Weekly Digest Summer Update 2019

Hello everyone! Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school year! We’re going to start the school year with a large collection of summer updates. If you haven’t sent in a summer update, but would like to share any updates, please submit at the link on the top of this website.

USC Linguistics was well represented at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE 2019) in Leece, Italy. Sarah Harper presented a talk “Intrasegmental gestural timing for American English /ɹ/ in isolated and connected speech”; and Miran Oh, Dani Byrd, Louis Goldstein, and Shrikanth Narayanan presented a talk “Vertical larynx actions and larynx-oral timing in ejectives and implosives.” Yifan Yang, Rachel Walker and Alessandro Vietti presented a poster “Variation of sibilants in three Ladin dialects”. Mairym Llorens Monteserin presented a poster “Phonetics and distribution of Tourette’s verbal tics produced during active speech”, which won Best Student Poster

In July, Sarah Harper attended the Articulatory Phonology workshop (of which Louis Goldstein was one of the organizers) in Monterey, California.

Sarah Harper also gave a talk, titled “The relationship between gestural timing and magnitude for American English /l/ across speech tasks“, at the 19th ICPhS (International Congress of Phonetic Sciences) in Melbourne, Australia in early August, for which she received both an IPA Student Award and the conference’s Best Student Paper award.

Andrew Simpson was an invited speaker at a conference on “Language Diversity, Contact and Change” held at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing June 14-16.  His talk was on Analyzing head-initiality, head-finality and mixed headedness.

Betul Erbasi presented a talk titled ‘Evidence Alternatives in Attitude Verbs‘ in SICOGG XXI & GLOW in Asia XII in Seoul, Korea, which was between Aug 6th-9th.

Eight USC faculty, students and alumni (all now linguistics faculty in Taiwan and Hong Kong) presented at the Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics held in Macau in July: Audrey Simpson, Andrew Li, Haley Wei Wei, Roger Liao (2011), Iris Wu (PhD 2014), Candice Cheung (PhD 2008), Shu-ing Shyu (PhD 1995), and Miaoling Hsieh (PhD 2001).
Audrey Li presented the keynote talk “Determining Structures without Morphological Clues: Chinese Adverbial Phrases with Apparent Clausal Complements” (joint work with Wei Wei) and Andrew Simpson presented the keynote talk “Classifiers are for what? Revisiting the structure of nominal projections in East Asian languages.”
Hayley Wei Wei also presented “The semantics and pragmatics of contradicting “you” in Chinese.

USC Linguists and Alumns at TEAL 12


Sandy Disner has been named an Associate of the Speaker Recognition Subcommittes of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This group is mandated by the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide guidelines for forensic analysis. Sandy attended the annual meeting of NIST’s Digital and Multimedia Scientific Area Committees in Orlando, Florida in July.

Deniz Rudin taught a course, “The Semantics-Discourse-Pragmatics Interface: Theory and Applications”, at the Eastern Generative Grammar (EGG) summer school in Wroclaw in August

Betul Erbasi visited the Department of German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne in Germany as a visiting researcher under the supervision of Prof. Klaus von Heusinger from May 21st to July 11th, where she worked on a project to develop experiments on familiarity in German prepositional phrases.

Roumyana Pancheva taught a joint class with Paul Portner on “The Speaker and Addressee at the Syntax/Semantics Interface” at CreteLing.


Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (PI) & Roumyana Pancheva (co-PI) received a three year National Science Foundation  grant, “The Evidential-Temporal Connection in a Tense-less language


Binh Ngo defended her dissertation “Vietnamese pronouns in discourse“, and Maury Courtland defended his dissertation “The role of individual variability in tests of functional hearing“. Congratulations to them both!

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