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





Deniz Rudin will be defending his dissertation at 11:00am on Friday, June 1st, in HUM 1 Room 210. Deniz’s dissertation is titled “A Tale of Two Contours.” The committee consists of Pranav Anand (chair), Donka Farkas, Adrian Brasoveanu, Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford), and Dan Lassiter (Stanford).


Jason Ostrove will be defending his dissertation at 10:00am on Monday, May 28th, in HUM 1 Room 210. Jason’s dissertation is titled “When phi-agreement targets topics: The view from San Martín Peras Mixtec.” The committee consists of Jim McCloskey (chair), Sandy Chung, Ryan Bennett, and Ruth Kramer (Georgetown).


Last Sunday, Nido de Lenguas tabled at the annual Guelaguetza festival to talk to people about linguistics and Oaxacan languages. They played language games to teach some Zapotec and Mixtec vocabulary, and provided information about their current activities, including the Zapotec classes and upcoming summer events. Many faculty, grads and undergrads helped by volunteering at the table, and the reception from the community was very positive — lots of people signed up to learn more about the group. The volunteers report having many interesting conversations with festival-goers about how the group can continue to grow its relationship with the Oaxacan community in the Santa Cruz area and provide support for native speakers who are interested in promoting the use of their language.