End of Year Party today (06/06) at 3:30

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!

Phonology Workshop Meeting Today (06/06) at Noon: Lindsey

Come on by the Greenberg Room this Friday at noon for the last P-interest talk of the year! Our very own Kate Lindsey will be giving a talk about:

The Long and Short of Chuvash Suffixation: a preliminary analysis of Compensatory Lengthening and Vowel Elision

Kate will be doing fieldwork this summer to test her hypotheses and all feedback is welcome.

Socio talk today (06/06) at 1:30 PM: Levon

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.

Isla Flores-Bayer wins DARE Fellowship

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 to be Charles Fillmore Professor at LSA 2015

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.

Congratulations, Dan!

AllNatural Workshop Meeting Wednesday (6/11) at 11AM: BIUTEE

The AllNatural workshop is departing from its usual schedule this week. Instead of this Friday, its next meeting will be next Wednesday, 6/11 at 11am. Natalia will be describing the BIUTEE system.

Look Who’s Talking!

At OLINCO 2014 this weekend Paul Kiparsky is presenting “The two plurals: A case for allosemy”. He will also chair the Syntax Session.

3rd CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality, and Intelligent Interaction This Weekend

The 3rd CSLI Workshop on Logic, Rationality and Intelligent Interaction is coming up May 31-June 1 in Cordura Hall.

This workshop continues a long-standing tradition at Stanford of annual outreach meetings in logic, broadly conceived, aimed at fostering discussion across disciplines and universities, with the added goal of involving both junior and senior participants. The content of the workshop is drawn from the disciplines of logic, philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics and economics, with an emphasis on exploring contacts.

We hope to see you there! A finalized schedule with further information can be found here.