The Yale linguistics department is well-represented at the coming Annual Meeting of the LSA, January 2-5, 2020 in New Orleans. But apart from the many current members of the department who will be attending, we are also hoping to connect with previous department members. A meet-up will be organized, with more information below:
Seven Yale linguists presented six posters and two invited talks, highlighting their own research as well as projects from CLAY.
Noah Macey (Linguistics ‘09) reports on a new pilot American Sign Language (ASL) program at Yale, with courses taught by Jessica Tanner. The pilot program begins in the spring, when the university will offer two ASL classes through the Linguistics Department, which petitioned the Language Study Committee last spring for the course’s approval.
Katie Martin (Yale ‘18) published a Slate article called “How ‘Sounding White’ Helps Get You Ahead—on Film and in Real Life”. The piece is about linguistic prejudice and also talks a little bit about the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project, which Katie contributed to.
Emily Finn (Yale ‘09) published a NYTimes article called “How I learned to stop worrying and love linguistics”.
Members of the Pama-Nyungan lab recently published a write-up of their results on forced alignment algorithms. Their paper on “A Robin Hood approach to forced alignment: English-trained algorithms and their use on Australian languages” was recently published in the proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. They show that for some purposes, English-trained models can be used without crucial loss of accuracy.
This year again, for the 6th consecutive year, the Linguistics Department has invited middle and high school students to hone their analytical skills while working on linguistic problems and training for the NACLO competition. We have done so by hosting training sessions for NACLO, on Sunday afternoons, led by a group of our undergraduate students (Andrew Benz, David Gold, Chloe Gonzalez, Helena Lyng-Olsen and Kento Tanaka), with the help of two faculty members (Jason Shaw and Raffaella Zanuttini).
The ASL pilot program proves to be a resounding success as all spots in Jessica Tanner’s introductory-level course are filled.
American Sign Languages will be taught at the L1 and L2 levels during the upcoming Spring Term by Jessica Tanner.
Scholars from a wide range of institutions and disciplines came to Yale to discuss the cognitive foundations of variation and change in meaning.
Results on TAG parsing and finite-state Optimality Theory were presented at TAG+, FSMNLP, and EMNLP.
Two linguists were honored at this year’s Yale University Commencement.
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.
The event, a fundraiser for New Haven Reads, is 7-9pm (doors open at 6) on Friday, October 21, at the Yale School of Management.
Tomorrow, lecturer Hadas Kotek is giving a talk, undergraduate alumna Maria Kouneli is presenting a paper, and former faculty member Gaja Jarosz is delivering a plenary talk.
Members of our department traveled all over the world for summer institutes, conferences, and fieldwork, and we hosted several visiting undergraduate researchers on campus.
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.
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.
Claire Bowern and Yale Biomedical Engineering student Kevin Zhou have published a paper examining the evolution of numeral systems in the indigenous languages of Australia. “Quantifying uncertainty in the phylogenetics of Australian numeral systems” appears in the September 2015 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Five members of the linguistics department participated in the 2015 LSA Linguistic Summer Institute at the University of Chicago.
Several members of the department will give talks, present posters, and receive awards.
ABC Goldfields runs a story on Andy Zhang’s fieldwork on Tjupan, an extension of his work in the Yale Linguistics Grammar Group.
Congratulations to our linguistics degree recipients!
He will spend the summer working to document Tjupan, a highly endangered Wati langauge.
After graduating last May, Amalia has spent this academic year doing fieldwork on Máíhɨ̃ki in Peru. In the fall she will continue this research at UC Berkeley.