USC Ling Weekly Digest April 10

Congratulations to Saurov Syed, who has been offered a USC Dornsife Preceptor teaching position following his graduation!!

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Last week, Khalil Iskarous gave a talk at George Mason University Krasnow Institute on “Dynamical principles underlying octopus body patterning, a visible neural network”.

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“What’s happening this week?”, you ask?

Monday 04/10 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+Thomas Borer will present his poster for GLAC “The Person Case Constraint in Swiss German – A Movement Analysis”.

Wednesday 04/12 from 11am to 2pm in the TCC ballroom: the Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work! This event will feature research posters by USC undergraduates, including at least two linguistics posters:
. “Asking questions: Effects of word order on language production” by Pengchen (Patrice) Zhao
. “When Pronouns Disagree: A Psycholinguistic Investigation” by Justin Nichols and Catherine Wang

Thursday 04/13 at 5pm in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Monica Do will talk about “How are Questions Made? The Sequel: A Production Study of Wh-Questions”.

Congratulations to Our New BAs and PhDs!

June can mean only one thing — graduation season! The USC Department of Linguistics graduated 13 undergraduates and 6 graduate students this year. In addition, many grad students defended dissertations in the last few weeks. We proudly congratulate all of the following students on their recent graduation and successful defenses, not to mention their many years of hard work at USC. Congratulations, all, and good luck in your future endeavors!

Undergraduate Students

Evangeline Alva
Won Jeong Cho
Xiaxun Ding
Nelly Escobar
Patience Fetzer
Aaron Fleiss
Megan Harmon
Tyler Isaman
Jessica Lee
Josephine Lim
Annika Linde
Helen Park
Hui Ying

Graduate Students


Xiao He

What ‘You’ and ‘I’ Can Say About Ziji: Reference Resolution and Non-structural Constraints
Xiao has accepted a lectureship in Linguistics and Quantitative Methods at the University of Manchester.

David Li
Investigating the Production and Perception of Reduced Speech: A Cross-linguistic Look at Articulatory Coproduction and Compensation for Coarticulation

Ben Parrell
Dynamics of consonant reduction
Ben won a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award, which he will use to pursue postdoctoral research and additional training at the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Ben has also accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Delaware’s Linguistics Department beginning in Fall 2015.

Sergio Robles-Puente
Prosody in Contact: Spanish in Los Angeles
Sergio has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Spanish Linguistics at the University of West Virginia.

Barbara Tomaszeswicz
Focus Association in Superlative Expressions
Barbara was also recently awarded a very competitive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her research.

Hector Velasquez
A Reduplicative Analysis of Sentence Modal Adverbs in Spanish
Hector has accepted a teaching position at his alma mater, Universidad Católica de Lima, Perú.