Archive for June, 2010

Last issue of BLING for the summer

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

BLING will go on hiatus for the summer. We will resume when the Fall quarter starts in September. Have  a wonderful break, everyone!

Job news: Debenport and Paz

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Two recent alumni have recently been offered jobs for the upcoming academic year…

Erin Debenport (Linguistics ’09), who has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico,

and Alejandro Paz (Linguistics and Anthropology ’09), who has been appointed Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Toronto!

Congratulations, Erin and Alejandro!

Yoon dissertation defended

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Suwon Yoon was successful in defending her dissertation, ‘Not in the Mood: The Semantics and Syntax of Expletive Negation’. Congratulations, Suwon! Great job!

Kirby in JASA

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

James Kirby‘s paper “Dialect experience in Vietnamese tone perception” has been published online in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Vol. 127, Issue 6). Congratulations, James!

Summer conference activities

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

In Taipei later this month, Tommy Grano will be presenting “Explicit comparison to an implicit standard in Mandarin Chinese,” and Chris Kennedy will present “The composition of incremental change,” both at the 12th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics.

Morgan Sonderegger and Alan Yu will present “A rational account of perceptual compensation for coarticulation” at the 32nd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Portland, Oregon, in August.

Peter Klecha will present his work on “Optional and Obligatory Modal Subordination” at Sinn und Bedeutung 15 at the Department of German Studies, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany in September.

Dissertation proposal defended

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Congratulations to Yaron McNabb on the successful defense of his dissertation prospectus, “The syntax and semantics of intensifiers and other degree expressions”!

Qualifying papers defended

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Congratulations to the grad students who successfully defended a qualifying paper during Spring 2010!

Ryan Bochnak: “My QP exceeds your QP in awesomeness: Exceed comparatives in Luganda”

Juan Bueno-Holle: “Accessibility and Preferred Argument Structure in Isthmus Zapotec”

Tim Grinsell: “Vagueness in the Grammatical Perfective”

Stefanie Kuzmack: “The debonding of -ish: from affix to word”

Martina Martinovic: “Regression models of tone in Neostokavian”

"Vagueness in the Grammatical Perfective"

End-of-the-year shindig

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The Linguistics Department’s end-of-year barbecue will take place this Friday, June 11, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on the Midway Plaisance, right outside our very own Classics building.  Come enjoy hearty BBQ fare, celebrate the end of another academic year, enjoy the late-spring sunshine at the home of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and say your goodbyes to some of our departing friends.

Happy summer!