Emily Davis presented at the Linguistic Society of America, 2023 Annual meeting

Graduate student Emily Davis presented both a talk and a poster at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting 2023 in Denver, which was held January 5-8, 2023. The title of the talk was “Multiple center-embedding is more common in verb-final languages” and the abstract can be seen here. The poster was entitled “Learnability and emergence of dependency structures in an artificial language”, the abstract can be seen here, while the poster is below.

Michelle Yuan has a new article in Language

Faculty member Michelle Yuan has a new paper in Language:

Yuan, Michelle. 2022. Ergativity and object movement across Inuit. Language 98(3): 510-551. doi: https://doi.org/10.1353/lan.0.0270


Although the Inuit language is generally characterized as ergative, it has been observed that the ergative case patterning is relatively weaker in certain Eastern Canadian varieties, resulting in a more accusative appearance (e.g. Johns 2001, 2006, Carrier 2017). This article presents a systematic comparison of ergativity in three Inuit varieties, as a lens into the properties of case alignment and clause structure in Inuit more broadly. Building on the previous insight that ergativity in Inuit is tied to object movement to a structurally high position (Bittner 1994, Bittner & Hale 1996a,b, Woolford 2017), I demonstrate that the relative robustness of the ergative patterning across Inuit is tightly correlated with the permissibility of object movement—and not determined by the morphosyntactic properties of ERG subjects, which are uniform across Inuit. I additionally relate this correlation to another point of variation across Inuit concerning the status of object agreement as affixes vs. pronominal clitics (Yuan 2021). These connections offer testable predictions for the status of ergativity across the entire Inuit dialect continuum and yield crosslinguistic implications for the typology of case alignment, especially in how it interacts with the syntactic position of nominals.


Yuan Chai and Marc Garellek have a new publication in JASA

Alumna Yuan Chai (Ph.D. 2022) and faculty member Marc Garellek have a new publication in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America entitled “On H1–H2 as an acoustic measure of linguistic phonation type”: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0014175.

This paper, which is part of a special issue in JASA called “Reconsidering Classic Ideas in Speech Communication,” revisits the use of the acoustic measure H1–H2 for characterizing phonation types, and proposes a new measure that is argued to be better for measuring creaky voice in particular.

UCSD presentations at the Workshop on Model Theoretic Representations in Phonology

Three UCSD linguists will be presenting work at the upcoming Workshop on Model Theoretic Representations in Phonology at Stony Brook University (Sept. 22-24):

  • Postdoctoral researcher Eric Meinhardt will be giving a tutorial entitled “SMT solvers as a research tool for phonology”
  • Graduate student Olivia Griffin will be giving a talk entitled “Computational Complexity and Iconic Functions of Morphophonological Processes” (a collaboration with Jia He Sun, Queen’s University)
  • Faculty member Eric Baković will be participating in a panel discussion (with Karthik Durvasula, MSU; Adam Jardine, Rutgers; and Kristine Yu, UMass)

The workshop will take place in a hybrid format, and is free for all to register and attend.

UCSD presentations at the Annual Meeting on Phonology

Two UCSD linguists will be presenting work at the upcoming Annual Meeting on Phonology at UCLA (Oct. 21-23):

  • Postdoctoral researcher Eric Meinhardt will be introducing the audience at the Computational Approaches to Phonology workshop to “SAGUARO: a workbench for phonological theories” (a collaboration with Eric Baković)
  • Faculty member Eric Baković will be presenting a poster entitled “Faithfulness and underspecification” (a collaboration with Wm. G. Bennett, Rhodes University)

This conference is expected to take place in person. The deadline for Early Bird registration ($75, $15 students/unemployed) is October 3; the absolute deadline for registration ($100, $20 students/unemployed) is October 18.

Duk-Ho Jung and Grant Goodall have a new article in Journal of Linguistics

Graduate student Duk-Ho Jung and faculty member Grant Goodall have a new publication in Journal of Linguistics entitled “Filler–gap dependencies and the remnant–correlate dependency in backward sprouting: Sensitivity to distance and islands.” It is available open-access at https://www.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226722000366

The article examines “backward sprouting” (Although it is unclear what, Mary was drinking on the bus). Superficially, this structure looks very similar to filler-gap dependencies (It is unclear what Mary was drinking __ on the bus), but the article shows experimentally that there are actually some intriguing differences, with important implications for how sprouting structures are formed. The experiments in this article are part of Duk-Ho’s work for his forthcoming Ph.D. dissertation.

Maxine Van Doren presenting at The Fall Voice Conference

Graduate student Maxine Van Doren will be presenting a poster on voice quality in Spanish-English bilinguals at the upcoming Fall Voice Conference in San Francisco on October 6-8, 2022. She has also been invited to serve on a panel entitled, “When to Say No,” a presentation for early career speech-language pathologists on evaluating career opportunities and maintaining work-life balance.