Andy Kehler is currently finishing his first of four visits to the University of Cologne as a Mercator Fellow. While there he presented three invited talks: “Conversational Eliciture” at the Workshop on At-Issueness, Scope, and Coherence, “Prominence in a Referential Theory of VP-Ellipsis” at the Prominence in Language 2018 Conference, and “A Bayesian Model of Pronoun Production and Interpretation” to the CRC Prominence in Language Research Group.
UC San Diego Linguistics was well represented at the 16th LabPhon meeting.
Amanda Ritchart-Scott presented her poster “Perceptual enhancement of nasalized vowels through increased breathiness.”
Gabriella Caballero & Marc Garellek presented their poster “Multidimensional tonal realization and prosodic variation in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara).”
Marc Garellek presented his talk (coauthored by Christina Esposito at Macalester College) “The effects of prosody on pitch and voice quality of White Hmong tones.”
Scott Seyfarth (PhD 2016, currently at Ohio State University) co-organized (with Beth Hume, OSU) a workshop called “The role of predictability in shaping human sound systems.”
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 6th 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 2018-2019.
Ivano Caponigro has been invited to present parts of his forthcoming intellectual and personal biography of Richard Montague (1930-1971), the father of formal semantics, at Harvard University (May 21), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany (July 10), Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (August 10), and CNRS and University of Nantes, France (September 20).
Adam McCollum has been awarded a President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2018-19! The award is targeted at doctoral candidates who demonstrate strong potential, promise and desire for a university teaching and research career. Only nine such fellowships were awarded across UCSD.
Michael Obiri-Yeboah‘s paper titled ‘Domains and Directionality in Gua Vowel Harmony’ has been selected for an award as Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper for the African and African-American Studies Research Center.
Michael Obiri-Yeboah has received a UC San Diego International Institute fellowship for his work on documenting the Gua language. He will spend the summer in Ghana collecting data.