Welcome (back) Linguists!

Welcome everyone — new students, and old students; new faculty and old faculty! After some very needed break from the zoom world, we are now slowly transitioning into a new phase of in-person/zoom instruction and conferences. Let’s be optimistic and hope that sooner rather than later we can all be in socializing as we used to.

But before we get the semester updates rolling, here are some summer fun facts and news that our fellow linguistis wanted to share with everyone:

Elsi and Deniz at ESSLI

Deniz and Elsi co-taught a class on the semantics and psycholinguistics of subjective predicates at ESSLLI 2021, the 32nd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information https://esslli2021.unibz.it/  (held virtually in July).  As Elsi likes to suggest, if you shuffle the letters a little bit, it’s almost as if she is named after the summer school, or the summer school is named after her!!

Sarah Harper at PaPE

Sarah gave a talk entitled “Idiosyncratic articulatory variability as evidence for individual differences in segmental representation” at PaPE 2021 in June.

Jessica Campbell’s road trip

Jessica took a road trip from Virginia to Florida to meet my baby cousin on his first birthday! Here’s him giggling because he got the dog to lick food off his hand!

Adam Woodnutt’s recent adoption

Adam and his partner got a kitten from Andrew this summer! His name is Professor Plum, he’s about 4 months old, and he’s super sweet and playful.

Other news…

USC at AMlaP

Some of psycholinguists are presenting at AMLaP (Sep 2-4, Université de Paris, France)!

Short talks

Sarah Hye-yeon Lee & Elsi Kaiser: “Integrating Real-world Event Knowledge and Grammatical Aspect Information during Event Comprehension”

Jesse Storbeck & Elsi Kaiser: “Discourse-level representation of possessed and adjective-modified referents”

Ian Rigby & Elsi Kaiser: “Effects of Sound Symbolism on Shape-Based Ambiguity”

Ian Rigby: “Factors of Source-Word Ordering in English Name Blends”

Yaning Yan (Renmin University of China) & Jun Lyu (University of Southern California): “Syntactic priming of verb copying constructions in (non-)native Chinese speakers”

Elsi Kaiser, Ramida Phoolsombat (University of Southern California), Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo) & Patrick Grosz (University of Oslo): “Taking reference resolution beyond the third person: Using emoji to refer to speakers and addressees”

Long talk

Elsi Kaiser: “Effects of linguistic manipulations on the comprehension of COVID-19 health messages”

New faculty and post-docs!

We are very glad to have new people among us. Click on their names to check their websites!

Zuzanna Fuchsnew assistant professor in psycholinguistics

Zuzanna Fuchs is joining the department as an Assistant Professor. Prior to coming to USC, Zuzanna obtained her PhD from Harvard University and subsequently served as an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Iowa. Her work focuses on the psycholinguistics of heritage bilingualism, with a particular emphasis on the structure and processing of the noun phrase. Zuzanna has worked on Spanish, Polish, Georgian, and the Bantu language family. In her free time, she enjoys reading and learning to play the piano, and she is looking forward to exploring the food and arts scenes in LA.

Travis Major teaching postdoc in syntax

Travis Major earned his PhD at UCLA. His formal research is focused on syntax and its interfaces with semantics and prosody. He is also a fieldworker who specializes in both Turkic (Uyghur, Tatar, and Turkish) and Niger-Congo (Avatime and Ibibio) languages families.  His dissertation research is centered around speech reports, direct vs. indirect quotation, clausal complementation, case/agreement, and event structure and how data from understudied languages inform our understanding of these topics.

Sam Zukoffteaching postdoc in phonology

Sam received his PhD from MIT in 2017 with a specialization in theoretical phonology. Since then, he has held positions at MIT, Princeton, and Leipzig University. Sam’s work focuses on phenomena at or near the phonology-morphology interface, including reduplication, infixation, nonconcatenative morphology, and morpheme ordering, with the goal of understanding the grammatical architecture responsible for these and similar phenomena. Outside of linguistics, he is a big fan of sports, beer, scotch, animals, and national parks.

We also have new grad students in our community! Stay tuned for their biographical blurbs soon!

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