28 December 2011

Featured Alumni

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences has featured two of our Linguistics alumni:

Jelena Krivokapic, 2007 Graduate, who is now Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Yale University.

Michal Temkin Martinez, 2010 Graduate, who is now Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Linguistics Lab at Boise State University.

We're so happy to see them doing well!

19 December 2011


Fantastic news:

Congratulations to Hagit Borer for receiving the well deserved Raubenheimer Award for her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service!

Also congratulations to Canan Ipek for receiving TWO awards for her outstanding teaching profile: The General Education Teaching Assistant Award by the College, and an Award for Teaching Excellence from the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching!

They were both honored at the College Party on Dec 7.

10 December 2011

New Year's preview: USC at the LSA!

On January 5th, many members of the department will be presenting at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. They are listed below:

Rachel Walker: Linguistics in a general education science course.

Elsi Kaiser: Effects of information structure on the production and
comprehension of referring expressions

Edward Holsinger and Elsi Kaiser: An eyetracking investigation of contextual bias on idiom processing

Barbara Tomaszewicz: Semantics and visual cognition: The processing of Bulgarian and Polish majority quantifiers

Iris Chuoying Ouyang and Elsi Kaiser: Focusmarking in a tone language: Prosodic cues in Mandarin Chinese

Bin Yi and Elsi Kaiser: L2 acquisition of event structure: Effects of complexity on the acquisition of telicity

Arunima Choudhury and Elsi Kaiser: Prosodic focus in Bangla: A psycholinguistic investigation of production and perception

Michael Shepherd and Julia Wang: The role of elementary classroom discourse in the initial construction of student identities

Daylen Riggs: Consonant clusters in loanwords: Fijian and cross-linguistic data

Also, two members of our faculty, Rachel Walker and Elsi Kaiser, will be chairing two of the workshops that day. Rachel will chair the workshop "Vowel Harmony and Dependencies" with her former TA and USC alumna Michal Temkin Martinez and Elsi will chair the one on "Psycholinguistics Across Levels".

The address of the event is:

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

Tel: 1-503-226-1611
Fax: 1-503-220-2565

More info on the event can be found here: http://www.lsadc.org/info/meet-annual.cfm#preliminary-program

05 December 2011

December highlights

Alumni News:

Michal Temkin-Martinez, who received her PhD in linguistics from USC in 2009 and now teaches at Boise State, is featured in a very interesting article where she talks about her projects on endangered languages and more personal matters. We are glad that she is doing so well! The full article can be found here. Don't miss it!


Sarah Ouwayda traveled to Leiden and gave a talk at the University of Leiden entitled "Two types of ‘plural’ in Arabic Nouns: Counting and Agreeing". Here's a picture from the trip - Lots of bikes in Leiden!