UCSC AT LSA

UCSC linguists were present and active at last weekend’s LSA conference in New York City. They participated in special sessions, presented research, and received prestigious awards. A rundown of activities is below:

Inside Segments (LSA Special Session)
Organizers:
Myriam Lapierre (UC Berkeley)
Karee Garvin (UC Berkeley)
Martha Schwarz (UC Berkeley)
Sharon Inkelas (UC Berkeley)
Ryan Bennett (UCSC)

Presentations:

Are bare adverbial responses derived by ellipsis? Definitely.
Authors:
Margaret Kroll (UCSC)
Tom Roberts (UCSC)

Pronouns over gaps in parsing? The Subject Relative Clause Advantage in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec.
Authors:
Steven Foley (UCSC)
Jed Pizarro-Guevara (UCSC)
Kelsey Sasaki (UCSC)
Maziar Toosarvandani (UCSC)
Matthew Wagers (UCSC)

Ken Hale Award:

Judith Aissen was formally presented with the Ken Hale Award, recognizing “her energetic documentation of Tzotzil and other Mayan languages, her success at bringing these languages to bear on linguistic theory, and her commitment to the nurturing of indigenous linguists.” Congratulations, Judith!

WELCOME TO VISITING FACULTY: UR SHLONSKY AND GORKA ELORDIETA

  • Please welcome our two Visiting Linguistics Faculty:
  1. Professor Ur Shlonsky, Univ. of Genève, Switzerland. Ur’s work focuses on syntactic theory and comparative syntax, with a particular focus on Semitic and Romance languages.  During his stay in Santa Cruz, which extends through mid-October 2018, Ur is co-teaching a Syntax Seminar entitled “Hierarchies in Syntax” with Maziar Toosarvandani.
  2. Professor Gorka Elordieta, Univ. of Basque Country, Spain. Gorka’s work includes investigations of phonology and phonetics, with a focus on prosody, Basque, and Romance languages. He will be working in the department for the full 2018-2019 academic year.

SLUG SUMMER MILESTONES

Congratulations to Andrew Hedding, who successfully defended his first qualifying paper on June 12. His project is entitled “Resumption in Somali: A Phase-Based Account.” His committee chair was Maziar Toosarvandani. Congratulations, Andrew!

Congratulations to Nick Van Handel, who successfully defended his first qualifying paper on June 13. His project was entitled “Syntactic Adaptation: Evidence from Prepositional Object Gaps.” His committee chair was Matt Wagers. Congratulations, Nick!

Congratulations to Andrew Angeles, who successfully defended his first qualifying paper on June 13. His project is entitled “Focus Dependencies in Premodern Japanese Kakari-Musubi.” His committee was chaired by Jim McCloskey. Congratulations, Andrew!

Congratulations to Lisa Hofmann, who recently defended her first qualifying paper on June 13. Her project is entitled “‘Why Not?’ – Polarity Ellipsis in Why-Questions.” Her committee was chaired by Jim McCloskey. Congratulations, Lisa!

Congratulations to Netta Ben-Meir, who successfully defended her first qualifying paper on June 17. Her project is entitled “Free Inversion in Modern Hebrew.” Her committee was co-chaired by Ivy Sichel and Jim McCloskey. Congratulations, Netta!

Congratulations to Kelsey Sasaki, who successfully defended her second qualifying paper on June 16. Her project is entitled “Forward on Backshift.” Her committee was chaired by Pranav Anand. Congratulations, Kelsey!

Congratulations to Dhyana Buckley, who successfully defended her MA thesis on August 27. Her project is entitled “The Persuasive Effects of Stylistic Variation in the Restaurant Review Domain.” Her committee was chaired by Pranav Anand. Congratulations, Dhyana!