Please join us in the department lounge today at 4PM for a social. All are welcome!
Matt Faytak (UC Berkeley) will speak at the Phonology Workshop today (Friday November 22) at noon in the Greenberg Room, with lunch to follow.
Abstract: Vowels produced with concomitant frication are observed in a wide range of languages and suggest a few interesting complications to phonological theory. After surveying the cross-linguistic similarities and differences that hold within the class of spirantized vowels, I put forward a series of phonetically natural sound changes to motivate their odd phonological behavior and explain their distribution. I additionally highlight the need for further research on languages with spirantized vowels, speakers of which are conveniently available on most American university campuses.
It’s that time of year again: the Linguistics Holiday Party is coming up soon! Make sure to mark your calendars for 3:30-5:00 PM on Monday, December 9, in the Greenberg Room.
All are welcome!
Consulting Professor Ron Kaplan, Senior Director at Nuance Communications, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Copenhagen, in recognition of his contributions to theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, and applications of language technology. Read more about it here.
Dan Jurafsky presented “Extracting Social Meaning from the Everyday” at Georgetown University’s Guest Speaker Series on November 12.
Stephanie Shih presented “Local Interactions In Agreement By Correspondence” at the UCLA Phonology Seminar on the 20th.
Rob Podesva gave a colloquium at Pomona College yesterday (Nov. 21) and will give a UCLA colloquium today (Nov. 22) entitled “Social Constraints On The Phonetic Realization Of /S/ In Inland California: Effects Of Conservatism And Normative Gender”.
A physicist, a mathematician and an engineer stay in a hotel.
The engineer is awakened by a smell and gets up to check it. He finds a fire in the hallway, sees a nearby fire extinguisher and after extinguishing it, goes back to bed.
Later that night, the physicist gets up, again because of the smell of fire. He quickly gets up and sees the fire in the hallway. After calculating air pressure, flame temperature and humidity as well as distance to the fire and projected trajectory, he extinguishes the fire with the least amount of fluid.
At last, the mathematician awakes, only again to find a fire in the hallway. He instantly sees the extinguisher and thinks, “A solution exists!”, and heads back into his room.
[Another from Christine Stockton's collection]