RUDIN ACCEPTS POSITION AT USC

We are pleased to report that fifth year Deniz Rudin has been offered and has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor of linguistics (semantics) position at USC, to commence in August 2018. We wish you best of luck in your future endeavors. Congratulations, Deniz!

KALIVODA DISSERTATION DEFENSE

Nick Kalivoda will be defending his dissertation at 1:30pm on Friday, April 13th, in HUM 1 Room 202. Nick’s dissertation is titled “Syntax-Prosody Mismatches in Optimality Theory.” The committee consists of Junko Ito (chair), Armin Mester, Jim McCloskey, and Alan Prince (Rutgers).

MCCLOSKEY AWARDED DIZIKES AWARD

Jim McCloskey is this year’s recipient of the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in Humanities. Named in honor of Professor Emeritus John Dizikes, the award celebrates the Humanities faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching and its transformative impact for students. The announcement of the award mentioned that “students and colleagues alike offered high praise for Prof. McCloskey’s ability to inspire and engage students over the years, and for creating an inclusive learning environment that challenges and encourages all students.” Jim joins several other linguistics faculty who have received the award in the past, including Pranav Anand (2016), Donka Farkas (2013), Jorge Hankamer (2011), and Jaye Padgett (2006). He will be presented with the award during the Celebrating the Humanities/Spring Awards event on Friday, June 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cowell Provost House.

ITO AT UCLA

Junko Ito recently gave a colloquium at UCLA on Friday, April 6th, where she presented her work (jointly done with Jeff Adler, Nick Kalivoda and Armin Mester) on the microvariation of pitch accent systems in Kagoshima Japanese dialects. Contributing to the very interesting and stimulating discussion after the talk were the USC phonologists Stephanie Shih (Stanford PhD 2014) and Rachel Walker (UCSC PhD 1998).

MCNALLY GRANTED HUMBOLDT RESEARCH AWARD

PhD alum Louise McNally (UPF, Barcelona) was recently granted a Humboldt Research award, which will allow her to spend an extended sabbatical with Artemis Alexiadou’s group at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Find out more about the award here. Louise writes:

The Humboldt Foundation has great programs both for junior and senior researchers who want to spend time in Germany (for example, 2-year postdoctoral grants), and what I was most interested to learn is that the opportunities the Foundation affords continue even after the grant period technically finishes. I encourage you all to check out the foundation’s web page for more information.

Congratulations, Louise!