USC Ling Weekly Digest!


Welcome to the Spring semester, everybody!

We are back from a long hiatus, so here are some news you might have missed while we were gone…

Back in November/December:

Khalil Iskarous gave a talk at Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich titled “Formant Dynamics from Task Dynamics.”

At the ASA – the 5th Joint Meeting Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan, in Hawaii – Hayeun Jang presented “Effects of phonetic naturalness in decay of Korean vowel harmony”; Cynthia Yoonjeong Lee presented “Acoustic and articulatory measures of prosodic convergence in a cooperative maze navigation task” (joint work with Samantha Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd); and Rachel Walker presented “Gestural coordination and blending among liquid consonants and vowels in American English” (joint work with Michael Proctor).

Samantha Danner gave a talk titled “Using Optical Flow and Electromagnetic Articulography in Multimodal Speech Research” at the
Speech Science and Technology conference in Sydney, Australia. Shri Narayanan gave a keynote talk at the conference; Michael Proctor, who was a postdoc at USC, gave a tutorial and co-authored several papers/posters; and Mitsuhiro Nakamura, who was a visiting scholar at USC last semester, also presented.

Alumna Barbara Tomaszewicz (PhD 2015, currently at Cologne University) was an invited speaker at the “Workshop on Formal and Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics”, which is part of the 12th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages in Berlin. Her talk title was “Focus effects on quantifier domains revealed in sentence processing”.

Roumyana Pancheva gave invited talks in Utrecht and Vienna on “The Person Case Constraint: A Reconceptualization” (joint work with Maria Luisa Zubizarreta).

Andrew Simpson presented a paper on “The complex phasal architecture of nominal constituents” (joint work with Saurov Syed) at the conference on Phase Theory, held in the University of Brussels.

Saurov Syed gave an invited talk at his previous university, The English & Foreign Languages University, in Hyderabad. The talk was titled “The structure of noun phrases in Bengali: what it tells us about phases and the universality of DPs”.

And on that note:
many congratulations to Saurov Syed, who has been selected to receive a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching!!!

And this January, a huge USC cohort got together at the 91th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Austin, Texas:

Peter Guekguezian presented his poster on “The Scope of Match Constraints: Match-Word(All) and (Only)”; Ana Besserman presented her poster titled “When transitivity is ambiguous: Aspectual and clausal cues” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser); Alfredo García-Pardo presented a poster on “Manner and Result under the same root”; Saurov Syed presented his poster “Genitive-marked arguments of the noun: their hierarchy, nature, and linear relation in Bangla”; Samantha Danner gave a talk titled “Task-dependent coordination of vocal tract and manual gestures” (joint work with Louis Goldstein and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson); and Elsi Kaiser presented her poster on “A scalar constraint approach to the typology of loanword adaptation” and gave a talk titled “Speakers’ rapidly-updated expectations influence prosodic realization of information structure” (joint work with Iris Ouyang and Sasha Spala).
Alumnus Brian Hsu (PhD 2016, currently at George Mason) presented a poster titled “A scalar constraint approach to the typology of loanword adaptation” (joint work with Karen Jesney); Alumna Mythili Menon (PhD 2016, currently at Wichita State University) gave a talk titled “Building Superlatives from Property Concept Expressions”; Alumna Michal Temkin Martínez (PhD 2010, now at Boise State University) presented “Endangered Languages in the Undergraduate Curriculum” (joint work with Shobhana Chelliah) at the Endangered Languages in the Undergraduate Curriculum symposium at the LSA.


Many many thanks to Mythili for organizing our USC dinner in Austin!

And a big thanks to everyone who has contributed with news for the blog! Don’t forget to let us know about any news and updates by submitting them here


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