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Diane Jakubowski

Diane Jakubowski

A sincere Sesquisalutation to Diane Jakubowski, who has recently joined our department as Event Coordinator for the Linguistic Institute. Her interests include camping, hiking, biking, golf and reading. She has studied in France and has taught ESL in Japan. She and her husband, Brian, have a 9-year-old son, Daniel, and a 6-year-old daughter, Audrey. After teaching ESL at San Jose State for the past five years, she's happy to try something new and is looking forward to the big event this July!

  • Look Who's Talking

    • John Beavers (Georgetown U) is talking at UT Austin on Feb 19th. His title is "Prominence Preservation in Argument Realization: Some Morphosyntactic Consequences".
    • Then he's off to the University of Kentucky, where on Feb 23rd he'll talk about "Semantic Prominence in the Syntax: A Case Study in English Object/Oblique Alternations".
  • Stanford Blood Center: Shortage of all types. For an appointment, go to or call 650-723-7831. It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies.


Caught in the Act

Liz Coppock at BLS Joan Bresnan at BLS

Here's a couple shots from BLS last weekend. Liz Coppock is explaining why the tough nuts aren't (at least not the prepositions) and Joan Bresnan is demonstrating that all those numbers really are in people's heads.


Linguistic Levity

Shakespearean Insult Kit

To construct a Shakespearean insult, combine one word from each of the three columns below, and preface it with "Thou":



    • SocioLunch

      No Sociolunch today
    • Berkeley Syntax and Semantics Circle

      14:30-16:00 in 233 Dwinelle Hall (UC Berkeley)

      Amy Campbell will lead a discussion of 'The real-time status of island phenomena,' by Colin Phillips (Language, Dec. 2006). (Paper available HERE)
    • UC Berkeley Phonology Laboratory Colloquium

      16:00 in 46 Dwinelle Hall (UC Berkeley)

      Katherine Demuth (Brown University and I-LABS, University of Washington) Phonological licensing of grammatical morphology in early speech
    • Department Colloquium

      15:30 in MJH 126

      Meghan Sumner (SUNY Stony Brook/UC Berkeley)
      The effect of experience in the perception and representation of dialects (abstract)
    • Weekly Social

      17:00 in the department lounge. Gourmet delights from the Social Committee.

    • NIH LCOM Study Section Workshop at Berkeley

      All day in Phonology Lab, 46 Dwinelle Hall (UC Berkeley)

      Talks by various researchers, including Katherine Demuth (Brown University and Institute for Learning and Brain Science (I-LABS), University of Washington) Ping Li (University of Richmond), Zenzi Griffin (Georgia Tech University), Jeffrey Lewine (Alexian Neurosciences Institute), Catherine Best (MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney), Pierre Halle (Laboratoire de Phonetique et Phonologie, CNRS/Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and Keith Johnson (UC Berkeley).
      Information at


      President's Day

      No classes. Get caught up on everything!

    • Department Colloquium

      12:00 in MJH 126

      Heriberto Avelino (Stanford University/UC Berkeley)
      Nonmodal phonation in normal and pathological speech: Same river, different water
    • (abstract)
    • CSLI Tea

      15:00 in the Cordura Hall Greenhouse
    • UC Berkeley Linguistics Colloquium

      17:00 - location to be announced (UC Berkeley)

      Esther Pascual (University of Amsterdam)
      Fictive interaction: Face-to-face conversation as a frame for understanding ordinary and legal thought, language and discourse

    • Stevenson Faculty Lecture (UC Santa Cruz)

      16:00 in the Stevenson College Library (UC Santa Cruz)

      Jaye Padgett (UC Santa Cruz) will deliver the Stevenson College Faculty Lecture on "Perception and Linguistic Sound Systems". The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Stevenson Provost's House.
    • DeptFlix

    • 19:15 in MJH 126
      Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives

    • Symbolic Systems Forum

      16:15 in Bldg. 380, room 380C (Math Corner)

      Penny Eckert (Linguistics)
      Got Style? The Linguistic Construction of Social Meaning
    • Stanford Psychology of Language Tea (SPLAT)

      17:15 in MJH 126

      Zenzi Griffin (Georgia Tech, Psychology Department)
      How speakers' eye movements reflect spoken language generation




  • Linguistics Admissions Open House

    Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8, 2007.
    Party on Wednesday evening. Live music by Dead Tongues.

    Friday, March 16, 2007.
  • For local linguistic events, always consult the Department's event page, available RIGHT HERE

  • Got broader interests? The New Sesquipedalian recommends reading or even subscribing to the CSLI Calendar, available HERE.

  • What's happening at UC Santa Cruz? Find out HERE.

  • What's going on at UC Berkeley? Check it out HERE.


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February 16, 2007
Vol. 3, Issue 17

This Issue's Sesquipedalian Staff

Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag

Design and Production Consultant:
Philip Hofmeister

Contributing Humor Editor:
Susan D. Fischer

Newsletter Committee: Scott Grimm, Graham Katz, Ani Nenkova

Photographers: Gretchen Lantz, Graham Katz

Melanie Levin and Kyle Wohlmut