New books by Rett and Schuh

Congratulations to Jessica Rett and Russ Schuh on the publication of their new books. Jessica’s book, The Semantics of Evaluativity, is published by Oxford University Press and was acclaimed by many distinguished outside reviewers during her recent tenure review. It is now available on!

Russ Schuh is a co-author of Bole-English Dictionary and English-Bole Wordlist, just published by University of California Press. His collaborator on this project is former student Ahaji Maina Gimba (Ph.D. 2000). This is a book has likewise been highly praised for its major contribution to scholarship on Chadic languages. It is also available on

To read more about each book feel free to visit the department’s announcement page:

Congratulations Jessica and Russ!


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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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

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

Advert for Eleanor's booklaunch

Advert for Eleanor’s booklaunch


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!

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New books written in our department

Congratulations to four newly published authors in our department!

Professors Hilda Koopman, Dominique Sportiche, and Edward Stabler have published their long-awaited syntactic theory textbook An Introduction to Syntactic Analysis and Theory.  It is published by Wiley-Blackwell.



Graduate student Laura McPherson has completed her 600-page reference grammar, entitled A Grammar of Tommo So.  Tommo So is spoken in Mali. Laura took several field trips there to research this language, which was previously almost entirely unstudied.