Weekly Digest – Feb 4, 2019

Last Saturday (2/2) Brooke Kidner (partnering with USC Native Trojans and USC SACNAS) volunteered to help represent USC at the Inter-Tribal Education Collaboration’s College Exploration day at UCI.


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This week, in the Linguistics department…

Monday (02/04) at 2pm in the Conference Room: Town Hall meeting!

Also on Monday (02/04), at 3:45pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+! Daniel Plesniak will give a presentation titled “Detecting C-Command Effects in the Mind of Daniel Plesniak: A Self-Experiment.”

Tuesday (02/05) at 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting: CV workshop.

Thursday (02/07) at 11:30am in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Jessie Johnson and Brooke Kidner will be presenting.



Weekly Digest – Jan 28, 2019

Rachel Walker and Yifan Yang presented a talk at the OCP 2019 in Verona titled: “Combinative Markedness in Three-consonant Clusters,” reporting on their recent research on the Ladin language.

Sandy Disner was invited to be the featured speaker in the National Academy of Sciences’  Distinctive Voices Lecture Series on December 5th.  Sandy’s talk was entitled “Linguistics in Legal Disputes.”

The current issue of Linguistic Inquiry has a USC double-feature: Stefan Keine with “Selective Opacity” and Stephanie Shih & Sharon Inkelas with “Autosegmental Aims in Surface-Optimizing Phonology.” Check them out!

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This week, in the USC Linguistics department…

On Tuesday (01/29) at 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Daniel Plesniak will present “Correlations of judgements in pronominal binding and quantifier scope.”

On Thursday (01/31) at 11am in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Reed Blaylock will present.

USC Ling Weekly Newsletter 01/14

Welcome to Spring 2019! Here are some news you might have missed during the break:

Congratulations to Roumyana Pancheva, who was promoted to full professor!

And congratulations to our recent alum Caitlin Smith, who will be a lecturer this spring in the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill!

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At at the end of Fall 2018 we had our annual departmental holiday party – thanks Brooke for organizing it, and thanks to everyone who helped and attended! Here are some pictures:

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In December 1-2 we also hosted the 2nd CAlifornia Meeting in Psycholinguistics (CAMP) – thanks so much to all who made this wonderful conference possible! Here are some pictures:

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Alexis Wellwood gave a talk titled “Events in language and mind” at the 13th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication, December 8-9 2018, in the Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia.

Roumyana Pancheva gave an invited talk titled “Aspect in the historical present” at the Brussels Conference on Generative Grammar 11: The syntax and semantics of aspect, in KE Leuven, Brussel Campus, Belgium.  Betul Erbasi gave a talk titled “Matrix verb type and the availability of aspectual structure” at BCGL, December 10-11.

Here are Betul and alums Barbara, Ulli and Thomas in Ghent before BCGL 11:



This year, Roumyana Pancheva and Khalil Iskarous were co-chairs of the Program Committee for this year’s LSA!

Three USC faculty presented talks at the “Inside Segments” Workshop at the LSA in NYC:
Khalil Iskarous presented “Energy and phonology”, Stephanie Shih and Sharon Inkelas presented “Subsegments and the emergence of segments” and Rachel Walker presented “Cross-segment partial overlap.”

At the LSA, Reed Blaylock presented “The influence of metronomic rhythm on speech rhythm in a chanting task”, Hayeon Jang presented “Emergent phonological gradience from articulatory synergy”, Tommy Lee presented “Head movement with semantic effects: Aspectual verb raising in Cantonese”, alumn Cynthia Lee presented “Dynamical systems model of prosodic asymmetry in the co-expression of phrasal and segmental tone” (joint work with Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd), alum Caitlin Smith presented “Asymmetries in cross-height rounding harmony”, alum Monica Do presented “The syntax-to-semantics mapping in real-time language production: A view from psych verbs” (with Elsi Kaiser) and Elsi Kaiser & Jesse Storbeck presented “Emergent clusters of subjective adjectives: On the importance of experienced judges”.

At the SCiL sister society of the LSA, Caitlin Smith and Charlie O’Hara presented a talk “Formal Characterizations of True and False Sour Grapes” and Charlie also presented a poster “Place and position are computationally different”.

Here are pictures of  current and alumn USC folks at this year’s LSA:

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And this week, in the Linguistics department…

Tuesday 01/15 at 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! This week we will discuss website creation and management.




USC Ling Weekly Digest 11/26

Yifan Yang gave a talk titled “Backcopying driven by surface correspondence” last Friday at the workshop Phonological variation and its interfaces, held by the University of Barcelona. He shared some delicious pictures to make us jealous:


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This week, in the linguistics department…

Monday 11/26 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Colloquium! Brian Smith (USC) will give a talk on “Global constraint evaluation in English allomorph selection.”

Tuesday 11/27 at 3pm in VKC109: Syntax+! Tommy Tsz Ming Lee is going to practice his upcoming LSA presentation titled “Head movement with semantic effects: Aspectual verb raising in Cantonese.”

Wednesday 11/28 at 10am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Jina Song will present “Salience effects on pro interpretation in Korean.”

This weekend, December 1-2, we will be hosting CAMP – the 2nd edition of the CAlifornia Meeting in Psycholinguistics!

An important reminder: we will be having our department holiday party Friday, December 7th, from 6-10pm. Food will be provided, but handmade desserts and goodies are always welcome! We will also do a white elephant/ secret Santa again ($20limit) for those who are interested.

USC Ling Weekly Digest 11/12

Congrats to Betul Erbasi! Her chapter “Turkish doubled verbs as doubled TPs” has been published in the book Exact Repetition in Grammar and Discourse.

Congrats to Reed Blaylock! His work on beatboxing utilizing MRI scanners has been featured in The New York TimesPopular Science, and Business Times.

This past week at 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Victoria, Canada (Nov 5-9): Hayeon Jang presented “Contribution of the tongue tip retraction in the articulation of high vowels”, Mairym Llorens presented “Distributional patterning of reflex cough during telephone conversations”, Miran Oh presented “Enriching the Understanding of Glottalic Consonant Production: Vertical Larynx Movement in Hausa Ejectives and Implosives”, Brooke Kidner presented “Belching as a non-lexical speech object: Evidence from pop-culture”, Chloe Gfeller presented “Positional allophony in ejective stops: a case study of Georgian”, Samantha Gordon Danner presented “Hand gesture density in prosodically important speech regions” and “Assessing multimodal speech-gesture coordination: correlation map analysis for signal comparison” and alumna Cynthia Lee presented “The role of vertical larynx movement in the tense-lax contrast of Seoul Korean stops across phrasal position.”



The Python for Linguistics workshop this past weekend was a huge success – a special thanks to alumn Ed Holsinger for teaching, and to Binh Ngo for organizing it!


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This week, in the Linguistics department…

On Wednesday 11/14 at 10 am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab meeting! Silvia Kim will present “Korean/English code-switching by heritage speakers.”

Also on Wednesday 11/14, at 12pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Yifan Yang will present “Backcopying driven by surface correspondence.








USC Ling Weekly Digest 11/05

Thanks to everyone who came and made last week’s Halloween party so spooktacular! A special thanks to our event organizer Brooke for putting it together. Here are some pics:


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This week, in the Linguistics department…

Monday 11/05 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+! Dominique Sportiche (UCLA) will give a talk titled “Control (of PRO) and Binding as Description Sharing.”

Wednesday 11/07 at 10am in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab meeting! Ana Besserman will present “Context effects on implicit objects’ discourse status.”




USC Ling Weekly Digest 10/29

Sarah Lee gave a talk titled “The Interpretation of the Comparison Class in Degree Predication” at CUSP (California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics) 11 at UC Berkeley, Oct. 27-28.

Brooke Kidner, Binh Ngo and Cindy Chiang attended the USC Graduate School reception at the California Science Center last Thursday (10/25):


Brooke Kidner (with USC SACNAS chapter) attended the California Early Career Scientist Symposium’s “Building the Next Generation of Science Advocacy Leaders” workshop, hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists at UCI last Saturday (10/27).

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars: CAMP 2018 (the CAlifornia Meeting on Psycholinguistics) will be hosted by USC, December 1-2: https://sites.google.com/view/camp-usc2018

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This week, in the Linguistics department…

Monday, Oct 29 at 3:30pm in GFS218: Syntax+! Betul Erbasi is presenting “Interaction between Nominalized Complements and Matrix Verb Types in Turkish”

Wednesday, Oct 31 at 12pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Hayeun Jang, Chloé Gfeller and Mairym Llorens will give ASA practice talks.

Also on Wednesday, Oct 31 at 4pm in the Conference Room: HALLOWEEN PARTY!