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Linguistics Department News


PHD BOUND!

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Two alumni begin their PhD programs in Fall 2015: Essa Al-Faifi (MA ’14, pictured left) in Middle Eastern Languages at the University of Arizona; Stacey Porter (MA ’10) in Romance Languages at the University of Alabama. Congratulations to both!

NEW FACULTY

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The Linguistics department is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Ahland to the faculty. An expert on African languages, Dr. Ahland spent over 3 years conducting fieldwork on the Northern Mao language in Ethiopia. He will teach courses on syntax, historical linguistics, and language typology. Dr. Ahland is also a Research Editor for Language Classification at Ethnologue.

NEW MINOR: TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

globeAs of Fall 2015, Linguistics offers a new minor in TESOL. This minor is excellent preparation for students who would like to teach English abroad, or prepare for an M.A. degree or graduate certificate in TESOL. Contact Dr. Wendy Klein (Wendy.Klein@csulb.edu) for more details.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
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Dr. Hall’s lab offers research assistant positions to students from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). In Fall 2015, sophomore Brianna Maloney is assisting on the project ‘Acoustic study of [r] in American English’. All first and second year undergraduates interested in research are encouraged to apply to UROP.

2015 GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

The second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on April 21, 2015 and was a great success.

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STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION

Come support our LING students in the CSULB Research Competition on Friday, February 20! Morning talks are in CBA-123, afternoon talks in CBA-140A.

  • Dylan Anderson: Discourse marker use in ESL speakers: the effect of American reality television on usage and acquisition (11:00)
  • Nancy Ngo: Accessing the semantics of Japanese numeral classifiers (11:20)
  • Vanessa Conte Herse: Perceptions of negative politeness and gender by second-language speakers (11:40)
  • Luo Wang: Mandarin tone production and perception: a performance comparison between tonal (Punjabi) and non-tonal (Korean) speakers (12:30)
  • Dani Garcia: Effects of bilingualism and age on visual working memory (1:10)
  • Monica McGuthrie: An interventional study: adult ESL beginners and advanced learners on acquiring and producing pragmatic requests (1:50)
  • Carla Gordon: Linguistic gender dimorphism and web register (2:10)

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