USC Ling Weekly Digest Oct.31

Happy halloween linguists! Here’s whats going on this week:

Today, 10/31, at 3:30pm in GFS330: David Beaver is presenting a colloquium talk titled “Hustle: the hidden agendas in language”.

Tuesday, 11/01 at 9:30am in GFS330: Mairym Llorens will present “Understanding speaking styles in L1” at PhonLunch.

Thursday, 11/3 at 3:30pm in GFS330: Ana Besserman will present “Expectations in first and second languages: Event structure as a predictor for referent choice and transitivity” at Psycholing lab meeting.


The 2016 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2016) took place at USC October 21-23. Over 130 linguists from around the world attended. The programme featured:

– talks by three keynote speakers: Bruce Hayes (UCLA), Sharon Inkelas (UC Berkeley), and Colin Wilson (Johns Hopkins)
– three tutorial presentations: Robert Daland (UCLA), Samantha Gordon Danner (USC), and Megha Sundara (UCLA)
– 16 talks and 50 posters accepted based on submitted abstracts, including presentations by our very own:

Samantha Gordon Danner gave a tutorial presentation about the USC-TIMIT rtMRI speech production database; Reed Blaylock presented the poster “Driving derived environment effects with alignment constraints”; Peter Guekguezian presented the poster “Autosegments interact with syntax-prosody mapping”; Caitlin Smith presented the poster “Harmony triggering as a contrastive property of segments”; and Yifan Yang presented the poster “The realization of mutation in Chinese dialects.”

A huge thank you to all of the student volunteers who contributed to making the conference a success!

Here are some pictures:


USC folks have also been busy presenting at NELS, Oct 14-16, UMass Amherst:

Caitlin Smith gave a poster on “Harmony Triggering as a Segmental Property”; alumna Ellen O’Connor gave a talk on “The Accidental Ambiguity of Inversion Illusions”; Stefan Keine gave a talk titled “Weak crossover obviation and Principle C amnesty have distinct sources” and a joint poster with Jessica Coon and Michael Wagner titled “Hierarchy effects in copular constructions: The PCC corner of German”; and Roumi Pancheva gave an invited talk on “The Person Case Constraint: A Reconceptualization” (joint work with Maria Luisa Zubizarreta).

Here are some pictures!


Last Friday we had our annual Halloween party! Thanks Betul and Sarah for organizing another great event, and thanks so much Cynthia for kindly hosting it!






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