Mariapaola D’Império was recently interviewed on Vox, a linguistic podcast of the Laboratory for Empirical Foundations of Linguistics in France. The interview takes a deep dive into the importance of Prosody in natural languages with an overview of recent influential findings on the subject matter. The interview was conducted in French (linked here).
Tajudeen Mamadou Y., Huteng Dai, Yair Haendler, and Mariapaola D’Imperio recently presented a poster titled ”The Role of Global and Local Pitch Levels in the Perception of Questions in Ede Chaabe” at the 2021 Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE2021). Here’s an excerpt from the abstract : Low-pitched ‘Lax prosody’ [5,6] is an areal feature … Read More
Meg Gotowski (5th Year) was recognized by the Linguistic Society of America in their Student Research Spotlight for her article “The Acquisition of the Get-Passive” which was published in Language Acquisition in 2018. LSA retroactively recognized the previous holders of the Student Research Spotlight and Meg was one of them! Congratulations Meg!
Prof Kristen Syrett and Rutgers alum, Prof Jessica Rett (UCLA) were recently invited to the American Refugee podcast on invasive species. Both of them give their informed perspectives on how language communicates meaning and what its impact is on speakers and listeners. This very timely and interesting podcast focuses on the `invasive’ species which endanger … Read More
Meg Gotowski (5th year) was invited by the Elizabethtown Area Middle School in PA to give an invited talk / Q&A session to an 8th grade French class on May 27th. In the event she talked about why it is important to learn another language, and what one can do with linguistics.
Lydia Newkirk (6th Year) has been invited by the Department of Linguistics and English Language, at The University of Manchester to give a talk on 8th June,2021. The talk is a part of a seminar series called `LEL summer seminars‘, where Lydia would be discussing her fieldwork on modal strength distinctions.
When language plays a role in compartmentalizing people based on where they are from, it affects how one perceives themselves. Prof. Syrett weighs in on how seemingly harmless ‘compliments’ end up being a kind of fetishizing language for POC. `…while it can be empowering when we identify the traits that make us unique, she adds, the … Read More
Tatevik Yolyan (2nd year) and Adam McCollum will be presenting their work `The expressivity of liquid dissimilation in Yidiny‘ at the upcoming 28th Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm), to be held from 26th May – 28th May 2021. The abstract for the talk can be found here.
Adam McCollum recently published two papers in the journal Laboratory Phonology. First, Vowel harmony and positional variation in Kyrgyz , this paper investigates harmony and vowel reduction in Kyrgyz, finding that non-initial vowels are more centralized than their initial-syllable counterparts. Transparency, locality, and contrast in Uyghur backness harmony, this paper examines the distribution of surface [i] and [ɯ] … Read More
Robert Esposito, one of our undergraduate seniors has been awarded the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award for his outstanding performance on his senior year research project. Prof. Mariapaola D’Imperio was his main faculty advisor. Robert’s honors thesis is the first work on the variety of Spanish spoken in El Salvador offering a comprehensive view of the intonational phonology … Read More