WLMA SYMPOSIUM ON OAXACAN LINGUISTICS

Capping off the inaugural year of the Workshop on the Languages of Meso-America is the Symposium on Oaxacan Linguistics on Monday, June 12 from 9am-5pm in Hum 1, Room 210. The symposium will feature talks on a variety of languages by invited speakers Christian DiCanio (SUNY Buffalo) Emiliana Cruz (UMass Amherst), and Eric Campbell (UCSB), as well as UCSCers Jason Ostrove, Steven Foley, Nick Kalivoda, and Kelsey Sasaki. For more information, see the full program here.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LURC!

One of the standout features of our department is the special way in which undergraduate research is encouraged and acknowledged. LURC this year represented a diversity of interests, with excellent talks delivered by Richard Bibbs, Brianda Caldera, Justin Talbott, Anny Huang, and our Distinguished Alumna speaker Maura O’Leary (UCLA), on topics in syntax, diachronic linguistics, morphophonology, sociolinguistics and semantics, in a variety of languages from Chamorro and Polynesian languages, to Spanish-English border slang, to Mandarin Chinese and English.
LURC presenters
Front Row: Ivy Sichel, Maura O’Leary
Back Row: Anny Huang, Brianda Caldera, Richard Bibbs, Justin Talbott
(Photo by Kelsey Sasaki)

LURC 2017

This year’s Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference
(LURC) will take place on Friday, June 2, featuring talks by four current students:

  • Richard Bibbs: “Chamorro Agent Reduplication”
  • Brianda Caldera: “Border Slang”
  • Justin Talbott: “Polynesian Pull Chains & Factorial Typology”
  • Anny Huang: “The Event Structure of Mandarin Chinese Resultatives”

The Distinguished Alumna Address will be given by Maura O’Leary (BA, 2013), currently a PhD student at UCLA, on “Constraints on Noun Phrase Evaluation Times.” The conference will begin at 12:45pm on Friday in the Stevenson Fireside Lounge–see the full program here.

BELLIK AT NOWPHON

Jenny Bellik was in Vancouver May 19-21 for the Northwestern Phon{etics, ology} conference at UBC. Jenny reports that the program leaned toward the -etics, but she represented the -ology side with a poster “Danish stød in recursive prosodic words,” joint work with Nick Kalivoda, sparked by Junko & Armin’s paper 2015 “The perfect prosodic word in Danish.” BA/MA alumn John Alderete also presented a poster, “Drilling down into phonological well-formedness in the structure of speech errors.” She also notes that the campus and the weather were both beautiful!

FOLEY, OSTROVE, AND ROBERTS AT CLS

Continuing the recent departmental trend of espousing our beliefs at UChicago were a trio of graduate student talks at the latest instantiation of the Chicago Linguistics Society, May 25-27. Jason Ostrove discussed the morphology-prosody interface in San Martín Peras Mixtec clitic doubling, Steven Foley rhapsodized on the Gender Case Constraint in Zapotec (joint work with Nick and Maziar ), and Tom Roberts contemplated the semantic nature of responsive predicates in Estonian. Under the omniscient eye of Ida Noyes, the conference was a great success, bringing together linguists of many different stripes for fruitful discussion, vigorous debate, and heartbreaking renditions of such karaoke klassics as Txoria Txori.

MCCLOSKEY AT UCHICAGO

Jim McCloskey was one of the many Santa Cruz linguists traveling to the University of Chicago in recent times. In Jim’s case it was for a talk (on May 18th) in the department’s colloquium series. The title of the talk was Microparameters in a Tiny Space — Stranding at the Edge and it returned to the topic of Wh quantifier stranding in a
range of local forms of English. Besides meeting with many graduate students, Jim had the chance to spend some quality time with alums Chris Kennedy and Jason Merchant.

SPRING UNDERGRADUATE HONORS

Congratulations to the following Linguistics and Language Studies students, who are graduating with honors this spring:

Brianna Barenberg, Linguistics
Richard Bibbs, Linguistics
Dhyana Buckley, Linguistics
Charlotte Daciolas-Semon, Linguistics
Heidi Hernandez, Language Studies/French
Alissa Trowbridge, Linguistics
Anissa Zaitsu, Linguistics