UCSC alum Jason Merchant (PhD, 1999) will be honored on campus on April 27 as one of the recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni Award for his contributions to the field and his community. Click here for more details about the award. Congratulations, Jason!
UCSC PhD alums Vera Lee-Schoenfeld (University of Georgia) and Anya Lunden (College of William and Mary) recently published a paper in The Linguistic Review. The paper, entitled “The syntax, information structure, and prosody of German ‘VP’-fronting” can be found along with an abstract here. Congratulations, Vera and Anya!
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 to current faculty member Amanda Rysling and former slug Shayne Sloggett (BA ’10), who walked in the UMass graduate commencement on May 13th, since both defended and filed dissertations last year after the ceremony.
Both also presented at LynSchrift18, the workshop celebrating Lyn Frazier, who is retiring this year. Amanda presented a joint talk with John Kingston titled “Regressive spectral assimilation bias in ambiguous speech sound perception.” Shayne presented a talk titled “Logophlexivity: When reflexives behave like logophoric pronouns.” The program can be found here.
Also, a photograph from the graduation ceremony:
Pictured (left to right): Shayne Sloggett, Caroline Andrews (another former slug), Amanda Rysling
A paper by Ryan Bennett (PhD ’12 and current faculty member), Boris Harizanov (PhD ’14), and Robert Henderson (PhD ’12) has appeared in the latest issue of Linguistic Inquiry (LI). The paper, entitled “Prosodic Smothering in Macedonian and Kaqchikel,” proposes a novel analysis of dependent morphemes which idiosyncratically trigger prosodic restructuring of their hosts.
Another paper by Boris Harizanov appears in this issue, entitled “Word Formation at the Syntax-Morphology Interface: Denominal Adjectives in Bulgarian.” The paper seeks to understand mismatches between syntactic representations and corresponding morphological representations.
A paper by faculty member Ivy Sichel also appears in the issue, entitled “Anatomy of a Counterexample: Extraction from Relative Clauses.” The paper argues for an approach to extraction from RCs where locality is determined syntactically, in combination with a more fine-grained structure for RCs and a theory of how extraction interacts with the theory of locality.