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Department Newsletter, Issue 3, Fall/Winter 2009


Greetings from the Linguistics Department


Beth Hume

It has been another exciting year in the Linguistics Department! In addition to the many conferences, workshops, and invited lectures that you'll read about in this issue, we were fortunate to have visiting scholars from around the world, including Dr. Maria Bittner (Rutgers), Dr. Hyeon-Seok Kang (Kaya University, Korea), Dr. Erhard Hinrichs (Tübingen) and Dr. Judita Preiss (Cambridge). The new academic year looks like it will be just as remarkable given the many events and visits being planned. There will also be some new faces in the Department. We are delighted that computational linguist, Dr. William Schuler, will be joining our faculty and we look forward to welcoming a stellar freshman class of ten new graduate students.

Maintaining our high standard of excellence requires the commitment and support of many people. As you read about all the wonderful happenings in the Department, I hope you will consider giving us your support. There is simply no way that we can be doing all that we do without the financial contributions of members of the Department and friends like you. Given the current economic climate, your support is more crucial than ever. Without it, activities such as those noted below would just not be possible. I hope that we will be able to count on your commitment to the Department for this coming year.

Enjoy reading about OSU Linguistics in this issue of the newsletter. As always, welcome your comments and suggestions, which can be sent to or to me directly.

Go Bucks!

  Beth Hume, Chair


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Ilse Lehiste Wins Wiedemann Award


Ilse Lehiste

We want to congratulate Professor Emeritus Ilse Lehiste for receiving the Weidemann award given by the government of the Republic of Estonia once a year for "outstanding contributions to research on Estonian language, for developing Estonian linguistics, for providing successful scholarly leadership, for bringing international attention to the Estonian language, and for literary activity in the Estonian language". The award is 500,000 Estonian crowns (approximately $50,000)

The award is named after Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann, Estonian linguist of the 19th century. He started out as a high school teacher of Greek and Latin, but ended up as a member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. (Estonia was part of the Russian Empire at that time.) In the 1860's he published a comprehensive Estonian-German dictionary (more than 50,000 words), an extensive Estonian grammar, and a collection of folklore and ethnographic observations. The dictionary has been reprinted many times. From a linguist's point of view, it is a source of evidence for language change. For example, there was a process of initial cluster simplification in loanwords - in Estonian, Germanic strand was borrowed as rand etc. The process has stopped, and newer loanwords come into the language with intact initial consonant clusters. Wiedemann's dictionary gives parallel forms for many words, so the loss of the rule was more or less in progress 150 years ago. (The same process applied in Finnish, but Finnish is more conservative - Estonian klaas is Finnish las, both from Germanic glass).

Professor Lehiste was awarded the Distinguished Research Award, The Ohio State University in 1980, and the Medal for Scientific Achievement, The International Speech Communication Association in 2002. She is also a Fellow at The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990; a Foreign Member, The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1998; and a Foreign Member of The Estonian Academy of Sciences; 2008. The awarding ceremony for the Wiedemann Award was on February 23, 2009 in Tallinn, Estonia.

David Dowty awarded Festschrift in honor of his 60th birthday!


David Dowty

Professor Emeritus David Dowty was presented with a Festschrift in honor of his 60th birthday. Erhard Hinrichs and John Nerbonne (eds.) Theory and Evidence in Semantics. CSLI Press, Stanford. Articles included are "Know-how: a compositional approach", Craige Roberts; Erhard Hinrichs, "Selectional preferences for anaphora resolution", with Holger Wunsch); Peter Lasersohn , "Compositional interpretation"; John Nerbonne, "Quantatively detecting semantic relations", with Tim van de Cruys; Gregory Stump, "Cells and paradigms in inflectional semantics"; and Neal Whitman, "Right-Node Wrapping".

Sharon Ross Wins Graduate Associate Teaching Award


Sharon being presented her award while teaching one of her classes.

Congratulations to Sharon Ross, one of only ten OSU Graduate Teaching Assistants to win the Graduate Associate Teaching Award for 2008-2009! The GATA award is Ohio State's highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students; winners were selected by the Graduate School's awards committee. Sharon received public recognition during the Graduate School Awards Reception in May and received a $1500 honorarium with her June stipend.

We also want to congratulate Vedrana Mihalicek for winning the Linguistics 200-Level Teaching Award and Crystal Nakatsu for winning the Linguistics 300-Level Teaching Award! Great job ladies!




Teresa Pratt Wins first place in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Congrats goes to Teresa Pratt who won in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. She, with the guidance of her advisor, John Grinstead, Spanish and Portuguese, presented the poster "Root Nonfinite Verb Forms in Child Spanish."

Well done to our other undergraduate students who participated in the Denman. What pride these students have given us! Each did an excellent job of presenting their work and exhibited confidence, intelligence, and mastery over the research they had completed. Thank you all for your hard work and your excellence!

  • Sarah Bibyk - "The Effect of Intonation on Children's perception of Contrast." Advisor, Shari Speer.
  • Emily Dorrian - "Child Dialect Acquisition." Advisor, Laura Wagner.

    Emily Dorrian

  • Samantha Gett - "Vowel Duration in Maltese [gh]." Advisor, Beth Hume.
  • Christina King - "Language Attitudes Toward Devoicing Among Young Adults in Buenos Aires." Advisor, Terrell Morgan.
  • John Pate - "Child Dialect Acquisition." Advisor, Laura Wagner.
  • John Pate - "Stressed-Out Networks: Extending Models of Word Segmentation with Prosody." Advisor, Chris Brew.
  • Cory Shain - "Differential Object Marking in Paraguayan Guarani." Advisors, Peter Culicover and Judith Tonhauser.

  • Cory
    Cory Shain
    Spotlights: People

    Craige Roberts
    Craige Roberts

    Craige Roberts acting chair of the department for Winter and Spring Quarters, has been at OSU for twenty years. She got interested in linguistics and the philosophy of language while living in NYC in the mid-1970s. She found a copy of Jespersen's A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles in one of the many wonderful used bookstores in Manhattan in those days, and was immediately intrigued: Who knew grammar could be interesting? Craige received her BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she studied formal semantics under Barbara H. Partee. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford, where she began to explore her interest in pragmatics, broadly construed as the study of how context affects language use and interpretation. She works on anaphora and definiteness, mood and modality, information structure, focus, and presupposition. At OSU Craige is one of the directors of an interdisciplinary Pragmatics Initiative, which aims to deepen interdisciplinary graduate study and research at OSU in pragmatics, especially formal pragmatics and its interface with formal semantics. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the OSU Department of Philosophy.

    Craige grew up on the banks of the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana, where her 92-year-old father still lives. In the community, Craige is a member of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, both of which work for the improvement of the environment. Some of Craige's favorite books are Melville's Moby Dick, Gertrude Stein's 3 Lives, and Flaubert's Trois Contes. Recent titles include The Maytrees by Annie Dillard and Everyman by Philip Roth. Favorite movies include Babette's Feast, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Queen, Capote, Cider House Rules, and movies by third world directors. Truffles (both kinds) are favorite treats, and Craige also enjoys almost anything Italian, Japanese or Korean (minestrone, sushi, kim-chi -- yum!). Jazz, lots of jazz is what Craige likes to relax to: Miles Davis, Mingus, The Bad Plus, Buffalo Collision (with her brother Hank). She also listens to Bartok, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch, The Pretenders, Bach cello suites, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, The Black Crows, and Leonard Cohen. The hottest "coolest" place Linguistics has taken Craige is to Haiti, where she did fieldwork for six weeks in 1982. Some of the other cool places include Hungary, Jamaica, and Amsterdam (where she got to live briefly twice as a visiting scholar), and she will be visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Riga, Lattvia, in spring 2010.

    David Durian
    David Durian a 6th year Graduate Student, received a B.A. in English and Linguistics at Northern Illinois University in 1999. Four professors at Northern Illinois University: Don Hardy, Lisa Ann Lane, Heather Hardy, and Ed Callary, encouraged David's interest in linguistics. Lisa, in particular, inspired him when he took her for Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. What David found most interesting was studying the linguistic negotiation of identity. Later, Don Hardy got him interested in discourse analysis and narratology. Eventually, after David left NIU in 1999, he became interested in dialectology and urban sociolinguistics. In his spare time while in the working world, David used to read Labov, Eckert, Trudgill, and others. When he got to OSU in 2003, David decided to focus those interests on language variation and change in the Columbus area. He presented a paper entitled "A New Perspective on Vowel Variation throughout the 20th Century in Columbus, OH." at the most recent meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in San Francisco, CA.

    David grew up on the South Side of Chicago with his two older brothers. The most interesting place Linguistics has taken him is to Groveport, OH. Seriously, David Dowty sent David there to interview a friend of his named Ron for his study of Columbus area speech. The interview was interesting, but the important part of the visit was when Ron introduced David to the work of geographer Henry Hunker, who wrote an ethno-geographic study of Columbus called Columbus, OH: A personal geography. The book totally changed David's approach to investigating Columbus as a speech community, as it made him realize just how significant force for a change urban growth has been in Columbus since 1952.

    When he is not interviewing natives of Columbus, David likes to drink Columbus Pale Ale. He also enjoys eating Tandoori Chicken and listening to Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, King Crimson, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young, and Genesis (but only pre-1975, when Peter Gabriel was still the singer, and Phil Collins just played drums).

    Samantha Gett
    Samantha Gett

    Samantha Gett, is a recipient College of Arts and Sciences research grant for her project "Maltese Vowel Duration". Sam, an undergraduate major in Linguistics, is in her third year at OSU. Sam calls Poland (not the country), Ohio her home, and she is the youngest of the family, unless you count her dog Lexi, who as she says, "By all rights, is treated like a younger sibling". In Middle School, Sam read J.R.R. Tolkien and wrote a research paper about him, it was then she discovered linguistics. Her research interest deals with the phonological variation in Maltese; she has presented work in Germany and will return there later this year, as well as present at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum this spring. Out in the community, Sam is actively involved with her church, Jacob's Porch. She likes to go running and read in her spare time, as well as watch every movie at least once, except for horror films! Yes, Sam still likes Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings being her favorite. She loves Italian food, which is a remnant of her heritage and she likes movie and musical scores more than regular lyrical music, the Transformers Score is one of her favorites.

    Jim Harmon
    Jim Harmon, the department's IT guy, received his B.S. from OSU in Computer Science. He is very busy at home with his wife of five years, Denise, and his three children, Aidan 11, Wayne 9 and Maryam 2. It is hard to believe that Jim has been with the university for 24 years. He started working here as an undergrad and never left. Though he has been with the department for nine years, Jim had this to say about his knowledge of linguistics, "Linguistics? I just run the computers". Jim is a local boy, growing up in Gahanna, Ohio and in his spare time, likes board gaming (he is actually trying to market one right now) and woodworking (he has a side business making children's toys). A few of Jim's favorites are the book, The Stand by Stephen King, the movie, Shawshank Redemption, classical music and Al Yankovic.

    Research Highlight: Professor Mike White

    Mike White

    Learning to Generate High Quality Paraphrases with a Broad Coverage Lexicalized Grammar

  • NSF IIS - Robust Intelligence Grant, 2008-2011

  • Collaborators: Steve Boxwell, Dominic Espinosa, Scott Martin, Dennis Mehay, Crystal Nakatsu, Rajakrishnan Rajkumar
  • Research on automatic paraphrase generation has been gaining steam in recent years. Automatic paraphrasing is considered vital to applications as diverse as machine translation (MT), question answering, summarization, and dialogue systems. Paraphrasing has also been shown recently to hold promise for automatic methods of evaluating MT, when the paraphrases are of sufficiently high quality.

    This project investigates novel methods for acquiring and generating such high quality paraphrases in order to automatically approximate the human translation error rate (HTER) metric for MT evaluation, where human annotators post-edit MT outputs into acceptable paraphrases of the reference translations. The project emphasizes the use of a linguistically informed, grammar-based parser and realizer for acquiring and generating paraphrases using disjunctive logical forms (DLFs), in sharp contrast to most recent work that relies entirely on shallow methods. Specifically, the project investigates methods of (1) engineering a broad coverage English grammar from the CCGbank, with semantic roles integrated from Propbank; (2) scaling up OpenCCG for efficient parsing and realization with this grammar, adapting supertagging and parse ranking methods for generation; (3) adapting and extending previous methods of acquiring paraphrases to work on DLFs; (4) generating high quality n-best paraphrases of one or more reference sentences; and (5) experimentally evaluating whether the automatically generated paraphrases can be used with current MT metrics to yield improved correlations with human judgments of translation quality.

    By providing a way to automatically approximate the HTER metric, the project will help drive future MT research. Additionally, by dramatically extending the realization capacity of OpenCCG, the project promises to benefit a wide range of NLP tasks where the breadth of target texts is of crucial importance.


    Language and Advertising in American Culture

    Elizabeth's Class
    Elizabeth with Representatives from the BBB

    A new addition to the department's fall lineup was the course 'Language and Advertising in American Culture', serving as a second GEC writing course, Ling 367.02. Graduate student Elizabeth Smith designed the course in the hopes of incorporating more of her specialty areas, semantics and pragmatics, into the undergraduate curriculum while also attracting a different demographic: business students. The class focuses on issues of truth in advertising, looking at FTC regulations and discussing whether advertisers should be held accountable for their implicatures and presuppositions in addition to what their claims entail. The students' papers serve a dual function of market research and linguistic analysis. After two years going through the approval process, Elizabeth was finally able to teach the course for the first time this fall and, based on its success, again in the winter. She thinks that the class has proved to be a valuable counterpoint to offerings in other departments such as Communications in that the focus of study is the language in the advertisements as opposed to analyses of images, music, etc. that are more typical elsewhere. Elizabeth also recruits a variety of guest speakers to give the perspective from industry. One example is a collaboration with the Better Business Bureaus of Ohio who send advertising analysts from Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus to the class to discuss the review and revision process they go through with local businesses whose ads are considered deceptive (see photo, above). We congratulate Elizabeth on her hard work and look forward to continuing to offer this class in the years to come.

    In Recognition
  • Undergraduate Linguistics major Victoria Cook was awarded the 2008 Elizabeth Kiss Amstutz Scholarship for excellence from the College of Humanities.
  • Faculty member Beth Hume, has been appointed Associate Editor of The Journal Phonology.
  • Graduate student Anoucshka Bergmann gave birth to Sanya Mae Foltz, 8 pounds and 20 inches, on February 22, 2009 at 8:49am at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

  • Sanya Mae Foltz

  • Kevin Gabbard is one of only sixteen to win the Undergraduate Research Office Summer Fellowship 2009 for his research project "Af Soomaali Phonology with respect to Consonant Clusters and Vowel Harmony." The URO Summer Research Fellowship provides $3,500 to highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with an OSU faculty member. Kevin will present his work at the 2009 Fall Undergraduate Research Day (October 18) and at the 2010 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in May.
  • Dr. Kathryn Campbell Kibler has been nominated for a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award.
  • Jungmee Lee won a Graduate Research Small Grant from College of Humanities for her presentation at LSA.
  • Graduate Student Kathleen Hall won an Alumni Grant for research for her dissertation, "Marginal contrasts and quasi-allophones: The role of predictability of distribution in definining phonological relationships."

  • Cynthia (kneeling) and Judith (right) setting up their equipment.

  • Faculty members Judith Tonhauser and Cynthia Clopper, along with undergraduate Joseph Marulli, spent some of their December in hot Paraguay. They were working on the phonetics-semantics interface in Paraguayan Guarani.
  • Congratulations to Jianguo Li, Helen Riha, and Fangfang Li for being hooded this past December!
  • Linguistics major Samantha Gett has been awarded a $5,000 research award from the College of Arts and Sciences for her research project, "Maltese Vowel Duration".
  • Faculty member Chris Brew was elected to the NAACL Executive Board starting in 2009.

  • Vera
    Vera Martin

  • Congradulations also goes to graduate student Scott Martin on the birth of his daughter Vera!
  • Some Presentations and Publications by Current Members of the Department

    Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Scholars

  • Graduate Student Yusuke Kubota and Wataru Uegaki (University of Tokyo) presented "Nothing else for something else: A variable-free account" and "Continuation-based semantics for conventional implicatures and the Japanese benefactive." at the Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 19, at OSU in June.
  • Graduate Student Abby Walker presented "Talking about Old Events using Old /t/s. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation" at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation Conference (NWAV) 37, in November, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Jeonghwa Shin presented "Bidirectional influence of L1 and L2 on L2ers' sentence parsing" at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) in October, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Anoushka Bergmann, Kristine Maday (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and Research Scientist Kiwako Ito presented at the Third Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE) Conference on Intonation, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 2008. Their paper was called "Order Effects in Production and Comprehension of Prosodic Boundaries".
  • Graduate Student David Durian presented his paper "A New Perspective on Vowel Variation throughout the 20th Century in Columbus, OH" at NWAV in Houston, TX in November, 2008 and at The Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco in January, 2009.
  • Undergraduate Student John Pate and faculty members Chris Brew and Eric Fosler-Lussier (Computer Science and Engineering), presented "Assessing the Utility of Prosody for Word Segmentation in Phone Prediction" at The 2009 Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCLC 2009) in Bloomington, May 2009.
  • Graduate Student Salena Sampson presented her paper "The Role of Text Type in Early Modern English Gradable Adjective Variation" at the 14th National Conference on English Historical Linguistics (SLIN14), in Bergamo, Italy, this past January.
  • Graduate Student Jeonghwa Shin presented "Processing of Lexical Prosody in L2 Word Recognition: Evidence from Japanese L2ers of English" at the Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP) in March.
  • Graduate Student Katie Carmichael presented "Null Subject Constructions and the Substitution of /h/ for /?/ : Sociolinguistic Patterning of Features in the French of the Pointe-Au-Chien Indians." at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 8-10.
  • Graduate Student Abby Walker presented "Newer meaning, newer realization:phonetic variation in the word trip" at the Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology (MCWOP 14) in Minneapolis, October 2008.
  • Graduate Student Dennis N. Mehay co-led a tutorial titled, "Statistical Machine Translation: Theory and Practice" at the Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA) in Waikiki, HI, October, 2008.
  • Undergraduate Student John K. Pate and faculty member Cynthia G. Clopper presented the poster "Effects of Talker and Tokem Variability on Perceptual Learning of Dialect Categories" at the 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Miami, Florida, November, 2008.
  • Graduate Student David Durian published "The vocalization of /l/ in Blue Collar Columbus, OH African American Vernacular English: A quantitative sociophonetic analysis" in Ohio State Working Papers in Linguistics 58 in Fall, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Ilana Heintz presented "Arabic Language Modeling for Automatic Speech Recognition" at the 2nd Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) in February, 2009.
  • Graduate Student Jeff Holliday gave a talk titled "Modeling acoustic cues to L1 and L2 Korean fricative perception" at the Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology 14 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities on October 17, 2008.
  • Graduate Student DJ Hovermale presented "The MerkMal Project: Automatically Annotating Data for Interactive Online Learning" at the "Digital Media in a Social World Conference" in February here at OSU.
  • Graduate Student Abby Walker presented "A case for or against the auditory presentation of GJ stimuli?" and "Phonetic Variation in Polysemous Words" at the Linguistics Society of America's Annual Meeting in January.
  • Graduate Student Yusuke Kubota published "Solving the morpho-syntactic puzzle of the Japanese -te form complex predicate: A Multi-Modal Combinatory Categorial Grammar analysis" In O. Bonami and P. Cabredo Hofherr (eds.), (2008) Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 7, 283--306.
  • Graduate Student Salena Sampson presented "Genitive Alternation in Beowulf: Stylistic and Syntactic Insights" at the Studies in the History of the English Language Conference 2009, in Bannif, Canada, this past May.
  • Graduate Student Yusuke Kubota and Jungmee Lee presented "The Coordinate Structure Constraint: Syntactic constraint or pragmatic principle?" at the LSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 8-11, 2009.
  • Graduate Student Yusuke Kubota and Jungmee Lee presented "The Coordinate Structure Constraint as a discourse-oriented principle: Further evidence from Japanese and Korean" at the Workshop on Grammar at the Interfaces (HPSG 2008), Keihanna, Japan.
  • Graduate Students Yusuke Kubota, Jungmee Lee, Anastasia Smirnova and faculty member Judith Tonhauser presented "Cross-linguistic variation in temporal adjunct clauses" at the 8th meeting of Chronos in Austin, Texas, October 3-5, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Jeonghwa Shin presented "Asymmetric development of perception and production of lexical stress in Korean L2 learners of English" at the 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 18-22 of May, 2009.
  • Graduate Students Yusuke Kubota , Jungmee Lee, Anastasia Smirnova and faculty member Judith Tonhauser, presented "The cross-linguistic interpretation of embedded tenses" at the 13th Sinn und Bedeutung, Stuttgart, Germany, September 30 - October 2, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Deborah Morton won a College of Humanities Small Research Grant.
  • Graduate Student Fangfang Li and Oxana Skorniakova, along with undergraduate student, Chanelle Mays, and faculty member, Mary Beckman presented the poster "Gendered production of sibilants in the Songyuan dialect of Mandarin Chinese" at LSA in January.
  • Post doctoral researcher Ila Nagar presented "The MerkMal Project: Automatically Annotating Data for Interactive Online Learning" at the Digital Media in a Social World Conference in February here at OSU.
  • Graduate Student Sharon Ross, M.A. presented a poster at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 34, titled "Acquisition of Contrastive Stress Interpretation" in November, 2009.
  • Graduate Students Elizabeth Smith and Kathleen Hall presented a paper with Ben Munson (University of Minnesota) at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) in Houston: "Rethinking the meaning of Minnesotan /ae/: Sexual orientation or personal well being?", November, 2008.
  • Graduate Student Jeonghwa Shin presented "Lexical stress and the time course of lexical activation in English L2 listenersat" at (CUNY 2009).
  • Faculty Members

  • Mary Beckman:
    • Beckman, M. E., & Edwards, J. (to appear). "Generalizing over lexicons to predict consonant mastery." To appear in Laboratory Phonology, 11(1).
    • Gooden, S., Drayton, K.-A., & Beckman, M. E. (2009). "Tone inventories and tune-text alignments: Prosodic variation in 'hybrid' prosodic systems." Studies in Language, 33(2), 354-394.
    • Li, F., Edwards, J., & Beckman, M. E. (2009). "Contrast and covert contrast: The phonetic development of voiceless sibilant fricatives in English and Japanese toddlers." Journal of Phonetics, 37(1), 111-124.
    • Edwards, J., & Beckman, M. E. (2008). "Some cross-linguistic evidence for modulation of implicational universals by language-specific frequency effects in the acquisition of consonant phonemes." Language Learning and Development, 4.
  • Chris Brew:
    • I Heintz & C Brew. (2008). "Language Modeling for Local and Modern Standard Arabic." The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation 2008 workshop, HLT in The Arabic World: Arabic Language and local languages processing: Status Updates and Prospects.
    • I. Heintz, E. Fosler-Lussier, and C. Brew. (2008). "Latent Phonetic Analysis: Use of Singular Value Decomposition to Determine Features for CRF Phone Recognition." International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.
    • Li, Jianguo & Brew, Chris. (2008). "Which are the Best Features for Automatic Verb Classification." To appear in Proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Columbus, Ohio.
    • Li, Jianguo Kirk Baker and Chris Brew. (2008). "A Corpus Study of Levin's Verb Classification." American Association for Corpus Linguistics. Provo, Utah. March 13-15, 2008.
  • Kathryn Campbell-Kibler:
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2009). "The nature of sociolinguistic perception". Language Variation and Change. 21(1):135-156.
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2008). "Methods for the study of the social structure of linguistic variation." in BLS 32 Proceedings, Berkeley Linguistics Society.
  • Cynthia Clopper:
    • Clopper, C. G. (in press). "Computational methods for normalizing acoustic vowel data for talker differences." Language and Linguistics Compass.
    • Clopper, C. G. (2008). "Auditory free classification: Methods and analysis." Behavior Research Methods.
    • Clopper, C. G., & Bradlow, A. R. (2008). "Perception of dialect variation in noise: Intelligibility and classification." Language and Speech.
    • Pierrehumbert, J. B., & Clopper, C. G. (forthcoming). "What is LabPhon? And where is it going?" Laboratory Phonology 10. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Peter Culicover:
    • Culicover, Peter & Elizabeth Hume. (In press). "The Basics of Language for Language Learners." Columbus, OH: OSU Press.
    • Culicover, Peter W. and S. Winker. (2008). "English focus inversion constructions." Journal of Linguistics.
    • Culicover, Peter W. (2008). "The birth and death of constructions: the case of English dosupport." Journal of Linguistics.
    • Culicover, Peter W. (2008). "The rise and fall of constructions and the history f English do- Support." Journal of Germanic Linguistics 20:1-52.
    • Hana, Jiri, and Peter W. Culicover.(2008). "Linguistic Complexity Outside of Universal Grammar." OSUWPL.
    • Culicover, Peter W., Andrzej Nowak, Wojciech Borkowski, and Katherine Woznicki. (2008). "Adventures with CaMiLLe." OSUWPL.
  • Beth Hume:
    • Culicover, Peter & Elizabeth Hume. (in press). "The Basics of Language for Language Learners." Columbus, OH: OSU Press.
    • Hume, Elizabeth, Jennifer Venditti, Alexandra Vella and Samantha Gett. (2009). "Vowel Duration and Maltese 'gh'." Introducing Maltese Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins
    • Hume, Elizabeth. (Forthcoming). "Uncertainty, Expectation and Language: Understanding Markedness."
    • Hume, E. (2008). "Markedness and the Language User." Phonological Studies, vol. 11.
    • Boomershine, A., K. C. Hall, E. Hume & K. Johnson (2008). "The impact of allophony vs. contrast on speech perception." In P. Avery, E. Dresher & K. Rice (eds.), Phonological Contrast. Mouton.
  • Brian Joseph:
    • Joseph, B. (2008). "Commentary on Le patrimonie plurilingue de la Grèce" to be presented at a Book Panel at the Annual Meeting of ANS (Association of Nationality Studies), Columbia University, New York, April 11, 2008.
    • Joseph, B. (2008). "Is there such a thing as 'phonologization' sensu etymologico (or otherwise)?". Paper to be presented at Symposium on Phonologization, University of Chicago, April 26, 2008.
    • Joseph, B. (2008). "Questions and Answers (with H. P. Brown and R. E. Wallace)." A New Historical Syntax of Latin, ed. by P. Baldi. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Joseph, B. (2008). "Historical Linguistics in 2008: The state of the art." Papers from ICL/CIL 18 (International Congress of Linguists 18). John Benjamins Publishers.
  • David Odden:
    • Odden, D. (2008). "Linguistics and the Study of Africa." John Middleton (ed) New Encyclopedia of Africa, 315-317. Detroit: Thomson/Gale.
  • Carl Pollard:
    • Pollard, C. (In press). "Hyperintensional questions." In W. Hodges and R. de Queiroz, eds., Proceedings of the 15th Annual Workshop on Logic, Language, Information, and Computation (WoLLIC 08): Heriot-Watt University 2008. Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 5110:261-274.
    • Pollard, C. (To appear). "Remarks on Categorical Grammar." in Journal of Applied Logic.
    • Pollard, C. (To appear). "Hyperintensions." in a special issue of The Journal of Logic and Computation on lambda calculus, type theory, and natural language.
    • Pollard, C. (2008). "Hyperintensions." Journal of Logic and Computation 18.2:257-282.
  • Craige Roberts:
    • Amaral, Patricia M., Craige Roberts and E. Allyn Smith. (2008) "Review of Potts: Conventional Implicature". With Patricia Matos Amaral and E. Allyn Smith. Linguistics and Philosophy 30:707-749.
    • Roberts, C. (2009). "know-how: A compositional approach". In Erhard Hinrichs and John Nerbonne (eds.) Theory and Evidence in Semantics, CSLI Press, 183-213.
    • Roberts, C. (2009). "Retrievability: Discourse constraints on anaphora and the problem of incomplete descriptions" at the Workshop on Anaphora, Philosophy Department, University of Michigan, April, 2009.
    • Roberts, Craige. (to appear). "Topic". In Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger & Paul Portner (eds.) Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Roberts, C. (to appear). "Only: Presupposition and Implicature." in Journal of Semantics.
  • Shari Speer:
    • Speer, S. R. & Ito, K. (2009). "Prosody in first language acquisition - Acquiring intonation as a tool to organize information in conversation." Language and Linguistics Compass, 3(1), 90-110.
    • Ito, K., & Speer, S.R. (to appear). "Anticipatory effects of intonation: Eye movements during instructed visual search." Journal of Memory and Language, Special issue on Language-Vision interaction.
  • Judith Tonhauser:
    • Lee, J. & Tonhauser, J. (under review). "Temporal interpretation without tense: Coordination constructions in Korean and Japanese".
    • Tonhauser, J. (accepted). "The Paraguayan Guaraní future marker -ta : Formal semantics and cross-linguistic comparison." Rathert, Monika and Renate Musan (eds.) Tense Across Languages, Tübingen: Niemeyer.
    • Tonhauser, J. & Colijn, E. (to appear). "Word order in Paraguayan Guaraní", The International Journal of American Linguistics.
    • Tonhauser, J. (2008). "Defining cross-linguistic categories: The case of nominal tense. Reply to Nordlinger and Sadler" in ,Language 84.2.
    • Tonhauser, J. (to appear). "Nominal tense? The meaning of Guaraní nominal temporal markers". Language 83.4.
  • Michael White:
    • White, M. & Rajkumar, R. (to appear). "Perceptron Reranking for CCG Realization." Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2009).
    • Rajakrishnan Rajkumar, Michael White and Dominic Espinosa. (2009.) "Exploiting Named Entity Classes in CCG Surface Realization." Proceedings of Human Language Technologies: The 2009 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL HLT 2009).
    • Scott Martin, Rajakrishnan Rajkumar and Michael White. (2009.) "Grammar Engineering for CCG using Ant and XSLT." Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2009 Workshop on Software Engineering, Testing and Quality Assurance for Natural Language Processing (SETQA-NLP 2009).
    • White, Ml. OpenCCG, Version 0.9.1.
    • Espinosa, D., M. White and D. Mehay. (2008). "Hypertagging: Supertagging for Surface Realization with CCG." To appear in Proceedings ACL-08: HLT.
    • Boxwell, S. and M. White. (2008). "Projecting Propbank Roles onto the CCG bank." Proceeding of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-08).
  • Recent Events

    In case you missed them, here are a few of the many events hosted by or for linguists in our community.

    September 26, 2008 John Goldsmith (Chicago):"Optimization is the answer. Now, what is the question?" : Invited Speaker Lectures.

    October 4, 2008 Buckeye Language Network: Fall Symposium.

    October 18, 2008 In Search of Meaning in the Midwest (ISOM)

    ISOM Presenters

    November 14, 2008 Ray Jackendoff (Tufts): "Parallels and Nonparallels between Music and Language": Invited Speaker Lectures.

    January 16, 2009 Maria Bittner (Rutgers):"Nominal and temporal anaphora in Chinese": Invited Speaker Lectures.

    January 19, 2009 Biology-Linguistics Nexus: MLK Day 2009 Workshop.

    January 30, 2009 David M. Perlmutter -- Annual Pedagogy Lecture: Professor Emeritus (UCal, San Diego).

    February 27, 2009 Erhard Hinrichs: "Computational Dialectometry -- Analysis and Visualization."

    March 6, 2009 Yoshiko Matsumoto (Stanford): "Bringing context into constructions: Variations in Japanese honorifics": Invited Speaker Lectures.

    March 6, 2009 Kathryn Campbell-Kibler: "'That's still country now': Measuring and Imagining Variation in Ohio": Faculty Research Presentation Series.

    First week of April, 2009 Projective Meaning Workshop.

    Projective Meaning Workshop

    April 03, 2009 The 19th Annual Meeting of the Semantics and Linguistics Theory (SALT) Conference.

    SALT 19

    April 17, 2009 Lyle Campbell (Utah) : Emeritus Faculty Talk Series in Honor of Cathy Callaghan

    April 24, 2009
    Academy of Teaching Mini-Conference

    May 8, 2009 Walt Wolfram (N.C. State): Annual Lecture in Honor of Linguistics Undergraduates.

    May 18, 2009 Marc Greenberg (U of Kansas): Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture

    May 29, 2009 Sally McConnell-Ginet (Professor Emeritus, Cornell University): Invited Speaker Lectures.

    June 5, 2009 Spring Symposium on Multiple Perspectives on the Critical Period for Language.

    Upcoming Events

    Consider joining us for one (or more) of the exciting events taking place at OSU in 2009 and 2010. Events are always being added, so please check the Department Calendar

    Tuesday - October 20, 2009- Visit and lecture(s) by Mark Janse (U of Ghent): [On Asia Minor Greek and Language Contact], Location: tba. Contact: Brian Joseph at

    Friday - January 29, 2010- Buckeye Language Network Symposium, Location: tba. Contact: Elizabeth Hume at

    Thursday - April 15, 2010- 17th Balkan & South Slavic Conference, Location: tba Contact: Brian Joseph at

    Friday - April 16, 2010 - 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Eric P. Hamp (U of Chicago): Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture, Location: tba. Contact: Brian Joseph at

    Alumni Updates

    Tell us (and your fellow alums) how life on the outside is! Email us at with updates, including new jobs, publications, schools, graduation announcements, births, marriages, etc.

    David de Hilster '85.

    • In post production of his feature-length documentary film, "Einstein Wrong - The Miracle Year". The movie follows the journey of a suburban mom and her family as they take on the icon of 20th century physics. Physicists called 1905 Einstein's "miracle year" in physics and 100 years later, this family takes science back into their lives and find their own miracles along the way. ThinkFilm who distributed the 2008 Oscar-Winning film "Taxi to the Darkside" has been interested in the project since 2006. Thousands of scientists around the world know that physics and cosmology need a major overhaul and they are funding the project. Besides being the director and one of the producers, de Hilster has been in the area dissident physics for over 15 years. The film is due out by the end of 2009 entering the festival circuit and then plans to be released in theaters. You can visit the pre-release website at:

    Xiaofei Lu , Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University:

    • Lu, Xiaofei. (2009). "Automatic measurement of syntactic complexity in child language acquisition.' International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 14(1):3-28.
    • Lu, Xiaofei. (2008). 'Improving part-of-speech guessing of Chinese unknown words using hybrid models." International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 13(2):169-193.
    • Lu, Xiaofei. (2008). "Hybrid models for sense guessing of Chinese unknown words." International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 13(1):99-128.

    Mary Paster '00, Assistant Professor, Pomona College:

    • Jade Comfort and Mary Paster. (To Appear). "Notes on Lower Jubba Maay." Masangu Matondo, Fiona McLaughlin and Eric Potsdam, eds., Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

    Shravan Vasishth '02, Professor of Psycholinguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany:

    • Became full professor, Chair of Psycholinguistics at the University of Potsdam, Germany
    • Congratulations on the birth of Andrea and Shravan's son, Atri.

    • Atri Vasishth

    • Felix Engelmann and Shravan Vasishth. "Processing grammatical and ungrammatical center embeddings in English and German: A computational model." Proceedings of the International Conference in Cognitive Modeling, Manchester, UK.
    • Umesh Patil, Shravan Vasishth and Reinhold Kliegl. (2009). "Compound effect of probabilistic disambiguation and memory retrievals on sentence processing: Evidence from an eye-tracking corpus." Proceedings of the International Conference in Cognitive Modeling, Manchester, UK.
    • Sigrid Beck and Shravan Vasishth. (2009). "Multiple focus." Journal of Semantics.
    • Peter beim Graben, Sabrina Gerth, and Shravan Vasishth. (2008). :Towards dynamical system models of language-related brain potentials." Cognitive Neurodynamics.
    • Marisa Ferrara Boston, John Hale, Reinhold Kliegl, Umesh Patil, and Shravan Vasishth. (2008). "Parsing costs as predictors of reading difficulty: An evaluation using the Potsdam Sentence Corpus." Journal of Eye Movement Research.
    • Marisa Ferrara Boston, John Hale, Reinhold Kliegl, Umesh Patil, and Shravan Vasishth. (2008). "Surprising parser actions and reading difficulty." Proceedings of the ACL-HLT Conference, Columbus, OH, The Ohio State University.
    • Umesh Patil, Frank Kuegler, Anja Gollrad, Gerrit Kentner, Shravan Vasishth, and Caroline Fery. (2008). "Focus, word order and intonation in Hindi." Journal of South Asian Linguistics.
    • Shravan Vasishth, Sven Bruessow, Richard L. Lewis, and Heiner Drenhaus. (2008). "Processing polarity: How the ungrammatical intrudes on the grammatical." Cognitive Science, 32(4), 2008.

    Zheng-sheng Zhang '88, is now the new editor of the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (JCLTA).

    On the Lighter Side. . . .

    In September the faculty, staff, and graduate students of the Department gathered at Whetstone Park for a beginning of the year picnic.

    Graduate Students

    Top Row: Jeff Holliday, Rachel Klippenstein, Pat Reidy, Michael Phelan.
    Middle Row: Katie Carmichael, Abby walker, Maravic Lesho.
    Bottom Row: Dahee Kim, Beborah Morton, Elizabeth McCullough.

    The Fall brought OSU Football

    Four of our lovely graduate students showing their Buckeye Spirit!

    Katie Carmichael, Crystal Nakatsu, Elizabeth Smith, and Kathleen Hall

    and Buckeye Spirit

    How about a few of our new graduate students, showing their spirit. O-H-I-O!

    O-Katie Carmichael, H-Pat Reidy, I- Abby walker, O-Michael Phelan

    Apple picking at Lynd Fruit Farm

    Our own little pumpkin ~Abby Walker~ with Crystal Nakatsu peaking around her.

    Jeonghwa Shin, Dahee Kim, Lia Mansfield, Rachel Klippenstein, Christin Wilson
    and a Halloween Costume Party!


    Beth Hume and WAIT! is that Sarah Palin?


    It's CLUE come to life!

    Other Fun Stuff!

    How can we forget about out AWESOME basketball team. . . .Distinctive Features?

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