22 April 2013

USC presence at CLS 49

The 49th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society was held on April 18-20, 2013 at the University of Chicago.

Brian Hsu gave a talk at the Syntax-Phonology Interface parasession on "Constraining exceptionality as prosody-morphology mismatch: A study of French nasal vowels". 

Professor Roumi Pancheva gave an invited talk at the Slavic Linguistics parasession on "Quantity superlatives: the view from Slavic and its cross-linguistic implications".

Congratulations to both of them for presenting at this great conference!

21 April 2013

USC presence at LSRL

The 43rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages was held in April 17-19, 2013 at the City University of New York. Professors Maria Luisa Zubizarreta and Mario Saltarelli (Dpt of Spanish and Portuguese) attended this conference and gave the following talks:

 Stages of grammaticalization of the assertion structure in Spanish varieties  (Maria Luisa Zubizarreta)

Marsican Deixis and the Indexical Nature of Syntax (Mario Saltarelli)

Congratulations to both of them!

15 April 2013

Xiao He Wins Teaching Assistant Award *UPDATE*

Linguistics graduate student Xiao He has won the 2013 University Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for his outstanding performance as a teaching assistant and assistant lecturer. 

This prestigious award is given to only three USC teaching assistants annually. To read more about Xiao and about the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant award, click here.

Congratulations to Xiao!

*Update* Here are some pictures from the Outstanding Teaching Assistant awards reception:
Xiao He (left) and Dr. Elsi Kaiser (right)

Xiao with his award

Xiao He (left) and Dr. Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (right)

Professor Roumyana Pancheva at the Systematic Semantic Change conference

Professor Roumyana Pancheva gave an invited talk on "Historical Variation in Comparative Meanings" at the Systematic Semantic Change conference held April 5-6, 2013 at the University of Texas, Austin. Here is a picture of the participants.
Participants of Systematic Semantic Change Conference (Photo credit: Leslie Crooks)

05 April 2013

Professors Rachel Walker and Elsi Kaiser Receive Award

Elsi Kaiser and Rachel Walker have received an award from USC's Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching to develop an enhanced laboratory component for the General Education course LING 275, Language and Mind.

Congratulations to Elsi and Rachel on this award!

02 April 2013

USC presence at CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

The 26th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference was hosted by the University of South Carolina this year and it took place on March 21-23 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Professor Elsi Kaiser and students Mary Byram Washburn, Emily Fedele, Mythili Menon, Heeju Hwang and Xin Zhao attended the conference. Elsi gave this talk:

Individual differences in anaphoric processing: Insights from mouse-tracking
Professor Elsi Kaiser and Alexis Harper (undergraduate student)

In addition, the following posters by USC people were presented:

Can anaphoric dependencies be primed across languages? Evidence from Italian-English bilinguals
Emily Fedele,  Elsi Kaiser,  Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Focus inhibits free associates
Mary Byram Washburn,  Elsi Kaiser,  Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Consequences of ‘music to one’s ears’: Structural integration priming from music to language
Mythili Menon and Elsi Kaiser

The upside of not having a syntactic choice: Effects of syntactic flexibility on Korean production
Heeju Hwang and Elsi Kaiser

Self or other: Interplay of verb biases and syntactic constraints during reflexive processing
Xiao He and Elsi Kaiser

Shifting viewpoints: Free indirect discourse and sensitivity to perspective-taking
Elsi Kaiser,  Alexa Cohen,  Emily Fedele

Visuospatial grouping influences expectations about upcoming discourse
Elsi Kaiser and David Cheng-Huan Li

How different levels of syntactic flexibility influence language production in Mandarin
Xin Zhao and Elsi Kaiser

Congratulations to all who presented!!! Here are some pics:

Elsi presents her talk.


Emily poses by her poster.

Mary and Emily having fun (or fighting the nerves!) 
Mary poses by her poster.

Mythili presents her poster to an engaged audience. 

Xin poses by his poster.

A smiling Mythili by her poster.