Tory Sampson is awarded best student presentation at TISLR13

Our third year graduate student Tory Sampson was awarded the best student stage presentation at the 13th triennial Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR). Her presentation focused on the copular cycle in American Sign Language (ASL) with the sign, labeled as ‘SELF’. In this presentation, Tory presented three stages in the evolution of SELF – as a demonstrative pronoun in 1850’s French Sign Language (LSF – a predecessor of ASL), as a personal pronoun in 1910’s ASL, and finally as a copula in modern ASL. She also presented the ambiguous syntactic contexts that provided for the reinterpretation and subsequent grammaticalization of SELF. A video of her presentation can be found here.

Graduate student Ray Incamu Huaute is awarded a fellowship and an award

Our 2nd year graduate student Ray Incamu Huaute has been awarded an Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) fellowship (2019-2010) and an Endangered Language Fund/IPA Language Legacies Award (2019-2021) for his project Expanding the Documentation and Description of Cahuilla. As part of his ELDP award, Ray has just completed a language documentation training session at SOAS University of London [group photo]. Congratulations, Ray!

Graduate student Nina Feygl Semushina is awarded Annette Merle-Smith Fellowship

Graduate student Nina Feygl Semushina was awarded a 2019-2020 Annette Merle-Smith Fellowship. Established in 2015, this award is given to students who have performed at the highest level in the Graduate Specialization in Anthropogeny, a three-year program offered by the CARTA Faculty of Anthropogeny to UC San Diego graduate students from a variety of participating UC San Diego PhD programs. Students enrolled in the program are required to complete the curriculum of elective courses on anthropogeny (explaining the origin of our species), participate in CARTA’s scientific symposia and ensuing discussions, network with researchers from around the world, and cross-train with peers from a variety of disciplines.

Graduate student Tory Sampson is presenting at TISLR13

Tory Sampson, a 3rd year graduate student, is giving a presentation at TISLR13 (Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research) at the University of Hamburg in Germany about grammaticalization in American Sign Language (ASL). She’ll discuss the copular cycle in ASL in terms of the functionality of a certain sign, SELF, and the changing syntactic contexts in which SELF appears by supplying evidence from historical and modern corpora.

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!

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!

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!