UCLA linguists at Going Romance

This year’s Going Romance (GR30) was held in Frankfurt, Germany from December 7th through December 10th.  Representing UCLA were  Nikos Angelopoulos and Dominique Sportiche with a talk entitled: “Reconstructing Scrambling Paths in French and Greek,” and Iara Mantenuto with a poster entitled: “Demonstratives in Teramano: a Decompositional Approach.”

UCLA Linguistics alum Jeff Heinz honored at LSA

Jeff Heinz, a 2007 Ph.D. graduate of our program and now Professor of Linguistics at the University of Delaware, was awarded the LSA’s Early Career Award at January’s LSA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. This award recognizes scholars who earned their Ph.D. in the past ten years and have made “outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics.” Here is the LSA’s citation of Jeff:

“Citation: For contributions leading to a new computational science of inference and learning as applied to language. Jeffrey Heinz has shown that all phonological generalizations in the world’s languages are computationally simple, belonging to a small group of distinct sub-regular classes within the Chomsky hierarchy. This deep result, which ensures that phonological generalizations are efficiently computable and learnable, could only be obtained through a remarkable synthesis of mathematical linguistics, computational formalisms, and linguistic theory. These linguistic insights can benefit practical problems in artificial intelligence and robotics. Dr. Heinz has published widely in linguistics and beyond, including Science, and already has an outstanding record of training successful young scholars.”

Congratulations, Jeff!!


UCLA at Acoustical Society of America

The department was well-represented at the Fall meeting of the ASA in Honolulu the week of Nov. 28 2016. Current and former department members (PhDs, postdocs, faculty, undergrads, visitors) attending and/or with presentations at the conference included: Ann Aly, Victoria Anderson (PhD 2000), Dani Byrd (PhD 1994),  Adam Chong,  Keith Johnson (post-doc and faculty 1990-92), Allard Jongman (post-doc 1991),  Sun-Ah Jun,  Sue Banner Inouye (PhD 1995),  Pat Keating,  Jody Kreiman (visiting student 1982-88), Kuniko Nielsen (PhD 2008),  Ho-hsien Pan (visiting scholar 2010),  Adam Royer,  Amy Schafer (post-doc 1998-2001), Diana Van Lancker Sidtis (visiting student and lecturer ~1971-77), Rebecca Scarborough (PhD 2005), Joan Sereno (post-doc 1991), Yu Tanaka, Megha Sundara, Richard Wright (PhD 1996), Jie Zhang (PhD 2001).


Pat organized a UCLA dinner at a local restaurant for 22 who were still in Honolulu after the conference ended. We remembered to take a group photo only after most people had left, but here are Sue Banner Inouye, Victoria Andersen, Pat Keating, and Richard Wright:


UCLA linguistics at NELS47

NELS47 (North East Linguistics Society) met at UMASS Amherst this October.

UCLA was well represented:

Richard Stockwell gave a talk entitled “VP ellipsis with symmetrical predicates”

Jesse Zymet with co-author Jeff Adler (UCSC) gave a talk entitled “Irreducible Parallelism in Process Interactions”

Tim Hunter with co-author David Potter presented a talk called “Distinguishing approaches to island insensitivity”

Isabelle Charnavel  and Dominique Sportiche gave a talk entitled “Icelandic sig: a standard anaphor, after all”

Laura Kalin gave a talk entitled “Dropping the F bomb: An argument for valued features as derivational time bombs”

UCLA Linguists at AMP 2016

UCLA Linguistics was well-represented at this year’s Annual Meeting on Phonology at the University of Southern California.

Invited talk:

Bruce Hayes: Varieties of Noisy Harmonic Grammar


Adam Chong: Examining the lexicon in derived-environment effects: Korean and Turkish


Jeffrey Adler & Jesse Zymet: Irreducible parallelism in process interactions
Eleanor Glewwe: An OT analysis of Efik contrastive verbal reduplication
Ryan Sandell: Phonologically driven allomorph selection and variation in the Sanskrit perfect
Yu Tanaka: The correlation between rendaku and accent in Japanese surnames: A foot-based account
Meng Yang: The role of phonological phrasing in Vietnamese lục bát meter
Anthony Yates: Against root faithfulness in Cupeño stress

A number of UCLA alumni also presented their work at AMP.

UCLA Students at CUSP 9

 Two UCLA linguistics grads presented at CUSP 9 (California Semantics and Pragmatics) that took place between Oct. 21 and 22 at UC Santa Cruz. The titles of the talks were:

T. Hendrik Kim: The relevance of logophoric conditions to the interpretation of the Korean anaphor caki

Daniela Čulinović :’Some’, to a degree

Speech Prosody 2016 at Boston University

Speech Prosody 2016 was held this year at Boston University from May 31st through June 3rd. A number of UCLA students and graduates were in attendance to present their work.


Sun-Ah Jun (center) joined by some of her UCLA students;(from left to right) Jianjing Kuang, Byron Ahn, Motoko Ueyama, Adam Royer, Kristine Yu, Jason Bishop, and Xing (Elly) Liu


Jianjing Kuang, Yixuan Guo and Mark Liberman: Voice quality as a pitch-range indicator

Rose Hurley and Jason Bishop: Prosodic and individual influences on the interpretation of “only”

Jason Bishop: Individual differences in top-down and bottom-up prominence perception

Darlene Intlekofer and Jason Bishop: The role of prosody in conditioning Tagalog o/u variation

Byron Ahn: The role of syntax in the Nuclear Stress Rule

Motoko Ueyama: Prosodic transfer in L2 relative prominence distribution: The case study of Japanese pitch accent produced by Italian learners

Xing (Elly) Liu and Xiaoxiang Chen: The acquisition of English pitch accents by Mandarin Chinese speakers as affected by boundary tones

Jesse Harris, Sun-Ah Jun and Adam Royer: Implicit prosody pulls its weight: Recovery from garden path sentences