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.

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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:

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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!

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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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