USC Ling Weekly Digest

Congratulations to Christina Hagedorn (Ph.D. 2015), who is taking up a tenure-track position at College of Staten Island, CUNY in the fall!

The Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work ( takes place this Wednesday, April 13, 11-2pm!  People can come by anytime between11am and 2pm to look at the posters in the Tutor Campus Center ballroom (downstairs). It’s a great way to learn about the wealth of undergraduate research going on at USC!

Sayuli Bhide and Katie Roberts will present a poster called “Processing with a purpose: How good are we at recognizing unwarranted explanations of scientific phenomena?”, based on research they have been doing with Elsi Kaiser in the USC Psycholinguistics lab.

Sasha Spala will present a poster on how the speaker’s prosody is influenced by the knowledge state of the listener, based on her work with Iris Ouyang and Elsi Kaiser.

Brooke Kidner, a senior in the Linguistics program will be presenting a poster on “Documenting Lakota: An Endangered Language” .

Please come by!

An addition to our spring conference presentations: Hayeun Jang will be presenting her work at CLS later this month.


The 39th GLOW colloquium (Generative Linguistics in the Old World) took place April 5th – 8th, 2016 in Göttingen, Germany. Elsi Kaiser gave a talk in the Perspectivization workshop, on “Pronominal patterns in Finnish reported speech and free indirect discourse.”


Here’s what’s happening this week:

Monday 4/11, at 10:30am in the Reading Room: Binh Ngo will present “Pronoun interpretations in Vietnamese”,
and at 4pm in GFS107, Syed Saurov will talk about his work “On the DP/NP status of nominal projections in Bangla: consequences for the theory of phases”.

On Thursday 4/14, 2:30pm in GFS330: Charlie O’Hara will speak on “Sonority-based stress in Harmonic Grammar: Noncontrastive conflation in phonological hierarchies”, and Hayeun Jang will speak on “Interactions between proximity and similarity in dissimilation: Swedish case study.”


A picture of the building in Goettingen where GLOW took place this year:


And here’s part of our gang busting some moves at SCAMP:



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