Archive for the ‘Alums’ Category

Rachel Nordlinger Featured in Linguist List

Stanford alum Rachel Nordlinger is a featured linguist in the Linguist List Fund Drive! She writes:

At high school my favourite subject was French. So, when I finished high school I decided I would do Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, and major in French. I didn’t really know what I would do after that, but probably I’d “join the diplomatic corps” — whatever that meant. It sounded exciting, and if it meant I could keep doing French then that would be fine. In my second year of Uni, I needed to pick up another subject and found a subject called ‘Linguistics’ in the handbook. I could pick it up in second year, it had no exam, and it even sounded like it would be useful for learning French, so I enrolled.

That decision changed my life …

Read the full story here.

MacArthur Creativity Award for a Stanford Ling-connected nonprofit

FrameWorks Institute, where Julie Sweetland (Ph.D. 2006) is Director of Learning, has been chosen as one of nine organizations around the world to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The “organizational genius grant award,” which was announced February 5, recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants. As the MacArthur announcement puts it,

“FrameWorks has pioneered an approach to communications it calls Strategic Frame Analysis, which yields clear and actionable insights into how the framing of issues affects people’s sense of efficacy, urgency, and appraisal of public solutions. The approach integrates the cross-disciplinary work of anthropologists, linguists, political scientists, and sociologists who research public attitudes through surveys, in-depth and “man on the street” interviews, media analysis, and expert study groups. From this deep and broad set of inputs, it produces communications and framing materials designed to help the public understand complicated issues through comprehensible metaphors and examples.”

Julie received her PhD from the department in 2006 with a dissertation titled Teaching writing in the African American classroom: A sociolinguistic approach, directed by John Rickford.

Congratulations, Julie!

Tyler Schnoebelen Featured in NY Times

Stanford department alum Tyler Schnoebelen was recently featured in the NY Times Style Section article on the Word of the Year. Read all about it here!

Hideki Zamma Honored

Sesquikudos to former visiting scholar (during 2009-2010) Hideki Zamma, who has just received two prestigious awards:

Other prominent linguists who have received the Ichikawa prize include Haruo Kubozono and Naoki Fukui.

This is for the published version of his 2012 Ph.D. thesis Patterns and Categories in English Suffixation and Stress Placement: A Theoretical and Quantitative Study – “a remarkable contribution to the study of English word stress that goes beyond earlier work in accounting for quantitative patterns in the English lexicon”, as Arto summarizes.

Stephanie Shih to Join UC Merced Faculty

And congratulations to Stephanie Shih, who has accepted an offer for a tenure-track faculty position in the department of Cognitive & Information Sciences at UC Merced!

Congratulations to Olga Dmitrieva

Olga Dmitrieva (Ph.D. 2012) has accepted a tenure track offer from Purdue University, with a 50-50 appointment in Russian linguistics (School of languages and cultures) and Linguistics.

Congratulations, Olga!

Look Who’s Talking!

James Collins will be presenting this Friday, March 7, at the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 32) on Diagnosing Predicate Fronting with Coordinate Structure Constraint Violations

Several current and past Stanford linguists will be presenting at CUNY 2014:

  • Chris Potts will give a plenary talk on Characterizing expressive and social meaning with large corpora as part of the Special Session on Experimental Pragmatics.
  • Judith Degen will give a plenary talk on Alternatives in Pragmatic Inference as part of the Special Session on Experimental Pragmatics.
  • Klinton Bicknell and Roger Levy will be presenting on The mind leads the eyes: ungrammaticality detection from two words back in reading.
  • Kevin McGowan, Meghan Sumner, Annette D’Onofrio, and Teresa Pratt will be presenting on The contribution of form and meaning to the processing of careful and casual speech.
  • Chigusa Kurumada, Meredith Brown, Sarah Bibyk, Daniel Pontillo and Michael Tanenhaus will be presenting on Expectation-adaptation in the incremental interpretation of contrastive prosody.
  • Richard Futrell, Tina Hickey, Aldrin Lee, Eunice Lim, Elena Luchkina and Edward Gibson will be presenting on A cross-linguistic verb-final bias in gesturing paradigms.
  • Marie-Catherine de Marneffe and Judith Tonhauser will be presenting on Prosody affects scalar implicature generation.
  • Jennifer E. Arnold, Elise C. Rosa, Mark Klinger, Patrick Powell, Alison Meyer will be presenting on Mechanisms of prosody production: Differences between children with and without ASD.

Sarah Benor Finalist for Literature Prize

Stanford Linguistics PhD, 2004 Sarah Benor (now Associate Professor at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion) was runner up to coveted 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her work, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism.

Read more about the award and about the Jewish Book Council here, and read more about Sarah and her work here.

Congratulations, Sarah!