Bulgarian Folk Music Night

This past Wednesday was the premiere public performance of the Bulgarian folk music group comprised of UCLA’s Russ Schuh (clarinet) and Vrinda Chidambaram (vocals), along with fellow bandmates Aaron Bittel (accordion) and Jerry Summers (drums).

All of the photos are courtesy of Meng Yang.


The group calls themselves Лудите Млади (a/k/a The Crazy Youth) and they play a mix of traditional Bulgarian and Macedonian songs. Below are a few photos of the people from the linguistics department who came out to support the band and listen to some excellent music!

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WILD 2015 in Stockholm

The 2nd Workshop on Infant Language Development took place in Stockholm last week. Victoria Mateu and Megha Sundara both had poster presentations!

Victoria Mateu Martin and Megha Sundara. Cross-linguistic transfer of word segmentation abilities in bilingual infants

Megha Sundara, Monika Molnar (BCBL) and Sónia Frota (Lisbon). When infants get the question: The development of boundary tone perception

Kandybowicz heads to CUNY!

UCLA alumnus, Jason Kandybowicz (Ph.D. 2007, currently at the U. of Kansas) has accepted a position in syntax at the City University of New York in New York City. Jason will be joining them in the Fall as an Associate Prof, joining other alumnus, Jason Bishop (Ph.D. 2013, CSI & CUNY Grad. Center).

Congratulations Jason!

Burnett heads to Toronto….then CNRS!

Heather Burnett (Ph.D. 2012) who is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the Syntactic Microvariation of the Romance Languages of France project within the CLLE-ERSS will be a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociolinguistics Lab at the University of Toronto in the Fall. Following this, in 2016, she will be taking up a permanent research scientist position at the CNRS housed in the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle at the Université de Paris 7 – Denis Diderot.

Congratulations Heather! This is fantastic news!

Keenan awarded S.-Y. Kuroda prize by Mathematics of Language

Ed Keenan has recently been awarded the S.-Y. Kuroda prize by MOL (Mathematics of Language), a special interest group of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  The award is in honor of Yuki Kuroda for his proof that context sensitive languages are just those accepted by linear bounded automata). Ed will be receiving the award at the MOL’s biannual meeting at the end of July at the LSA Linguistics Institute in Chicago.

Congratulations Ed!

Phonologists at 23 MFM

Some of our phonologists made the hop across the pond to Manchester to attend the 23rd annual Manchester Phonology Meeting (or mfm). Jesse Zymet gave a talk: A case for parallelism: reduplicative possessives in Maragoli.

And Brian Smith gave a poster presentation: A unified constraint-based account of the English indefinite article.

Alumnus, Jamie White (Ph.D. 2013, now at UCL) also gave a talk with Suzanne Robillard (U. Ottawa): Variable schwa realization in Canadian French: a MaxEnt grammar approach