Congratulations to Stacy Lewis, whose talk, "The role of ambiguity
avoidance in (near-)mergers", won the William Labov and Cambridge
University Press Prize for Best Student Paper at NWAV. There were many
excellent student papers at NWAV this year, so this is a particularly
By the way - the other prize, the Charles Ferguson Prize for Best
Student Poster Presentation, went to our undergraduate alum Kara
Becker, who's now a graduate student at NYU, for her joint talk with
Amy Wong: "The short-a system of New York City English: An update".
Sesquicongratulations to both!
Venezky Collection on Display: The late Richard Venezky, who
received his Stanford PhD in linguistics in 1965, was a leading expert
in the history of literacy and reading. Green Library currently is
featuring a display based on his work. It includes a number of
American primers and readers, including the New England Primer (1813),
The Southern Primer (1860), the Elson-Runkel readers that first
introduced Dick and Jane in 1930-31 and an 1868 primer written in the
Mormon phonetic alphabet.
more information HERE.
Happy Thanksgiving to all from the New Sesquipedalian Staff...
The recent Workshop on Nominal and Verbal Plurality held in
Paris, CNRS included the following talks:
And the anthropologists are in town this weekend (well, in SF - close enough),
and the AAA program includes the following
- Patricia Amaral and Chad Howe. Nominal and verbal plurality in the diachrony of the Portuguese Present Perfect.
- Martina Faller (U Manchester). Pluractionality in Cuzco Quechua
- Asya Pereltsvaig (Stanford University). Variations in Distributivity
Next week, Eve Clark and Herb Clark (Psychology) are off to
Copenhagen, where they will encounter our old friend and department
alum Florian Jaeger (U Rochester). They're all
participating in The Danish Royal Society Symposium on Empirical Methods
in Investigating Linguistic Perspective:
- Rob Podesva (Georgetown U): Linking phonological variation to discourses of ethnicity and place in DC
- Sarah Benor (Hebrew Union College): Adult Language Socialization: Learning Strategies Among Newly Orthodox Jews
- Miyako Inoue (Anthropology): From the talking event to the talked event: the stenographer’s role at zadankai and Japan’s linguistic modernity
- Bonnie McElhinny (U. Toronto): Discussant, session on
LANGUAGE IN DC: THE BIDIRECTIONAL CONSTRUCTION OF ETHNORACIAL IDENTITY
- Norma Mendoza-Denton (U Arizona): Stance triangulation among Latin American immigrants to Spain
- Mary Rose (Ohio State U) and Lauren Hall-Lew: Ranchers and farmers: Social meaning and linguistic variation in US rural communities
- Jennifer Roth-Gordon (U Arizona): Conversational Sampling, Race Trafficking, and the Invocation of the "Gueto" in Brazilian Hip Hop
- Qing Zhang (U Arizona): The Role of Television in the Reconfiguration of Indexical Order
- Eve Clark: "Speaker perspective: Lexical and deictic choices in acquisition"
- Herb Clark: "Establishing perspectives with people in other locations, times, and worlds"
- Florian Jaeger: "What is 'complex' for speakers? Evidence that
information density affects language production"
Last week's winner was Middy Pineda
, who correctly identified the
. The powers that be are still looking for her to give
her the appropriate prize... MMNG will continue after the Thanksgiving
Stunning Break with Last Eight Years
In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack
Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight
years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political
Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS'
"Sixty Minutes" on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox
verbal tic, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct
sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.
But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public
pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last
eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.
According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of
Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a
President who speaks English as if it were his first language.
"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in
agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the
risk of sounding like an elitist."
The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete
sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay,
subject, predicate, subject predicate - we get it, stop showing off."
The President-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences
has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov.
Sarah Palin of Alaska.
"Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way
that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder
can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into
what Americans are, like, needing also," she said.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT UC SANTA CRUZ?
10:00am, MJH 126
No meeting this week
UCSC Linguistics Colloquium
Sharon Inkelas (Berkeley)
An Inside-out Approach to Multiple Exponence in Morphology
4:00pm, Silverman Conference Room, Stevenson College, UCSC
Gourmet delights by the Social Committee
4:00pm, in the Department Kitchen
WHAT'S GOING ON AT UC BERKELEY?
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting a shortage of types O, A, B-, and AB-. 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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21 November 2008
Vol. 5, Issue 9
IN THIS ISSUE
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer