Faculty member Emily Clem has a new paper “The expression of time in Amahuaca switch-reference clauses” that just appeared in the open access journal Languages as part of a special issue called “Current Studies on Morpho-Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics: A View from the South American Lowlands and Beyond”. This paper offers a comparison of how degrees of temporal remoteness are expressed in main vs. dependent clauses in Amahuaca (Panoan; Peru), showing that in adjunct clauses markers of temporal remoteness can result in similar kinds of ambiguities that are found with tense markers in other languages.
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JJ Lim and Michelle Yuan presented at WCCFL 41
Graduate student JJ Lim and faculty member Michelle Yuan presented at WCCFL 41, the 41st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, held at UC Santa Cruz from May 5-7, 2023. JJ presented a talk titled ‘Nominalisations without DP: Dissociating genitive case assignment from possessor agreement’. Michelle co-presented a talk titled ‘Phase unlocking and the derivation of verb-initiality in San Martín Peras Mixtec’ with Andrew Hedding (University of Washington).
Ivano Caponigro receives an NEH Summer Stipend Award
Faculty member Ivano Caponigro has been awarded an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Stipend Award. NEH received more than 800 proposals and 14% were selected for an award.
Ivano will spend Summer 2024 working on two core chapters of his intellectual and personal biography of Richard Montague (1930-1971), the philosopher and logician who fathered formal semantics and changed the way we think about the semantics of natural languages.
The book is under contract with Oxford University Press and has been previously supported by a grant from the American Philosophical Society, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and an in-residency fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.
Joshua Wampler and Eva Wittenberg present at CogSci23
Graduate student Joshua Wampler and former faculty member Eva Wittenberg will be presenting a poster entitled Discourse structure affects reference resolution to events in English: Evidence from a new paradigm at CogSci23, the 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, which will be held in Sydney, Australia July 26-29, 2023.
Sharon Rose, Michael Obiri-Yeboah and Sarah Creel publish in Laboratory Phonology
Faculty member Sharon Rose, alumnus Michael Obiri-Yeboah (PhD 2021, currently Assistant Teaching Professor in Linguistics Department at Georgetown University) and Sarah C. Creel (faculty member in UC San Diego Cognitive Science) just published the paper “Perception of ATR contrasts by Akan speakers: a case of perceptual near-merger.” in Laboratory Phonology. The paper shows how Akan speakers can easily distinguish vowels contrasted by only Advanced Tongue Root, but have difficulty perceiving phonemic vowel contrasts that differ by both Advanced Tongue Root and height features; although such vowels have distinct articulation, they are acoustically similar.
Ivano Caponigro delivered two invited talks at UC Berkeley
Faculty member Ivano Caponigro just presented at UC Berkeley twice. He gave a colloquium talk in the Linguistics Department on Investigating Headless Relative Clauses Across Languages: Why and How on March 13 and a talk at the Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science in the Philosophy Department on Logic and Grammar: Richard Montague’s Turn towards Natural Language on March 15.
Qi Cheng and Rachel Mayberry have a new paper on PNAS
Alumna Qi Cheng (Ph.D. 2020, currently assistant professor in the linguistics department at the University of Washington), faculty member Rachel Mayberry, Eric Halgren and Austin Roth (both at UC San Diego), and Denise Klein and Jen-Kai Chen (both at the Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI) just published the paper “Restricted language access during childhood affects adult brain structure in selective language regions” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Vol. 120(7). The paper shows effects of the childhood language environment on grey matter development in language relevant regions in the adult brain. These findings show that the growing brain needs linguistic stimulation for the brain-language system to fully develop.
Alex Rodriguez and Grant Goodall at CAMP
Graduate student Alex Rodriguez and faculty member Grant Goodall are presenting on Clitic Left Dislocation in Spanish: Island sensitivity without gaps at CAMP (5th California Meeting on Psycholinguistics ), which will be held at UCLA on January 28-29, 2023.
Ivano Caponigro becomes an associate editor for “Linguistics and Philosophy”
Faculty member Ivano Caponigro has just accepted the invitation to join the editorial team of the journal “Linguistics and Philosophy” as an associate editor.
Emily Clem has new papers in the proceedings of NELS 52 and SALT 32
Faculty member Emily Clem has two new papers. The first is entitled “Accounting for parallels between inverse marking and the PCC” and is published in the proceedings of NELS 52. The second is entitled “Attitude reports without complementation: The case of Amahuaca” and is published in the proceedings of SALT 32.