The UCLA Phonetics Lab celebrates its 50th Anniversary today! In true phonetician style there will be IPA Bingo, spectrogram reading and reminiscing of old times through the labs extensive photo collection! More information on the festivities can be found here: http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/faciliti/PhoneticsLab50thanniversaryparty.html
Pictures to follow!
Introduction from Pat Keating:
On the early days of the lab (or, What is this the 50th anniversary of?):
Peter arrived at UCLA by Fall 1962, when (thanks to Bob Stockwell) there was already a phonetics lab with “a Kay spectrograph, an Ampex recorder and a sound-proof room” (interview with Peter by Alan Kaye, JIPA 2006). By the end of that academic year he had a large NIH grant, “putting the UCLA Phonetics Lab well on its way”. The grant work began in June 1963, and in June 1964 the first issue of Working Papers in Phonetics appeared: a report on the first year of the grant. In the intro to that volume, Peter says that the year was partly spent in “dealing with all the problems due to starting work in an almost non-existent laboratory”. So we are following Peter’s lead in viewing June 1964 – 50 years ago – as the point when the lab was, at last, functional, and could be presented to the world.
How fast time flies! It’s that time of the year again where the department farewells its departing Ph.D. students. The annual doctoral hooding ceremony took place today together with a farewell reception at the department. Congratulations to those who participated in the ceremony today: Drs. Laura Kalin, Laura McPherson, Kaeli Ward and Grace Kuo (Ph.D. 2013).
Pictures to come!
A little old news: The 21st Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association took place a couple of weeks ago at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. UCLA’s Kie Zuraw presented both an invited talk and a co-authored paper. Ed Keenan also presented a paper. The titles of the talks can be found below:
Kie Zuraw (invited talk): “Beyond Trochaic Shortening”
Stephanie Shih (UC Berkeley) & Kie Zuraw: “Predicting variable adjective-noun word order in Tagalog”
Edward Keenan & Baholy Ralalaoherivony (Universite d’Antananarivo): “Correlational comparatives in Malagasy”
Margit Bowler is headed over to Tübingen, Germany, where she will be presenting at The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA 1). Her talk entitled: Coordination and disjunction in a language without ‘and’
Robyn Orfitelli (Ph.D. 2012, currently at U. of Iowa) will be taking up a tenure-track position at the University of Sheffield, UK, starting in the Fall.
Sandy Disner (Ph.D. 1983; now at USC) was interviewed on CNN Newsroom yesterday in relation to the current news story regarding former American P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl’s potential language attrition. Click here to watch the interview.