INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

The UN has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the goal of raising awareness and support for Indigenous groups and their languages. As a result of this designation, Linguistics departments around the nation are encouraged to redouble their involvement in the study, documentation, and revitalization of Indigenous languages. More information about the International Year of Indigenous Languages and how you can participate can be found here.

HOW OUR READINGS ARE GROUPING THIS WEEK

LaLoCoTuesday, 12:00-1:00 PM, Room 217: the group will discuss chapter seven of Lee and Wagenmakers (2014), “Bayesian cognitive modeling: a practical course.”

LIPThursday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, STEV 217: the group will meet to create a reading plan for the quarter.

MRGThursday, 11:40 AM-12:40 PM, LCR: the group will discuss Holmberg and Wang (2018), “Roots, categorizers, and reduplication in Xining Chinese.”

WLMAFriday, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, LCR: Judith Aissen will present joint work with Telma Can Pixabaj entitled “‘how’ questions in K’iche’ (Mayan): A light verb construction.”

s/lab: Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM, STEV 102: Jed Pizarro-Guevara and Anelia Kudin will present chapters one and two of Yang’s “The price of linguistic productivity: how children learn to break the rules of language” (2016).

SPLAP, S-Circle, and Phlunch will not be meeting this week.

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!