Weekly Digest 11/28

To protest the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, graduate students at USC have organized a national walkout/rally called the #GradTaxWalkoutWednesday November 29th at 10am at the Tommy Trojan Statue.

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This Wednesday, 11/29 in the Conference Room: from 9:30am to 12pm, CAMPATHON! Monica Do, Jesse Storbeck, Binh Ngo and Ana Besserman will give practice talks in anticipation to the 1st CAlifornia Meeting in Psycholinguistics (CAMP) this weekend at UCLA – everyone is welcome! Then, at 12pm: Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting! Alexis Wellwood will present “Individuating and comparing objects and events“. 

Thursday 11/30 at 12:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Merouane Behassine will present “A dynamical field account of the perceptual magnet effect.”

On Thursday evening, Syntax+ will be getting together for Ian Roberts’ last evening in LA! Please contact Thomas for more details.

And don’t forget to RSVP for our End-of-the-year Holiday Party this Friday!!!

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Here is our 2nd year cohort celebrating the end of their first semester TAing and displaying their ling mugs! A wonderful tradition – thank you, Rachel!





Weekly Digest 11/13

Maury Lander-Portnoy presented a poster on “The Use of Real Time MRI in the Assessment of Articulatory Outcomes of Partial Glossectomy” (joint work with Louis Goldstein) at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Los Angeles, CA.

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Here are this week’s highlights:

Today (Monday 11/13) at 2.30 in VKC201a bonus Psycholinguistics presentation by Jesse Harris and Stephanie Rich (UCLA) titled “Predicted analyses linger: The case for structural prediction with either-or structures.”

Also at 2:30pm, in the Conference Room: PhonLunchMairym Llorens will present  “Verbal tic and word duration in Tourette’s” and Sarah Harper will presentOn simultaneous electromagnetic articulatography and electroglottography data acquisition.”

At 3:30pm in KAP 165: Syntax+Edward J Rubin (University of Utah)  will give a talk on “Obligatory Clitic-Doubling in a non-Clitic-Doubling Language.”

Wednesday (11/15) at 12pm in the Conference Room: our own USC alumna Fatma Nihan Ketrez (İstanbul Bilgi University) will give a talk on “Twin challenge in language acquisition.

Weekly Digest 11/06

It’s November!!

Here’s what’s happening this week:

This Monday 11/06 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Hayeun Jang will present “[ATR] vs. [RTR]: Interaction of vowel features.”

Later on Monday at 3:30pm in the same room: Syntax+! Haley Wei Wei will present “The central and peripheral adverbial clauses in Chinese.”

And Wednesday 11/08 at 12pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! Sarah Lee will present “The time course of aspectual interpretation in the processing of goal-of-motion sentences.”

Weekly Digest 10/30

Stefan Keine and Bhamati Dash presented “Agreememt reversals and the directionality of Agree” and Wei Wei and Rachel Walker presented “The Lookahead Effect in the Reduplication-Phonology Interaction” at the 48th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 48) hosted at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.

This past Friday we had our traditional Halloween party – thanks so much to Miran Oh and Sarah Lee for putting it together, to Cynthia Lee for hosting us, and to everyone else who showed up! Another great night of linguists hanging out and some very original costumes, including linguistics-themed ones!


This week, you won’t want to miss…

Today, Monday 10/30 at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland) will give a colloquium talk titled “Children’s attitude problems.”

Wednesday 11/01 at 12pm in the Conference Room: Psycholing Lab Meeting! Miran Oh will present “Sub-syllable domain of corrective focus in Korean.”

Thursday 11/02 at 11:30am in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Caitlin Smith will present “Strength in gestural phonology.”



Weekly Digest 10/23


Today, Monday 10/23 at 3:30 in the conference room, we have our second colloquium of the year! Our very own alumna Isabelle Roy (University of Paris-8) will present “On the development of Merge and recursion in the transition from single words to sentences: Tracking the development of syntactic complexity in early child language“.

Wednesday 10/25 at noon in the conference room: Psycholing lab meetingJesse Storbeck will present “Constraints on possessive pronoun resolution in VP ellipsis.”

And Thursday 10/26 at 11:30am in the conference room: PhonLunch! Charlie O’Hara will present “Are innate substantive biases necessary to explain soft typology”.


And don’t forget, our Halloween party is this Friday!! Please RSVP. 🙂



Weekly Digest 10/16

Sarah Hye-yeon Lee presented a poster titled “The Unavailability of Superlative Movement out of Korean Nominal Phrases” and Tommy Tsz Ming Lee gave a poster presentation titled “Deontic Modality in Japanese: Positioning the recommendation-type modal expressions” (joint work with Tsz Fung Lau, University of Edinburgh) at the 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK) held at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

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What’s happening this week, you ask?

Today (10/16) at 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Haley Wei Wei will present “The lookahead effect in the reduplication-phonology interaction.”

Immediately after, at 3:30pm in the same room: Syntax+! Daniel Plesniak will be presenting on “Agreement in Mandarin Nominals: DE, the OCP, and PF Constraints on the Head.”

And this Wednesday (10/18) at 12pm: Psycholing Lab MeetingBetül Erbaşı will present “Defining Familiarity in Turkish DPs.”

Weekly Digest 10/09

Reed Blaylock gave an invited talk titled “Breaking Down the Beat: The Art and Science of Beatboxing” at the Sonic R/Evolutions exhibition on Friday 09/29.

Khalil Iskarous gave an invited talk  titled “Dynamical principles of hydrostat movement: worm, octopus, and tongue” on 10/6, at Ultrafest 8, University of Potsdam.

Elsi Kaiser gave an invited plenary talk titled “Informativity, interaction and  information structure:  Psycholinguistic investigations of prosody” (based on joint work with Arunima Choudhury and Iris Ouyang) on 10/04 at the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.
Elsi also gave an invited colloquium talk on 10/02 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands as part of the Center for Language and Cognition colloquium series, titled “Subjectivity and perspective-sensitivity in adjective interpretation: Effects on pronoun interpretation”.

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Here’s the breakdown for this week:


Monday 10/09 at 2:30pm in the Conference Room: PhonLunch! Sarah Harper will present “Phonological and phonetic knowledge in the segmentation of words with novel onset phonotactics.”

Also on Monday, at 3:30pm in the Conference Room: Syntax+! Stefan Keine and Bhamati Dash will present their NELS talk on “Agreement reversals and the cyclicity of Agree.”

and Wednesday 10/11 at 12pm in the Conference Room: Psycholinguistics lab meetingMonica Do will give a presentation titled “Focus on planning messages.