Last Friday, Tom Wasow unveiled a plaque in memory of our former colleague, Ivan A. Sag, using the occasion to remind us of Ivan’s many contributions to linguistics and cognitive science at Stanford and beyond. Visit what is now the Ivan A. Sag Room (Margaret Jacks Hall Room 127B) to see and read the plaque.
On June 14, Terrence Boyd, Jr., our wonderful department financial analyst, will be graduating with his Masters of Business Administration from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Congratulations, Terrence, and sesquikudos!
All are invited to the Department’s annual End-of-the-Year Party today, Friday, June 6 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in the Linguistics Courtyard between MJH & Psychology.
Drinks & snacks will be provided! We hope to see you there…
Please come to the Greenberg Room FIRST, promptly at 3:15, for a brief unveiling!
Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London) will be giving a talk today from 1:30-3:00 in the Greenberg Room.
Conflicted selves: Language, religion and same-sex desire in Israel
Abstract: A central tenet of recent sociolinguistic theorizing is the belief that individual subjectivity – and hence observed social and linguistic practice – results from the intersection of multiple potentially conflicting identifications (e.g., Cameron & Kulick 2003; Bucholtz & Hall 2005; Kulick 2005). In this talk I focus on the issue of identificational conflict and, in particular, how it gets materialized through language. My discussion is based on a case study of the intersection of sexuality and religion in Israel. Data are drawn from an interview I conducted with an informant I call Igal, a forty year-old Orthodox Jewish man who is married, has children, and also engages in sexual and romantic relationships with other men. I focus in my discussion on Igal’s use of creaky voice throughout the interview. Based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of topic-conditioned style shifting (e.g., Schilling-Estes 2004; Coupland 2007), I argue that Igal uses creaky voice as a way of negotiating the conflict between his sexual and religious identifications. More specifically, I propose that Igal uses creaky voice in order to adopt a particular deontic stance (Shoaps 2004) through which he reaffirms a commitment to Jewish laws and customs despite the transgression of these laws that his identification with same-sex desire represents. I argue that in doing so Igal is able to orient to both of his conflicting identifications simultaneously, and in effect construct what Halbertal & Koren (2006) term a ‘multidimensional understanding of self.’ In the talk, I discuss the implications of this analysis for our understandings of the social meaning of creaky voice and of the relationship between language, stance and subjectivity more broadly.
News has just been received from the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (Patricia Gumport) that Linguistics graduate student Isla Flores-Bayer has been awarded a prestigious Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University. She was selected from a competitive field of nearly 100 applicants from seven schools and 40 departments. The fellowship, intended to help students prepare for successful faculty careers, and to use diversity as a resource in education, will provide tuition and living expenses for two years. Celebratory events (a kickoff lunch and new fellows dinner) for this year’s DARE cohort were held on June 4.
Congrats, and sesquikudos, Isla!
Dan Jurafsky has been approved as the Charles Fillmore Professor at the 2015 Institute, pursuant to terms of the generous bequest made by our late colleague’s widow, Lily Wong Fillmore. He will be the inaugural holder of the position.
At OLINCO 2014 this weekend Paul Kiparsky is presenting “The two plurals: A case for allosemy”. He will also chair the Syntax Session.