Prosodic Typology II is out!

Modified repost from the the Department’s news page:

Professor Sun-Ah Jun has cemented her reputation as one of the world’s leading intonation experts with her massive (600 page) edited volume Prosodic Typology II:  The Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing, just out with Oxford University Press. This is the second book in a series, and covers the systems of intonation and phrasing in Catalan, Bengali, Tamil, Georgian, Mongolian, West Greenlandic, Dalabon, Jamaican Creole, Papiamentu, nonstandard Dutch dialects, Lebanese and Egyptian Arabic, Basque, and nonstandard Japanese dialects. There are also chapters on methodology and typology. A substantial part of the book is by Sun-Ah herself, who wrote or co-wrote three chapters. Former graduate students Chad Vicenik (Ph.D., 2011) and Sameer Khan (Ph.D., 2008. Now at Reed) also contributed chapters on Georgian and Bengali respectively.

Congratulations, Sun-Ah!

The book:

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The author:

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Pictures from the LSA 2014 meeting in Minneapolis

The recent LSA meeting was a great chance for UCLA linguists, both present and former, to catch up. Thanks to Pat Keating for organizing the party!

L-R: Jamie White ('13, Ottawa), Sameer Khan ('08, Reed), Grace Kuo ('13, Macalester), Lawrence Cheung ('08, Chinese U HK), Chase Raymond.

L-R: Jamie White (’13, now at Ottawa), Sameer Khan (’08, now at Reed), Grace Kuo (’13, now at Macalester), Lawrence Cheung (’08, now at Chinese U HK), Chase Raymond.

Pat and her academic children: Kuniko Nielsen ('08, Oakland), Rebecca Scarborough ('05, Colorado)

Pat and her former students: Kuniko Nielsen (’08, now at Oakland), Rebecca Scarborough (’05, now at U of Colorado)

Group photo A (L-R): Front row: Byron Ahn, Jamie White Second row: Grace Kuo, Pat Keating, Laura MacPherson Third row: Rebecca Scarborough, Kuniko Nielsen, Rob Hagiwara ('05, Manitoba), Chase Raymond Back row: Sameer Khan, Bruce Hayes, Lawrence Cheung, Andy Martin ('07, RIKEN)

Group photo A (L-R):
Front row: Byron Ahn, Jamie White
Second row: Grace Kuo, Pat Keating, Laura McPherson
Third row: Rebecca Scarborough, Kuniko Nielsen, Rob Hagiwara (’05, now at Manitoba), Chase Raymond
Back row: Sameer Khan, Bruce Hayes, Lawrence Cheung, Andy Martin (’07, now at RIKEN)

Group photo B (L-R): Front row: Byron Ahn, Jamie White Second row: Grace Kuo, Pat Keating, Laura MacPherson Third row: Rebecca Scarborough, Kuniko Nielsen, Rob Hagiwara, Chase Raymond Back row: Bruce Hayes, Lawrence Cheung, Jeff Heinz ('07, Delaware), Andy Martin

Group photo B (L-R):
Front row: Byron Ahn, Jamie White
Second row: Grace Kuo, Pat Keating, Laura McPherson
Third row: Rebecca Scarborough, Kuniko Nielsen, Rob Hagiwara, Chase Raymond
Back row: Bruce Hayes, Lawrence Cheung, Jeff Heinz (’07, now at Delaware), Andy Martin

UCLA Linguists brave the cold at LSA 2014 in Minneapolis

A number of UCLA linguists traded the sunny weather of LA for the freezing temperatures of Minneapolis to present at the annual meeting of the LSA.

Byron Ahn & Craig Sailor, Obligatory Gaps in Non-Finite Clauses
Byron Ahn, The Syntax of Phrasal Stress “Exceptions” (Poster)
Laura McPherson, A maxent model of tone-tune association in Tommo So songs
Laura Kalin, Oblique marking: The puzzle of differential and antipassive objects (Poster)
Clara Sherley-Appel (UCSC) & Jesse Zymet, Right-node raising and Coordinated Affixation
John Gluckman, Agreement and Last Resort in Yimas
Stephanie Shih (Stanford) & Kie Zuraw, Phonological factors in Tagalog adjective-noun word order variation

Current faculty and students were joined by a number of recent graduates:

Jamie White (Ph.D. 2013, now at Ottawa), Learning alternations in a maximum entropy model: The role of perceptual similarity
Sameer Ud Dowla Khan (Ph.D. 2008, now at Reed) & Kristine Yu (Ph.D. 2011, now at UMass), Intonational phonology in infant-directed speech
Sameer ud Dowla Khan (Ph.D. 2008, now at Reed), Consonant confusability and similarity avoidance patterns (Poster)

Pat Keating also delivered a Symposium talk on the history of phonetics since 1924 as part of the celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the LSA.