19 June 2014

Congratulations to Our New BAs and PhDs!

June can mean only one thing -- graduation season! The USC Department of Linguistics graduated 13 undergraduates and 6 graduate students this year. In addition, many grad students defended dissertations in the last few weeks. We proudly congratulate all of the following students on their recent graduation and successful defenses, not to mention their many years of hard work at USC. Congratulations, all, and good luck in your future endeavors!

Undergraduate Students

Evangeline Alva
Won Jeong Cho
Xiaxun Ding
Nelly Escobar
Patience Fetzer
Aaron Fleiss
Megan Harmon
Tyler Isaman
Jessica Lee
Josephine Lim
Annika Linde
Helen Park
Hui Ying

Graduate Students

Xiao He
What 'You' and 'I' Can Say About Ziji: Reference Resolution and Non-structural Constraints
Xiao has accepted a lectureship in Linguistics and Quantitative Methods at the University of Manchester.

David Li
Investigating the Production and Perception of Reduced Speech: A Cross-linguistic Look at Articulatory Coproduction and Compensation for Coarticulation

Ben Parrell
Dynamics of consonant reduction
Ben won a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Research Service Award, which he will use to pursue postdoctoral research and additional training at the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Ben has also accepted an Assistant Professorship at the University of Delaware's Linguistics Department beginning in Fall 2015.

Sergio Robles-Puente
Prosody in Contact: Spanish in Los Angeles
Sergio has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Spanish Linguistics at the University of West Virginia.

Barbara Tomaszeswicz
Focus Association in Superlative Expressions
Barbara was also recently awarded a very competitive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her research.

Hector Velasquez
A Reduplicative Analysis of Sentence Modal Adverbs in Spanish
Hector has accepted a teaching position at his alma mater, Universidad Católica de Lima, Perú.

22 April 2014

More Congratulations!

There is even more good news to report from students in the USC Linguistics Department!

Congratulations to Ben Parrell on winning a very competitive post-doctoral fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Research Service Award. Ben will be pursuing his research and additional training at the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Ben was *also* offered an Assistant Professorship at the University of Delaware's Linguistics Department. He will start at the University of Delaware in fall 2015. Congratulations, Ben!!!

Congratulations to undergraduate student Mary Basily, who has been working with the SPAN research group under the mentorship of graduate student Christina Hagedorn. Her poster, "Characterizing Vowel Production in Post-glossectomy Speech using Realtime MRI", won first place at the USC Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Social Sciences category. Congratulations to Mary and Christina and the rest of the SPAN group.

Mary with her poster


Keep the great news coming, everyone!

07 April 2014

Congratulations are in order!

The USC Linguistics department is enjoying a swath of good news in the past couple of weeks:

  • Congratulations to our undergraduate Evangeline Alva, who has been selected out of more than 100 applicants to participate in Stanford University´s first CSLI Summer Internship Program. Keep up the good work Evangeline!
  • Congratulations to our graduate student Xiao He: he has just been offered a Lectureship in Linguistics and Quantitative Methods at the University of Manchester. Amazing news Xiao, great job!
  • Congratulations to our graduate student Huilin Fang, who has just received the Tsai Family Award. This award will fund her work on the Austronesian endangered language Saisiyat this summer.
Thanks for all your hard work everyone. You are an inspiration to us all!

25 March 2014

32nd edition of WCCFL at USC

This past March 7-9, the USC Linguistics department pulled out all the stops for the 32nd edition of the West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). More than 55 scholars presented their work in the different subfields of linguistics, for a total of 90 people in attendance. Keynote addresses were given by Sabine Iatridou, Jaye Padgett, Yael Sharvit and Jon Sprouse. Our own graduate students Canan Ipek, Saurov Syed and Ellen O´Connor spoke of their on-going projects. Great job team, you made us so proud!



The success of WCCFL would not have been possible without the help of all the people from our department that put in their time and effort to make this a great conference. From Andrew and Roumi running things, to the teams that coordinated the schedules for the different tasks, to the faculty that served as chairs for the different sessions, the teams that took care of the coffee breaks, welcome packets, programs, etc– WCCFL took a lot of work! Not to mention hosting scholars at our homes and simply being at the conference willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Hats off to all of you who showed the best of yourselves in this endeavor. Make sure t to visit the WCCFL Flickr site for more great pics!


18 March 2014

USC presence at CUNY

The 27th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing took place this year on March 13-15, at the Ohio State University. Many of our students and faculty member Elsi Kaiser presented the following posters:

Differences in the prosodic encoding of information structure in closely-related languages 
Arunima Choudhury and Elsi Kaiser


Non-adjacent lexical dependencies in an artificial language prime relative clause attachment biases 
Hao Wang, Mythili Menon and Elsi Kaiser


Prosodic encoding of information structure depends on frequency and probability 
Iris Chuoying Ouyang and Elsi Kaiser


Beyond syntax: Effects of verb semantics and perspective taking on Chinese reflexives  
Xiao He and Elsi Kaiser


When phonological systems clash: L1 phonotactics vs. L2 assimilation  
David Li and Elsi Kaiser


Congratulations to everyone for their posters! Below are some images, courtesy of Elsi Kaiser (except for the pictures of Elsi herself, which are credited as due at the bottom of each picture).

 Professor Elsi Kaiser, smiling wide by one of her many posters (Picture taken by Florian Jaeger)
 Ouyang, telling all about her work to Amy Schafer (University of Hawaii).

Felix Hao Wang (USC Psychology Dpt) by his poster, which Mythili and Elsi co-authored.
Looks like Elsi is getting very interesting feedback! (Thanks for the pic, Ouyang!)