SemanticsBabble receives its 7th annual IAH grant

SemanticsBabble, the interdisciplinary discussion group on formal and experimental approaches to language meaning that is lead by Ivano Caponigro (Linguistics) and Jonathan Cohen (Philosophy), has just been awarded its 7th annual grant from the UCSD Institute of Arts and Humanities. The grant will help with inviting scholars and students from other institutions to present and discuss their current research on language meaning during the academic year 2019-2020.

Yuan Chai is awarded the Friends of the International Center Fellowship

Our graduate student Yuan Chai has been awarded the Friends of the $2,000 International Center Fellowship at UC San Diego to conduct summer fieldwork in Southeast Region of China. Yuan will describe and document Xiapu Min, an understudied Min language spoken in eastern Fujian province, China. The specific research goal is to analyze the tone sandhi system of the language. Congratulations, Yuan!

UCSD Linguistics was represented at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at the University of British Columbia

UCSD Linguistics was represented at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, with three presentations:
  • Sharon Rose, Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Sarah Creel. Perception of ATR contrasts by Akan speakers.
  • Nina Hagen Kaldhol. Gender and headedness in nominal compounds in Somali.
  • Michael Obiri-Yeboah. Acoustic analysis of nasal and ‘nasalized’ vowels in Gua.

Graduate students Nina Hagen Kaldhol and Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Prof. Sharon Rose at ACAL50

Our Department was represented at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 50) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 22-25, 2019, with three presentations by our graduate students Nina Hagen Kaldhol and Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Prof. Sharon Rose:
  1. Sharon Rose, Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Sarah Creel, “Perception of ATR contrasts by Akan speakers”
  2. Nina Hagen Kaldhol, “Gender and headedness in nominal compounds in Somali”
  3. Michael Obiri-Yeboah, “Acoustic analysis of nasal and ‘nasalized’ vowels in Gua”

Tory Sampson is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Our graduate student Tory Sampson has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2019-2022 to pursue her project on “Pronominal Acquisition of ASL in Deaf Children”. This project will explore pronoun acquisition in signing deaf children and analyze how they distinguish between deictic and pronominal pointing in ASL. The acquisition of pointing and pronouns in deaf children will be compared to that of hearing children using spoken language. Congratulations, Tory!

Nese Demir is awarded the Friends of the International Center Fellowship

Our graduate student Nese Demir has been awarded the Friends of the $2,000 International Center Fellowship at UC San Diego to conduct summer fieldwork in the Northern Black Sea Region of Turkey. Nese will research vowel harmony in the non-standard dialect spoken in the region—specifically, the Laz language and how bilingual speakers of Laz and Turkish use vowel harmony in the Turkish dialect they speak. Congratulations, Nese!

Hope Morgan has been awarded a post-doctoral fellow position

Congratulations to Hope Morgan (PhD 2017) who has been awarded a post-doctoral fellow position by the Marie Curie COFUND LEaDing Fellows Programme. Hope will be working with Dr. Victoria Nyst at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Hope’s dissertation on Kenyan Sign Language has also been accepted for publication in the de Gruyter Sign Language Typology book series, and will appear in 2020.

Adam McCollum has accepted a tenure-track position at Rutgers Linguistics

Our 4th year graduate student Adam McCollum has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Phonology in the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. Adam’s research is based on fieldwork, formal and computational methods and laboratory phonology. His (soon-to-be-completed) dissertation is examining gradient vowel harmony patterns in several Turkic languages. Congratulations, Adam!

Matthew Zaslansky has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship

Matthew Zaslansky has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship in linguistics for the 2019-2020 academic year. Beginning in September, Matthew will carry out linguistic research in the Republic of Georgia to document and describe morphosyntactic variation in the dialects of Georgian Sign Language used by deaf signers in Batumi and Tbilisi. Matthew will be one of more than 700 U.S. citizens to carry out research abroad next year courtesy of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is the sole recipient of the 2019-2020 Fulbright Study/Research Award for Georgia, and  will be the first grantee from UC San Diego to visit the country.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually in over 140 countries throughout the world.