Field Linguistics & Language Documentation
Two linguists were honored at this year’s Yale University Commencement.
Matt’s talk is “In Choctaw, everyone’s a clitic.” Rikker’s is “Prosodic context in computational modeling of tone: citation tones vs. running speech.”
He provides an overview of Mayan phonology and, together with Jessica Coon and Robert Henderson, an introduction to Mayan linguistics.
Rashad Ullah, Martín Fuchs, Josh Phillips, Andy Zhang, Dan Schwennicke, Yiding Hao, and Rikker Dockum presented their work at four different conferences and workshops.
Several current and former members of our department will be taking part in the annual meeting of the LSA and its sister societies, held this year in Austin, TX.
Members of our department traveled all over the world for summer institutes, conferences, and fieldwork, and we hosted several visiting undergraduate researchers on campus.
One talk discussed computational modeling of Khamti tone, and the other examines how syntactic borrowing may explain similarities between Khmer and Thai numeral classifiers.
We are delighted to have Sarah Babinski (Swarthmore ’16), Yiding Hao (UChicago ’15), Dan Schwennicke (Oxford ’16), and Andy Zhang (Yale ’15) join our department.
Two students, Shawntel Barreiro and Amber Lopez, will be working in the department this summer as part of The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative. They will be doing language documentation and historical work on the Algonquian languages of Southern New England under the supervision of Claire Bowern.
[Updated April 18, 2016]
On two Fridays, April 15 and April 22, Yale linguistics graduate students in their second and third years will give talks based on their qualifying papers. These papers, one of which is required in each of the second and third years and which cover two different areas of linguistics, represent significant original research culminating in a work of publishable quality.
Ryan Bennett will present work on Kaqchikel phonetics and phonology. Ryan Kasak is presenting on Siouan templatic morphology.
Associate Professor Ashwini Deo, PhD candidate Rashad Ullah, and grad student Luke Lindemann presented on their research at the sixth Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL6), held March 12-13 at UMass Amherst.
Associate Professor Claire Bowern and her Pama-Nyungan Lab have completed the first phase release of CHIRILA (Contemporary and Historical Resources for the Indigenous Languages of Australia), a lexical and morphological database. The name CHIRILA is based on the word tyirilya, a widespread term for ‘echidna’ in
His dissertation, Forming wh-questions in Shona: A comparative Bantu perspective, examines the derivational relationships among the several types of wh-questions in Shona.
Yale linguistics graduate students Yao-Ying Lai and Rikker Dockum presented talks at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Rikker’s talk, “Tonal evidence in historical linguistics: Genetic signal or typological noise?” was based largely on his fieldwork of Khamti, a Tai language spoken in Myanmar and India.
Claire Bowern recently delivered the keynote address at Ohio State University’s 13th Annual Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium. This annual event is organized around a different theme each year, with this year’s being ”Mathematical/Computational Tools in and for Historical Linguistics.”
The Department of Linguistics is happy to announce that Claire Bowern and the Historical and Pama-Nyungan Lab will be hosting a second annual ‘grammar boot camp’ in July 2016. Over the course of four weeks, participants will work collaboratively to produce a sketch grammar of an Australian Aboriginal language, using an extensive database of field notes and recordings.
Associate Professor Claire Bowern has published a new edition of her book Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide.
Graduate student Rikker Dockum has been awarded a three-year fellowship by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Several members of the department will give talks, present posters, and receive awards.