Sesquicongratulations to Matt Adams and Kate Geenberg, both of whom
received a fellowship to attend the LSA Linguistic Institute
this summer at UC Berkeley!
And Symsys grad and UCSC Linguistics PhD Pete Alrenga has accepted a
tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in semantics at Boston
University. Way to go, Pete!
There will be no New Sesquipedalian next week. The news humor
and events will all follow
from independently motivated principles...
Last weekend at the VoxCalifornia
conference in Santa Barbara, one could find the following Stanford folks giving talks/posters:
And this weekend, if you're in Shampoo-Banana (Illinois), check out the
40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, where you'll find the
- Awesome!: Perceptions of California Speech
Carmen Fought (Linguistics, Pitzer College)
- The California Vowel Shift and Gay Identity
Robert J. Podesva (Georgetown University)
- Norteño and Sureño Gangs on YouTube: Localism in California through Spanish Accent Variation
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona)
- Lauren Hall Lew
"Ethnic Practice Is Local Practice: Phonetic Change in San Francisco, California"
Or, if you happen to be in New Haven (Connecticut) this weekend, check out the gathering
on Imperfective form and imperfective meaning:
- Laura Whitton, Gender Specification and
Mixed Agreement in Tigrinya
- Scott Grimm, Inverse Number Marking in Dagaare
- Tyler Schnoebelen, Classifying Shabo
Good response. We're now out in front!
But if we really want to win the Linguistlist
fund drive, we'll need, as Arnold Zwicky points out,
more small contributions...
For information about this annual event,
check out this website
Be sure to mention your Stanford Affiliation when you donate,
which can be done in many ways:
- You can donate right now using their secure credit card form here.
Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later. To do so, go to here.
For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how to
donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit this site.
Got a sweet tooth? Got a good phonetic eye?
Read this name and then be the first to find Meghan and tell her
what it is. You can then win something sweet.... Good Luck!
Medical Insurance Explained
Q . I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the
doctor I want?
A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your
insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the plan.
The doctors basically fall into two categories: those who are no longer
accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer
participating in the plan. But don't worry, the remaining doctor who is
still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a
half-day's drive away and a diploma from a third world country.
Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
A. No. Only those you need.
Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?
A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.
Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of
A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.
Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?
A. You really shouldn't do that.
Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists
he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner
really perform a heart transplant right in his/her office?
A. Hard to say, but considering that all you're risking is the $20
co-payment, there's no harm in giving it a shot.
Q W ill health care be different in the next decade?
A. No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment
Health Q&A with Dr. Kenmiester
Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong
life; is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it...
don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out
eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you
live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of
your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow
eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables.
So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain?
Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass
(green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you
100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is
distilled wine, that means they take the water out
of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness
that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your
ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your
ratio is two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating
in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy
is: No Pain ... Good
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!!. ..Foods are fried
these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're
permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables
be bad for you?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little
soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets
bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want
a bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO! Cocoa beans! Another
vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain
whales to me.
Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had
about food and diets. And remember: "Life should NOT be a journey
with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well
preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - wine in one hand -
chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and
screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" Have a great holiday season!
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 10 APRIL
MONDAY, 13 APRIL
Jieun Oh (CCRMA)
"Resolving conflicting linguistic and musical cues in the perception
of metric accentuation in song"
12:00pm, ExL Lab
Chris Kennedy (U Chicago)
3:30pm, MJH 126
TUESDAY, 14 APRIL
We will discuss "Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties" by Sherry
Ortner (1984), and you should be getting ahold of Bourdieu's (1977)
'Outline of a Theory of Practice', the discussion of which will start
12-1:00pm, MJH 126
FRIDAY, 17 APRIL
UPCOMING EVENTS (always under construction)
LINGUISTIC DEPARTMENT EVENTS PAGE
Got broader interests? The New Sesquipedalian recommends reading, or even
subscribing, to the CSLI Calendar, available HERE.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT UC SANTA CRUZ?
Semantic Demo Session
Palo Alto Semantic Web Group. Presentations by:
Zemanta Semantic Blogging
And new and possibly never before seen applications from:
ZAgile Semanti Wiki
Cogito Answers Semantic Mobile
Noovo Semantic Search and Share
Uptake Semantic Travel
6:30-9:00pm, Building 1 Conference Center, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View
WHAT'S GOING ON AT UC BERKELEY?
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting a shortage of types O-, A-. For
an appointment, visit http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/
or call 650-723-7831.
It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies. And the Blood Center recently got a new bloodmobile. Check it out
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9 April 2009
Vol. 5, Issue 20
IN THIS ISSUE
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer