USC Ling: Summer Digest!

Here’s what happened throughout this last summer…

Brian Hsu accepted a visiting lecturer in linguistics position at George Mason University, Virginia. He will be teaching syntax to graduates and undergraduates during the coming year – Congrats Brian!!!

A group of USC folks was at the Laboratory Phonology 15 conference in Ithaca, NY (July 13-16): Cynthia Lee, Samantha Gordon, Caitlin Smith, Sarah Harper, Tanner Sorensen, Rachel Walker, Louis Goldstein and Khalil Iskarous, who was an invited speaker. Here’s a picture of Cynthia and Sam presenting their poster on “Prosodic convergence during and after a cooperative maze task”:


Maria Luisa Zubizarreta gave lectures this July at the University in Lima, Peru and travelled to Cuzo/Machupichu. She is currently doing fieldwork on Guaraní in Paraguay. Here’s a picture with  USC alumni Héctor Velázquez and Liliana Sanchez at Universidad Catolica de Lima, July 18-19:


Sandy Disner gave a précis-poster this July at the 25th IAFPA (The annual meeting of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics) in York, England.

Roumi Pancheva taught syntax at the NYI 14 (The New York – St Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture) in St. Petersburg in July (check it out:

Elsi Kaiser taught a course on “Information structure and reference resolution: Experimental and corpus-based approaches” and also led a research discussion group on “Psycholinguistic investigations of interface phenomena” at the 2016 LOT Summer School (Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap, the National Graduate School of Linguistics in the Netherlands). Here’s a picture of gorgeous Utrecht:


Alfredo Garcia Pardo presented a paper called “Argument structure in adjectival passives: an aspect-based approach” at the 3rd Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles (WAASAP 3) at Université Lille 3 (Lille, France); he also attended the 13th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WoSSP 13) in Barcelona, Spain, where he presented a paper called “Ser and estar: back to aspect”, co-authored with alumni Mythili Menon (Wichita State University) and a poster on “Building adjectival passives from aspectual structure”. Below is a picture of the poster session in Barcelona: try to find Alfredo!


Betül Erbaşı gave a talk titled “Aspectual Domain as a Prosodic Constituent in Turkish” at the 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics between May 13-15.

Ana Besserman presented a poster on “Garden-path sentences: perspectives from a production task” with Elsi Kaiser at the International Workshop of Language Production (IWLP 2016) in San Diego, CA this July. Ana also presented a poster on “The effects of discourse cues on Garden Path processing” with Elsi Kaiser at COGSCI 2016 in Philadelphia, PA this August:


Hayeun Jang, Monica Do, Andres Benitez and Chorong Kang got together in Seoul, South Korea. Here’s proof to make all of us jealous:


We hope you had a terrific summer, and here’s to an even better Fall semester!


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