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Look who's talking

PhD student Hanno Beck will be busy giving two talks next Spring. One is about "Studying the Footprint of Subjective Adjectives" and will be presented at the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft) Stuttgart conference, and the other at a roundtable at the International Congress for Medieval Studies conference in Michigan. Happy travels!

Symposium at UB to Examine Recent Developments in Chinese Language Education

The Linguistics Department and the Confucius Institute are jointly organizing a symposium on October 28-29entitled, “Building a Chinese Language Program for the 21st Century: New Approaches for Multicultural and Multilingual Universities.” The symposium will examine how university departments can build rigorous Chinese programs that meet the goals of the broadest spectrum of students while maintaining academic rigor and operating under resource constraints. Keynote speakers will offer valuable theoretical and practical insights and lead discussion. Speakers include David Honey, Professor of Chinese, Brigham Young University; Lening Liu, Professor of Chinese and Director, Confucius Institute of Chinese Pedagogy, Columbia University; and Kai Li, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Oberlin College, and Beijing Normal University.
Advanced registration requested.

Look who's talking @ Interntional Cognitive Linguistics Conference

PhD Student Katharine Donelson (in joint work with Randi Moore, Jihye Seong, Jose Antonio Jodar Sanchez and Juergen Bohnemeyer) will be giving a talk entitled “Choosing Landmarks: A Crosslinguistic Study of Variable Landmarks” at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Tartu, Estonia.

ELDP Grant to Yu Li

Congratulations to PhD student Yu Li who has received and Endangered Languages Documentation Programme grant of £10582 to support her dissertation fieldwork on the Zauzou, a Tibeto-Burman language of China.

CSF Award for Young Scientists to Randi Moore

Ph.D. student Randi Moore won the CSF Award for Young Scientists for the Best Presentation at the Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction Conference, held in Ascona, Switzerland. The award comes with a plaque, a bookbag and 500 swiss francs!

CAS Dissertation Fellowships to Aron Marvel and Josh Benn

Ph.D students Aron Marvel and Josh Benn have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships, which will support them in completing their dissertation research. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ HPSG 2017

Ph.D. student Robert Hepburn-Gray will be giving a talk entitled “Against Split Morphology: ‘inflection’, ‘derivation’, and the structure of the SBCG lexicon” at the International Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar conference, collocated with the Linguistic Institute at the University of Kentucky. Also presenting is JP Koenig, who will be giving a talk entitled “Oneida prepronominal prefixes in Information-Based Morphology”, in joint work with Karin Michelson and Ph.D student Thomas Diaz. Happy conferencing to all!

Look who’s talking @ the 2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium

Dianna Radpour, a student in our Interdisciplinary Computational Linguistics M.S., will be giving a talk entitled “Sarcasm and its Symptoms” at the 2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium, to be held in New York City from the 27th to the 28th of June.

AHI Fellowship to Monty Hill

Ph.D student Monty Hill has been awarded an Advanced Humanities Institute Fellowship to help him complete his dissertation. Only four such fellowships were awarded this year by the UB Humanities Institute. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ CogSci 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D student Hao Sun and Professor John Pate, who will be presenting their work “The Semantic Spaces of Child-Directed Speech, Child Speech and Adult-directed Speech: A Manifold Perspective” at the CogSci conference taking place in London, UK.

Alumna Craig Kopris receives DEL Fellowship

Craig Kopris, a 2001 Ph.D. Alumna (UB Dissertation entitled “A Grammar and Dictionary of Wyandot”) was awarded a Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship by the National Science Foundation to write a dictionary of Wyandot (Iroquoian). We are so proud!

Look who’s talking @ DETEC

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Alexandra Lawson, whose paper “Repeating Names: Proper Names Usage is Sensitive to Speaker Expectation” was accepted as a talk at Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives (DETEC 2017), to be held at the Max-Planck in Niejmegen this upcoming June. Way to go Ali!

Mark Diamond Research funds awarded to Luis Ulloa and Yu Li

Congratulations to PhD students Luis Ulloa and Yu Li, who have been awarded MDRF grants to support their research.

LSA Fellowship to Dana Glantz

Linguistics undergraduate student Dana Glantz has been awarded a Linguistic Institute Fellowship, to attend the upcoming 2017 LSA Institute. Congratulations!

Award to Thomas St. Pierre

PhD Student Thomas St Pierre has just been received a Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!

Award to Erika Bellingham

Congratulations to PhD Student Erika Bellingham, who won one of only four student bursaries to present her paper at the International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2017) in Belfast, in July.

Congratulations to Dawei Jin

Ph.D. Alumnus Dawei Jin is now a lecturer in Shanghai Jiao Yong University, China. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ IPrA

Erika Bellingham, Sang-Hee Park & Juergen Bohnemeyer will be presenting a paper on “Causality in discourse: crosslinguistic patterns”, in the panel “Linguistic Expressions and Devices that Yield the Implicature of Cause and Effect” organized by Hanazaki Miki (et al.) during the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017.

Look who’s talking @ Summer LSA Institute

Jürgen Bohnemeyer will be teaching a course entitled “Typology of Spatial Representation” at the 2017 Summer Linguistics Institute, which is taking place in Lexington KY from July 5th to August 1st. 

Look who’s talking @ BLS 43

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Hao Sun, who will be presenting a paper entitled “There are more valence alternations than the ditransitive” (co-authored with Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig) at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Mark Diamond Research Fund awards to Holly Keily and Derry Moore

Congratulations to PhD students Holly Keily and Derry Moore for each receiving a Mark Diamond Research Fund award, which will support their dissertation studies.