Faculty member Ivano Caponigro gave a virtual colloquium talk in the Linguistics Department at the University of Kansas on Thursday February 25, 2021. His presentation was on ‘Mesoamerican insights on headless relative clauses and the syntax/semantics interface’ with data and generalization from his new book Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages, which he co-edited with Harold Torrence and Roberto Zavala Maldonado. The book results from a 4-year collaborative project studying 15 languages from 5 language families and involving 21 scholars from Mexico, USA, Canada, and France. On Friday February 26, Ivano had individual meetings with graduate students and faculty members.
Issue 8 of San Diego Linguistics Papers, our online working papers series, has just been published and is freely available. It was edited by Yuan Chai, Neşe Demir, Duk-Ho Jung, and Nina Hagen Kaldho, and includes five papers by our graduate students, encompassing theoretical and empirical work on phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax,semantics, pragmatics, and fieldwork:
- Yuan Chai, “The source of creak in Mandarin”
- Yaqian Huang, “A mixed height and ATR system of vowels in Rere”
- Seoyeon Jang, “A compositional semantic analysis of echo questions in Korean”
- Nina Hagen Kaldhol, “Grammatical gender agreement with nominal compounds in Somali”
- Maxine Van Doren, “Intrinsic fundamental frequency of Amharic vowels”
Faculty Rachel Mayberry recently gave two invited talks in discussing recent findings regarding the critical period for language:
“Post-childhood first-language development: What it looks like and what it means,” a keynote presented at the First National Conference about teaching Portuguese as a second language for the Deaf: the curriculum of basic education and higher education on November 10, 2020.
“The acquisition of sentence structure under conditions of extreme language delay,” an invited talk given to the Linguistics Department at the University of Pennsylvania on November 13, 2020.
Alumna Qi Cheng (Ph.D. 2020), currently assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Washington, and faculty Rachel Mayberry have recently published a research paper finding that late first-language learners of ASL use event structure rather than word order to comprehend basic sentence structure.
Cheng Q. & Mayberry, R. I. 2020. “When event knowledge overrides word order in sentence comprehension: Learning a first language after childhood.” Developmental Science.
Scott Seyfarth (Ph.D. 2016) and Marc Garellek published an article in LabPhon entitled “Physical and phonological causes of coda /t/ glottalization in the mainstream American English of central Ohio.”
In this paper, Scott and Marc claim that voiceless stops in American English involve glottal constriction to produce voicelessness in coda position. The distribution of glottalized coda /t/ in the Buckeye Corpus can be explained by phonetic conditions which either favor reduction of the oral closure, or else reinforce the irregular voicing associated with the glottal constriction gesture. However, they find evidence that glottalization is also phonologically planned, especially before sonorants.
Seyfarth, S., & Garellek, M. (2020). Physical and phonological causes of coda /t/ glottalization in the mainstream American English of central Ohio. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 11(1), 24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/labphon.213
Graduate student JJ Lim has a new paper in English Language & Linguistics, titled “Ethnic and gender variation in the use of Colloquial Singapore English discourse particles,” with co-authors Jakob Leimgruber, Wilkinson Gonzales and Mie Hiramoto.
Faculty member Will Styler presented a poster titled “The role of speech planning in the articulation of pause postures” at the (virtual) 12th International Seminar on Speech Production on December 14-18, together with Jelena Krivokapic (University of Michigan) and Dani Byrd (USC). The poster presents ongoing research examining subtle articulations of the lips and tongue which occur during pauses, referred to as ‘pause postures’, and describes their relationship with the planning of upcoming utterances.
The Mayberry Lab gave three presentations at the 14th biennial High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS) conference on November 20-22, 2020. Nina Feygl Semushina, Monica Keller, & Rachel Mayberry discussed the effects of early language deprivation on the acquisition of plural classifiers in American Sign Language (ASL) (talk). Agnes Villwock & Rachel Mayberry presented aMEG (anatomic magnetoencephalography) data regarding the differential activations of L1 and late L1 ASL signers while performing a picture matching task (talk). Tory Sampson & Rachel Mayberry presented experimental data regarding the use of SELF in ASL and whether it is used to predicate individual-level predicates (i.e., predicates that describe a characteristic inherent to an entity) (talk/poster).
Alumnus Ryan Lepic (Ph.D. 2015), currently an assistant professor at Gallaudet University, was a keynote speaker at the 14th conference of the High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS 14) on November 20-22 with a presentation on “Sign Schemas”.
Alumnus Kati Hout (PhD 2020) has accepted a position as a Computational Linguist at LinkedIn, beginning this month. Kati has been a member of our Phonetics, Phonology, and Field Work Groups, and successfully defended her dissertation, “Conspiratorial exceptionality: A case study of Mushunguli”, in February 2020.