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Department Newsletter, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2008


Greetings from the Linguistics Department!

Welcome to the 2nd issue of the Department of Linguistics Newsletter! In it, you'll get a glimpse of some of the activities, accomplishments and news of current and former members of the Department. As you'll see, 2007-2008 was an extremely busy and intellectually stimulating year. The Department hosted five workshops and symposia on topics relating to linguistic fieldwork, semantics, code-switching, variation, and indigenous languages of the Americas. We were also fortunate to have invited speakers from OSU and elsewhere including Emmon Bach (UMass, Amherst & SOAS), Mahe' Ben Hamed (Lyon), Kathryn Bock (UIUC), Dan Collins (OSU, Slavic), Shelome Gooden (Univ. of Pittsburgh; OSU '03), John Hale (MSU), David Harrison (Swarthmore), David Odden (OSU, Linguistics), Dennis Preston (MSU), Craige Roberts (OSU, Linguistics), among others.

Of course, we can't work all the time so we also enjoyed, among other activities, Happy Hours in the department lounge the first Friday of each month, a picnic in Whetstone Park, a dessert party at Chris Brew's house, chocolate making at Beth Hume's house, and an end-of-the year cookout at Julie McGory's home.

Undergraduate student, Samantha Gett, and Maltese dignitaries at the 1st Meeting of the Maltese Linguistics Society in Bremen, Germany, Fall '07

Excellence in research and teaching continues to define Linguistics at OSU. As you'll learn below, an impressive number of the department members, undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty were honored for their accomplishments in teaching and research throughout the year. The OSU Graduate School also ranked the Department of Linguistics as one of the top 12 programs at OSU in its recent Assessment of Graduate Programs (not that we were surprised! :).

Linguistics at Ohio State extends well beyond the Department of Linguistics. In fact, there are close to 60 faculty from more than 14 departments who study language at OSU and these individuals make up the Buckeye Language Network. Building on the success of the first BLN Symposium, many faculty and students got together this past winter for a stimulating and productive workshop with the goal of generating new ideas about how to enhance interaction and collaborations among those who study language at OSU. Among the top priorities identified at the workshop was the development of a graduate interdisciplinary minor in language sciences, which we hope to have approved by the end of this coming academic year.


This year is looking to be just as active as the current one! This summer alone we hosted the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the Linguistic Society of America 2008 Summer Meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and a Summer Mini-Institute featuring the following workshops:

  • Quantitative methods for linguistics (Mary Beckman)
  • ToBi labeling (Julie McGory)
  • Corpus-based Computational Linguistics (Chris Brew and Mike White)
  • Eye-tracking methodology (Kiwako Ito and Shari Speer)
  • Methods of Analysis in Sociophonetic Research (Robert Fox, Ewa Jacewicz and Joseph Salmons)

We depend on the financial support of past and present members of the Department to fund many of these activities. Over the past year, we used contributions to bring in visiting scholars to give lectures to the Linguistics community. Your support also allowed us to reinstate the Emeritus Lecture Series in honor of our Emeritus faculty and to provide funds to undergraduate and graduate students to assist them with research expenses such as subject fees, language consultant fees, conference support and conference poster printing. Please contribute to the Department to the extent that you are able; your support is crucial to its continued success!


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I hope you enjoy reading about OSU Linguistics in this issue of the newsletter and, as always, welcome your comments and suggestions, which can be sent to

Go Bucks!

  Beth Hume, Chair

Spotlights: People

Peter Culicover
Peter Culicover

Peter Culicover was awarded the University Distinguished Scholar Award this year, which recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research. Known for his research on the balance between structure (syntax) and meaning (semantics) in the production and interpretation of sentences, he also has the ability to combine his love for linguistics with his breadth of interests in other fields — ranging from psychology to philosophy to computer science — which has put him at the forefront of the study of human language. Peter is also praised for the sheer amount of scholarly output he has generated. During his eight years as department chair, he produced three books and numerous academic publications. In all, he has authored or co-authored 55 articles, 19 technical reports and nine books — two of which are widely used and highly influential textbooks about theoretical syntax. “Peter Culicover is a major figure in the field of linguistics, whose work has important implications for neighboring disciplines,” one colleague said. “He is prolific, and his work is both original and deep.”

Peter received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 and has been with the OSU Department of Linguistics for 21 years. He is currently exploring the consequences of representing knowledge of language as the configuration of a dynamical system, and the relationship between complexity and explanation in grammatical theory. These are closely related themes, and both have implications for linguistic theory, linguistic description, language change and variation, language acquisition, and language processing.

Peter grew up in the Bronx. In high school, Peter read Edward Sapir’s Language and thought it was interesting, piquing his curiosity about linguistics.

Peter’s hobbies include Jazz piano, cooking, and yoga. Did you know that Peter played bluegrass mandolin in high school and in a band in college? Jazz, Classical, and World Music are a few of Peter’s favorites, including Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Eagles, Thelonious Monk, Ottmar Liebart, and the Beach Boys. He loves: The Alexandria Quartet, by Lawrence Durrell, Casablanca, chocolate, and Japanese and Italian cuisine. Peter resides in Clintonville with his wife Diane, who he has been married to for 25 years. Peter has one son who is currently attending OSU.

Yusuke Kubota
Yusuke Kubota is a graduate student in his 4th year. Yusuke’s research interests lie in Japanese syntax and semantics, such as cleft, internally headed relative clauses, anaphora (especially the theoretical treatment of null anaphora), syntax of complex predicates, and nontransformational theories of grammar (in particular, HPSG and categorial grammar). He recently published “The scope interpretation of complex predicates in Japanese: A unified lexicalist analysis” in the Journal of Linguistics, a highly prestigious feat! He also recently presented at the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses Conference and the 7th Annual Syntax and Semantics Conference.

He comes to us from the University of Tokoyo, where he received both his B.A. and M.A. Yusuke got interested in English in high school (loving it even more than math!) and that brought him to Linguistics. Sleep and listening to early music of Western Europe, particularly harpsichord music, is what Yusuke likes to do in his free time.

Teresa Pratt
Teresa Pratt

Teresa Pratt, an undergraduate major in Linguistics, is in her third year at OSU. She calls Cincinnati, OH her hometown. Teresa is President of UnderLings, is on the OSU Student-Alumni Council, and is involved in local theater productions.

Loving her high school Spanish class so much, Teresa read a college brochure about a Spanish and linguistics interdisciplinary program and decided to look into it. She gave linguistics a try, and found out it was the perfect match for her!

Teresa just returned from a summer in Washington, DC interning at the Center for Applied Linguistics, developing curriculum for a dialect awareness program for first-year English composition courses. She was with the John Glenn Institute’s Washington Academic Internship Program, with 20 other Ohio State students, and lived just 5 minutes from the Kennedy Center and Watergate, and 10 minutes from Georgetown.

In her spare time, what there is of it, Teresa enjoys TV on DVD, musicals, bargain shopping, and reading. Some of her favorites are: The Red Tent, Iron Jawed Angels, Love Actually, Aida, Ethiopian food, folk music from the 60s/70s, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Joanna Anderson
Joanna Anderson, the newest addition to the OSU Linguistics main office, is from rural central “Ohia”. She received two B.A.s from OSU in English Literature and History. Joanna has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Research is something that Joanna is passionate about and she also works part-time as Coordinator of Reference Services at Columbus State Community College in the evenings and on weekends.

At home, Joanna has a 12 year old daughter, Moira, two cats and a gecko. In the community, she volunteers for recycling pickup at Comfest every year and with the Upper Scioto River Watershed Project. Joanna loves to backpack, go hiking and fishing, as well as try new recipes, but she is known for her Guinness Stew. A few of Joanna’s favorites are: The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse, anything by Charles Bukowski, the movies Dr. Strangelove and The Elephant Man, bluegrass and Baroque music. Her favorite songs ever are Suite Judy Blue Eyes and Sugar Magnolia.


The Psycholinguistics Laboratory

A few of the Psycholinguistics Researchers

Eun Jong Kong, Jeonghwa Shin, Xu Lei, Ross Metusalem, Anouschka Bergmann, and Laurie Maynell

The Psycholinguistics Lab in OSU Linguistics consists of a group of dedicated researchers, students and technical staff, and is headed by Shari Speer (Professor) and Kiwako Ito (Research Scientist). Members of the lab share interests in a broad range of issues in sentence/discourse processing, and discuss each ongoing project actively inside and outside the regular lab meetings. Each member of the lab benefits from constant feedback from the others throughout the development of study. As a result, the lab is generating a large amount of collaborative research. The Psycholinguistics Lab is equipped with two eye tracking systems (ASL 6000 & Tobii 1750). The ASL eye tracking system incorporates the detection of head rotations for tracking the eye movements of participants, and thus allows experiments involving real-world objects (that participants can touch and move) as well as monitor-based visual search tasks. The Tobii eye tracking system is based on simultaneous detection of the location of two pupils and is set up for monitor-based experiments. The short calibration time on the Tobii system makes it especially useful for examining children's eye movements. The lab also has three soundproof booths with computers for recording voice responses and button/key responses. Each soundproof booth has a high-quality microphone and preamplifier which allows collection of high-quality voice data for production studies. Most of the ongoing experiments use Eprime software for the presentation of stimuli.

In Recognition
  • Undergraduate Linguistics major Victoria Cook was awarded the 2008 Elizabeth Kiss Amstutz Scholarship for excellence from the College of Humanities.
  • Faculty member Cynthia Clopper, was one of five recipients of this year's Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Awards, presented to her at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.
  • Anouschka Bergmann

    Anouschka Bergmann is awarded Graduate Teaching Award by Associate Dean Elliot Slotnick.

  • Ilse Lehiste, Professor Emeritus, was elected to the The Estonian Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Member of the Academy. She has also been Foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences for some ten years (since 1998), and a Fellow the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1990.
  • Undergraduates John Pate and Teresa Pratt were awarded summer fellowships from the OSU Undergraduate Research Office.
  • Undergraduates Sean Bussell and Elizabeth Tatz are 2008 Study Abroad Scholarship winners. Sean was awarded The Robert and Mary Reusche Scholarship for Study Abroad and Elizabeth is receiving The Humanities Alumni Scholarship.
  • Graduate student Marivic Lesho was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowship to study Filipino at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute this summer in Wisconsin.
  • Steve Boxwell, graduate student, was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Study Fellowship for 2008-2009 to study Arabic.
  • Cory Shain, John Pate, and Sarah Bybik are the Department's newest BA/MA students.
  • Kathleen Hall, graduate student, won both the G. Michael Riley International Award and a National Science Foundation-sponsored travel award to present at the Laboratory Phonology Conference in New Zealand this summer.
  • Graduate Students Julia Papke and Helena Riha successfully passed their Candidacy Exams.

  • Faculty member, Brian Joseph, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Patras, Greece.

  • Recently graduated BA/MA student Ross Metusalem was awarded a College of Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant to present "The Role of L+H* Pitch Accent in Discourse Construction," at the Fourth Speech Prosody conference in Campinas, Brazil, held May 6-9, 2008.
  • Professor Emeritus David Dowty and Faculty members Judith Tonhauser and Craige Roberts were invited to be members of the editorial board of the new open access journal Semantics and Pragmatics.

  • Some Presentations and Publications by Current Members of the Department

    Graduate Students and Scholars

  • Graduate students, Kirk Baker and Helen Riha gave a presentation at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference (AACL 2008) Provo, Utah March 2008 and another one at the 20th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-20) OSU, April 2008.
  • Stephen Boxwell and Michael White. (2008). "Projecting Propbank Roles onto the CCGbank." To appear in Proc. of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-08).
  • Dominic Espinosa, Michael White and Dennis Mehay. (2008). "Hypertagging: Supertagging for Surface Realization with CCG." To appear in Proc. of the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (ACL-08: HLT).
  • Kiwako Ito:
    • Ito, K. & Speer, S. (2008). “Predictive use of contrastive intonation in visual search: Intersective color vs. subsective scalar adjectives.” Poster presented at the 21th Annual CUNY Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
    • Metusalem, R. & Ito, K. (2008). “The Effect of Contrastive Accent in Discourse Construction.” Poster presented at the 21th Annual CUNY Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
    • D. Byron, D. Shockley, S. Brown-Schmidt, K. Ito, & S. Speer. (2008). “Effects of Non-linear Discourse structure on Interpreting Ambiguous Noun Phrases.” Poster presented to the 21th Annual CUNY Conference, Chapel Hill, NC (March 2008).
    • N. Jincho, K. Ito, N. Yamane, U. Minai, & R. Mazuka. (2008). “Effects of visual contrast in pre-nominal modifier phrase comprehension in Japanese: an eye tracking experiment with children and adults.” Poster presented to the 21th Annual CUNY Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Yusuke Kubota. (2007). "The scope interpretation of complex predicates in Japanese: A unified lexicalist analysis." Journal of Linguistics 43(3), 489--530.
  • Faculty Members

  • Mary Beckman:
    • Gooden, S., Drayton, K.-A., & Beckman, M. E. (in review). “Tone inventories and tune-text alignments.” Studies in Language.
    • Edwards, J., & Beckman, M. E. (in press, 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.
    • M. E. Beckman, K. Hall & F. Li presented “Sibilant fricatives in Japanese and English: Different in production or perception?” 2008 Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, IL. (With Benjamin Munson and Kioyoko Yoneyama.)
  • Chris Brew:
    • I Heintz & C Brew. (Accepted, 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. (2007). “Accent, (ING) and the social logic of listener perceptions".” American Speech 82(1):32-64.
    • 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. (PI) (in review). “Development of Sociolinguistic Competence.” National Institutes of Health (NICHD) R03 Research Grant.
    • Clopper, C. G. (in press). “Auditory free classification: Methods and analysis.” Behavior Research Methods.
    • Clopper, C. G., & Bradlow, A. R. (in press). “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 W. and S. Winker. (in review). "English focus inversion constructions." Journal of Linguistics.
    • Culicover, Peter W. (in review). “The birth and death of constructions: the case of English dosupport.” Journal of Linguistics.
  • Beth Hume:
    • 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.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. "Expectation and its Role in Phonologization and Language Change." Paper presented at the Symposium on Phonologization. University of Chicago. April 25-26, 2008.
    • Hume, Elizabeth, Jennifer Venditti, Alexandra Vella and Samantha Gett. (in press). "Vowel Duration and Maltese ‘gh’." To appear in IlSienna: Journal of the International Association for Maltese Linguistics.
  • Brian Joseph:
    • Joseph, B. (2008). "Authorship Provenance in Language – An increasingly international scope" (with Hope C. Dawson). Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the North American Association of the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), Chicago, January 5, 2008.
    • 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.
    • Odden, D. and Marlo, M. (2007). “The exponence of TAM in Bakweri. Bantu in Bloomsbury: Special issue on Bantu linguistics.” SOAS WPIL 15: 19-31.
    • Odden, D. (2007). “Features impinging on tone.” paper presented at The Phonological Basis of Phonological Features, University of Tromsø, Sept. 28-29.
  • 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. (2007). “Nonlocal dependencies via variable contexts.” In R.Muskens, ed., Proceedings of the Workshop on New Directions in Type-Theoretic Grammar. ESSLLI 2007, Dublin.
    • 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:
    • Roberts, C. (to appear). “Only: Presupposition and Implicature.”in Journal of Semantics.
  • Shari Speer:
    • 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.
    • Speer, S.R. & Blodgett, A. (2007). “Prosody in language processing.” In M. Traxler & M. Gernsbacher (Eds.), Handbook of Psycholinguistic Research, 2nd Edition. Elsevier.
  • Judith Tonhauser:
    • Tonhauser, J. (to appear). “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, 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).
    • Vasile Rus, Arthur C. Graesser, Amanda Stent, Marilyn Walker and Michael White. (2007). Text-to-Text Generation. In Report from the Workshop on Shared Tasks and Comparative Evaluation in Natural Language Generation.
  • Don Winford:
    • Winford, D. and B. Migge. (2007). “The influence of Gbe languages on the tense/aspect systems of the Surinamese creoles” B. Migge and N. Smith (eds.). Transatlantic Sprachbund? Special issue of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Vol. 22.
  • Recent Events

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

    October 26, 2007-October 28, 2007 Mid Continental Workshop on Phonology (MCWOP)

    December 6, 2007-December 8, 2007 Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Code-Switching

    January 21, 2008 MLK Day Workshop on American Indian Linguistics

    February 9, 2008 Into the Field: Workshop on Fieldwork

    February 18, 2008 The Meaning of the English Definite Article College of Humanities 2007-2008 Inaugural Lecture Series presents "The Meaning of the English Definite Article" by Professor Craige Roberts, Department of Linguistics

    March 27, 2008 Emmon Bach: Lecture Series on Morphosemantics

    April 10, 2008 K. David Harrison, Swarthmore College: Knowledge of Species and Eco-systems in Endangered Languages

    April 10, 2008 The Linguists (Sundance Film Festival) featuring linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson

    April 25, 2008 Language Planning in the Yugoslav Successor States: New Languages and Old Controversies: Robert Greenberg, University of New Haven and Yale University

    April 26, 2008 NACCL-20: The 20th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

    May 9, 2008 CogFest:Interactions between Social and Linguistic Sources of Variability in Speech Processing.

    June 12-June 14, 2008 INLG 2008. 5th Annual International Natural Language Generation Meeting. Salt Fork, Ohio.

    June 15-June 20, 2008 The 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies


    July 10-July 13, 2008 Linguistics Society of America Summer Meeting: Language as interface

    LSA Poster Presenters
    Party at Beth's Home

    July 14-July 18, 2008 The Ohio State University 2008 Linguistics Mini-Institute

    Mini Institute Participants
    Closing Reception for the Mini-Institute

    Upcoming Events

    Consider joining us for one (or more) of the exciting events taking place at OSU in 2008 and 2009. Events are always being added, so please check the Department Calendar

    Friday - September 26, 2008 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm John Goldsmith: Invited Speaker Lectures
    Location: 122 Oxley Hall

    Saturday - October 4, 2008 Buckeye Language Network Fall Symposium
    Location: TBA

    Saturday - October 18, 2008 In Search of Meaning in the Midwest
    Location: TBA

    Friday - January 16, 2009 - 3:30 pm Maria Bittner
    Location: Oxley 122

    Monday - January 19, 2009 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Biology-Linguistics Nexus: MLK 2009 Workshop
    Location: 155 Jennings Hall

    Friday - April 3, 2009 SALT: Semantics Conference
    Location: TBA

    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.

    Mike Cahill '99, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington:

    • Cahill, Mike. (2008). "Konni Vowel Feature Spread across Consonants." To appear in Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
    • Cahill, Mike. (2007). Aspects of the Morphology and Phonology of Konni. Dallas: SIL International, Published PhD dissertation.
    • Cahill, Mike. (2007). "More Universals of Tone." SIL Electronic Working Papers 2007.

    Kevin Cohen '96, Biomedical Text Mining Group Lead:

    • K. Bretonnel Cohen and Lawrence Hunter. (2008) "Getting started in text mining." PLoS Computational Biology 4(1).
    • Lawrence Hunter, Zhiyong Lu, James Firby, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Helen L. Johnson, Philip V. Ogren, and K. Bretonnel Cohen. (2008) "OpenDMAP: An open-source, ontology-driven concept analysis engine, with applications to capturing knowledge regarding protein transport, protein interactions and cell-specific gene expression." BMC Bioinformatics 9(78).
    • J. Gregory Caporaso, Nita Deshpande, J. Lynn Fink, Philip E. Bourne, K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Lawrence Hunter. (2008) "Intrinsic evaluation of text mining tools may not predict performance on realistic tasks." Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 13:640-651.
    • William A. Baumgartner Jr., K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Lawrence Hunter. (2008). "An open-source framework for large-scale, flexible evaluation of biomedical text mining systems." Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration 3:1.
    • Pierre Zweigenbaum, Dina Demner-Fushman, Hong Yu, and Kevin B. Cohen. (2007). "Frontiers of biomedical text mining: current progress." Briefings in Bioinformatics 8:358-375.
    • John P. Pestian, Chris Brew, Pawel Matykiewicz, DJ Hovermale, Neil Johnson, K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Wlodzislaw Duch. (2007). "A shared task involving multi-label classification of clinical free text." BioNLP 2007: Biological, translational, and clinical language processing, pp. 97-104.
    • William A. Baumgartner Jr., K. Bretonnel Cohen, Lynne Fox, George Acquaah-Mensah, and Lawrence Hunter. (2007). "Manual annotation is not sufficient for curating genomic databases." Bioinformatics 23:i41-i48.
    • J. Gregory Caporaso, William A. Baumgartner Jr., David A. Randolph, K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Lawrence Hunter. (2007). "Developing high-performance information extraction systems by bootstrapping automatic regular expression generation." Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 5(6):1233-1259.
    • Helen L. Johnson, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Martin Krallinger, K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Lawrence Hunter. (2007). "Corpus refactoring: a feasibility study." Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration 2:4.

    Sara Garnes '74, is now an Associate Professor Emeritus in English at OSU.

    Keith Johnson' 88, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley:

    • Johnson, K. (2008). Quantitative Methods in Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

    Sarah L. Johnson '92, Associate Professor / Reference Librarian, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University:

    • Johnson, Sarah L. (2005). Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

    Fangfang Li (expected '08) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta beginning January 2009.

    Jeff Mielke '04, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa:

    • Mielke, Jeff. (2008). The Emergence of Distinctive Features. Oxford University Press.

    Jennifer Muller '02, Department of Defense:

    • Congratulations to Jennifer Muller '02 and husband Dan Humphries on the birth of their daughter, Juliana born February 20,2008.
    • Muller
      Jen before. . .
      and Juliana after!

    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.
    • Paster, Mary. (2007). "Aspects of Maay phonology and morphology." Studies in African Linguistics 35.1,: 73-120.
    • Paster, Mary. (2008). "Phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy: Cross-linguistic results and theoretical consequences." To appear in Bernard Tranel, ed., Understanding Allomorphy: Perspectives from OT. Advances in Optimality Theory. London: Equinox.
    • Katharine Dutcher and Mary Paster. “Contour tone distribution in Luganda.” Paper presented at the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, UCLA, California (16-18 May 2008).
    • Laura McPherson and Mary Paster. “Evidence for the Mirror Principle and morphological templates in Luganda affix ordering.” Paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Georgia, Georgia (17-20 April 2008).
    • Paster, Mary. “Optional Multiple Plural Marking in Maay.” Paper presented at the 13th International Morphology Meeting, Vienna, Austria, (3-6 February 2008).
    • Paster, Mary. “Phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy: Cross-linguistic results and theoretical implications.” Paper presented at the 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, Lancashire, UK (24-26 May 2007).
    • Jade Comfort and Mary Paster. “A grammatical sketch of Maay.” Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (22-25 March 2007).

    Kyle Roberts '05, Chinese Linguist, National Security Agency:

    • Kyle Roberts won the Commandant’s Award for Excellence in Language, achievement in Chinese Studies, including an Army Achievement Medal; Joint Forces Achievement Medal.

    Rachel Schaffer' 82, Professor of English, Montana State University:

    • Nominated for the 2007 Montana State University, Billings Leadership Recognition Award for Outstanding Advisor of the Year as advisor of Sigma Tau Delta, the MSU-Billings branch of the international English honor society.
    • Recognition from Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, for 20 years of service as sponsor of the Mu Sigma chapter of MSU Billings, at the annual convention (Spring 2008).
    • Faculty Excellence Award from Montana State University, Billings (2008).
    • Schaffer, Rachel. (2007). “V. I. Talks Back: Sara Paretsky’s Unlikable Characters as Foes and Foils.” Clues: A Journal of Detection, special Sara Paretsky issue, 25.2: 31-42.
    • Schaffer, R. “At Play in the Fields of the Fforde: Thursday Next and the Metafictional Mysteries of BookWorld.” Presentation at the Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, San Francisco, CA (19-22 March 2008).
    • Schaffer, R. (2008). “Everyday Heroes: Minette Walters’ Women of Valor.” To appear in, M. Hadley and S. Fogle, eds., Minette Walters and the Meaning of Justice, an anthology on British crime writer Minette Walters.

    Jennifer Venditti '00, Communication Disorders and Sciences (Speech Pathology), San Jose State Univ.:

    • Congradulations to Jennifer Venditti and husband on the birth of their son, Jamie Christian, born December 24th, 2007!
    • Jamie and Julian
      Jamie and Julian
      Big brother Julian is very proud!

    Stephen Winters (aka swinters) '03 has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Calgary beginning Fall 2008.

    On the Lighter Side. . . .

    In May the faculty, staff, and graduate students of the Department gathered at Julie McGory’s house for an early Summer Cookout. Julie and Bob Levine were grill masters and all of the food was delicious.

    Hannele Nicholson (lecturer), Anouschka Bergmann (grad student), and Jeonghwa Shin (grad student).

    Julie McGory (Ugrad Program Coordinator)
    A fine Grill Master

    In June we had the Undergraduate Party. Undergraduates in Linguistics, Graduate Students and Faculty mingled and ate Adriatico’s Pizza. YUMMY!


    Robin MacQueen (ugrad) and Monica Sharma (ugrad)

    Other Fun Stuff!

    Graduate Students Kathleen Currie Hall and Dahee Kim and Professor Beth Hume
    en route to MOT Phonology Workshop in Montreal, March '08


                     Peter Culicover
                   Master Chocolate Maker

    More Chocolate Makers!
    Professor Mike White with Ezri and Caleb

    Elizabeth Smith (Grad Student), Judith Tonhauser (Professor), and Laura Stoia
    (Grad Student, CSE) show their Buckeye spirit. Go Bucks!

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