Yale assistant professor Ryan Bennett published an article in the latest issue of the journal Linguistic Inquiry, alongside collaborators Emily Elfner and Jim McCloskey. The article, “Lightest to the Right: An Apparently Anomalous Displacement in Irish” explains the apparent rightward movement of certain Irish pronouns as the result of prosodic factors.
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.
A number of Yale linguists presented at PLC 40, the Penn Linguistics Colloquium at the University of Pennsylvania:
Ryan Bennett will present work on Kaqchikel phonetics and phonology. Ryan Kasak is presenting on Siouan templatic morphology.
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.
Ryan will present a talk “Algunas estructuras fonéticas de las vocales de kaqchikel de Sololá, Guatemala” at COLMEX on September 7.
Ashwini and Gaja gave talks at the 38th GLOW colloquium in Paris.
Ryan presented talks on Irish palatalization and prosodic smothering in Macedonian and Kaqchikel.
Phonology in the Northeast will take place Saturday, April 4th.
Several members of the department will give talks, present posters, and receive awards.
The talk is titled “The prosody of Kaqchikel person marking,” and the poster is titled “A phonetic study of Uspanteko accent.” Both are joint work with Robert Henderson.
The lecture, titled “Sound Symbolism in Australian Languages: Phonetic Iconicity Re-examined,” will be given at the Dartmouth College Linguistics Department on Thursday, October 16th.
The paper, titled “Learning General Phonological Rules From Distributional Information: A Computational Model,” appears in the journal Cognitive Science.
The award is part of a collaborative NSF grant with linguists at UC Santa Cruz.
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)!
Congrats to Emily, who will be Visiting Assistant Professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College this fall!
They perform statistical analyses of sound-meaning correspondences in 120 languages of Australia.
Papers by Gaja Jarosz, Claire Bowern, and Emily Gasser are now available online in this new open access conference proceedings.
Congrats on your new position, Emily!
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.
Our seniors will be presenting their senior essays in April and graduating in May!
The article challenges the view that rhythmic phonotactics in Huariapano (an extinct Panoan language of Peru) provides evidence for multiple layers of metrical parsing.