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Department Newsletter, Issue 5, Spring 2010


Greetings from the Linguistics Department

Yes, indeed. Another academic year has flown by! Once again, it has been a very eventful year and we hope that you'll enjoy learning about some of the events in this, the 4th issue of the department newsletter. Some of the highlights include: a symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sociolinguistic Meaning, a Workshop on Surinamese Creoles, the 17th Balkan and South Slavic Conference, the 3rd Annual Buckeye Language Network Symposium, and a Conference on Linguistic Pedagogy. The department has also been busy planning for the upcoming conversion from quarters to semesters, which takes effect fall quarter, I mean semester, of 2012 (that's going to take some getting used to!).

As you read about all the wonderful happenings, I hope you will consider showing us your support with a donation to the Department. 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. I hope that we will be able to count on your commitment to the Department for this coming year. See below for more information or the igive icon on the newsletter sidebar.

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Beth Hume, Chair


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Spotlights: People

Spotlight: Alumni

Maureen, Finn, and Rex

Rex Wallace, Professor of Historical and Comparative Linguistics, in the Classics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduated from OSU in 1984. His dissertation title was: "The Sabellian Language". He was Brian Joseph's first advisee! Rex earned a B.A. in Latin and an MA in Classical languages from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Right after graduating from OSU, Rex spent a year as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, then landed a job at UMass, Amherst, where he's been for the past 25 years.

Rex grew up in central Nebraska; his parents and brothers still live in North Platte, NE. It was Rex's high school Latin teacher, Dennis Thacker, who got him excited about ancient languages. This was his 'springboard' into linguistics. At OSU, Rex took an introduction to linguistics course with Arnold Zwicky that blew him away. Rex believes Professor Zwicky is an incredibly gifted teacher.

Rex and his wife, Maureen Ryan, met playing softball at OSU. They have been married for 2 years but have been together for 27. Maureen, another OSU Ph.D. alum, is a professor of Classics at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Maureen had three children when they met. Her oldest son Keary, is a math teacher in Bexley. He earned his MA in math at OSU. Their youngest son, James, is now a graduate student in Landscape architecture at OSU. (Rex wouldn't want to forget his other OSU connections!) Their daughter, Megan, teaches French and Spanish at the Browning school in New York City. His most exciting news is that Rex and Maureen are grandparents! Little Finn Francis Yorke was born to proud parents Megan and Alan Yorke a little less than two years ago. Now that he's talking, Rex finds Finn an extra hoot to be around.

Rex's favorite movie of all-time is Demolition Man because of its great acting and superb writing. It was Brian who recommended this classic to him! Rex likes to play tennis, run and do a bit of gardening. AND he loves his music. He is all over the place when it comes to music. Right now Rex is listening to the big band sounds of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and is addicted to the music of Radiohead and Tom Verlaine. Turtle Island Quartet's 'A Love Supreme' (the music of John Coltrane) is also high on his list right now. When they find the time, Rex and Maureen support Habitat for Humanity.

The past few summers Rex has been in Murlo, Italy working on Etruscan inscriptions recovered from an Etruscan excavation called Poggio Civitate. He found the area gorgeous, the people fantastic and the food, Italian at its best. Rex just finished a book project entitled Zikh Rasna: A manual of the Etruscan Language and Inscriptions. He is now collaborating on a project on language and literacy in 7th century BCE Etruria with Anthony Tuck (UMass-Amherst). They will be giving a presentation this coming September at a conference on 'Literacy in Etruria' hosted by the University of London. Finally, he was selected to serve as an AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) national lecturer for the 2009-2010 season. It gives him a chance to show archaeologists and those interested in archaeology how valuable linguistics is. For Rex, being selected was kind of a big deal; he isn't sure how many linguists have been selected in the past, but he bets it isn't too many.

Spotlight: Faculty

Don Winford

Don Winford, Professor of Linguistics, grew up in San Fernando, Trinidad. Don came to the department 22 years ago, in September of 1988. He completed his undergrad work at King's College, University of London, majoring in English (1st class honors). Don received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of York, UK. Don became interested in linguistics after being exposed to it as an undergraduate, and realizing that the dialect of English he spoke was different and undervalued. The bias against all things 'colonial' in England at the time made him more determined to study Trinidadian English and write about its history and importance as a badge of identity for Trinidadians.

Don grew up in Trinidad with a very large family. He has a surrogate family in Columbus, that includes 2 girls, ages 2 and 5, who think they're his grandad, but call him "Don" anyhow! He is part of the Big Brother/Little Brother Program and has been a Big Brother for 20 years. His first Little Brother just graduated with a degree in IT and his second is now 19, but is still a work in progress.

For leisure time, Don likes to watch movies and on a rare occasion, eat out. Trinidadian curried chicken is his absolute favorite dish; otherwise, he enjoys Mexican food at El Vaquero. When listening to music, Don alternates between Sunny 95 and WOSU; the former because soft rock was the music of his teens, the latter, to relieve stress. He doesn't really have a favorite song, but he kinda likes Elton John's "Someone saved my life tonight", but don't read anything into that! Don likes some of the old Indian pop songs, by Mukesh in particular, or folk songs by Pradeep. His favorite place to do fieldwork is Belize. Don loves the place and the people; he believes they are friendliest in the Caribbean.

Spotlight: Staff

Hope Dawson

Hope Dawson, the department's amazing TA Coordinator, has an MA and PhD from our department. She received her BA from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA (northwest of Pittsburgh). Hope took Latin from 2nd-10th grades, which is when she first got interested in languages. In 11th and 12th grade, she took Attic Greek; her teacher had his Masters in Linguistics from Georgetown, so he taught somewhat from that perspective (e.g. laying out and describing how to produce the sounds in an IPA-like format). Hope knew that she was interested in language(s) generally when she went to college, and then realized that she liked linguistics when she took her first introduction to linguistics class.

Hope moved to Stratford, NJ, when she was 5. Stratford is in South Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia (just about 7 miles from the city). Hope has a very large family with three sisters (Faith, Charity, and Angel), two brothers (Martin and John), and eight nieces and nephews, with number nine born this summer. They all live in South Jersey.

Hope is a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Pataskala, OH. When Hope isn't in the department, she likes to read and spend time with friends and family. She also likes a lot of the classics when it come to books, movies, music, and food, and then lots of random, somewhat eclectic stuff. Her favorite book is the Bible, and her favorite piece of music (she thinks) is Handel's "Messiah". Linguistics has taken Hope to Greece (Lesbos and Athens) and Vienna.

Spotlight: Graduate Students

Marivic Lesho

Marivic Lesho, winner of the Dr. Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Scholarship and the one of Department's Targeted Investment in Excellence Fellowships, is in her fourth year with the department. From the funds of her scholarship, Marivic will be conducting research in Cavite, Philippines.

Marivic did her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), double majoring in Linguistics and Spanish. Marivic was an anthropology major for two years and wanted to be an archaeologist, but she realized that the linguistic anthropology classes were her favorite and switched. So far Marivic has done fieldwork in exotic Atlantic City and San Diego and attended a conference in Puerto Rico.

Marivic has always been interested in different languages and cultures because she grew up in Arizona with Spanish speaking friends, and her mom speaks two Filipino languages (Kapampangan and Tagalog). Marivic spoke Kapampangan when she was little, but stopped using it after her family moved back from the Philippines to the U.S.

Marivic and her family moved a lot when she was younger because her dad was in the Air Force. She was born in Albuquerque but later lived in the Philippines, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia. Her dad is actually from Akron but Marivic never lived in Ohio until grad school.

In her leisure time, Marivic loves to cook and bake. She also likes knitting, gardening and eating sushi, Cuban food, Indian food, Filipino adobo and lechon. Her favorite authors are Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Nabakov, Jumpha Lahiri, William Carlos Williams, Madeleine L'Engle, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; her favorite movies are Before Night Falls, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver, Kill Bill, Annie Hall, Mean Girls, The Life Aquatic; and her favorite music includes Feist, M.I.A., La Mala Rodriguez, Wilco, and old country music.

Spotlight: Pre-doctoral Students

Sarah Bibyk

Sarah Bibyk, a Linguistics BA/MA student, graduated at the end of Spring quarter and is starting her PhD at Rochester this coming Fall. Sarah became interested in Linguistics after she took several courses as part of her GEC requirements at OSU. (Must have been the fantastic teachers!) The coolest place Linguistics has taken her to is Barcelona, Spain for the 2009 AMLaP conference.

Sarah grew up in Columbus and has one younger brother. She had three jobs on campus: Fisher College of Business as a computer lab proctor, the Developmental Language and Cognition Lab in Psychology as an assistant lab manager, and the Psycholinguistics Lab in Linguistics as a transcriber for various studies. In her spare time, , Sarah spends time with her boyfriend and is involved in the student group, The Council for the Medieval and Renaissance Faire, which organizes the Faire held on Ohio State's South Oval every year.

Her hobbies include drawing, bead weaving, and martial arts. Her favorite books are Dune and Lord of the Rings. Kill Bill and Princess Mononoke are Sarah's favorite movies and she enjoys Indian and Italian food, as well as any music except Rap and Pop Country.

Spotlight on Teaching

Language and the Black Experience: Service Learning through tutoring of Elementary School African American children. (Ling/AAAS/English 505).

This service-learning version of Linguistics 505 combines the study of language and culture in the African American community, with service in a particular community setting, Weinland Park Elementary School located in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Don Winford offered the course for the first time in Spring 2010. The main focus of the course is on the investigation of the varieties of English used by African-Americans in the United States, and the general relationship between language and social organization in the African-American community. Students examine the history, structure, and use of African American English (AAE), and the role it plays in the culture of African Americans. Students will also consider ideologies regarding the use of AAE, especially as they relate to social opportunity and disadvantage in education and other areas of social life. The classroom component of the course provides students with background knowledge and preparation to guide them in the service learning component of the course, which involves the tutoring of students at Weinland Park Elementary School. The tutoring experience is meant to enhance students' understanding of African American language and culture by giving them direct experience with language use and literacy development in African American elementary school children.

In Recognition
  • Congratulations to graduate students David Durian and Chris Worth for winning the Student Teaching Awards!

  • Chris Worth

    Chris receiving his award
    David Durian

    David and his award
  • Two of our main office assistants, Dawn Makiewicz and MarDez Desmond, graduated Spring quarter and are off to greener pastures. We will miss their smiling faces at the main desk!

  • MarDez and Dawn

    MarDez and Dawn

  • Congrats to graduate student Jeff Holliday who has been awarded an NSF dissertation grant.

  • Graduate student Jungmee Lee was awarded a Presidential Fellowship.

  • BA/MA student Sarah Bibyk will begin her PhD in Brain & Behavioral Science at Rochester in the fall.

  • Congrats to faculty members Peter Culicover and Brian Joseph for being chosen as Fellows of the Linguistic Society of America, named January 8, 2010.

  • Brian Joseph was also awarded a Research Enhancement Grant, College of the Arts and Humanities ($1200). This project funded the Conference on Linguistic Pedagogy (January 2010). With Andrea Sims (Slavic), he was also awarded a Research and Creative Activity Grant ($5000) for the College of the Arts and Humanities. This project funded the 17th Balkan and South Slavic Conference (April 2010).

  • Felicitations to department research scientist Kiwako Ito on the birth of her son Marco Kai Gasparini-Ito on July 3. He arrived 12 days earlier than expected, but in good health (8 lbs, 21 ins!!!). So far, Marco is coping pretty well with the tri-lingual celebration (Italian, Japanese, and English).

  • Marco

    Marco Kai Gasparini-Ito

  • Graduate student Christin Wilson was awarded an Arts & Humanities Post-Prospectus Research Award.

  • Undergraduate Kristen Scudieri has been awarded an Arts & Sciences Research Scholarship.

  • Congratulations to faculty member Kathryn Campbell-Kibler and her husband David Mortman on the birth of their son, Jesse, on March 17, 2010. A brother for Seth!

  • Jesse


  • Undergraduate Samantha Gett has been awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. She will be starting her PhD at Northwestern in the fall.

  • Shari Speer has been on Faculty Professional Leave, visiting at the University of Potsdam. She gave a talk, "Anticipatory use of intonation: Eye movement evidence from adults and children, natural and synthetic speech," and developed some new research plans. Shari also visited her former PhD advisee and alum, Shravan Vasishth '02, Dr. Professor of Psycholinguistics & Neurolinguistics in the Department of Linguistics. He has a terrific new lab with ERP, eyetracking, and traditional psycholinguistics apparatus, and a crew of interesting and creative PhD students.

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    Shravan and Shari's daughter, Claire Shank, second-hand clothes shopping in Berlin

  • Congratulations to undergraduate linguistics students, Kevin Gabbard, Sarah Bibyk and Chanelle Mays, who were each awarded an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship!

  • Graduate student Elizabeth Smith was recently hired as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University's Department of Linguistics.

  • Graduate student Salena Sampson has accepted a faculty position at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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    Daniel Ferguson
  • Graduate student Jungmee Lee was awarded $1,000 for the 2009 David Dowty Travel Award for travel to attend SALT in Vancouver, BC in April 2010.

  • Congrats to Ilana Heintz and Robin Dautricourt for receiving their PhDs this quarter and to Anouschka Bergmann and Sarah Bibyk for receiving their MA degrees.

  • Undergraduate Daniel Ferguson, a triple major in Linguistics, German, and Theater has been awarded a Fulbright to teach in Graz, Germany.

  • 2010 Denman Participants

    The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum was held on May 12, 2010 and Linguistics was well represented! The Forum was created in 1996 and is a cooperative effort of The Ohio State University's Honors & Scholars Center, The Undergraduate Research Office, and The Office of Research. The Forum is an opportunity to showcase outstanding student research and encourage all undergraduates to participate in research as a value-added element of their education.

    Hartman Brawley (Advisor, Laura Wagner, Psychology):
    "Thinking about Speaking vs. Thinking about Doing."

    Andrew DeLong (Advisor, Lawrence Feth, Speech & Hearing Sciences):
    "Acoustical Characteristics of Ohio State University Classrooms."

    Kevin Gabbard (Advisor, David Odden, Linguistics):
    "Somali Phonology: Trans-Guttural Harmony."

    Nicole Holliday (Advisor, Donald Winford, Linguistics):
    "Why Speak Quechua?: A Study of Quechua/Spanish Language attitudes in Peru."

    Chanelle Mays (Advisor, Mary Beckman, Linguistics):
    "Gender Differences in English and Japanese 'S' vs. 'Sh'."

    Nicole Holliday
    Mary Beckman and Nicole Holliday
    Kevin Gabbard
    Kevin Gabbard
    Chanelle Mays
    Chanelle Mays
    Selected Presentations and Publications by Current Members of the Department

    Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Scholars

    • Katie Carmichael presented "Cajun English Features in Boudreaux and Thibodaux Jokes" at the South-Eastern Conference on Linguistics in Oxford, Mississippi, April, 13-15, 2010.

    • Kevin Gabbard presented a poster titled "Trans-guttural Harmony in Somali" at the Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium in Ithaca, New York, April 10-11, 2010.

    • Dahee Kim, along with Colin Widmer, Christine Szostak, and Mark Pitt (Psychology), presented "Word Segmentation of American English /s/ in Semi-spontaneous Speech" at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, April 19-23, 2010.

    • Jungmee Lee presented "A compositional analysis of the evidential meaning of -te in Korean" at LSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, January 7-10, 2010.

    • Lee, Jungmee. (to appear). "Evidentiality and temporality: A case study of Korean te." Colloque de syntaxe et sémantique à Paris (CSSP).

    • Marivic Lesho presented "A comparison of Chabacano, Central Philippine, and Spanish systems of modality" at The 40th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages at the University of Washington, Seattle, March 26, 2010 and also presented "Future and irrealis in Zamboangueno and Caviteno (Philippine Creole Spanish)" at the Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, April 24, 2010.

    • Vedrana Mihalicek, Lauren Ressue and Anastasia Smirnova (eds.). (2010). Formal Studies in Slavic Linguistics: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    • Jane Mitsch presented a paper titled "Toward a Comparison of Senegalese and Gambian Wolof" at the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics sponsored by Univeristy of Toronto and York University, on May 6-8, 2010 in Toronto.

    • Smirnova, Anastasia. (2010). "Cross-linguistic variation in the temporal domain: The meaning of the present tense in Bulgarian and Albanian.", Balkanistica 23, pp. 75-113.

    • Elizabeth Smith presented "Comparative Correlatives and Conditionality" at the Logical Methods for Discourse; INRIA Lorraine, LORIA: December 14, 2009.

    • Elizabeth Smith presented "Proportionality in Comparative Correlatives" at the Philosophy and Linguistics working group (PHLing), Northwestern University. December 4, 2009.

    • Na'im Tyson. (to appear). "Prosodic Rules for Schwa-Deletion in Hindi Text-to-Speech Synthesis." International Journal of Speech Technology.

    • Christin Wilson presented "'Sporadic Diphthongs' in Old Occitan: Dialect Borrowing, Spelling Variation, Kioneization, Analogy, Lexical Diffusion, or What?" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Michigan, May 13, 2010.

    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).
    • Beckman, M. E. (2009). "Growing structure, changing structure: Reflections on duality of patterning, and mechanisms for the emergence of paradigmatic and syntagmatic structure." Invited commentary on papers by Ann Senghas; Becky H. Huang; Brian D. Joseph; and Matthew T. Carlson & Chip Gerfen at Multiple Perspectives on the Critical Period for Language, Spring Symposium, Linguistics, Ohio State University: June, 5-6 2009.
    • 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.
    • Arbisi-Kelm, T., & Beckman, M. E. (2009). "Prosodic structure and consonant development across languages." In Marina Vigário, Sónia Frota, & Maria João Freitas (eds.) Interactions in phonetics and phonology. pp. 109-136. John Benjamins.
    • Heintz, I., Beckman, M. E., Fosler-Lussier, E., & Ménard, L. (2009). "Evaluating parameters for mapping adult vowels to imitative babbling." InterSpeech2009, 6-10 September 2009, University of Brighton.
    Kathryn Campbell-Kibler:
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2010). "Stylistic Clustering in sociolinguistic perception." Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in Baltimore, MD: January 7-10, 2010.
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2010). "Intersecting variables in evaluations of men's speech." New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference in Ottawa, Canada.
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2009). "The nature of sociolinguistic perception." Language Variation and Change. 21(1):135-156.
    • Campbell-Kibler, K. (2009). "Attitudes and Variation: What is the Attitude Object?" Poznan Linguistic Meeting in Gniezno, Poland.
    Cynthia Clopper:
    • Clopper, C. G. (in press). "Computational methods for normalizing acoustic vowel data for talker differences." Language and Linguistics Compass.
    • 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.
    • Clopper, C. G. (forthcoming). "Phonetic detail, linguistic experience, and the classification of regional language varieties in the United States." In D. R. Preston & N. Niedzielski (Eds.), Reader in Sociophonetics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Clopper, C. G., & Di Paolo, M. (forthcoming). "Checking for reliability." In M. Di Paolo & M. Yaeger-Dror (Eds.), Best Practices in Sociophonetics. London: Routledge.
    • Clopper, C. G., Hay, J., Plichta, B., & Di Paolo, M. (forthcoming). "Experimental speech perception and perceptual dialectology." In M. Di Paolo & M. Yaeger-Dror (Eds.), Best Practices in Sociophonetics.London: Routledge.
    Peter Culicover:
    • Culicover, Peter & Hume, Elizabeth. (2010). The Basics of Language for Language Learners. Columbus, OH: OSU Press.
    • Culicover, Peter W. (2009). "Simpler Syntax." In Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Hupp, Julie M., Sloutsky, Vladimir M., & Culicover, Peter W. (2009). "Evidence for a Domain General Mechanism Underlying Suffixation Preference in Language." Language and Cognitive Processes.
    • Culicover, Peter. "Symposium on Language and Memory. Linear order and informativity." Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam. July 31, 2009.
    • Culicover, Peter. "Linear order effects in computing grammatical dependencies." University of Tuebingen, Workshop on Focus and Constructions. July 25, 2009.
    • Culicover, Peter. "Linear order effects in computing grammatical dependencies." University of Mainz, July 20, 2009
    Beth Hume:
    • Hume, Elizabeth. In press. "Markedness." In M. van Oostendorp, C. Ewen, E. Hume and K. Rice (eds.), Companion to Phonology. Blackwell Publishing.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. In press. "Uncertainty and expectation in phonologization and language change." In A. Yu (ed.), Origins of Sound Patterns: Approaches to Phonologization. Oxford University Press.
    • Van Oostendorp, Marc, Colin Ewen, Elizabeth Hume and Keren Rice. In press. Companion to Phonology. Blackwell Publishing.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2010. "Information-driven Sound Patterns." Invited talk, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa. March 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth, Samantha Gett, Lark Hovey, Kristen Scudieri & Michael Spagnol. 2010. "Cues to Word-final Geminate Consonants in Maltese." Poster presentation at LabPhon 12, Albuquerque, NM. July 2010.
    • Culicover, Peter & Elizabeth Hume. 2010. Basics of Language for Language Learners. Columbus, OH: OSU Press.
    • Comrie, Bernard, Ray Fabri, Elizabeth Hume, Manwel Mifsud, Thomas Stolz and Martine Vanhove. 2009. Introducing Maltese Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2009. "Effects of Uncertainty and Expectation on Language Sound Systems." Invited speaker, Interlocution Conference. University of British Columbia, May, 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2009. "Information-based Phonology." Invited talk, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona. December 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2009. "Nonmonotonic effects of frequency: Implications for the role of information in language." Invited talk, Department of Linguistics,UC, San Diego. November, 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2009. "The Phonology of Uncertainty: Instability at the Extremes." Invited talk, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Paris. September 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth. 2009. "The Phonology of Uncertainty: Instability at the Extremes." Invited talk, GIPSA, University of Grenoble. September 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth & Jeff Mielke. 2009. "Ubiquitous and Parochial Phonological Features." Symposium on Features and Tones. Paris, June 18-19, 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth & Samantha Gett 2009. "Word-final geminate consonants in Maltese." International Conference on Maltese Linguistics, Bremen, Germany. September 2009.
    • Hume, Elizabeth, Jennifer Venditti, Alexandra Vella & Samantha Gett. 2009. "Vowel duration and Maltese 'gh'." Introducing Maltese Linguistics. John Benjamins.
    Brian Joseph:
    • Joseph, Brian. (2010). "Language convergence at the dialect level: Processes and factors in Balkan phonologies", invited paper presented at Workshop on Past and Present Processes of Dialect Convergence: Data and Methods, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, February, 2 2010.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2010). "Slavic Evidence Bearing on Some Recent Claims regarding Grammaticalization", invited paper presented at Conference on Slavic languages: Time and contingency, University of California, Berkeley, Feb. 12, 2010.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2010). "Getting more than we reckoned on in a proto-language: Variation in Proto-Indo-Iranian", Invited paper presented at Thirteenth Spring Workshop on Theory and Method in Linguistic Reconstruction, University of Michigan, April 11, 2010.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2010). "Spanish as a Balkan Language" Invited Plenary Address presented at OSUCHiLL (OSU Conference on Hispanic Languages and Linguistics), April 22, 2010.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2010). "On the Morphology of Deixis in Italic and Indo-European". Invited paper presented at Workshop on Deixis in Romance, University of Copenhagen, June 3, 2010.
    • Invited Guest Professor, GradEast Graduate School in Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, May 10-June 20, 2010.
    • Visiting Lecturer, International Summer School in Sociolinguistics (organized by GradEast Graduate School in Linguistics, University of Copenhagen), Copenhagen, June 3-4, 2010.
    • Invited Visiting Lecturer, Collaborative Research Centre on Multilingualism (Sonderforschungbereich Mehrsprachigkeit), University of Hamburg December 13-20,2009.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2009). "So just what is sound change anyway?", International Conference on Historical Linguistics Conference 19 in August at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2009). "Change in Gender Systems: Some Commentary." International Conference on Historical Linguistics Conference 19 in August at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
    • Joseph, Brian. (2009). The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A Study in Areal, General, and Historical Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Supplementary Series, 1983. Pp. 341 + xiv. Reissued in paperback.
    • Hock. Hans H. & Joseph, Brian. (2009). Language Change, Language History, and Language Relationship. An Introduction to Historical Linguistics. 2nd ed. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, in Trends in Linguistics - Studies and Monographs series, 1996. Pp. 608 + xxx.
    • Steven Franks, Vrinda Chidambaram, and Brian Joseph, eds. (2009). A Linguist's Linguist. Festschrift in Honor of Wayles Browne. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2009.
    Robert Levine
    • Levine, Robert. (2010). "The Ass Camouflage Construction: masks as parasitic heads." Language, vol.86.2.
    • Levine, Robert. (2010). "SGF coordination in English: light vs. heavy stylistic inversion and the status of pro." In Representations in Linguistics Theory, electronic volume published by The University of California/UC Santa Cruze Linguistics Research Center.
    • Levine, Robert. 2009. "Extraction in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar." The Linguistics Compass, Blackwell.
    • Levine, Robert. 2009. "Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar." Cambridge Encyclopædia of the Language Sciences.
    David Odden:
    • Odden, David. 2009. "Tachoni verbal tonology." Language Sciences 31: 305-324.
    • Odden, David. "Features impinging on tone." Symposium in Honor of G. Nick Clements, Paris June 18-19, 2009.
    • Odden, David. (2009). "The Moraic Analysis of Length and Laryngeal Alterations in North Saami." Toronto-Tromsø Phonology Workshop, University of Toronto: Oct 9-11, 2009.
    Carl Pollard:
    • Pollard, C. (To appear). "Remarks on Categorical Grammar." in Journal of Applied Logic.
    • Pollard, C. (in press). "Covert movement in logical grammar." In S. Pogodalla,M. Quatrini, and C. Retor'e, (eds), Logic and Grammar: Essays Presented to Alain Lecomte on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. LNCS/FOLLI.
    • 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. and S. Martin. (2009). "Enriching Contexts for Type=Theoretic Dynamics." Workshop on Logical Methods in Discourse, INRIA, Nancy: December 14-15, 2009.
    • De Groote, P., S. Pogodalla, and C. Pollard. (2009). "Convergent Grammar, Abstract Categorial Grammar, and the syntax-semantics interface." In Proceedings of the 16th Annual Workshop on Logic, Language, Information, and Computation (WoLLIC 2009): University of Tokyo. Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.
    • Kubota, Y. and C. Pollard. (2009). "Phonological interpretation into preordered algeras." Mathematics of Language 11: Bielefeld, Germany, August 2009.
    Craige Roberts:
    • Roberts, C. (to appear). "Only: Presupposition and Implicature." in Journal of Semantics.
    • Roberts, C. (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. (2010). "Retrievability and Definite Noun Phrases." Workshop on Semantics and Philosophy, University of Chicago: March 2010.
    • Roberts, C. (2010). "Retrievability and Ellipsis." Department of Linguistics Colloquium, University of Chicago: March, 2010.
    • Roberts, C. (2010). "Resolving Focus." Department of Linguistics Colloquium, University of Texas, Austin: February, 2010.
    • Roberts, C. (2009). "Retrievability: Discourse constraints on anaphora and the problem of incomplete descriptions." Invited keynote speaker, Workshop on anaphora, Philosophy Department, University of Michigan: April, 2009.
    • 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, Beaver, David, Simmons, Mandy and Tonhauser, Judith. (2009). "Projective Meaning." Invited keynote speaker, Workshop on Logical Methods for Discourse, CAuLD (construction Automatique de représentations Logiques du Discours), Université de Nancy, France: December 14-15.
    • Roberts, C. (2009). "Retrievability and Definite Noun Phrases." Department of Linguistics Colloquium, Michigan State University: December, 2009.
    Shari Speer:
    • Speer, S.R., Warren, P., & Schafer, A.J. (under revision). "Situationally independent prosody." Journal of Memory and Language.
    • Xu, L., & Speer, S. R. (under revision). "Processing lexical tone in third-tone sandhi." Laboratory Phonology 11.
    • 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:
    • Kiparsky, Paul and Judith Tonhauser. (to appear). "Semantics of inflection.", in Maienborn, C., K. von Heusinger and P. Portner (eds.) Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Lee, J. & Tonhauser, J. (under review). "Temporal interpretation without tense: Coordination constructions in Korean and Japanese."
    • Tonhauser, J. (to appear). "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. (to appear). "Nominal tense? The meaning of Guaraní nominal temporal markers." Language 83.4.
    • Kubota, Yusuke, Jungmee Lee, Anastasia Smirnova and Judith Tonhauser. (to appear). "Cross-linguistic variation in temporal adjunct clauses", in Cahier Chronos: Selected Proceedings of Chronos 8, Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi.
    • Beaver, David, Craige Roberts and Mandy Simons and Judith Tonhauser. (2010). "What projects and why?", Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 20, Vancouver, Canada: April 30 - May 1, 2010.
    • Clopper, Cynthia G. and Judith Tonhauser. (2010). "The prosodic coding of pragmatic focus in Paraguayan Guaraní", 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), University of Southern California: February 19-21, 2010.
    • Judith Tonhauser. (2009). "Is Paraguayan Guaraní a tenseless language?", in Proceedings of Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the Americas (SULA) 5, Amherst, MA: GLSA Publications.
    • Roberts, Craige, Mandy Simons, David Beaver and Judith Tonhauser. (2009). "Presupposition, conventional implicature, and beyond: A unified account of projection", In N. Klinedinst and D. Rothschild (eds.) Proceedings of New Directions in the Theory of Presupposition, ESSLLI, Toulouse.
    • Kubota, Yusuke, Jungmee Lee, Anastasia Smirnova and Judith Tonhauser. (2009). "On the crosslinguistic interpretation of embedded tenses." In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 13.
    • Tonhauser, Judith. (2009). "Exploring prosody and meaning in Paraguayan Guaraní", The XII Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium at Ohio State, with Cynthia Clopper: April 25, 2009.
    Michael White:
    • White, M. & Rajkumar, R. (2009). "Perceptron Reranking for CCG Realization." In Proc. 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). (poster)
    • Scott Martin, Rajakrishnan Rajkumar and Michael White. (2009) "Grammar Engineering for CCG using Ant and XSLT." In Proc. of the NAACL HLT 2009 Workshop on Software Engineering, Testing and Quality Assurance for Natural Language Processing (SETQA-NLP 2009). (poster)
    • White, Michael, Rajakrishnan Rajkumar, Kiwako Ito and Shari Speer. (2009). "Eye Tracking for the Online Evaluation of Prosody in Speech Synthesis: Not So Fast!" In Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH-09).
    Don Winford:
    • Winford, Donald. (2010). "Irish English in the context of Contact Linguistics." University College, Dublin: March 11, 2010.
    • Winford, Donald. (2010). "Sociolinguistic research and socially responsible linguistics." Buckeye Language Network 2009-10 symposium: January 29, 2010.
    • Winford, Donald. (2009). "On the unity of contact phenomena: The case for Imposition." Stanford University: Friday, November 20, 2009.
    • Arbisi-Kelm, T., & Beckman, M. E. (2009). "Prosodic structure and consonant development across languages." In Marina Vigário, Sónia Frota, & Maria João Freitas (eds.) Interactions in phonetics and phonology. pp. 109-136. John Benjamins.
    • Isurin, Ludmila, Winford, Donald & deBot, Kees, eds. (2009). Multidisciplinary Approaches to Code Switching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • Winford, Donald. (2009). "Process of creole formation and related contact-induced language change." Keynote speaker, Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. San Francisco: January 2009.
    Upcoming Events

    Events are always being added, so please check the Department Calendar at

    Friday - November 19, 2010 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Invited Lecture by Carmel O'Shannessy. Contact: Michael White at

    Friday - April 15, 2011 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Catherine Rudin (Wayne State College): Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture. Contact: Brian Joseph at

    Recent Events

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

    January 15, 2010 - Kirk Hazen (U of West Virginia Dialect Project): Annual Pedagogy Lecture.

    January 15-16, 2010 - Conference on Linguistic Pedagogy: 7th Annual MLK Day Symposium in Linguistics. Abstract.

    January 29, 2010 - Buckeye Language Network Symposium.

    February 4, 2010 - North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad: Contest for high-school students at OSU. Abstract.

    February 5, 2010 - Paul Portner (Georgetown University): Invited Lecture.

    March 3, 2010 - Peter Culicover, University Distinguished Lecture: "Grammar and Complexity: Language at the Intersection of Competence and Performance." Abstract.

    March 5, 2010 - Beth Hume: Faculty Research Series.

    April 9, 2010 - Careers in TESOL: Undergraduate Student Discussion.

    April 15, 2010 - 17th Balkan & South Slavic Conference

    April 16, 2010 - Eric P. Hamp (U of Chicago): Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture. "South Slavic and its Neighbors--Distant Past and Present."

    April 19, 2010 - Victor A. Friedman (U of Chicago): Annual Lecture in Honor of Linguistics Undergraduates. "The Balkan Wars and the Balkan Languages: Coexistence and Schizoglossia in Southeastern Europe."

    April 30, 2010 - Robert Levine: Faculty Research Series. "The ass camouflage construction: masks as parasitic heads."

    May 28, 2010 - Jason Baldridge (U of Texas at Austin): Invited Lecture.

    May 29, 2010 - Workshop on Surinamese Creoles. Abstract.

    June 4-5, 2010 - Spring Symposium: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sociolinguistic Meaning. Website.

    The Conference on Pedagogy, organized by Brian Joseph and Hope Dawson, was held on January 15th and 16th with attendees from around the country. Keynote speaker, Kirk Hazen (WVU), gave a stimulating talk about our values as linguists and ways to convey these values to our students. By all accounts, the conference was a resounding success!

    OSU Psycholinguists from EALL, Psychology, Linguistics, Slavic and Spanish & Portuguese met on Monday, January 18th to talk about how they might take advantage of the new ASC structure and the removal of barriers among colleges to enhance psycholinguistics at OSU.

    June 21-25, 2010 - LILT: Linguistics Institute for Language Teachers at The Ohio State University. Taught by Peter Culicover and Beth Hume.

    LILT 2010

    LILT is a weeklong summer program offered by the OSU Department of Linguistics and the School and Teaching and Learning designed specifically for teachers of foreign languages. The goal is to provide language teachers with greater linguistic awareness and understanding, with the ability to think critically about language, and with a deeper appreciation for all aspects of language and language study. Throughout the week, participants learned about the sounds of language, the grammatical structure of language, how language is used in social interaction, and central aspects of the psychology of first and second language learning and use.

    SLIYS '10 Basics of Language for Language Learners:

    Session 1: July 12 - 16
    Session 2: July 19 - 23

    SLIYS is a weeklong summer program for high school students organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. This summer's program focuses on giving participants the tools they need to become better foreign language students. Focus areas include the sounds of languages, the meaning and structure of words, writing systems, and ways that cultural differences are expressed in language.

  • Become familiar with how languages are similar and different in terms of their basic elements including sounds, words, and sentence structure.
  • Learn how to avoid typical mistakes that language learners make.
  • Learn interesting facts about languages, such as the ways culture and language interact to produce such phenomena as politeness and greetings.
  • Get helpful strategies for learning a language, including memory tips, brain training, and using a bilingual dictionary.
  • 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.

    Kevin Cohen '95: finished a PhD in computational linguistics from the University of Colorado and still had time to publish a number of research pieces.
    • K. Bretonnel Cohen, Christophe Roeder, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Lawrence Hunter, and Karin Verspoor. (accepted). "Test suite design for biomedical ontology concept recognition systems." Language Resources and Evaluation Conference.
    • K. Bretonnel Cohen. (2010). Biomedical text mining. Chapter 27 of Handbook of natural language processing, 2nd edition, Nitin Indurkhya and Fred J. Damerau, editors. Write me for uncorrected proofs.
    • Karin Verspoor, Christophe Roeder, Helen L. Johnson, K. Bretonnel Cohen, William A. Baumgartner Jr., and Lawrence Hunter. (accepted). "Exploring species-based strategies for gene normalization." Transactions in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
    • K. Bretonnel Cohen, Arrick Lanfranchi, William Corvey, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Christophe Roeder, Philip V. Ogren, Martha Palmer, and Lawrence Hunter. (2010). "Annotation of all coreference in biomedical text: Guideline selection and adaptation." BioTxtM 2010: 2nd workshop on building and evaluating resources for biomedical text mining, pp. 37-41.
    • K. Bretonnel Cohen, Karin Verspoor, Helen L. Johnson, Christophe Roeder, Philip V. Ogren, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Elizabeth White, Hannah Tipney, and Lawrence Hunter. (accepted). "High-precision biological event extraction: Effects of system and data." (preprint) Computational Intelligence.
    • Cartic Ramakrishnan, William A. Baumgartner Jr., Judith A. Blake, Gully A.P.C. Burns, K. Bretonnel Cohen, Harold Drabkin, Janan Eppig, Eduard Hovy, Chun-Nan Hsu, Lawrence E. Hunter, Tommy Ingulfsen, Hiroaki 'Rocky' Onda, Sandeep Pokkunuri, Ellen Riloff, Christophe Roeder, and Karin Verspoor. (2010). "Building the Scientific Knowledge Mine (SciKnowMine): A community-driven framework for text mining tools in direct service to biocuration." New challenges for NLP frameworks, pp. 9-14.
    Keith Johnson '88
    • Ladefoged, Peter and Keith Johnson. (2010). Course in Phonetics. Harcourt College Pub; 3rd edition.
    Soyoung Kang '07 would like everyone to know she's well and still living in Ottawa with husband WonJoon and son Jihwan, now 4 years old.

    Soyoung, Jihwan, and WonJoon

    Mary Paster '00:
    • Paster, Mary. (2010). "Optional multiple plural marking in Maay." Pp. 177-192 in Franz Rainer, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Dieter Kastovsky, and Hans Christian Luschützky, eds. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 310: Variation and Change in Morphology. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Paster, Mary. (2009). "Explaining phonological conditions on affixation: Evidence from suppletive allomorphy and affix ordering." Word Structure 2.1: 18-47.
    • McPherson, Laura and Mary Paster. (2009). "Evidence for the Mirror Principle and morphological templates in Luganda affix ordering." Pp. 56-66 in Akinloye Ojo and Lioba Moshi, eds. Selected Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, Massachusetts: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
    • Comfort, Jade and Mary Paster. (2009). "Notes on Lower Jubba Maay." Pp. 204-216 in Masangu Matondo, Fiona McLaughlin and Eric Potsdam, eds. Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, Massachusetts: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
    • Paster, Mary. (2009). "Review of Field Linguistics: A Beginner's Guide, by Terry Crowley." Linguistic Typology 12.3: 473-479.
    • Talks:
    • Paster, Mary. (2010). "The role of homophony avoidance in morphology: A case study from Mixtec." Paper presented at the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, UC Santa Barbara.
    • Nuchi, Elisha and Mary Paster. (2009). "An analysis of metaphony in Felechosa Asturian." Paper presented at the 17th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.
    • Paster, Mary. (2009). "The verbal morphology of Asante Twi." Paper presented at the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Illinois.
    • Paster, Mary. (2009). "Phonologically conditioned affix order as an illusory phenomenon." Paper presented at the Workshop on the Division of Labour between Morphology and Phonology, Amsterdam.

    Jonathan impatient to learn Arabic at 9 months old

    and here is Jonathan at one year

    C. Anton Rytting '07, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), recently welcomed his son Jonathan to the world Arabic Language.

    Deborah Schaffer '82, Professor of English at Montana State University Billings, completed a semester-long sabbatical in spring 2010, during which she worked on strengthening her background to teach business writing, including updating relevant computer-related technology skills.

    Brian Turner '03 graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master in Divinity degree on May 20, was ordained a Transitional Deacon in the Episcopal Church on June 12, was married to Amy Porterfield on July 10, and will start a new position as the Assistant Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on August 1.

    On the Lighter Side. . . .

    WINNERS of the Distinctive Features showdown!

    Back row right to left: Bridget Smith, Mike Phelan, Dusty Wilmes (Slavic Dept), Mike White, Josh Pennington (Slavic Dept), Mike Martin (Katie Carmichael's man), Tom Stefaniuk (Slavic Dept.), Brice Russ, Kodi Weatherholz, Mike Heintz (Ilana's husband)

    Front row right to left: Brian Joseph, DJ Hovermale, David Mitchell, Andy Plummer

    Brian Joseph, The Linguistic Rocky Balboa

    Mini-linguist b-ballers

    Jeff Holliday spent last quarter in Korea. Here he is in traditional attire.

    Pat Reidy and Deborah Morton playing the card game "Bang"

    District 7 Science Day

    Brian Joseph and Cynthia Clopper were invited to judge at the Columbus State Community College District 7 Science Day. Two departmental awards are given.

    Best Projects involving:
    1. The investigation of some aspects of the nature of language (looking at sounds, words, sentences, or meaning, or
    2. The investigation of the analysis of language, the perception of language, or the production of language, or
    3. The examination of language as it changes through time or varies dialectally across a population.

    The winners are:

    Middle School - Jack Engert

    Jack Engert, 7th grade, St. Agatha's
    "The effect of focal stimulation on memory of common speech statements molded into stories."

    High School - Leah Minor

    Leah Minor, 9th grade, Upper Arlington High School
    "Restoring hearing through carbon nanotube technology to replace damaged cochlear hairs in the inner ear."


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