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.
Rikker will travel in May to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
[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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The talk is titled “Imperatives, relative clauses, and Old Romance subordination: Some considerations from Latin.”
The LSA Member Spotlight highlights the interests and accomplishments of Claire Bowern.
Ashwini’s keynote address is on grammaticalization paths, and Kate is co-presenting a paper on attitude predicates and role shift in ASL.
The three-year grant, titled “Language as a Window on Prehistory,” will support the work of the historical linguistics lab at Yale.
The paper is titled “Geography and spatial analysis in historical linguistics.”
Welcome to Faruk Akkuʂ (Boğaziçi ’12, ’14), Parker Brody (Kentucky ’08, ’14), Martin Fuchs (Buenos Aires ’13), Chris Geissler (Swarthmore ’13), and Josh Phillips (UNSW ’11)!
Claire Bowern co-edited the volume, and Steve Anderson and Ashwini Deo provided chapters on morphological and semantic/pragmatic change, respectively.
They perform statistical analyses of sound-meaning correspondences in 120 languages of Australia.
Her chapter is titled “Subgrouping in Nusa Tenggara: The case of Bima-Sumba.”
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.
We look forward to welcoming an international group of linguists to Yale to discuss the phonetics and phonology of indigenous languages spoken in Mexico and Central America.
Several members of the department will be giving talks, presenting posters, and receiving awards.