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SUMMER LINGUISTIC INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH SCHOLARS This summer marked the fourth year for the Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS), an on-campus summer program for high school students interested in language and linguistics. The program was started by former Chair BETH HUME, and has been directed since its inception by JULIE MCGORY, our undergraduate coordinator. SLIYS sessions last for one week. Most students stay on campus in dorm rooms. The instruction covers basics about linguistics and language learning. It includes introductions to various elements of the structure of language, writing systems, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, computational linguistics and other topics.

SLIYS students enjoy a reward after a writing systems scavenger hunt

Students spend their mornings in interactive lectures from the instructors. The early afternoon is taken up by hands-on activities that give students the chance to apply what they’ve learned. Students spend the last part of their day talking with a native-speaker consultant for a foreign language about their language and culture. The instructors were graduate students DEBORAH MORTON and MICHAEL PHELAN, who were responsible for developing this year’s curriculum and teaching two week-long sessions. “It was fantastic to work with people who are already excited about linguistics at such a young age, and who were so eager to learn,” Deborah said. Graduate student BRICE RUSS was responsible for coordinating social events (including trips to see classic movies and Shakespeare in the Park), and KODI and DANIELLE WEATHERHOLTZ were the dorm chaperones.

The students meet with their Spanish language consultant

SLIYS is held every summer for high school students and students entering high school. For questions, please contact Julie McGory (

SLIYS students enjoy the writing systems scavenger hunt

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Student interns VICKI KREBS and YOURDANIS SEDAROUS work on coding data for researcher AMANDA MILLER

Student internships are research and service opportunities for linguistics undergraduates. Our undergraduate coordinator, JULIE MCGORY, is often responsible for pairing up interns and researchers. Sometimes she’s approached by students who want to get real-world experience in the field, and sometimes she’s approached by faculty or graduate students who need a hand with their research.

Long Lasting Community Development Association (LLCDA), which works to help immigrants adjust to living in the United States. One intern, MAXWELL BOECKER, related that, “Sometimes I would help lead conversation sessions with higher-level adult speakers; sometimes I would help kids with their homework, and for a few weeks my task was to help an older Chinese man learn the driver’s manual booklet so that he could get a driver’s license.”

Research interns work on a variety of projects, including running experiments and analyzing data. One intern, MICHAEL DE MATTO, is working with graduate student MARIVIC LESHO on the phonetic analysis of the vowel system of Cavite Chabacano (a variety of Philippine Creole Spanish), segmenting word lists and marking where the vowels go. Marivic has worked with several other interns in the past, and said, “I’ve always been impressed with the interns in this program and it’s been a great experience working with them.”

Many interns have interests both in research and in teaching. Maxwell also worked with graduate student BRIDGET SMITH, analyzing speech files for stop burst, vowel onset, and other features. He said, “I think both experiences were very important for me. They helped me realize that linguistics does apply to the real world, and that conducting research to verify/disprove hypotheses is a real and tangible goal for me: I will be able to live this kind of life if I take the proper steps. Doing the internships made me realize that I could indeed do this kind of thing for a living (teach/research).”

Not all interns do research in the department, however. Some also volunteer in the community. Many interns, particularly those who have an interest in applied linguistics, have worked with MONIRA BEGUM at the

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WELCOME MICHA ELSNER! Welcome to our newest computational linguistics faculty member, MICHA ELSNER. Micha earned his PhD and ScM in computer science from Brown University, where he was a Brown University Fellow and Google Fellow in Natural Language Processing (NLP). He holds a BSc in computer science and BA in classics from the University of Rochester. He came to Ohio State after a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics. His published work concerns computational models of discourse structure and coherence, co-reference and the use of local coherence to disentangle the structure of conversation. His interests include basic aspects of how sentences relate to one another, how we use language to pick out entities in the world, the structure of discourse in non-traditional media, and whether we can design robust learning algorithms that discover hidden structure in language data.


From left to right: Nathan Rasmussen, Yuhan Lin, Evan Jaffe, Christy Melick, Alec Buchner, Lara Downing, and Stephany Lu

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IN RECOGNITION Congratulations to students MARIVIC LESHO and MICHELLE DIONISIO, who were awarded the 300-level and 200-level Undergraduate Teaching Awards this year.

Network (BLN) for their Workshop on Current Issues and Methods in Speaker Adaptation to be held in spring, 2013. The project also is funded by the university’s Targeted Investments in Excellence (TIE).

Congratulations also to SCOTT MARTIN, who was awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the graduate school to support the next year of his dissertation research.

Graduate student MURAT YASAVUL was awarded a Tinker Field Research Grant, an Arts and Humanities Small Grant and a Global Gateway Research Abroad Grant to support his fieldwork in Guatemala on the prosody and grammar of K’iche’. He also won honorable mention for the Dr. Gordon P. K. Chu Memorial Scholarship.

Recent graduate JEFF HOLLIDAY accepted a two-year post-doc in the Department of Second Language Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Undergraduate linguistics major TYLER WILLIAMS won first place in the Humanities division of the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for his project “Gender Conflict Resolution in Mushunguli,” which he worked on with faculty members DAVE ODDEN and BOB LEVINE. Congratulations also to undergraduates AMBER TORELLI, SEAN MCKINNON, SARAH STOCKLER, KATHERINE HOUT, and ELIZABETH PILLION who presented at the Denman this year. Congratulations to faculty member CRAIGE ROBERTS, who was selected as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. MARY BECKMAN, CYNTHIA CLOPPER, KATHRYN CAMPBELLKIBLER, KIWAKO ITO, ANDREW PLUMMER, BRIDGET SMITH, ABBY WALKER and KODI WEATHERHOLTZ were awarded funds from the Innovation Group for the Study of Language Variation (SoLV) of the Buckeye Language


Faculty members BRIAN JOSEPH and MAZEIKA SULLIVAN received a grant from the Office of International Affairs for the project, “Interactions among urbanization, environmental change, and language in Lithuania: a transformative investigation of language sustainability.”


BRIAN JOSEPH and a group of faculty from the Departments of Slavic, History and English were awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to organize a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, with a focus on the Balkans and South Asia. Graduate student RACHEL BURDIN was awarded research support from the Melton Center for Jewish Studies to support her summer language studies. Graduate student SHONTAEL WANJEMA received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Competition. TYLER WILLIAMS at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

IN RECOGNITION {Continued} Graduate Student JEONGHWA SHIN was awarded an Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant to attend the Conference on Speech Prosody in Shanghai, China. Graduate student CINDY JOHNSON received the G. Michael Riley International Travel Award, to help pay travel costs to do research on Indo-European sentence structure in Bergen, Norway. Graduate student BRICE RUSS’s research on American dialects and Twitter was mentioned in both the Boston Globe and the New York Times Arts Beat blog this year. Graduate student JANE MITSCH received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award

in September. She also received a Boren Fellowship to work in Senegal during spring semester. Graduate student KODI WEATHERHOLTZ received a Ray Travel award to present at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), in Riva del Garda, Italy and at the International Symposium for Imitation and Convergence in Speech (ISICS) in Aix-en-Provence, France. Graduate student BRIDGET SMITH was awarded a 2012-2013 Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant for travel to ISICS where she will present her work, “Perceptual Learning and Convergence in Sound Change.”

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS {GRADS} JEFFERSON BARLEW presented, “The banana is {in/on/near} the bowl: Semantic underdetermination and conversational implicature in the meanings of Mushunguli locatives” at the Meaning of P Conference in Bochum, Germany. KATIE CARMICHAEL published “Notes from the field: Yat English features in Chalmette, Louisiana” in the Southern Journal of Linguistics special issue on New Orleans. Carmichael also presented “Where y’at, y’all?: Local nostalgia in the written representations of Yat English in Vic & Nat’ly Comics” at the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco. CINDY JOHNSON presented at the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS) annual meeting on “Handbooks vs. Corpora: A history of the multiple antecedent agreement problem in Latin.”


Graduate student TSZ-HIM TSUI was awarded the Louise Zung-nyi Loh Memorial Scholarship by the East Asian Studies Center.

Johnson also presented at the International Morphology Meeting (IMM15) on “Multiple antecedent agreement as semantic or syntactic agreement.” She also presented “What corpus studies can reveal about Multiple Antecedent Agreement in Latin” at EALC (Exploring Ancient Languages through Corpora). GREG KIERSTEAD and SCOTT MARTIN presented “The Hybrid Status of the Reportative Evidential in Tagalog” at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 22 in Chicago. The paper also is published in the conference proceedings under the title, “A multistratal account of the projective Tagalog evidential ‘daw.’” DAHEE KIM, along with J.D.W. Stephens and M. Pitt published “How does context play a part in splitting words apart? Production and perception of word boundaries in casual speech” in the Journal of Memory and Language. MICHAEL PHELAN, along with Ressue, Parker and Reynolds, presented “Why ‘simple’ words are more complicated than we thought: Lexical access of ‘simple’ words that are less frequent than their ‘complex’ counterparts’” at the American International Morphology Meeting at UMass Amherst.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS {Continued} BRICE RUSS presented at the American Dialect Society annual meeting on “Examining Large-Scale Regional Variation Through Online Geotagged Corpora.” BRIDGET SMITH presented a poster titled “A recipe for phonetically conditioned sound change” at the 2nd Workshop on Sound Change in Munich. TSZ-HIM TSUI presented “Why is it so hard to reconstruct Chinese tones?” At the 18th Workshop on East Asian Languages at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Tsui presented “Adapting stop-liquid clusters into Cantonese” at the Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics at Ohio State. He also presented “Tonal variations in Hong Kong Cantonese” at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Tsui also presented “Medial Glides in Mandopop: do they rhyme or do they not?” at the 24th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics at the University of San Francisco. MARTEN VAN SCHIJNDEL and faculty member WILLIAM SCHULER presented “Connectionist-Inspired Incremental PCFG Parsing” at the Workshop for Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL) at the North American Association of Computational Linguistics Meeting (NAACL-HLT). The paper also will be published in the conference proceedings.

{FACULTY} MARY BECKMAN Syrika, A., Nicolaidis, K., Edwards, J., & Beckman, M. E. (2011). “Acquisition of initial /s/-stop and stop-/s/ sequences in Greek.” Language and Speech, 54(3): 361-386. Kong, E. J., Beckman, M. E., & Edwards, J. (2011). “Why are Korean tense stops acquired so early: The role of acoustic properties.” Journal of Phonetics, 39(2): 196-211. Beckman, Mary E., Benjamin Munson, & Jan Edwards (2011). “Methodological issues in the analysis of phonotactic probability effects in nonwords.” Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 300-303.

KATHRYN CAMPBELL-KIBLER “The sociolinguistic variant as a carrier of social meaning,” Language Variation and Change. Vol. 3, no. 22: 423-441. 2011. “Intersecting variables and perceived sexual orientation in men.” American Speech. Vol. 1, no. 86: 52-68. 2011. Kiwako Ito and Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, “Speakeradaptation to /I/-/E/ merger: An eye-tracking study.” In: The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). University of Hong Kong. ( 2011 ): 954-958. CYNTHIA CLOPPER Clopper, C. G. (forthcoming). “Experiments.” In C. Mallinson, B. Childs, & G. Van Herk (Eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications. London: Routledge. Clopper, C. G. (in press). “Effects of dialect variation on the semantic predictability benefit.” Language and Cognitive Processes. Clopper, C. G. (forthcoming). “Clustering and classification methods.” In A. C. Cohn, C. Fougeron, & M. K. Huffman (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Phillips, S., and Clopper, C. G. (2011). “Perceived imitation of regional dialects.” Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 12(060002). Phillips, S. C., & Clopper, C. G. (2011). “Perceived imitation of regional dialects.” Acoustical Society of America 161st Meeting Lay Language Papers. http://www. Clopper, C. G., & Tonhauser, J. (in press). “On the prosodic coding of focus in Paraguayan Guaraní.” In M. B. Washburn, K. McKinney-Bock, E. Varis, A. Sawyer, & B. Tomaszewicz (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (pp. 249-257). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. PETER CULICOVER Culicover, Peter W. and Ray Jackendoff. “A domaingeneral approach to ellipsis interpretation.” Submitted to Language. In press, to appear 2012.


PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS {Continued} Culicover, Peter W. “A reconsideration of English relative constructions.” Constructions, 2. 2011. Culicover, Peter W. “Core and Periphery.” The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. (invited encyclopedia entry). 2011. BRIAN JOSEPH Featured Review [= Review Article] on O. Tomic, “Balkan Sprachbund Morphosyntactic Features.” Acta Slavica Iaponica XXIX (2011), pp. 123-131. “Lexical Diffusion and the Regular Transmission of Language Change in its Socio-Historical Context.” To appear in the Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics, ed. by J.M. Hernández-Campoy. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011. “Balancing Formal and Functional Explanations in Language Change and Language Contact.” La Linguistique (Revue de la Société Internationale de Linguistique Fonctionnelle) 47.1.5-26 (2011). “Multiple Sources and Multiple Causes Multiply Explored.” To appear in Studies in Language (Special Issue, ed. by F. van der Velde, 2013). “Lessons from Judezmo about the Balkan Sprachbund and Contact Linguistics” (with Victor A. Friedman). To appear in International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2012). “A Variationist Solution to Apparent Copying Across Related Languages.” To appear in Copies vs. Cognates in Bound Morphology, ed. by Lars Johanson & Martine Robbeets. Brill Publishers (2012). BOB LEVINE To appear. “The modal need VP gap (non)anomaly.” In Beyond ever and any: New Perspectives on NPI Licensing, ed. by Regine Eckhardt and Manfred Sailer. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. To appear. “Gapping as like-category coordination” (with Yusuke Kubota). In Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics 2012. Springer Lecture Notes on Computer Science. Springer Verlag: Berlin. 2012. “Auxiliaries: To’s company.” Journal of Linguistics 48.187–203. 2011. Linearization and its discontents.

Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, ed. by Stefan Mu¨ller, pp. 126–146. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information (online series: http:// CARL POLLARD Pollard, C. and E. Smith (in press) “A united analysis of the same, phrasal comparatives, and superlatives.” SALT 2012. Martin, S. and C. Pollard (in press) “A higher-order theory of presupposition.” Special Issue of Studia Logica on Logic and Natural language. Plummer, A. and C. Pollard (in press) “Agnostic possible worlds semantics.” Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics 2012. CRAIGE ROBERTS “Only: A case study in projective meaning.” In Barbara H. Partee, Michael Glanzberg & Jurgis Skilters (ed.) (2011) Formal Semantics and Pragmatics: Discourse, Context and Models. Special issue of the Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Riga, Latvia. “Topics.” In Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger & Paul Portner (eds.) (2012) Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Mouton de Gruyter. “Information Structure: Toward an integrated theory of formal pragmatics.” with afterword and bibliography of related work. In press in Semantics and Pragmatics. (Invited as a classic unpublished paper.) “Accommodation in a Language Game.” To appear in Barry Loewer & Jonathan Schaffer (eds.) volume on the Philosophy of David Lewis in the Companion Series, Blackwell Publishers. WILLIAM SCHULER William Schuler, “Effects of Filler-gap Dependencies on Working Memory Requirements for Parsing.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci’11), Boston, MA, 2011 Lane Schwartz, Chris Callison-Burch, William Schuler, Stephen Wu, “Incremental Syntactic Language Models for Phrase-based Translation.” Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational


PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS {Continued} Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (ACL-HLT’11), Portland, OR, 2011.

of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). Hong Kong. Conference Presentations.

Dingcheng Li, Tim Miller, William Schuler, “A Pronoun Anaphora Resolution System based on Factorial Hidden Markov Models.” Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (ACL-HLT’11), Portland, OR, 2011.

Speer, S.R. (2011, August). “Prosodic structure in language processing: Phrasing and prominence in production and comprehension.” Invited keynote. 17th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language processing (AMLaP), Paris, France.

William Schuler, Aravind Joshi Tree-”Rewriting Models of Multi-Word Expressions” Proceedings of the Workshop on Multi-word Expressions (MWE’11), Portland, OR, 2011.

Speer, S. R. & Ito, K. (2011, August). “Prosodic properties of contrastive information in spontaneous productions.” 17th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language processing (AMLaP), Paris, France.

Stephen Wu, William Schuler. “Structured Composition of Semantic Vectors.” Proceedings of the International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS’11), Oxford, UK, Jan 2011.

Speer, S. R. (2011, August). “Commonalities in processing prosody: Phrasing and prominence in production and comprehension.” Invited presentation, Institut Language et Parole, Aix en Provence, France.

SHARI SPEER Ito, K., Bibyk, S., Wagner, L., & Speer, S.R. (to appear, 2012). “Gradual acquisition of contrast-marking prosody for referential resolution in English.” Journal of Child Language.

MICHAEL WHITE Dennis N. Mehay and Michael White. 2012. “Shallow and Deep Paraphrasing for Improved Machine Translation Parameter Optimization.” To appear in Proc. of the AMTA 2012 Workshop on Monolingual Machine Translation (MONOMT 2012).

White, M., Rajkumar, R., Ito, K. & Speer, S.R. (2011 in press). “Eyetracking for the online evaluation of prosody in speech synthesis.” Amanda Stent and Srinivas Bangalore (eds.), Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems. Cambridge University Press. Speer, S.R., Warren, P., & Schafer, A.J. (2011). “Situationally independent prosodic phrasing.” Laboratory Phonology, 3, pp 35-98. Speer, S.R. (2011). “Eye movements as a measure of spoken language processing.” In Cohn, A., Fougeron, C., & Huffman, M. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Ito, K. & Speer, S. R. (2011). “Semantically-independent but contextually-dependent interpretation of contrastive accent.” In Sonia Frota, Pilar Prieto and Gorka Elordieta, Eds., Prosodic categories: production, perception and comprehension. Chicago: Springer. Speer, S. R. & Ito, K. (2011). “Prosodic properties of contrastive utterances in spontaneous speech.” Proceedings of the 17th International Congress

Michael White, Rajakrishnan Rajkumar, Kiwako Ito, and Shari R. Speer. 2011 (in press). “Eye tracking for the online evaluation of prosody in speech synthesis.” Amanda Stent and Srinivas Bangalore (eds.), Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems. Cambridge University Press. Michael White. 2011. “Glue Rules for Robust Chart Realization.” In Proc. of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG-11). Rajakrishnan Rajkumar and Michael White. 2011. “Linguistically Motivated Complementizer Choice in Surface Realization.” In Proc. of the EMNLP-11 Workshop on Using Corpora in NLG. Scott Martin and Michael White. 2011. “Creating Disjunctive Logical Forms from Aligned Sentences for Grammar-Based Paraphrase Generation.” In Proc. of the ACL-11 Workshop on Monolingual Text-to-Text Generation. Anja Belz, Michael White, Dominic Espinosa, Eric Kow, Deirdre Hogan and Amanda Stent. 2011. “The First


PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS {Continued} “Surface Realisation Shared Task: Overview and Evaluation Results.” In Proc. of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation. DON WINFORD Winford, Donald & Ingo Plag. “Sranan Tongo.” In: Michaelis, Susanne & Maurer, Philippe & Haspelmath, Martin & Huber, Magnus (eds.), Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures, vol. II: The language surveys. Oxford: Oxford University Press. “Creole Tense/Aspect systems.” To appear in Robert Binnick (ed). Tense and Aspect. Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics. Oxford University Press. “Pidgins and Creoles.” In Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Closs Traugott(eds.) Handbook on the History of English: Rethinking Approaches to the History of English. “On the unity of contact phenomena: the case for imposition.” To appear in In and out of Africa: Languages in question. A Festschrift for Robert Nicolai, ed. by Carole de Fe’ral. Louvain: Peeters. “Substrate influence and universals in the emergence of contact Englishes: Re-evaluating the evidence.” To appear

in English as a Contact Language, ed. by Daniel Schreier. “Social aspects of language contact.” To appear in Yaron Matris and Peter Bakker, eds, Handbook of Contact Languages. Field of Linguistics series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (with Bettina Migge) “Fact-type complements in Surinamese creoles and Gbe languages.” To appear in LINGUA. 2011. “Sranan.” In: Kortmann, Bernd and Kerstin Lunkenheimer (eds.), The Electronic World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. München/Berlin: Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with Mouton de Gruyter. 2012. “Sranan.” In: Kortmann, Bernd (ed.), World Atlas of Variation in English: Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. “Challenging the old; exploring the new: A tribute to Ian Robertson.” To appear in The Proceedings of the Conference on Reassembling the Fragments, ed. by Valerie Youssef.

ALUMNI UPDATES ANGELO COSTANZO (2010) has accepted a tenure-track position in general and historical linguistics in the English Department at Bloomsburg State University of Pennsylvania. ANOUSCHKA FOLTZ (2010) and her husband Shawn welcomed their second child, Jamie, in April. ELIZABETH SMITH (2010) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Quebec at Montreal. KATHLEEN CURRY HALL (2009) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

MARKUS DICKINSON (2005), along with former Ohio State linguistics faculty members Chris Brew and Detmar Meurers, has just released a new textbook called Language and Computers. CHARLOTTE SCHAENGOLD (2004) spoke on “Linguistic Debt” at the Midwest Modern Language Association this year. PAULINE WELBY (2003) was awarded a Bronze Medal from the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique for her work in phonetics.

NEAL WHITMAN (2002) returned to Ohio State as a lecturer teaching academic writing for non-native English-speaking graduate students. He also writes columns for “Behind the Dictionary” in Ben Zimmer’s Visual Thesaurus website, and for the Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast. MARY PASTER (BA, 2000) has just become the chair of the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College.


UPCOMING EVENTS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2012: Colloquium Fest FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH, 2012: Talk by Ray Jackendoff, Tufts University. Dr. Jackendoff will be awarded an honorary doctorate at autumn commencement. See the Department Calendar ( for more information.

Sound change workshop in Bavaria

PAST NEWS AND EVENTS At the end of Spring Quarter, faculty, grads and staff enjoyed themselves at the end-of-year party. In May, Mary Beckman, Cynthia Clopper and Bridget Smith attended the 2nd Workshop on Sound Change at Kloster Seeon in Bavaria, Germany. In May, graduate students Dave Howcroft, Brice Russ, Mike Phelan, Shontael Wanjema and Kodi Weatherholtz ran a roundtable discussion with undergraduate linguistics majors on applying to graduate school.

Grad students advise undergrads on applying to grad school

In May, Bridget Smith and Jeff Holliday were honored by the Graduate School for their achievements (a Presidential Fellowship and an Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, respectively).

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BRIDGET SMITH and JEFF HOLIDAY honored for achievements


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Linguistics Newsletter 2012  

Ohio State Department of Linguistics 2012 Newsletter.

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