McPherson published in Language.

A co-authored paper by Laura McPherson and Jeffrey Heath (University of Michigan) has just appeared in the most recent issue of Language. You’ll find the paper here:

Heath, J. & McPherson, L. (2013). Tonosyntax and reference restriction in Dogon NPs. Language, 89(2), 265-296.


Riggle (Ph.D. 2004) quoted in The Atlantic

Jason Riggle (Ph.D. 2004) is quoted in this month’s issue of The Atlantic, in “Talk to the Hands: Why some gestures die out and others endure”. Read it at

Congratulations graduating Linguistics majors!

Both the College of Letters and Science and the Humanities Division held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Russ Schuh (Dir. Undegraduate Studies) writes that the linguistics contingent was significantly larger than that of any other department. He also noted that the linguistics faculty participation was also significantly larger than any other department!

Congratulations to all our graduating undergraduate students!

Doctoral Celebration!

This past quarter we’ve enjoyed a terrific series of colloquium talks by seven finishing Ph.D. students – an unusually high number of student talks in a single quarter. Many thanks, and congratulations, to Jianjing Kuang, Thomas Graf, Jamie White, Grace Kuo, Jason Bishop, Marc Garellek, and Nancy Ward Finifter. The festivities culminated yesterday (12 June) with the department’s doctoral reception and the university’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (

Finishing students received their doctoral hoods on-stage in Royce Hall as proud faculty advisors, committee members, parents, family and friends looked on! See below for photographic evidence!

Congratulations to Dr. Kuang, Graf, White, Garellek and Bishop! (And to soon-to-be Drs. Kuo and Ward Finifter)

Russ Schuh to teach Ling 1 online this summer.

Russ Schuh writes:

The department is offering Linguistics 1 online in the A Summer Session.  This is one of only 10 regular Letters and Science courses being offered online and the first ever online Linguistics course.  At this point, it has the largest enrollment of any of the online summer classes.

Here’s a link.  There’s not a lot of information there yet since we are working out the exact scheduling details.


Members of the UCLA Phonetics Lab and friends from Head/Neck Surgery participated in the lab’s once-every-few-years human dissection class this week. We got a first hand look at the anatomical structures involved in speech production. Thanks so much to Dr. Ming Ye and Dr. Jennifer Long for guiding us in the whole process!

We even had time to take a group photo with and without surgical masks!