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September 2017

Tuesday Seminar: A.L. Blake, Peter Schuelke

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speaker: A.L. Blake, Peter Schuelke Date: 9/19 (Tues.), 12:00-1:15PM Title: Botanical knowledge of the Abui: a field report; Roviana fieldwork in the Solomon Islands Abstract 1: When language- and culture- shift is underway, ecological domains of knowledge are in particular danger of being lost (Si 2011). This talk reports on progress in documenting the botanical knowledge of the Abui people of Alor Island, Eastern Indonesia, encoded in the languages of Abui (a threatened non-Austronesian language of the Timor-Alor-Pantar language family),…

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Tuesday Seminar: Christian Mortensen, Andrew Pick

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speaker: Christian Mortensen; Andrew Pick Date: 9/26 (Tues.), 12:00-1:15PM Title: The Lun Bawang Language of Long Semadoh, Lawas, Sarawak; Classifying the Croisilles languages Abstract 1: Lun Bawang (also called Lun Dayeh or Lundayeh) is an Austronesian language belonging to the North Sarawak subgroup on Borneo, most closely related to Kelabit and Sa'ban, and spoken primarily in the north of Sarawak and Indonesian Kalimantan, with smaller numbers of speakers in Sabah and Brunei. This talk draws on two months of work…

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October 2017

Tuesday Seminar: Leah Pappas, Katherine Strong, Thomas Kettig

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speakers: Leah Pappas; Katherine Strong; Thomas Kettig Date: 10/10 (Tues.), 12:00-1:15PM Leah Pappas Title: New Caledonia Preliminary Fieldwork   Abstract: New Caledonia is a French Overseas Territory and home to 28 Austronesian languages. Although many of these languages are dying as a result of French influence, the Kanak culture is still strong. This talk outlines the steps that must be taken by an outsider to be able to work with the Kanak people. It discusses the cultural and linguistic programs…

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Tuesday Seminar: Chien-Jer Charles Lin (10/17)

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Chien-Jer Charles Lin, (Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Culture, Indiana University) Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 Title: Processing Prenominal Relative Clauses in Mandarin Chinese: Forms and Functions Time: 12:00 – 1:15 PM Place: AGSCI 220 Abstract: The last 15 years of research on Chinese relative clause processing have indicated both promising directions as well as puzzles. This talk reviews the landscape of these findings and how this line of research sheds light on the processing of head-final structures.…

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Tuesday Seminar: Ono, Rentz (10/24)

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speakers: Christianne Ono, Bradley Rentz Date & Time: 10/24 (Tues.), 12:00-1:15PM Place: AGSCI 220 Title 1: Preliminary Fieldwork in the Ikema-jima and Nishihara Ikema Miyakoan Communities Abstract: Ikema is a variety of Miyako, which in turn is a "Definitely Endangered" Southern Ryukyuan language (UNESCO, 2010). It is spoken in three communities on three separate islands: the original Ikema-jima community on Ikema Island, the Nishihara community on Miyako Island, and the Sarahama community on Irabu Island. This talk presents the researcher's…

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Tuesday Seminar: Nayoung Kwon (10/31)

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speaker: Dr. Nayoung Kwon (Department of English, Konkuk University) Date & Time: 10/31 (Tues.), 12:00-1:15PM Place: AGSCI 220 Title: What makes Korean a discourse-oriented language?: Universal vs. Language-specific processing mechanisms Abstract: One of the underlying assumptions in the studies of language processing is that cross-linguistic parsing mechanisms can be investigated. That is, given that language processing should be constrained by human’s general cognitive processing, by examining the way that various languages are processed, we should be able to uncover universal parsing…

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November 2017

Tuesday Seminar: Camp, Yarbrough, Henke (11/7)

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speakers: Amber Camp, Danielle Yarbrough, Ryan Henke Date and Time: Nov. 7 (Tues.), 12:00PM - 1:15PM Location: AGSCI 220 1) Amber Camp Title: An investigation of tones and intonation in Thai: Progress report from summer fieldwork   Abstract: This talk is a report on my progress towards collecting controlled-yet-naturalistic sentence recordings in Thai. These recordings will be analyzed descriptively, looking primarily at pitch in regards to Thai tone and intonation, and the interaction of the two. Selections from the recordings…

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Tuesday Seminar: Maggie Sood (11/14)

November 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speaker: Maggie Sood In partnership with Ashleigh Smith, Kevin Baetscher, Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Claire Stabile, Brad Rentz, Gavin Lamb, Christina Higgins & Victoria Anderson Title: Introducing HI-SKILLS: Hawai’i School Kids Investigating Language in Life + Society Date & Time: 11/14 (Tues.), 12:00PM Abstract: In this seminar we introduce HI-SKILLS, a linguistics-based after-school program that started last spring at Voyager Public Charter School. We present the ongoing development of HI-SKILLS as a community-based extension of the LDTC, and discuss our philosophical viewpoint that…

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Tuesday Seminar: Timothy Vance (11/21)

November 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Vance (East Asian Languages & Literature) Date & Time: Nov. 21 (Tues.), 12PM Location: AGSCI 220 Title: Japanese Spelling Pronunciations Abstract: The Japanese writing system is routinely described as the most complicated system still in use in the modern world, and this complexity allows orthography and phonology to influence each other in a variety of different ways, some of which have no obvious analogs in cases involving alphabetic systems. This presentation will consider the notion of spelling…

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Tuesday Seminar: Elliott, Stabile, Hauk (11/28)

November 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
AGSCI 220, United States + Google Map

Speakers: John Elliott; Claire Stabile; and Bryn Hauk Date and Time: 11/28 (Tues.), 12PM Location: AGSCI 220 Abstract 1: Semantic alignment in Enxet Sur (Elliott) This presentation is a fieldwork report from recent fieldwork on Enxet Sur, an Enlhet-Enenlhet language of the Paraguayan Chaco. Enxet Sur, like many languages of the Chaco and larger Lowland South America, has a type of semantic alignment system (also referred to as active-stative or split-S) in which intransitive verbs have two pronominal prefix paradigms…

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