pm in GFS330: Juliet Stanton (MIT) will give a talk titled “Constraints on the Distribution of Nasal-Stop Sequences: An Argument for Contrast”!

Thursday 02/02 at 5pm in GFS330:  Stefan Keine will give a tutorial on analyzing self-paced reading data using R.

USC Ling Weekly Digest Jan. 23

Hello, linguists! Here’s what is going on this week:

Monday 01/23, 3:30pm in GFS330: don’t miss the talk by Ryan Bennett on “Prosodic smothering in Macedonian and Kaqchikel.”

Thursday 01/26 will be a busy day! Get ready for:

. at 3:30pm in GFS204: Syntax+! Ksenia Bogomolets will present a talk entitled “Being exceptional is important for the whole family: Agreement paradigms in Algonquian” (joint work with Paula Fenger, Adrian Stegovec).

. at 4:30pm in the Reading Room: PhonLunch! Jessica Harmon will give a practice talk for her presentation at BLS titled “Simultaneous articulation as a window into structure: non-manual negation as explicit scope marking in ASL.”

. at 5pm in GFS330: Psycholing lab meeting! Monica Do will give a talk on “Syntactic Satiation and Syntactic Priming: Two sides of the same coin?”

USC Ling Weekly Digest!


Welcome to the Spring semester, everybody!

We are back from a long hiatus, so here are some news you might have missed while we were gone…

Back in November/December:

Khalil Iskarous gave a talk at Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich titled “Formant Dynamics from Task Dynamics.”

At the ASA – the 5th Joint Meeting Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan, in Hawaii – Hayeun Jang presented “Effects of phonetic naturalness in decay of Korean vowel harmony”; Cynthia Yoonjeong Lee presented “Acoustic and articulatory measures of prosodic convergence in a cooperative maze navigation task” (joint work with Samantha Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd); and Rachel Walker presented “Gestural coordination and blending among liquid consonants and vowels in American English” (joint work with Michael Proctor).

Samantha Danner gave a talk titled “Using Optical Flow and Electromagnetic Articulography in Multimodal Speech Research” at the
Speech Science and Technology conference in Sydney, Australia. Shri Narayanan gave a keynote talk at the conference; Michael Proctor, who was a postdoc at USC, gave a tutorial and co-authored several papers/posters; and Mitsuhiro Nakamura, who was a visiting scholar at USC last semester, also presented.

Alumna Barbara Tomaszewicz (PhD 2015, currently at Cologne University) was an invited speaker at the “Workshop on Formal and Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics”, which is part of the 12th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages in Berlin. Her talk title was “Focus effects on quantifier domains revealed in sentence processing”.

Roumyana Pancheva gave invited talks in Utrecht and Vienna on “The Person Case Constraint: A Reconceptualization” (joint work with Maria Luisa Zubizarreta).

Andrew Simpson presented a paper on “The complex phasal architecture of nominal constituents” (joint work with Saurov Syed) at the conference on Phase Theory, held in the University of Brussels.

Saurov Syed gave an invited talk at his previous university, The English & Foreign Languages University, in Hyderabad. The talk was titled “The structure of noun phrases in Bengali: what it tells us about phases and the universality of DPs”.

And on that note:
many congratulations to Saurov Syed, who has been selected to receive a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching!!!

And this January, a huge USC cohort got together at the 91th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Austin, Texas:

Peter Guekguezian presented his poster on “The Scope of Match Constraints: Match-Word(All) and (Only)”; Ana Besserman presented her poster titled “When transitivity is ambiguous: Aspectual and clausal cues” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser); Alfredo García-Pardo presented a poster on “Manner and Result under the same root”; Saurov Syed presented his poster “Genitive-marked arguments of the noun: their hierarchy, nature, and linear relation in Bangla”; Samantha Danner gave a talk titled “Task-dependent coordination of vocal tract and manual gestures” (joint work with Louis Goldstein and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson); and Elsi Kaiser presented her poster on “A scalar constraint approach to the typology of loanword adaptation” and gave a talk titled “Speakers’ rapidly-updated expectations influence prosodic realization of information structure” (joint work with Iris Ouyang and Sasha Spala).
Alumnus Brian Hsu (PhD 2016, currently at George Mason) presented a poster titled “A scalar constraint approach to the typology of loanword adaptation” (joint work with Karen Jesney); Alumna Mythili Menon (PhD 2016, currently at Wichita State University) gave a talk titled “Building Superlatives from Property Concept Expressions”; Alumna Michal Temkin Martínez (PhD 2010, now at Boise State University) presented “Endangered Languages in the Undergraduate Curriculum” (joint work with Shobhana Chelliah) at the Endangered Languages in the Undergraduate Curriculum symposium at the LSA.


Many many thanks to Mythili for organizing our USC dinner in Austin!

And a big thanks to everyone who has contributed with news for the blog! Don’t forget to let us know about any news and updates by submitting them here