José Armando Fernández Guerrero was awarded the Ken Hale Student Fellowship

José Armando Fernández Guerrero, one of our first year graduate students, was awarded the Ken Hale Student Fellowship to attend the 2019 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of California at Davis. This fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who is pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation. Congratulations, José Armando!

Matthew Zaslansky and Savithry Namboodiripad present at the “Linguistic Forum 2019: Indigenous languages of Russia and beyond”

Our graduate student Matthew Zaslansky and alumna Savithry Namboodiripad presented a talk entitled “Syntactic Flexibility in the Djar Dialect of Avar: Experimental Evidence from Basic Constituent Order” to the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow at the Linguistic Forum 2019: Indigenous languages of Russia and beyond, April 4-6, 2019. This conference was organized by the Institute in partnership with CIPL – Comité International Permanent des Linguistes / Permanent International Committee of Linguists in honor of the declaration by the United Nations of 2019 as The Year of Indigenous Languages.

TRELS fellowship for Linguistics Undergraduate Student

Claudia Duarte-Bórquez was awarded a Triton Research and Experimental Learning Scholarship (TRELS) for Spring Quarter, 2019. Claudia is working under the guidance of Justin McIntosh on a project documenting and describing San Juan Piñas Mixtec, an Oto-Manguean language spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico and in San Diego county. This project began in the context of LIGN 139, ‘Field Methods’, taught in the Spring 2018 in collaboration with Ms. Claudia Juárez, a native speaker of this language. This May, Claudia will present the results of her investigation in the 22nd annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UC Santa Barbara. Her research project will also be showcased at UCSD’s Undergraduate Research Conference on May 18th. Claudia is an undergraduate Language Studies major in her final quarter at UCSD and has plans to attend graduate school to study documentary and descriptive linguistics. Congratulations, Claudia!!!

Grant Goodall has been elected as a member of the Academy of Esperanto

Grant Goodall has been elected to a nine-year term in the Academy of Esperanto. Founded in 1905 by Dr. L. L. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto, the Academy is tasked with monitoring and guiding the evolution of the language. This evolution is of interest because over the course of its existence, Esperanto has gone from a desktop project to a living language with a large base of fluent speakers, including native speakers. The 45 members of the Academy are elected by their peers in recognition of their contributions to Esperanto letters and scholarship.

Grant Goodall first learned Esperanto in his early teens. While still in high school, he studied advanced Esperanto at San Francisco State University and later taught it both there and at UC San Diego. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Esperantic Studies Foundation, which sponsors research on Esperanto and related topics, since 2001, and he teaches a course at UC San Diego on the linguistics of invented languages. Some of his recent research analyzes the structure of constructed languages from the late 19th century, such as Esperanto, and how this was affected by what was (not) known about language universals at the time.