In June, a new group of UCSC students is set to receive their Bachelor’s degrees, and among these are several who will be awarded departmental honors. Language Studies majors Annie Stert and Vienna Chan will receive this distinction, as will Linguistics majors Ivona Borissova, Jared Crawford-Levis, Melanie Gounas, Sarah Oertel, Azusena Orozco, and Corey Pessin. Congratulations, graduates!
Last weekend, the third Symposium on Amazonian Languages (SAL) took place at the University of California, Berkeley. In a talk titled, “Aspects of a revised phonological description of Kajkwakhrattxi (Jê),” Jérémie Beauchamp presented a descriptive account of some phonological patterns found in Kajkwakhrattxi and discussed phonological differences between Kajkwakhrattxi and closely related languages, as revealed through documentation work with older speakers of the language.
Hitomi Hirayama successfully defended her dissertation on February 27. The presentation investigated the interrogative use of the discourse particles wa and no(da) in Japanese, and it comprised a subset of her dissertation, entitled “Asking and Answering Questions: Discourse Strategies in Japanese.” Her committee consisted of Donka Farkas (co-chair), Adrian Brasoveanu (co-chair), and Ivy Sichel. The defense was followed by a lively celebration hosted by Donka, where members of the linguistic community came together to cheer on Hitomi’s achievements. Congratulations, Hitomi!
The thirteenth annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium has been scheduled for April 26-28, 2019. A call for abstracts from students pursing a B.A. or B.S. degree is open, with a submission deadline of March 6. For more information on the Colloquium and instructions on abstract submission, click here.
Hitomi Hirayama is scheduled to defend her dissertation, “Asking and Answering Questions: Discourse Strategies in Japanese” on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:00 PM in Humanities 1, Room 202.