This newsletter is published twice yearly by the Department of Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: (812) 855-6456). Edited and produced by Liz Peterson with editorial assistance from Samuel Obeng, Assistant Professor of Linguistics; Paul Newman, Department Chair; Ann Baker, Administrative Assistant; and Victoria Pronevitz. Transferred to HTML by Mikael Thompson
|Dr. Paul Newman: "It is satisfying to help people. My approach to administration is to say 'yes' if I can."|
|Top row. Karen Baertsch, Vice President; Liz Peterson,
Activities Coordinator; Laura Knudsen, President
Bottom row. Ji-Yung Kim, Secretary; Debbie Burleson, Faculty-Student Liaison; Mafuyu Kitahara, Library Coordinator
The series this semester has included (or will include) the following:
Visiting speakers and colloquia presenters during spring semester included:
Recipients of Householder awards are:
Ph.D. degrees were awarded to the following students during the past six months:
The following student defended his Ph.D. dissertation this semester:
M.A. degrees were awarded to the following students:
B.A. degrees with a major in Linguistics were awarded to the following students:
Robert Botne presented "Cognitive Schemas and Motion Verbs: 'Come' and 'Go' in Eastern Bantu" at the 29th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at Yale.
Stuart Davis and student Bushra Zawaydeh presented a joint paper on Arabic hypocoristics at the Symposium for Arabic Linguistics at the University of Illinois.
Ken de Jong and Anna Bosch (University of Kentucky) published their findings about the phonetics of stress in Barra Gaelic in an article titled "The Prosody of Barra Gaelic Epenthetic Vowels" in Studies in the Linguistic Sciences. De Jong also presented the results of pilot experimental work into the relationship between speech timing and syllable structure at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego. Also this spring, he presented two colloquia for the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, one exploring the linguistic implications of his work on syllables, the second exploring functional factors evident in his work on secondary articulations in Twi, done jointly with Samuel Obeng.
Michael Gasser's paper with Linda B. Smith, "Learning Nouns and Adjectives: A Connectionist Account," will appear this spring in Language and Cognitive Processes.
Steve Franks coedited a book published by Michigan Slavic Materials, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: The Connecticut Meeting.
Yoshihisa Kitagawa presented a paper titled "Excorporation Revisited" in February at the University of Pennsylvania. In his syntax seminar this semester, he has been presenting his works exploring some possible future extension of the minimalist program.
Paul Newman wrote the overview article on "African Language Classification" in The Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by John Middleton, 1997. He and Martha Ratliff (Wayne State University) have received a contract from Cambridge University Press to edit a volume on fieldwork in linguistics.
Samuel Obeng's "An Analysis of the Linguistic Situation in Ghana" was published in African Languages and Cultures. Also by Obeng was "Indirectness in Proniminal Usage in Akan Discourse," in Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Obeng was a discussant at Preserving Ghana's Oral Heritage: A Personal Pathway Leading to the Global Network of Indigenous Knowledge Resource Centers, African Studies Program, IU. He presented "Language and Ethnic Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa" at the same conference. He was an invited speaker at Wars and Words: Political Change and Language Use in Africa, a special symposium held at Yale, and also presented "Language, Ethnic Identity, and the National Language Question in Ghana: An Analysis of Some Prejudicial/Stereotypical Stings in the Graffiti on Legon Walls" at the 29th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at Yale.
In March, Robert Port was a guest lecturer for a minicourse at Interdiziplinäres Kolleg-98, an interdisciplinary conference for artificial intelligence researchers held at Günne am Möhnesee, Germany. He gave a course of four lectures on rhythm, speech, and human cognition. He also gave a plenary lecture to all participants, "The Dynamical View of Cognition: Language and Other Temporal Structures." In addition, he gave lectures at both The German National Research Center for Information Technology and at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research at University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Natsuko Tsujimura has been editing The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, partially funded by the East Asian Studies Center. It will be published this spring by Basil Blackwell. She wrote a chapter on lexical semantics for the handbook. Tsujimura received a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies to conduct research on "Causative Alternation and Lexical Semantics in Japanese." She just completed her third progress report as a research consultant for the MIT-Fujitsu Project, for which she has been a research consultant for two years.
Two faculty members will be on sabbatical leave for one semester each
during the next academic year. Yoshihisa Kitagawa will be away during the
fall semester. He plans to spend his leave in Japan. Paul Newman will be
away during the spring semester. He plans to spend this time in England,
with shorter periods in Holland and Germany.
Karen Baertsch presented "Onset Sonority Distance Constraints Through Local Conjunction" at the annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society.
Laura Knudsen, Adam Leary, Ahmar Mahboob, Mimoza Rista, and Sarah Sherry presented "Role Play as a Means of Collecting Production Data" at the 12th International Conference of Pragmatics and Language Learning, University of Illinois.
Mai Kuha presented her paper "Speakers' Intentions: Implications for Coding Procedures" at the International Conference of Pragmatics. Her paper "Competing Motivations for NP Order in Kenyan English" is being published in the journal World Englishes, vol. 17.
Corey Muench, Silvia Rodriquez (Spanish and Portuguese), and Jiyoung Yoon (Spanish and Portuguese) presented a paper "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Replicating and Revising Interlanguage Pragmatic Judgment Tasks" at the International Conference of Pragmatics.
Hae-Kyung Wee presented "Island Insensitivity of Focus and Wh-phrase" at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 17 at the University of British Columbia.
Elizabeth Winkler presented "Lexical and Morphological Borrowing in Limon Creole" at the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Seattle. Her paper "El cambio de codigos en el criollo limonense" (Codeswitching in Limon Creole) was accepted by The Journal of Linguistics and Literature.
Andrea Word and Kris Coburn (French and Italian) presented a paper "Assessing Interlanguage Pragmatics Comprehension: If the Data Fit, Question Them" at the International Conference of Pragmatics.
Bushra Zawaydeh presented "The Nature of Uvularization in Ammani Arabic" at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New York City. With Stephan Frisch (Speech and Hearing) she presented "The Psychological Reality of Phonotactic Constraints" at the same conference. She presented "The Natural Class 'Guttural': Endoscopic and Acoustic Evidence," at the 1998 Conference of the Texas Linguistics Society: Exploring the Boundaries Between Phonetics and Phonology. At the same conference, she presented "A Sketch of Arabic Stress and Durational Structure" with Professor Ken de Jong. With Professor Stuart Davis, Zawaydeh presented "Hypocoristic Formation in Ammani-Jordanian Arabic" at the 12th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics at the University of Illinois.