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.
Three Yale linguistics graduate students will present their research at SYNC 2015, an annual mini-conference among the linguistics departments at SUNY-Stony Brook, Yale, NYU, and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Members of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project (YGDP) have published an article in the journal American Speech titled, “The Southern dative presentative meets Mechanical Turk.” The article explores a unqiue syntactic structure found in some dialects of English, and was co-authored by Yale linguistics lecturer Jim Wood, professor emeritus
The Yale University Department of Linguistics is proud to welcome four graduate students who begin their doctoral studies this fall. They were inducted into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the matriculation ceremony on August 27, 2015, and each brings a unique set of background interests and scholarly experience that will enrich our department for years to come.
Ph.D. candidate Sabina Matyiku presented her dissertation work as a poster at the 46th annual meeting of North East Linguistics Society (NELS), which was held on 16-18, 2015 at Concordia University in Montreal, her undergraduate alma mater.
Yale Linguistics Ph.D. candidate Jason Zentz has been published in two conference proceedings papers. His article “Bantu Wh-agreement and the Case against Probe Impoverishment” appears in the Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL). The second, “Morphological evidence for a movement analysis of adverbial clauses” is published by the Chicago Linguistics Society.
PhD candidate Jason Zentz presented his paper Partial Wh-Movement in Shona: A Hybrid Wh-Question Formation Strategy at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL).