Archive for May, 2009

Nicholas Ostler lecture on May 12

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

“The Jungle is Neutral: Newcomer Languages Face New Media”
Nicholas Ostler, President, Foundation for Endangered Languages

Tuesday, May 12
4:00-5:30 pm with reception to follow at

Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118

Co-sponsored by the Big Problems program in the College and the Franke Institute for the Humanities

Nicholas Ostler is the author of Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World (2005) and Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin (2008). The first is an unparalleled account of major language expansions through colonization since antiquity, richly grounded historically in dynamics of trade, political domination, and other socio-economic interactions between different populations.

Bauer on ultrasound in linguistic research

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Matt Bauer (Illinois Institute of Technology) will be giving  a special presentation the use of ultrasound  in linguistic research at 10:30am on May 11, 2009 in the Landahl Center for Linguistic Research. A short description of this presentation is given below:

The use of ultrasound in linguistic research represents a non-invasive, easy to use, portable, and (relatively) inexpensive tool to study speech-related anatomical structures, such as the tongue, hard palate, and larynx. Ultrasound is particularly well suited for directly measuring ‘slow’ lingual gestures, such as those for vowels and liquids, as opposed to ‘fast’ gestures, such as the ones for flaps and trills. Laryngeal height can be measured indirectly through the movement of the hyoid bone. This talk will cover the basics of ultrasound technology, recording procedures, data analysis, and advantages and disadvantages of using ultrasound in linguistic research.

Shannon Heald talk on May 15

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Workshop on Language, Cognition, and Computation
(Sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies)

Vowel variability within and between days

Shannon Heald (Psych, U. Chicago)

Friday, May 15 at 3:30pm, in the Karen Landahl Center (basement of Social Science)

Attention Slavicists:

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Kelly Maynard of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures has announced a new web page dedicated to the Albanian Linguistics Workshop which was held on February 28, 2009 at the University of Chicago. Speakers included Eric Hamp, Brian Joseph, Jerry Morgan, and others.

Audio recordings of many of the talks accompanied by .pdf files of the handouts or screen captures of the presentations (combined audio recordings and slides) are available.  Scrolling down, there’s even a video of Eric Hamp’s full 90-minute lecture. Enjoy!