USC Ling Weekly Digest April 3

April is here!

Congratulations to Brian Hsu (USC Ph.D. 2016) on being offered and accepting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill!


This past weekend a group of USC linguists met up at CUNY, which took place at MIT. Binh Ngo presented a poster on “Discourse coherence and pronoun use: Null and overt pronouns in Vietnamese” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser), Ana Besserman presented a poster titled “Discourse and Sentence-level Expectations in Second Language Comprehension: Addressing the RAGE hypothesis” (joint work with Elsi Kaiser), alumna Barbara Tomaszewicz presented a poster on “Focus structures and the processing of discourse congruence” (joint work with Petra Schumacher), and Elsi Kaiser presented a poster titled “Research is fun, psycholinguists are intelligent: Perspective sensitivity in adjectives” (joint work with Jamie Herron Lee) and gave a talk on “Prosodic reflection of rapidly-updated expectations: Revisiting givenness” (joint work with Iris Ouyang and Sasha Spala).


Thursday, 04/06 at 5pm in GFS330: Psycholinguistics Lab meeting! Stefan Keine will presentDiagnosing constraints through inter-speaker variability”.

USC Ling Weekly Digest March 27

Today is a day for congratulations!

Congratulations to Hayeun Jang, who has received a Korean Summer Fieldwork Grant from the USC Korean Studies Institute in support of her project “Fieldwork on Seoul Korean consonants in palatalization and umlaut”!

And congratulations to Chorong Kang, whose paper “Korean Intervention Effects are not a single phenomenon: evidence from syntax-prosody interface” was accepted for publication in the Linguistic Review!

USC Ling Weekly Digest March 3

Welcome back from spring break, everybody! There are less than 6 weeks until the last day of classes.

Mythili Menon (alum, PhD 2016) presented a talk on “Degree Achievements of Color” (joint work with Roumyana Pancheva) at FASAL 7 at MIT.


Peter Ara Guekguezian gave a talk to Phlunch at UC Santa Cruz on 3/10 entitled ”Prosodic Effects of Syntactic Cyclicity inside the Word”.

USIL  is organizing  an Irish Language workshop on March 22nd led by Professor Tok Thompson! Please sign up here.


This week, in the linguistics department:

Today, 03/20, at 3:30pm in the conference room: Syntax+! Huilin Fang will talk about “Ganjue and ganjue-dao ‘find/feel’: a comparison”.

Thursday, 03/23, at 3:30pm in the conference room: Phonlunch! Yoona Yee will present “Target assymmetries in consonant harmony”.


Thanks everybody for another excellent open house event! 





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 Feb.27

Coming your way soon: Chorong Kang’s new son Dan!
Chorong will be returning to USC to complete and defend her dissertation in late April/May, and will be bringing her son along with her.  Dan is going to be checking USC out as a possible place for his later studies, so please give him a warm welcome.


Congratulations to Shri Narayanan, who was named first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering! Read more here.

Last week, Rachel Walker taught a mini course at MIT on “Sub-segmental Representation” and she gave a colloquium on Temporal Structure in Phonology”. Her visit coincided with unseasonably warm record-breaking weather in Cambridge.
Here’s a picture of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston near MIT:

Elsi Kaiser gave a talk entitled “Who should I agree with? Imposters and mismatches in pronominal agreement” at the Debrecen Workshop on Pronouns, held at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary. Here are some pictures of the University:

And here’s the scoop on this week:

Thursday 03/02 at 5pm in the Linguistics Conference Room:
Psycholinguistics lab meeting! Jesse Storbeck will talk about his screening project on “Acquisition of non-adjacent categorical dependencies in an artificial grammar.”

And Friday 03/03, NhaBinh Ngo will give a practice talk on “What influences the choice of classifier? A case study in Vietnamese”, in preparation for a talk she will give at Northeastern Illinois University. Exact time and place will be announced soon.

As usual, if you have any news or updates, please send them our way!

USC Ling Weekly Digest Feb.21

Hello, linguists! We hope you enjoyed this long rainy weekend! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Thursday 2/23 at 3:30pm in WPH400: Ian Roberts will present in a special Syntax+!
And also on Thursday at 3:30, PhonLunch will have an organizational meeting.

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This past weekend a group of USC linguists presented at GLOW in Asia XI at the National University of Singapore!
Hayeun Jang presented a poster on “Decay of ungrounded rules: the residual vowel harmony of Middle Korean in Contemporary Korean”; Bhamati Dash gave a talk titled “A unified account of the yes/no particle in Hindi, Bangla, and Odia”, joint work with Saurov Syed; and Yifan Yang and Wei Wei presented a talk on “Verbal reduplication in Mandarin Chinese: an analysis at syntax-phonology interface”.



USC Ling Weekly Digest Feb.13

This week…

… on Monday, 02/13 at 5pm in the Philosophy Department’s seminar room: Alexis Wellwood (Northwestern) will be giving a talk on “How to mean ‘more'”.

and on Thursday, 2/16 at 5pm in the Linguistics Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! NhaBinh Ngo will talk about “Kinship features in Vietnamese pronoun resolution”.

Don’t forget to submit any news or updates here.

Happy valentine’s day!