By Andries W. Coetzee
Jan 20, 2013
Our Department was very well represented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America that was held in Boston early in January 2013. Several of our current faculty and students, and also many alums of our Department, presented at the conference. The range of topics covered by the presentations is a testament to the diversity of the interests and specializations of our faculty and students. Below is what is undoubtedly an incomplete list of the Wolverine participation in the Annual Meeting. Where available, a link has been added to the abstract of the presentations.
Presentations by current faculty and students
- Tim Chou and Sujeewa Hettiarachchi: On Sinhala Case Marking.
- David Madeiros: A cyclic linearization approach to VP-remnant formation in Niuean and Hawaiian.
- Sally Thomason: Why languages (or rather speakers) like to borrow morphology. (This was the plenary talk for the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics that held their Annual Meeting concurrently with the LSA Annual Meeting.)
- Diane Larsen-Freeman: A CAS Perspective on Language Acquisition.
- Ezra Keshet and Steve Abney: Conjunctive normal form as semantic metalanguage.
- Andries Coetzee and Tony Natoci: The role of speech rate in compensation-for-assimilation.
- Miki Obata (PhD 2010, now at Mie University), Marlyse Baptista, and Sam Epstein: Parameters as third factor timing optionality.
- Hayley Heaton, Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University), and Amanda Eads (North Carolina State University): Lebanese English in the American South: dialect accommodation and the recession of substrate.
- Carmel O’Shannessy: The role of multiple sources in the creation of novel formal categories: Light Warlpiri as a case study.
- Marlyse Baptista, Susan Gelman and Erica Beck: Cognitive processes in creole genesis.
Some of the presentations by Michigan Alums
- Kevin McGowan (PhD 2011, now at Rice University): Sounding Chinese and listening Chinese: imitation, perception, and awareness of non-native phonology.
- Lauren Squires (PhD 2011, now at OSU): Morphosyntactic variation in self-paced reading: knowledge and processing versus awareness and evaluation.
- Anna Babel (PhD 2010, now at OSU): Silence as control: shame and self-consciousness in sociolinguistic positioning.
- Susan Lin (PhD 2011, now at Macquarie University), Katherine Demuth (Macquarie University): The gradual acquisition of English /l/.
- Mark A. Sicoli (PhD 2006, now at Georgetown University), Gary Holton (University of Alaska Fairbanks): Methods and questions in applying computational phylogenetics to Na-Dene.
- Mi Ryoung Kim (PhD 2000, now at Korea Soongsil Cyber University): Korean consonant system: a cross-linguistic view.
- Christopher Odato (PhD 2010, now at Lawrence University). Is social evaluation sensitive to linguistic constraints on variation? The examples of LIKE and /r/.
- Joseph Tyler (PhD 2012, now at Qatar University). Synthesized prosodic contrasts and listeners' interpretation of ambiguous discourse.