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

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 will also be used as stimuli in an eyetracking study, designed as a follow-up to a previous offline categorical perception study in which the categorical boundary between a minimal tone pair shifted depending on the surrounding sentence context. This suggests that intonation affects lexical processing. An online eyetracking study will provide additional information on the real-time processing of Thai sentences as the signal unfolds, allowing for a closer examination of this phenomenon. In this presentation, I will share my goals and challenges on my progress to date.
2) Danielle Yarbrough
Language Documentation and Playful Pedagogy with Nitsipuwahsin at the Aamsskáápipikuni Nation

This presentation will cover my preliminary fieldwork with the Nitsipuwahsin (Real Speak, Blackfoot) language at Aamsskáápipikuni (Southern Piegan, Blackfeet) Nation in Montana. I will present my experiences working with Aamsskáápipikuni speakers, networking with teachers at Nitsipuwahsin (Cuts Wood Immersion School) and the Piegan Institute, and collaborating on the development of a linguistically-informed pedagogical game in Nitsipuwahsin at Native Teaching Aids. I will conclude with a discussion of future goals and potential collaborative projects with the community for future fieldwork.
3) Ryan Henke
Title: The creation of Igtumi, the digital collection of Nakota-language resources
Abstract: This presentation describes the summer 2017 creation of Igtumi, the digital collection of Nakota-language resources for Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation (ANSN). Igtumi holds more than 230 hours of digital audio and video files created by community members at ANSN. In addition to serving as a repository for recordings, Igtumi also provides a SayMore-based platform to allow user-friendly annotation and transcription of such files. This facilitates not only language documentation but also the creation of pedagogical tools such as vocabulary lists and subtitled videos.

Check our Website for more information about the speaker and for this semester’s schedule: http://www.ling.hawaii.edu/tuesday-seminar-series

Amy Schafer (aschafer@nullhawaii.edu) & Gyu-Ho Shin (ghshin@nullhawaii.edu)
Tuesday Seminar Coordinator & Tuesday Seminar Graduate Assistant

Kanjana Thepboriruk (PhD, 2015) Begins Tenure Track Position, Fall 2015

Kanjana Thepboriruk (PhD, 2015) will begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor position of Thai Language with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in the Fall 2015. She looks forward to teaching all levels of Thai language and various South East Asian Studies and Thai Studies courses as well as working with the Thai Community in nearby Chicago to develop a heritage language curriculum for the community-based language schools. Kanjana is very proud to be joining over 50 years of excellence at the Center for South East Asian Studies and the fantastic Thai Language program at NIU.