BENNETT IN GLOSSA

A paper by assistant professor Ryan Bennett has recently appeared in Glossa. The paper, entitled “Recursive prosodic words in Kaqchikel (Mayan),” argues that the prefixal phonology of Kaqchikel provides evidence for unbounded recursion of the prosodic word ω. The paper can be accessed here.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LURC

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC) on Friday, June 8. Three undergraduates in Linguistics and Language studies — Alejandro Garcia, Kevin Sanders, and Emily Martinez-Figueroa — presented original research dealing with topics in ellipsis, movement, focus, comparatives, reduplication, and prosody. The conference was capped off with a lovely presentation by UCSC undergraduate alumna Meredith Landman, entitled “The pragmatics of the sentence-final particle o in Yoruba”. Congratulations to our student presenters for a job well-done!

Thanks also to Hitomi Hirayama, who provided photo coverage of the event. Some highlights are included below.

Pictured: Kevin Sanders

Pictured: Meredith Landman

Pictured: Alejandro Garcia

Pictured: Emily Martinez-Figueroa

Pictured (Left to right): Alejandro Garcia, Kevin Sanders, Ryan Bennett, Emily Martinez-Figueroa, Meredith Landman

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SPOT SUCCESSES

Junko Ito and Armin Mester have been successfully awarded a 2-year NSF grant for Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT), an ongoing collaborative research project with Jenny Bellik, Nick Kalivoda, and Ozan Bellik, which aims to develop new tools for rigorously investigating the mapping from syntactic to prosodic structure in Optimality Theory.

SPOT has also received workshop funding as a Humanities Institute research cluster for 2018-19. The first SPOT workshop took place in Fall 2017.

Congratulations also to Nick Kalivoda, who will be holding a one-year postdoc position during 2018-19 on the SPOT NSF grant at UCSC.

GARCIA PRESENTS KORET SCHOLARSHIP AND HUGRA WORK

Last Friday, Christopher Garcia, a third-year linguistics major awarded both a Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarship and a Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HUGRA) in 2017-2018, presented the findings of his project on wh-movement in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec at both the Koret Undergraduate Research Slam and Celebrating Humanities Spring Awards Ceremony. In these poster presentations, he explored how wh-movement operates in this Zapotec variety and the constraints that are, or are not, imposed on it. He is looking forward to continuing his research in the upcoming year, working some of the many native speakers of Zapotec who live in the Santa Cruz area.
 

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KRAUS TO GOOGLE

Congratulations to Kelsey Kraus (PhD ’18), who recently started a job at Google. She reports:

Just a few days after my defense, I started a contract position on the Speech and Data Ops Team at Google. The position is your standard Linguistics Project Manager Position on the Text To Speech Team, where I join three other former UCSC linguists. This makes it feel more like home (but with an upgraded StevCaf).

Congratulations, Kelsey!