Speech Prosody 2016 at Boston University

Speech Prosody 2016 was held this year at Boston University from May 31st through June 3rd. A number of UCLA students and graduates were in attendance to present their work.


Sun-Ah Jun (center) joined by some of her UCLA students;(from left to right) Jianjing Kuang, Byron Ahn, Motoko Ueyama, Adam Royer, Kristine Yu, Jason Bishop, and Xing (Elly) Liu


Jianjing Kuang, Yixuan Guo and Mark Liberman: Voice quality as a pitch-range indicator

Rose Hurley and Jason Bishop: Prosodic and individual influences on the interpretation of “only”

Jason Bishop: Individual differences in top-down and bottom-up prominence perception

Darlene Intlekofer and Jason Bishop: The role of prosody in conditioning Tagalog o/u variation

Byron Ahn: The role of syntax in the Nuclear Stress Rule

Motoko Ueyama: Prosodic transfer in L2 relative prominence distribution: The case study of Japanese pitch accent produced by Italian learners

Xing (Elly) Liu and Xiaoxiang Chen: The acquisition of English pitch accents by Mandarin Chinese speakers as affected by boundary tones

Jesse Harris, Sun-Ah Jun and Adam Royer: Implicit prosody pulls its weight: Recovery from garden path sentences

WCCFL 34 at the University of Utah

This past weekend,  The University of Utah hosted The West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. UCLA students and faculty were of those who presented this year.

A linguistic study using social media: Phonotactically-driven rendaku
in surnames, Yu Tanaka, UCLA graduate

Bound tense in Relative Clauses: evidence from VP-ellipsis, Sam
Alxatib, CUNY & Yael Sharvit, UCLA faculty
Partial Cyclicity and Restrictions on Neg-Raising, Frank Staniszewski, UCLA undergraduate

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program Awardees

11 of our graduate students have been awarded the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program (GSRM), 4 of whom are receiving the GSRM for a second time. The program supports students so that they may pursue a research project with a faculty mentor over the summer, culminating in a paper in the fall.

Awardees will receive $6,000 stipend, and if they present results of the mentored activities at a conference, they will be reimbursed up to $500 toward travel expenses. All travel must occur during the academic year (Oct. 2016-June 2017).

The awardees are:

Jacob Adams, Rachel Jacobson, Hendrick Kim, Travis Major, Iara Mantenuto, Brice Roberts, Adam Royer, Richard Stockwell, Luke West, Deborah Wong, and Meng Yang

Congratulations to all, and good luck with your projects!


Annual Conference on African Linguistics at Berkeley

Several of our students and faculty recently presented at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47).


Harold Torrence: Subject oriented complementizer agreement in Ibibio

John Gluckman: Taking time in Logooli

Travis Major: Serial verb constructions in Ibibio

Travis Major (with Philip Duncan and Mfon Udoinyang): Verb and predicate coordination in Ibibio

John Gluckman and Margit Bowler: Expletive agreement, evidentiality, and modality in Logooli



Eleanor Glewwe: Logoori hiatus resolution: A new analysis


SCAMP: Southern California April Meeting on Phonology was held at UCSD over the weekend (thank you to Eric Baković (UCSD) for organizing it!). A number of UCLA phonologists had talks/posters:

Adam Chong: Looking under the hood: Korean palatalization and derived environment effects

Stephanie Shih (UC Merced) & Kie Zuraw: Phonological conditions on Tagalog adjective-noun word order
Brian Smith: Phonologically-conditioned variation in English function words

Robert Daland: Speech perception is not isomorphic to loanword adaptation: Evidence from Korean
Yu Tanaka: Rendaku in Japanese surnames revisited: Just pretending to be monomorphemic!
Jesse Zymet: Irreducible parallelism in phonology

Byron Ahn and Laura Kalin accept positions at Princeton

Byron Ahn (Ph.D. 2015) and Laura Kalin (Ph.D. 2014) have both accepted tenure-track positions in linguistics at Princeton University. Byron is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College, while Laura is currently a post-doctoral fellow at UConn. They will be joining former department visitor Florian Lionnet (UC Berkeley) as new faculty in the department.

Congratulations Byron and Laura!