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.
Our faculty member Ivano Caponigro has been invited to give three talks at the NINJAL-UHM Linguistics Workshop on Syntax-Semantics Interface, Language Acquisition, and Naturalistic Data Analysis at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa on October 11-13, 2019.
- Richard Montague: The Simplicity of Language, the Complexity of Life. Towards a Biography (plenary talk)
- Investigating Headless Relative Clauses across Languages: Why and How (workshop)
- Investigating Headless Relative Clauses across languages: A view from Mesoamerica (plenary talk)
Four Mayberry Lab members will be presenting at Theories in Sign Language Research (TISLR) conference will be held at the University of Hamburg on September 26-28, 2019: three graduate students from our department, an alumna of ours, and a faculty member.
- Graduate student Qi Cheng and Rachel Mayberry will be presenting their talk Word order or world knowledge? Effects of early language deprivation on simple sentence comprehension.
- Graduate student Tory Sampson and Rachel Mayberry will be presenting their talk An emerging SELF: The copula cycle in ASL.
- Graduate student Nina Semushina will be presenting her poster with Rachel Mayberry, Age of acquisition effects on automatic magnitude estimation in ASL number signs and Arabic digits.
- Anne Therese Fredrikson will be presenting her poster with Rachel Mayberry, Implicit causality and thematic roles in ASL: A norming study of 239 implicit causality verbs.
Catherine Arnett, who is about to start our graduate program as a 1st year student, just published her paper Pathways of Change in Romance Motion Events: A Corpus-Based Comparison in the Proceedings of the Thirtieth Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL 30), pp.25-34.
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!
Our 2nd year graduate student Ray Incamu Huaute and faculty member Gabriela Caballero will be delivering a talk on Reduplication and syncope in Cahuilla distributive verbs at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas Annual Meeting (SSILA) in New Orleans, January 2-5, 2020.
Our faculty member Gabriela Caballero is giving three invites talks the next few months:
- a colloquium talk on Tone and inflection in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara): implications for the typology and theory of grammatical tone in the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University on November 8, 2019;
- a presentation for a joint meeting of the Georgetown University Fieldwork Forum (GUFF) and the computational linguistics group on November 8, 2019;
- an invited talk at the Princeton Phonology Forum (PɸF 2020) on Tone and phonological theory at Princeton University on April 10-11, 2020.
Eleven members of our department (five graduate students, one undergraduate student, and five faculty members) will be presenting five talks and three posters at the next Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 2-5, 2020. In alphabetical order (G: graduate student; U: undergraduate student; F: UC San Diego faculty):
- Emily Clem (F), Nicholas Rolle & Virginia Dawson
Altruistic inversion and doubling in Tiwa morphology (talk)
- José Armando Fernández Guerrero (G)
¡Cómo corre! The Flexibility of Wh-Exclamatives (poster)
- Duk-Ho Jung (G) & Grant Goodall (F)
A wh-dependency that does not obey islands: Remnants and correlates in backward sprouting (poster)
- Till Poppels (G) & Andrew Kehler (F)
Inferential Ellipsis Resolution: Sluicing, Nominal Antecedents, and the Question Under Discussion (talk)
- Nina Feygl Semushina (G), Azura Fairchild (U) & Rachel Mayberry (F)
Counting with Fingers Symbolically: Basic Numerals Across Sign Languages (poster)
- Joshua Wampler (G)
Do thus: An investigation into event reference (talk)
- Michelle Yuan (F)
Deriving ergativity from object shift across Eskimo-Aleut (talk)
- Michelle Yuan (F) & Ksenia Ershova
Dependent case in syntactically ergative languages: Evidence from Inuit and West Circassian (talk)
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.
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.