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Linguistics Department News

SPRING TALK SERIES

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2/9: A Typology of Ventureño Chumash Possessive Constructions
Timothy Henry, CSULB/CSUF

2/13: Garifuna copular clauses: evidence for an inversion analysis of specification
Tammy Stark, UC Berkeley

2/23: Mapping causativity to (morpho)syntactic constructions in Hupa (California Dene): Functional and cognitive approaches to an issue at the syntax-semantics interface
Ramon Escamilla, University of Central Arkansas

2/25: The Diachrony of Divergence: An Exploration of the Evolution of Omotic-Mao Pronominals
Michael Ahland, Houghton College

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)
NEW PEACE CORPS PARTNERSHIP

CSULB Linguistics is partnering with the Peace Corps to offer a Master’s International (MI) program in TESOL.

MI students do their Peace Corps service in the middle of the M.A., and receive course credit for their service.

For more details, please contact graduate advisor Dr. Rebekha Abbuhl: Rebekha.Abbuhl@csulb.edu.

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Two Linguistics M.A. students presented their research at the 2014 CATESOL Conference in Santa Clara. Miyoki Chan spoke on “Cell Phone Timer Application-Its Effect on Oral Fluency and Anxiety”. Vanessa Conte spoke on “Knowing through Seeing: Teaching Active Observation in the ESL Classroom”.

INTERNSHIP: NEW DIMENSIONS IN TESTIMONYICT1_thumbnail

In summer 2014, Linguistics major Carla Gordon did a summer REU internship at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Carla worked with the Natural Language Dialogue Group to develop the language function of virtual humans.

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STUDENT RESEARCH IN CORPUS LINGUISTICSFlagstaff_group

Four CSULB linguists presented at the 2014 American Association for Corpus Linguistics conference in Flagstaff, Arizona:

  • Jed Pizarro-Guevara (MA ’14): The distributional information of relative clauses in child-directed Tagalog
  • Vanessa Conte Herse (MA): Hedging in Court: A Corpus-based Study of Gender Effects on Testimony Language
  • Carla Gordon (BA): Gender Dimorphism in Estoric Language
  • Hiroshi Kurakata (BA ’14): A Corpus Study of the American Nations
PHD BOUND!Three CSULB Linguistics alumni are beginning PhD programs in Fall 2014:

Jed Pizarro-Guevara (MA ’14) in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz; Lisa Kemp (MA ’13) in Cognitive Psychology at Louisiana State University; and Ibrahim Alluhaybi (MA ’14) in Linguistics at University of Texas Arlington.

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NEW MINOR: TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGESglobe

As of Fall 2015, Linguistics will offer 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.

The minor consists of LING 170, 325, 329, 420, 460 and 486.

Students can begin taking courses towards the minor now, although it’s not possible to officially declare the minor until Fall 2015.

Contact Dr. Wendy Klein (Wendy.Klein@csulb.edu) for more details.

FEATURED ALUMNUS: VUTH RETHVuth_Reth_cropped

Vuth Reth (MA ’99) is Dean of the Faculty of English at Cambodia’s National University of Management. He works closely with Cambodia’s education minister, Hang Choun Naron, on educational reforms at the national level. He is also an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, regarding foreign affairs.

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LINGUISTICS RECOGNIZED FOR “HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN STUDENT SUCCESS FOR 2014″The Linguistics department was recognized as one of the
CSULB departments with the highest graduation rates over the past 3 years.

As a relatively small department, Linguistics is able to offer small classes, personalized advising and a high degree of student-faculty interaction.

The $20,000 reward for this achievement will be used to further strengthen our student success initiatives.

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