UCLA linguists at NELS 45 @ MIT

The 45th annual meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS) takes place this weekend at MIT. A number of UCLA linguists (current and former) will be in attendance. You can find their talk or poster titles below! In particular, Kie Zuraw will deliver an invited talk entitled: Phonotactics and alternations in the diachronic development of trochaic shortening in Central Pacific.
Children’s comprehension of syntactically encoded evidentiality
Lauren Winans, Nina Hyams, Jessica Rett (UCLA), Laura Kalin (Ph.D. 2014, now at UConn)
The perceptual basis of the skewed distributions of Japanese palatalized consonants
Yu Tanaka (UCLA)
Explaining children’s Wh-in situ questions: Against economy
Misha Becker (Ph.D. 2000, now at UNC), Megan Gotowski (UCLA)
A new approach to the origin of Germanic strong preterites
Ryan Sandell (UCLA – Indo-European Program), Sam Zukoff (MIT)

Open Rank Position in Indo-European

University of California, Los Angeles

Indo-European Studies — The Program in Indo-European Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for an open-rank position in Indo-European Studies. Senior applicants will be considered for the A. Richard Diebold Chair in Indo-European Studies. Applicants should have the PhD in hand and broad training in the linguistics and philology of the principal ancient and medieval Indo-European languages and in the linguistic and cultural reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European. Field(s) of specialization open. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarly research and publication as well as dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2015. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Applicants should make use of the UCLA job application website (https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00568) to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, representative publication(s), and contact information for three recommenders. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Stephanie Jamison ( jamison@humnet.ucla.edu).

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California non-discrimination and affirmative action policy, see UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy

Eleanor Glewwe’s book signing at Children’s Book World

This past weekend, local West LA children’s books store, Children’s Book World, held a book signing for our very own second-year graduate student Eleanor Glewwe. Eleanor’s first young adults book, Sparkers, was recently published by Viking Press (a subsidiary of the Penguin Group). This is the second book signing/launch event for this book, the first being one in Eleanor’s home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota over the summer. The event was very well-attended by both linguists and non-linguists. For those looking for a holiday gift for a young adult, this book comes highly recommended!

Congratulations Eleanor!

Photos courtesy of Andrew Cheng.

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The dangers of being a fieldworker!

Third-year student Margit Bowler is currently out in the Australian bush doing fieldwork on Warlpiri. She reports on a ‘minor’ incident involving a car blowing up below (see picture):

Kaboom, the car blew up! I’m completely fine (and so is everyone else who was in the car); I was just extremely tired the next day from walking 15km before the rescue party found me. I didn’t get home til 2 am!

Glad to hear that you’re safe, Margit! The blown-out car

Eleanor Glewwe’s book launch!

Congratulations to second-year graduate student Eleanor Glewwe on the Sept. 30 release of her first book, Sparkers, published by Viking Juvenile for Middle Grade readers. Eleanor will have a premier for the release in her hometown of St. Paul MN, but the book’s California launch event (with book signing) will be hosted by Children’s Book World (10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., at Prosser) on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:30pm (see http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm).

We hope that lots of department colleagues will be able to attend!

Advert for Eleanor's booklaunch

Advert for Eleanor’s booklaunch


UCLA hosts CUSP 7

UCLA is hosting CUSP 7 this year, on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 (location TBA). CUSP — California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics — is an interdisciplinary conference presenting work by local students and faculty spanning the fields of Linguistics and Philosophy. CUSP began at UCLA in 2009 and has quickly developed into a great forum for discussion and collaboration on semantics and related topics. Admission is open to affiliates of the department; please contact Jessica Rett (rett@ucla.edu) if you’re interested in attending the dinner.