WCCFL 34 at the University of Utah

This past weekend,  The University of Utah hosted The West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. UCLA students and faculty were of those who presented this year.

A linguistic study using social media: Phonotactically-driven rendaku
in surnames, Yu Tanaka, UCLA graduate

Bound tense in Relative Clauses: evidence from VP-ellipsis, Sam
Alxatib, CUNY & Yael Sharvit, UCLA faculty
Partial Cyclicity and Restrictions on Neg-Raising, Frank Staniszewski, UCLA undergraduate


SCAMP: Southern California April Meeting on Phonology was held at UCSD over the weekend (thank you to Eric Baković (UCSD) for organizing it!). A number of UCLA phonologists had talks/posters:

Adam Chong: Looking under the hood: Korean palatalization and derived environment effects

Stephanie Shih (UC Merced) & Kie Zuraw: Phonological conditions on Tagalog adjective-noun word order
Brian Smith: Phonologically-conditioned variation in English function words

Robert Daland: Speech perception is not isomorphic to loanword adaptation: Evidence from Korean
Yu Tanaka: Rendaku in Japanese surnames revisited: Just pretending to be monomorphemic!
Jesse Zymet: Irreducible parallelism in phonology

Linguists in the news! Vocal fry, self-identity, and Lunar French

Pat Keating appears in an article covering what is”vocal fry” and who use it.

Vocal Fry Article

An open letter Sameer Ud Dowla Khan (PhD 2008, now at Reed) wrote to NPR Show “Fresh Air” was mentioned in an article on self-identity and the style of language one uses to express their identity.

Self-identity Article

Eleanor Glewwe (3rd year) and Isabelle Lin (2nd year) were asked by the artist Glenn Kaino to create a dialect of French that would have developed on the moon, had France colonized the moon in the 16th century. The article talks about Kaino’s exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Lunar French Article


The LSA 2016 Annual Meeting (Washington DC)

This year we had several students present and our very own Patricia Keating was an invited plenary speaker. Her talk was titled ““Voice Quality Variation Within and Across Languages”

Among the UCLA students, the following are those that presented with their talk titles:

Adam Chong – “Learning consequences of derived-environment effects”

Jesse Zymet – “A case for parallelism: reduplication-repair interaction in Maragoli”

Victoria E. Mateu – “Intervention Effects in Subject-to-Subject Raising: Evidence from Spanish-speaking children”

John Gluckman – “Taking Time with Tough-Movement”

Anthony Yates (Indo-European Dept.) – “(Reconstructing) stress assignment in Hittite and Proto-Indo-European”

2015 AMP Presentations

The 2015 Annual Meeting on Phonology took place last weekend in Vancouver, Canada. It was held jointly by UBC and Simon Fraser U. Kie Zuraw was one of the plenary speakers with her talk entitled: Morphologically complex words: pure reduction vs. structure

Adam Chong also gave a poster presentation: The relationship between static and dynamic generalizations in learning.

Recent alumnus James White (Ph.D. 2013, now at UCL, London) also gave a co-authored presentation with Heng Yin (UCL): Neutralization avoidance and naturalness in learning of palatalization.

UCLA Phoneticians at ICPhS 2015 in Glasgow

The quadrennial International Congress of Phonetic Sciences took place in Glasgow, Scotland in early August. UCLA had a strong showing with both current and former members in attendance. The UCLA Phonetics Lab reunion, organized by lab director, Pat Keating, was attended by over 30 current members and alumni.

Pat Keating was also inaugurated as the next president of the International Phonetic Association, becoming the 2nd UCLA phonetician to hold this post and the first woman to do so in the association’s 129-year history. In her inaugural address she laid out plans for the IPA to become a major resource for phonetics education as well as research. Here’s a photo of Pat receiving the handshake of outgoing IPA president John Esling.


Bruce Hayes and Sun-Ah Jun each gave a talk as a Keynote speaker at the joint meeting of ICPP 2015 (International Conference on Phonetics and Phonology 2015) and TaLK (Theoretical Linguistics at Keio) in Tokyo, Japan, in September 25-27, 2015 (http://pj.ninjal.ac.jp/phonology/IntlConference/14_icpp_2015/14_icpp_2015/)

Their talk titles are:

Sun-Ah Jun: “Interactions between word prosody, prominence type, and macro-rhythm”

Bruce Hayes: “Learning-theoretic generative phonetics with maxent: a Hausa example”

The full program of the conference is in http://pj.ninjal.ac.jp/phonology/IntlConference/14_icpp_2015/03_program/

Ann Aly was also a recipient of a Gosta Bruce scholarship to attend the meeting.

Sun-Ah Jun was also a co-organizer of a satellite meeting on the development of an International Prosodic Alphabet. More details can be found here.

See below for talks and posters by current (and some more recent) members of the lab and you can find the full abstract book here.


Adam Chong & James Sneed German (Aix-Marseille Université, LPL, CNRS). Prosodic phrasing and F0 in Singapore English.

Snezhina Dimitrova & Sun-Ah Jun. Pitch accent variability in focus production and perception in Bulgarian declaratives.

Megha Sundara, Monika Molnar (BCBL, Spain) & Sonia Frota (Lisbon). The perception of boundary tones in infancy.


Ann Aly. The multiple prosodic cues differentiating questions and statements in Miami Cuban Spanish.

Jason Bishop (Ph.D. 2013, now at CUNY-CSI/GC), Adam Chong & Sun-Ah Jun. Individual differences in prosodic strategies to sentence parsing.

Robert Daland & Yun Jung Kim (Ph.D. 2015, now at Emory). It is easier to learn the meaning of forms with a canonical stress pattern.

Pat Keating, Marc Garellek (Ph.D. 2013, now at UCSD) & Jody Kreiman (UCLA Head/Neck surgery). Acoustic properties of different kinds of creaky voice.

Kie Zuraw & Sharon Peperkamp (LSCP, CNRS). Aspiration and the gradient structure of English pre-fixed words.

Here are some photos of UCLA lab members from the UCLA reunion at Shandon Belles. Many thanks to Pat Keating for organizing! (courtesy of Kuniko Nielsen ’08):

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LSA Summer Institute

Sun-Ah Jun taught a 4-week course, “Intonational Phonology and Prosodic Typology”, at the LSA Summer Institute at the University of Chicago, which was held in July 6-31, 2015 (https://lsa2015.uchicago.edu/).  She was the only current faculty from UCLA, but some of our recent graduates were also teaching there as faculty. They were:

Jeff Heinz (Ph.D. 2007, now at U of Delaware) & Jason Riggle (Ph.D. 2004, now at  U of Chicago) co-taught “Computational Phonology” (4 week)

Greg Kobele (Ph.D. 2006, U of Chicago) “Computational Minimalism” (2 week)

Kevin Ryan (Ph.D. 2011, now at Harvard) “Corpus Phonology” (2 week)

And Larry Hyman (Ph.D. 1972, Berkeley), our non-recent graduate :-), taught a 2 week course, “Word Prosody”

Three of our current students, Adeline TanDeborah Wong, & Jesse Zymet, participated in the Institute for 4 weeks.