The newsletter of The Department of Linguistics, Stanford University

The Stanford Linguistics Log

Volume I, Issue II
October 25, 2004

Please keep news items coming to Melanie.

New Student Reps | Summer Grads | More Summer Happenings | Kudos | Report From NWAV 33 | Upcoming Events | Upcoming Conferences

Welcome 2004-05 Student Representatives

Grad Reps: Neal Snider and Julie Sweetland
Undergrad Rep: Jordan Blackthorne

Congrats to our Summer Doctoral Graduates!

Sarah Benor
Dissertation Title:
Second Style Acquisition:
The Linguistic Socialization of Newly Orthodox Jews
Currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles

Brady Clark
Dissertation Title:
A Stochastic Optimality Theory Approach to Syntactic Change
Currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University

Cathryn Donohue
Dissertation Title:
Morphology matters: Case licensing in Basque
Currently Visiting Researcher in the UCSC Linguistics Research Center

Jacquelyn Rahman
Dissertation Title:
It's a Serious Business:
The Construction of Middle-class White Characters
by African American Narrative Comedians
Currently Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Summer Happenings

More in the summer lives of linguists:

Philip Hofmeister, back from his cycling trip, writes:
Against all odds, and totally in the spirit of being non-academic, I cycled from faraway Portland back to Stanford, where the most reckless and aloof cyclists in the world can be found. I narrowly avoided perishing on numerous occasions, though I did not, in fact, manage to get into a fight with a bear as I had hoped. Surprisingly, I met two people on the road who knew what formal semantics was, though one later pulled me aside and very seriously confided that he would like to know the etymology of the word ‘lake.’ I stared at him for a while and then said ‘Dutch.’ (For more roadside adventures, check out Philip's blog.)

Andrew Koontz-Garboden, from Nicaragua:
Greetings, Stanfordites. I hope all's well back home and that the new quarter is treating you well. Melissa and I have been in Nicaragua for about the last month and a half living in the Atlantic coast community of Karawala, while I'm doing fieldwork on Ulwa (Misumalpan, about 400 speakers) at the same time that we both collaborate with members of the community-based Ulwa Language Project on documentation and revitalization projects.

Also, I've attached two pictures. One of Melissa with a bunch of girls that flock to her every time they see her (she's become quite the rock star---the little girls *love* her!) and another of a river in the bush that we went on a swimming outing to last week.

River In The Bush

Flocking to Melissa

Haj Ross' artistic talents

Above, Haj Ross, the artist.
Now, come and see Haj Ross the linguist
Thursday, 10/28 and Friday, 10/29.

Kudos ...

... to Anna Cueni, Micha Rinkus, and Rebecca Regos, who presented their linguistics summer internship work on October 15th!

Report From NWAV 33

Stanford was well represented at NWAV 33, September 30th - October 3rd, in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Rebecca Starr and Dan Jurafsky: Phonological Variation in Shanghai Mandarin

Sarah Benor: Second Style Acquisition

Mary Rose and Lauren Hall-Lew: Linguistic variation and the rural imaginary

Kathryn Campbell-Kibler: I know she can say her Gs: Conceptualizing variation in context

Sarah Roberts: Language ideology in Hawai'i's schools, 1890-1945

Julie Sweetland: AAVE as a Stylistic Resource in a White Speaker's Linguistic Repertoire

Penny Eckert gave the plenary address, "A Brush with Particularism: Style, persona, and the emergence of a preadolescent social order"; John Rickford participated in the panel session, "Considering the Effects of the Ann Arbor King Trial for Sociolinguistics in Education".

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 27 October, 4:15pm, MJH Terrace Room 426:
Natural Language and Speech Processing (NLaSP) Group:
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley

Thursday, 28 October, 2 - 3pm, MJH Rm 126:
Judith Tonhauser will dry run her talk "Towards an understanding of the meaning of nominal tense" (abstract) to be given at the 9th Sinn und Bedeutung conference in Nijmegen, Nov 1-3

Thursday, 28 October, 7:30pm, MJH Rm 126:
Language and Poetic Form Workshop
Haj Ross (University of North Texas)
Lyn Hejinian (UC Berkeley)
"The Syntax of Poetry"

Thursday, 28 October
David Beaver and Joan Bresnan will deliver lectures at the KNAW Academy Colloquium on "Cognitive Foundations of Interpretation" in Amsterdam

Friday, 29 October, 3:30pm, MJH Rm 126:
Linguistics Colloquium
Haj Ross (University of North Texas)
"The Grammar of Paths"
(cosponsored with the Poetics Workshop, Semantics Workshop, and Syntax Workshop)

Friday, 19 November, 3:30pm, MJH Rm 126:
Linguistics Colloquium
Alice Harris (SUNY Stony Brook)
"Emergence and Renewal of Morphological Classes"

Upcoming Conferences

First Annual Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Cultural and Social Anthropology
Anthropology of the State: the State of Anthropology
Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2005

This graduate student conference aims to bring together students and professors from the San Francisco Bay area and beyond in the interests of interdisciplinary research, with particular regard to anthropology and cultural studies.

Please send submissions (as well as inquiries) by email to:, either included in the body of the email message or as an email attachment (in Word DOC or RTF format).
Deadline for 100-150 word abstracts: no later than January 1, 2005

31st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
To be held February 18-20, 2005
Abstract deadline: November 15, 2004, 5:00 p.m. PST