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.

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

Posters:
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

Summer Happeings II: Publications & Awards

Graf awarded the Beth Prize!

In August, Thomas Graf (Ph.D. 2012, now at Stony Brook) was awarded the Beth Prize for best dissertation in Logic, Language and Linguistics for 2013, which includes a cash prize and publication offer. Read more about the Beth Prize here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._W._Beth_Dissertation_Prize

Congratulations Thomas!


 New NSF grant for Keating and colleagues

(repost from department’s news feed)

A new UCLA project by the self-styled “Voice Science Consortium” – Abeer Alwan (Electrical Engineering), Jody Kreiman (Head & Neck Surgery) and Pat Keating – has been awarded $200,000 for the year beginning August 1. The project, “Variance and Invariance in Voice Quality” aims to better understand how voices vary both within and between people. The primary research question of the project is this: Under normal daily life variability, how often does a person sound less like him- or herself and more like someone else? A database of 200 UCLA undergraduates, performing a variety of speech tasks across multiple recording sessions, will be collected in the Phonetics Lab. An acoustic “voice profile” for each speaker will be calculated, and an overall space across all the speakers derived. The location and variability of each speaker’s voice relative to all the other speakers will allow predictions about how confusable different voices should be. Initial work on the project has already begun, with help from Henry Tehrani (department engineer), Anya Mancillas (department lab coordinator) and Brenda Garcia (undergraduate research assistant).

Congratulations Pat and colleagues!


UCLA Working Papers 18 published

Carson Schutze writes: UCLAWPL 18 was published (on the web and now also as a hardback book). You can find the publication here: http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/faciliti/wpl/issues/wpl18/wpl18.html

This work was in memory of Sarah Van Wagenen.


Susie Curtiss has a new paper in press!

Monika Połczyńska, Susan Curtiss, Partricia Walshaw, Prahba Siddarth, Chris Benjamin, Brian Moseley, Celia Vigil, Michael Jones, Dawn Eliashiv & Susan Bookheimer (in press). Grammar tests increase the ability to lateralize language function in the Wada test.


Morgan Tfelt awarded Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Scholarship

Undergraduate, Morgan Tfelt, has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) scholarship to work with Megha Sundara for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Congratulations Morgan!

Scenes from World Voice Day @ UCLA

Pat Keating, together with cross-campus colleagues organized UCLA’s first every participation in World Voice Day. There were three stations that showcased interactive exhibits about voice science, staffed in part by several of our own linguistics undergrads. Events included the debut performance by the Department’s very own Kartvelian Chorus (Georgian folk singing group) led by Vrinda Chidambaram. The festivities were also reported on the front page of the Bruin: http://dailybruin.com/2014/04/16/ucla-brings-world-voice-day-to-campus/

Thanks very much to our volunteers for helping out throughout the day:
Franny Brogan (graduate student, Spanish & Portuguese)
Loura Derro
Ana Paula Engelbert (graduate student, Head & Neck Surgery)
Emily Huo
Hyosun Kang
David Martinez-Gonzalez
Yeong Woo Park
Braunny Ramirez
Marlena Underhill (to whom special thanks for designing our banner)

World Voice Day Booth on Bruin Walk

World Voice Day Booth on Bruin Walk

Pat Keating at the Bruin Walk station

Pat Keating at the Bruin Walk station

UCLA's very own Kartvelian (Georgian folk) chorus performing on Bruin Walk

UCLA’s very own Kartvelian (Georgian folk) chorus performing on Bruin Walk

Ana Engelbert (Head/Neck surgery) at the station at the UCLA Medical Plaza

Ana Engelbert (Head/Neck surgery) at the station at the UCLA Medical Plaza

Hyosun Kang, David Martinez-Gonzalez at the UCLA Medical Plaza station

Hyosun Kang, David Martinez-Gonzalez at the UCLA Medical Plaza station

Hyosun Kang, David Martinez-Gonzalez at the UCLA Medical Plaza station

Hyosun Kang, David Martinez-Gonzalez at the UCLA Medical Plaza station

Yeong Woo Park, staffing the larynx model and artificial larynx, at the Court of Sciences station, together with some students from Electrical Engineering

Yeong Woo Park, staffing the larynx model and artificial larynx, at the Court of Sciences station, together with some students from Electrical Engineering

 

World Voice Day @ UCLA on Wednesday, 16 April

Pat Keating writes:

Hi everyone,

I and some colleagues on campus have organized UCLA’s first-ever participation in World Voice Day, April 16 – Wednesday of this week. We will have interactive exhibits about voice science at 3 locations, staffed in part by several of our own linguistics undergrads.

You can check out what’s happening where/when on our web listing: click here or in the article about the events that will appear in the Bruin on Wednesday.

But if you can come to Bruin Plaza at 1, you can see the debut performance of Datvebis Gundi (Georgian for “Chorus of Bears”, UCLA’s Kartvelian chorus), which is practically a Ling Dept activity. There will also be a Bruin story about them on Wednesday.

Congratulations graduating Linguistics majors!

Both the College of Letters and Science and the Humanities Division held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Russ Schuh (Dir. Undegraduate Studies) writes that the linguistics contingent was significantly larger than that of any other department. He also noted that the linguistics faculty participation was also significantly larger than any other department!

Congratulations to all our graduating undergraduate students!

UCLA Phonetics Lab participates in 2013 Bruin Day

Pat Keating writes:

On Saturday April 14, the Phonetics Lab (including the Infant Language Lab) participated in Bruin Day by offering an open house “tour”.  Bruin Day is for students who have been admitted to UCLA and their families to visit the campus and decide whether to enroll at UCLA for their undergraduate studies. We offered four activities in the lab: an explanation of the Headturn Preference Procedure testing room and a video of a real infant subject tested there; a demo of an eyetracker perception experiment; hands-on experience of our physiological equipment for oral air pressure and electroglottography; and spectrograms of the visitors’ voices, including a printed souvenir to take home.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to help out, and made it a great success: Megha Sundara, Robyn Orfitelli, and Sun-Ah Jun (faculty and staff), Jason Bishop, Adam Chong, Marc Garellek, and Jianjing Kuang (grad students), and especially Loura Derro, Malone Dunlavy, Angelica Gonzalez, Yoo Kyung Kang, Michael Paul, Alice Twu, and Helen Yuan (undergrad students). After the event we all posed for a photo next to the very professional-looking sign that the Bruin Day organizers displayed outside Campbell Hall.IMG_0811