Weekly Digest 02/20

Tuesday (02/20) at 4pm in GFS207: Syntax+! Ethan Poole (UCLA) will give a talk titled (Im)possible Traces

Thursday (02/22) at 1pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting!
and at 4:30pm in GFS108: ShLAC (Language & Computation) lab meeting!

Friday (02/23) at 10:30am: Semantics colloquium! Followed by lunch at 12pm and High Tea at 4:30pm.

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If you haven’t yet done the survey about the climate in linguistics and related areas, it’s not too late:

A group of scholars (Dr. Corrine Occhino, Research Asst. Professor in the Center on Cognition and Language at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY; Dr. Savithry Namboodiripad, Assistant Prof at the University of Michigan; and Dr. Lynn Hou, a University of California President’s Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of California, San Diego)  is circulating a survey with the intent to get a better understanding of the climate for all who study language, linguistics and related areas.

You can share your experiences here:
https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9oaKQ2xrX9ngmOx

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Weekly Digest 02/12

Here’s what’s going on this week:

Monday (02/12) at 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Charlie O’Hara on “Soft typology of coda place of articulation distributions requires synchronic constraints.”
and at 3:30pm, also in the Conference Room: Syntax+Daniel Plesniak on “Towards the Cross-Linguistic Unity of De’s: A Third Factor Approach to Intra-Nominal Marking.”

Thursday (02/15) at 1pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab MeetingCatherine Wang will give a practice talk called “Fact or opinion? Interpreting subjective adjectives in news discourse.”
and at 4:30pm in GFS108: ShLAC (Language & Computation) lab meeting!

Friday (02/16) at 10:30am: Semantics colloquium! Followed by lunch at 12pm and High Tea at 4:30pm.

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PS. This week is Valentine’s Day! If you have any ideas for valentine’s linguistic memes, please send them to Ana.

Weekly Digest 02/05

Many congratulations to Reed Blaylock, who has been selected to receive a USC University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award! Excellent work, Reed!

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This week:

Monday (02/05) at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: ColloquiumJohn Goldsmith (University of Chicago) will give a talk titled “Learning morphology: an algorithm to learn something about language.

Thursday (02/08) at 4:30pm in GFS108: ShLAC (Language & Computation) lab meeting!

 

 

Weekly Digest 01/29

Khalil Iskarous presented an invited talk titled “Dynamical Theories of Language Production: Langue and Parole in Optimality Theory and Articulatory Phonology” at the conference of the Associzione Italian Science della Voce annual meeting in Bolzano, Italy (01/25).

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Here’s whats going on this week:

Today, Monday (01/29) at 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Hayeun Jang will present “Coronality of /i/: From tongue muscles to phonological representation.”

Thursday (02/01) at 1pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! Haley Farkas will present “Acquisition of verbal comparatives.”

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A group of scholars (Dr. Corrine Occhino, Research Asst. Professor in the Center on Cognition and Language at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY; Dr. Savithry Namboodiripad, Assistant Prof at the University of Michigan; and Dr. Lynn Hou, a University of California President’s Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of California, San Diego)  is circulating a survey with the intent to get a better understanding of the climate for all who study language, linguistics and related areas.

You can share your experiences here:
https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9oaKQ2xrX9ngmOx

Weekly Digest 01/22

Good morning, linguists! Here are some events happening this week in our department:

Monday (01/22) at 2pm in GFS111: Syntax+! Haley Wei will present “Adverbial Clauses in Mandarin Chinese: Ordering and Syntax-Discourse-Prosody Interface.”

Also on Monday (01/22), at 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Yoona Yee will present “Articulatory complexity as a factor for phonological similarity: implications for laryngeal co-occurrence restrictions.”

And Thursday (01/25) at 1pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! Monica Do and Binh Ngo will present “What influences classifier choice? Investigating the role of perceptual salience.”

Weekly Digest 01/15: Winter break news and more…

In celebration of Martin Luther King day, check out linguist Anne Charity Hudley’s first post as a contributor to Language Log!

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Here’s a recap of what’s been going on since our last update:

CAMP (December 2-3):
At the very first California Meeting in Psycholinguistics at UCLA,  Ana Besserman gave a talk titled “When implicit arguments refer to contextually salient referents: The case of d-linked sprouting” (with Elsi Kaiser); Binh Ngo presented “Vietnamese referential forms in spoken and written narratives” (with Elsi Kaiser); Jesse Storbeck gave a presentation on “Discourse status of possessed nouns affects interpretation of VP ellipsis” (with Elsi Kaiser),  Monica Do gave a talk titled “Message Formulation is multi-factorial and competitive: Evidence from real-time production of wh-questions in two languages” (with Elsi Kaiser and Pengchen Zhao) and Maury Lander-Portnoy presented “Affordance of Auditory Object Formation Improves Speech Perception in Noise.” Here are some pictures:


ASA (Dec3-9)
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At the 174th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in New Orleans, (Cynthia) Yoonjeong Lee presented “Prosodic asymmetry in phonetic reorganization of Seoul Korean 3-way voiceless stop contrast” (with Louis Goldstein), Miran Oh presented “Tracking Larynx Movement in Real-Time MRI Data” and Maury Lander-Portnoy presented “Using real time magnetic resonance imaging to measure changes in articulatory behavior due to partial glossectomy.”
Congratulations to Mairym Lloréns Monteserín, whose poster titled “Verbal tic grouping and duration in the speech of a person with Tourette’s” won first place in the student poster competition in the Speech Communication category! Pics below:


LSA (Jan4-7)
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At the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Salt Lake City, Jesse Storbeck gave a talk titled “Possession type affects resolution of possessive pronouns in English VP ellipsis” (with Elsi Kaiser), Monica Do presented “What can wh-questions tell us about real-time language production? Evidence from English and Mandarin” (with Elsi Kaiser and Pengchen Zhao), Binh Ngo presented “Effects of grammatical roles and topicality on Vietnamese referential form production” (with Elsi Kaiser), Charlie O’Hara gave a talk on “Learnability captures soft typology of coda stop inventories”, Caitlin Smith presented “Partial transparency in harmony: a dynamic gestural model” and Alumns Brian Hsu and Saurov Syed presented “Cross-linguistic evidence for split indexical projections in DPs”.

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Roumyana Pancheva gave invited talks at the Formal Description of Slavic Languages 12.5 conference at the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and at a colloquium in the Department of Linguistics, University of Venice. She presented on “Perspectival effects in double object structures with clitics” (joint work with Maria Luisa Zubizarreta).

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Toby Mintz and (Felix) Hao Weng have new publications! Check them out:

Wang, F. H., & Mintz, T. H. (2017). The role of reference in cross-situational word learning. Cognition, 170, 64-75.

Wang, F. H., Zevin, J., & Mintz, T. H. (2017).  Top-down structure influences learning of non-adjacent dependencies in an artificial language.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 1738-1748 .

Mintz, T. H., Walker, R. L., Welday, A., & Kidd, C. (2017). Infants’ sensitivity to vowel harmony and its role in segmenting speech. Cognition, 171, 95-107.

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More to come! Stay tuned for Spring 2018
and please submit news and updates here

Welcome to Lisa Jo!

Please join me in welcoming Lisa Jo, our new Program Specialist at the Linguistics department!

lisaLisa Jo graduated with a BA in Psychology from CSULB, completed the Professional Program in Producing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and a MA in Counseling Psychology from NU.  She also has an additional year of post graduate coursework in Clinical, Health, Diversity & Intercultural Psychology from CSPP. Lisa Jo has the unique experience of having worked in education, psychology and medicine as well as several creative positions in film and television. She joins our team with several years of experience in higher education.  She has worked in Student Affairs, Medical Education, Program Development and Health Psychology Research at UCI and UCLA Schools of Medicine.  She has also worked in Admissions and Financial Aid at USC.  Lisa Jo’s favorite part of her job is working with students to help make the university experience the best it can be, increasing student well-being and providing students with resources to overcome obstacles standing in their path to success. Outside of work, Lisa Jo enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family and dogs. She also appreciates a rainy day, a good book and a great cup of coffee.