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:

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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!




USC Ling Weekly Digest 10/22

Last week, Brooke Kidner presented “Utilizing Esophageal Speech as a Communicative Utterance: Empirical Evidence from Pop Culture”, Mairym Llorens presented “Analysis of behavioral signals to understand speech planning and production in the lab and in the wild” and Reed Blaylock presented “Breaking Down the Beat: The Art and Science of Beatboxing” at the SACNAS/GASP Research Pairing Mixer at USC.


Elsi Kaiser gave an invited colloquium talk titled “Implicit elements in language: Psycholinguistics investigations of their interpretation and discourse status” at the Saarland University, in Germany (Oct 18).


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This week, in the linguistics department…

Wednesday 10/24 at 10am in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab meeting! Angela Xiaoxue He will give a practice talk for BUCLD (the Boston Conference on Language Development) titled “Sleep consolidates syntactically-derived verb meanings in 2-year-olds.”

Also on Wednesday 10/24, at noon in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Brooke Kidner, Miran Oh, Samantha Danner and Cynthia Lee will give ASA practice talks.



USC Ling Weekly Digest 10/15

This past weekend Brooke Kidner represented Dornsife and the USC Graduate programs at the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference!


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This week, in the Linguistics department…

Wednesday, 10/17 at 10am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Haley Farkas will present “Quantification and visual event segmentation.”

Also on Wednesday 10/17, at noon in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Brooke Kidner will present “Esophageal Speech as Gestural Affixation: Belching in Rick and Morty.”

USC Ling Weekly Digest 10/08

USC linguists have just returned from presenting at AMP 2018 in San Diego: Hayeon Jang presented “Articulatory-based subfeatural representations: tongue-tip perturbation made by high vowels”; Charlie O’Hara and alumn Caitlin Smith presented “Computational Complexity and Sour-Grapes-Like Patterns”; Charlie O’Hara also presented “The Sweet Spot Effect: Rare Phonotactic Patterns Require Specific Lexical Frequencies”; Reed Blaylock presented “Lingual egressive airstream harmony in beatboxing” (joint work with Nimisha Patil, Timothy Greer, and Shrikanth Narayanan); and alumn Brian Hsu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) presented “Predicting exceptional prosodification effects in Gradient Harmonic Grammar.” Here are some pictures:


This week, in the Linguistics department…

Monday 10/08 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Masha Polinsky (University of Maryland) will kick-off our colloquium series with  “On the right periphery.”

Wednesday 10/10 at 10am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab meeting! Madhumanti Datta presents “The interaction of distributional and semantic information in learning verb alternation patterns – A novel verb learning study.”

Also Wednesday 10/10, at 12pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Mairym Llorens and Reed Blaylock will be presenting.