Weekly Digest – September 9, 2019

This week, in the Linguistics department…

Today, Monday, at 10am in the Conference Room: Phonlunch! Rachel Walker will present “Coronal unmarkedness and gradient symbolic representations”.

After that, today at 11:30am in the Conference Room, we will have our Welcome Back Luncheon!

Later at 2pm in the Reading Room: Syntax+! Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee will present “Sentence-initial modals and focus” (Joint work with Ka Fai YIP (CUHK)).

Tuesday (09/10) 9:30am in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Jun Lyu will talk about “Recency or locality: A story of two Chinese reflexives”.


And some continued summer updates:

Tommy Tsz-Ming Lee presented “Quantifier-Raising a head” presentation at GLOW-in-Asia XII and SICOGG 21.

Tommy also presented “Two classes of doxastic attitudes verbs” oral presentation at The 2nd Forum on Cantonese Linguistics (FoCaL-2) [joint work with Ka Fai Yip].

He also presented “Strength in possibility modals: From weak necessity to strong possibility” at The 27th Annual Conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics

Tommy also attended the LSA Summer Institute at UC Davis, where he presented the poster “Cyclic Linearization and verb doubling”.

A number of USC Alumni put together a volume published by Cambridge University Press in honor of Maria Luisa Zubizaretta entitled “Exploring Interfaces“.


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!

USC Ling Weekly Digest April 10

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


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


“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”.

USC Ling Weekly Digest March 6th

Congratulations to Saurov Syed and Andrew Simpson, whose paper “On the DP/NP status of nominal projections in Bangla: Consequences for the theory of phases” has been accepted for publication at GLOSSA! You can find the paper here.

Bhamati Dash has just returned from MIT where she presented at FASAL 7. Bhamati presented a poster on “Anticipatory Processing with an Impoverished Cue: An experimental study of wh scope marking constructions in Hindi” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser) and gave a talk titled “Kya high ki low? An investigation of the yes/no particle in Hindi, Bangla and Odia” (joint work with Saurov Syed).

This week we have our Open House! Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • On Wednesday (03/08) we’ll have the graduate student dinner at Cynthia’s in Downtown LA;
  • Thursday (08/09): breakfast check-in at 9am; department luncheon at 12pm; psycholinguistics lab meeting at 4pm; and the department dinner at 6pm!
  • Friday (08/10): Syntax+ meeting at 11am, lunch at 12pm.

USC Ling Weekly Digest Oct.03

Aaaaaand it’s October! Here’s what awaits you this week:

Monday, 10/03 at 3:30pm in GFS330, our very own Lauren Winans will give a colloquium talk titled “The inferential use of future-tense markers”.

Also on Monday, Syntax+ is gathering for drinks at Study Hall (on Hoover & 29th) after the colloquium dinner!

Tuesday, 10/04 at 9:30am in GFS330, Caitlin Smith will present “Harmony triggering as a contrastive property of segments” and Reed Blaylock will talk about “Driving derived environement effects with alignment constraints”.

Thursday, 10/06 at 3:30pm in GFS217, Eva Wittenberg (UCSD) will give a talk titled “That’s not it: What pronouns can tell us about objects and events”.

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USC Ling Weekly Digest Sep.26

Hi folks! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Today, Monday 09/26, at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+! Betül Erbaşı will give a talk on syntactic behavior of genitive phrases and compounds in Turkish and their implications for the nominal domain.

Tuesday 09/27, at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunh! Yifan Yang will talk about “The realization of mutation in Chinese dialects”, and Peter Guekguezian will present “Autosegments interact with syntax-prosody mapping”.

Other highlights: this Thursday 09/29 at 1pm the USC Libraries will hold a workshop on Citation Managers, and throughout the entire week the Center for Excellence in Teaching will hold Career Week workshops. Check them out!

And remember: the deadline to submit to CUSP is this Friday, September 30!


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Here are some pictures from our Welcome Back Picnic last week! Thanks Betul and Sarah for putting this awesome event together.