Archive for October, 2009

Fieldwork frenzy

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Ph.D. student Jackie Bunting, currently ABD, has received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. She’ll spend three months in Suriname conducting fieldwork for her thesis, entitled “English to Sranan: An Assessment of Structural Similarities and Differences,” starting on October 18th. Hope you have an enjoyable, fruitful trip!

Also this year, Thomas Wier is continuing his Fulbright-Hayes fieldwork documenting dying Georgian dialects/languages, looking for evidence of different kinds of morphological blocking processes. While abroad, he has also given two talks:  (1) The Case In and Across Languages conference in Helsinki, Finland: “Morphosemantax and case-marking in Georgian” and (2) The Tbilisi Forum on Language and Logic, in Bakuriani, Georgia, where he spoke about “Nonconfigurationality in Georgian.”

Slavic summer with Swedish runes and Sven

Friday, October 16th, 2009
Kelly Maynard, a historical linguist in the Slavic department, shares two recent publications which came out over the summer.
  • 2009. ‘I want to buy it’ in the Albanian glossary of Arnold von Harff.  Transactions of the Philological Society. Volume 107: 2: 231-252.
  • With Şerife Geniş.  Formation of a Diasporic Community: The History of Migration and Resettlement of Muslim Albanians in the Black Sea  Region of Turkey.  Middle Eastern Studies.  Volume 45: 4: 553-569.

Meanwhile, here is a photo from Kelly’s summer jaunts:

Kelly makes friends with a Swedish runestone

Kelly makes friends with a Swedish runestone

She explains: “The stone is two fragments of a 10th century runestone fromSigtuna, Sweden that have been re-attached. According to a nearby plaque, translated into English it reads, ‘Sven had this stone set up in memory of his father and Frödis in memory of her husband Ulv. God help his soul.’ The script employed is the younger futhark, popular in Scandanvian stone carving between 800-1100. One way you can tell it’s the younger runes is by looking at the rune by the knuckles in my right hand near the crack. It is a vertical line with two horizontal lines going all the way across. This is the rune for [o].”

Fun stuff. Thanks, Kelly, for sharing!

Stensrud defends her dissertation

Friday, October 16th, 2009

BLING and the entire department would like to congratulate Kjersti Stensrud for her successful defense of her thesis “Aspects of Event Composition in Norwegian and English,” which happened on September 16.  Belated felicitations, Kjersti! Best of luck!

First tea of the year today!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

BLING welcomes back all members of the department, new and old!  We trust your summers were both productive and enjoyable (yes, it can happen).

Today, Thursday, marks our first tea of the new academic year.  Hosted by CLS46, it starts at 4 p.m. and will be held in the linguistics lounge on the 3rd floor of Classics as usual. Come chat, eat, drink, and merrily meet the new students.

(And, watch for the first colloquium of the year on October 8.)

Updates from Friedman and Mufwene

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Victor Friedman, on foreign leave from the Slavic department, continues his tour of Europe and the Balkans. In addition to several recent papers, presentations, and invited public lectures through Macedonia, Victor also had the honor of receiving the Krste P. Misirkov Liftetime Achievement Award for contributions to Macedonian Scholarship from the Ramkovski Foundation in Skopje. Amazing!

Meanwhile, Salikoko Mufwene has a good deal of new work to report. Publications include “Some offspring of colonial English are creole” in Vernacular universals vs. contact-induced language change; and “Kituba, Kileta, or Kikongo: What’s in a name?” in Naming Languages in Sub-Saharan Africa: Practices, Names, Categorisations, as well as a number of appearances both as an invited and accepted speaker at a number of conferences and the University of Sao Paolo.

For more complete recent bibliographies of each of these linguists, click here: (more…)