Phonologists at SCaMP 2

Seven members of the department (Eric Bakovic, Marc Garellek, Kati Hout, Anna Mai, Adam McCollum, Eric Meinhardt, Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Sharon Rose) traveled to LA on the weekend to present a total of 4 talks and 2 posters at SCaMP (SoCal Meeting on Phonology). SCaMP was created last year by Eric Bakovic as a way to bring together phonologists at regional universities for a spring workshop and we were happy to see it continue and to participate.

Rachel Mayberry and Sara Goico awarded NSF rapid grant

Sara Goico, a graduate student in anthropology, and Rachel Mayberry, a professor in linguistics, received an NSF rapid grant, “Language emergence from inception.”  They will study how deaf children living in Iquitos, Peru, who know no sign or spoken language, gesture with their families before entering school for the first time, and how their gestures change over time as they communicate with one another in the school.

Micheal Obiri-Yeboah research on Gua

1st year PhD student Michael Obiri-Yeboah will present a paper on vowel harmony in Gua with Sharon Rose at the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at Indian University in April. He also received funding to attend the NSF-DEL sponsored Summer School in Documentary Linguistics: Methods and Data Management at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana to further his research on Gua.

Eva Wittenberg has two new papers out

TROTZKE, A. and WITTENBERG, E. (2017) ‘Expressive particle verbs and conditions  on particle fronting’, Journal of Linguistics, 53(2), pp. 407–435. doi: 10.1017/S0022226716000153.

Jackendoff, Ray & Eva Wittenberg (2017). Linear grammar as a possible steppingstone in the evolution of language. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24.1, pp 219–224. OpenAccess

Adam McCollum has two upcoming presentations at WCCFL 35

At this year’s West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Adam McCollum will be giving a talk on “Non-iterative vowel harmony in Crimean Tatar” with Darya Kavitskaya from Berkeley at 9:30 on April 28th.

He will also be presenting a poster entitled “Unbounded harmony is not always myopic: Evidence from Tutrugbu” with James Essegbey from the University of Florida.