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.