USC Ling Weekly Digest April 24

Khalil Iskarous gave a talk titled “The interaction between phonetics and phonology in the realization of listner-based sound change” with Darya Kavitskaya at the 4th Sound Change Workshop at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


This week:

Monday 04/24 at 4pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+! Betül Erbaşı and Songül Gündoğdu will present “Ezafe across language families: Iranian and Altaic”.

Thursday 04/27 at 4:30pm in the TBD: PhonLunch! Hayeun Jang is presenting “Effects of intervening consonants in Korean umlaut”.

Also Thursday 04/27, at 5pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing lab meeting! Ana Besserman will talk about “Implicit Arguments and Discourse.”

Here are some lovely pictures of the 36th Annual Academic Honors Convocation, where Saurov Syed officially received the Oustanding Teaching Award of 2017!

USC’s 19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

Congratulations to all the undergraduate students who presented their research at the USC’s 19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. This year featured lots of really interesting work! Here are some of the presenters:

. Patrice Zhao presented “Asking Questions: Effects of Word Order on Language Production”.
. Catherine Wang and Justin Nichols presented “When Pronouns Disagree: A Psycholinguistic Investigation”.
. Claire Witzke presented “Judgments in Nativeness for Constructed Languages: Dothraki”.
. Jesse Mena, Justin Nichols, and Joshua Segui presented “Automatic Detection of the Grammatical Vocabulary of Language: Lithuanian, Polish, and Irish”.
. Joshua Segui presented “The Morphosyntax of Double Object Clitics in Kambera”.
. Last but not least, congratulations to Nimisha Patil (double-majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Film Production) who won the prize for best interdisciplinary poster with her work titled “Comparison of Basic Beatboxing Articulations using Real-Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging”!

USC Ling Weekly Digest April 17

Congratulations to Khalil Iskarous for his promotion to Associate Professor!

And congratulations to all the students who were awarded fellowships: Jessica Harmon for the USC Graduate School Final Year Fellowship, Charlie O’Hara for the Morkovin Endowed Fellowship and Binh Ngo for the Research Enhancement Fellowship!


Roumyana Pancheva gave a colloquium talk at UConn on “Logophoricity effects in double object structures with clitics” (joint work with Maria Luisa Zubizarreta) on 03/31.



Peter Guekguezian gave a colloquium at Fresno State called “Multiple Spellout Meets Parallel Phonology” on Thursday 4/6.

Peter Guekguezian also presented “Compatibility, Antagonism, and the Nature of Coarticulation: the SaySiyat Pharyngeal” (joint work with Khalil Iskarous) at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association in the University of Washington, Seattle on Saturday 4/8.


This is the penult week of classes! 😳

Monday 04/17 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Lisa Davidson’s (NYU) colloquium talk on Gradient phonation patterns in American English obstruents.”

Tuesday 04/18 at 9am in the Reading Room: Justin Nichols and Catherine Wang will give a practice talk on “When Pronouns Disagree: A Psycholinguistic Investigation of Imposters” for GLEEFUL 2017.

Thursday 04/20 at 12:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Samantha Gordon will talk about “Coordination in multimodal spontaneous speech”.


Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the Linguistics Undergraduate students and the research they presented at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work!

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USC Ling Weekly Digest April 10

Congratulations to Saurov Syed, who has been offered a USC Dornsife Preceptor teaching position following his graduation!!


Last week, Khalil Iskarous gave a talk at George Mason University Krasnow Institute on “Dynamical principles underlying octopus body patterning, a visible neural network”.


“What’s happening this week?”, you ask?

Monday 04/10 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+Thomas Borer will present his poster for GLAC “The Person Case Constraint in Swiss German – A Movement Analysis”.

Wednesday 04/12 from 11am to 2pm in the TCC ballroom: the Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work! This event will feature research posters by USC undergraduates, including at least two linguistics posters:
. “Asking questions: Effects of word order on language production” by Pengchen (Patrice) Zhao
. “When Pronouns Disagree: A Psycholinguistic Investigation” by Justin Nichols and Catherine Wang

Thursday 04/13 at 5pm in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Monica Do will talk about “How are Questions Made? The Sequel: A Production Study of Wh-Questions”.

USC Ling Weekly Digest April 3

April is here!

Congratulations to Brian Hsu (USC Ph.D. 2016) on being offered and accepting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill!


This past weekend a group of USC linguists met up at CUNY, which took place at MIT. Binh Ngo presented a poster on “Discourse coherence and pronoun use: Null and overt pronouns in Vietnamese” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser), Ana Besserman presented a poster titled “Discourse and Sentence-level Expectations in Second Language Comprehension: Addressing the RAGE hypothesis” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser), alumna Barbara Tomaszewicz presented a poster on “Focus structures and the processing of discourse congruence” (joint work with Petra Schumacher), and Elsi Kaiser presented a poster titled “Research is fun, psycholinguists are intelligent: Perspective sensitivity in adjectives” (joint work with Jamie Herron Lee) and gave a talk on “Prosodic reflection of rapidly-updated expectations: Revisiting givenness” (joint work with Iris Ouyang and Sasha Spala).


Thursday, 04/06 at 5pm in GFS330: Psycholinguistics Lab meeting! Stefan Keine will presentDiagnosing constraints through inter-speaker variability”.

USC Ling Weekly Digest March 27

Today is a day for congratulations!

Congratulations to Hayeun Jang, who has received a Korean Summer Fieldwork Grant from the USC Korean Studies Institute in support of her project “Fieldwork on Seoul Korean consonants in palatalization and umlaut”!

And congratulations to Chorong Kang, whose paper “Korean Intervention Effects are not a single phenomenon: evidence from syntax-prosody interface” was accepted for publication in the Linguistic Review!

USC Ling Weekly Digest March 3

Welcome back from spring break, everybody! There are less than 6 weeks until the last day of classes.

Mythili Menon (alum, PhD 2016) presented a talk on “Degree Achievements of Color” (joint work with Roumyana Pancheva) at FASAL 7 at MIT.


Peter Ara Guekguezian gave a talk to Phlunch at UC Santa Cruz on 3/10 entitled ”Prosodic Effects of Syntactic Cyclicity inside the Word”.

USIL  is organizing  an Irish Language workshop on March 22nd led by Professor Tok Thompson! Please sign up here.


This week, in the linguistics department:

Today, 03/20, at 3:30pm in the conference room: Syntax+! Huilin Fang will talk about “Ganjue and ganjue-dao ‘find/feel’: a comparison”.

Thursday, 03/23, at 3:30pm in the conference room: Phonlunch! Yoona Yee will present “Target assymmetries in consonant harmony”.


Thanks everybody for another excellent open house event!