Upcoming Events

Monday, October 2, 2017

Anne H. Charity Hudley, Linguistics Colloquium: The Racialization of African-American English: Insights from Linguistics and Psychology

Colloquium | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Anne H. Charity Hudley, Professor of Linguistics and North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Linguistics

Race has been integral to how languages have been defined over time and to how linguistics has developed as a discipline. Furthermore, both the humanistic and scientific studies of language have served to racialize individuals and communities. In order to work towards greater racial justice within linguistics, the challenge remains for linguists to develop a cohesive theory of race that is...   More >

Monday, October 16, 2017

Patrice Speeter Beddor, Linguistics Colloquium: Are innovative listeners also innovative speakers? The time course of individuals' perception and production of coarticulatory information

Colloquium | October 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Patrice Speeter Beddor, University of Michigan

 Department of Linguistics

Understanding the relation between speech production and perception is foundational to phonetic theory, and is similarly central to theories of the phonetics of sound change. For sound changes that are arguably perceptually motivated, it is particularly important to establish that an individual listener's selective attention—for example, their attention to the predictable information afforded by...   More >

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Language of Friendship: The Role of Talk in an Understudied Relationship: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Deborah Tannen

Lecture | October 24 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

 Graduate Division

Deborah Tannen will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 24 and 25, 2017. The second lecture is titled "Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Deborah Tannen

Monday, November 6, 2017

QP Fest

Colloquium | November 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, November 20, 2017

Myrna F. Schwartz, Linguistics Colloquium: Spontaneous speech-error monitoring and incremental lexical learning

Colloquium | November 20 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Myrna F. Schwartz, Institute Scientist Emerita, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

 Department of Linguistics

Clinicians have long appreciated that people with aphasia (PWA) who self-monitor their errorful speech have better outcomes. It has been assumed, with empirical justification, that this is because successful monitoring is associated with a stronger language system and a strong system is more likely to improve (Strength hypothesis). A second possibility, not incompatible with the first, is that...   More >

Monday, November 27, 2017

Colin Wilson, Linguistics Colloquium: Learning phonological classification

Colloquium | November 27 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Colin Wilson, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Linguistics

Many idiosyncratic properties of a lexical item — such as its inflection/declension class or grammatical gender, the allomorphs that it selects, and the non-automatic alternations that it undergoes — can be partly predicted from its phonological form. Patterns of this kind can be analyzed with probabilistic models in which weighted phonological properties induce distributions over lexical...   More >

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rikker Dockum, "Tonal recall: leveraging lexical tone to improve methods in historical linguistics"

Colloquium | January 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Rikker Dockum, Yale University

 Department of Linguistics

Great strides have been made in understanding the origins of lexical tone. Early work on tone in Vietnamese (Haudricourt 1954, 1961) paved the way for Gedney (1972), who introduced the comparative "tone box" that has been so crucial to Tai dialectology. However, the study of diachrony in lexical tone has tended to focus more toward tonogenesis, with less known about how tonal systems diversify...   More >

Monday, February 5, 2018

Sharese King, "Regionalizing Race: Exploring Sound Change and Racial Identity"

Colloquium | February 5 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sharese King, Stanford University

 Department of Linguistics

Linguists have problematized the presentation of African American English (AAE) as a uniform variety (Wolfram 2007; Yaeger-Dror & Thomas 2010). Amid growing evidence of regional variation, linguists have cautioned against the homogenization of African Americans’ linguistic practices and identities (Wolfram 2007; Childs 2005). Despite advances in our understanding of how the dialect varies, there...   More >

Monday, February 12, 2018

Robin Dodsworth, "Social network position, social class, and the Southern Vowel Shift"

Colloquium | February 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Robin Dodsworth, North Carolina State University

 Department of Linguistics

Sociolinguists have recognized the potential of social network analysis to uncover the interactional processes that create patterns of sociolinguistic variation (such as social class patterns) and also promote or inhibit the diffusion of linguistic innovations. Early and recent approaches to network analysis in sociolinguistics have used diverse, often community-specific information about...   More >

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lal Zimman, "Voicing (trans)gender identity: Rethinking the relationship between gendered identities, bodies, and the voice"

Colloquium | February 15 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Lal Zimman, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Linguistics

The relationship between gender and the voice is of central importance to phoneticians, transgender people, and listeners who engage in the process of gender attribution based (partially) on auditory cues; in other words, almost everyone. This talk presents a reconceptualization of the relationship between the voice, gendered identities, and sexed bodies through a focus on transgender speakers....   More >

Monday, February 26, 2018

Isaac Bleaman, "Variation and change in minority language maintenance"

Colloquium | February 26 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Isaac Bleaman, NYU

 Department of Linguistics

The pace and intensity of globalization have many linguists concerned about the viability of the world's endangered and minority languages. Much is known about how language policy, standardization, and educational practices affect minority language maintenance at the macro-level of the speech community. Comparatively little is known about how these same factors influence inter-speaker variation...   More >

Monday, March 19, 2018

Jason Merchant, Linguistics Colloquium

Colloquium | March 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jason Merchant, University of Chicago

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 16, 2018

Christine Beier, Linguistics Colloquium

Colloquium | April 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Christine Beier, UC Berkeley

 Department of Linguistics

Monday, April 23, 2018

Linguistics Undergraduate Honors Colloquium

Colloquium | April 23 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics