Linguistics News Archive
|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. More information can also be found here. You can also view information on our program on the Peace Corps website.
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 TESTIMONY
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.Click here to read more…
|STUDENT RESEARCH IN CORPUS LINGUISTICS
Four CSULB linguists presented at the 2014 American Association for Corpus Linguistics conference in Flagstaff, Arizona:
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
|NEW MINOR: TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
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 RETH
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.Full profile – More alumni profiles
|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.
|CONTE HERSE WINS AT BERKELEY
Linguistics student Vanessa Conte Herse won the Danesha McCoy award for her presentation at the Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium in April 2014. Her talk “Hedging in Court: A Corpus-based Study of Gender Effects on Testimony Language” was based on her final project in LING 501 Corpus Linguistics.
|CAREER FOCUS: TESOL
Lane Igoudin (MA ’06) is Associate Professor of English/ESL at Los Angeles City College.
Dr. Igoudin recently spoke to CSULB linguists on career opportunities in TESOL.
|PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS STATE RESEARCH COMPETITION
Jed Pizarro-Guevara (M.A. ’14) took first place in the Behavioral and Social Science division of the statewide CSU research competition, with his paper “A Psycholinguistic Study of Tagalog Relative Clauses: Age of Acquisition and Comprehension”.
The department honored the dozens of new Linguistics graduates with a brunch before the Spring 2014 ceremony.
Congratulations and best of luck to all. Keep in touch!
|LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION IN STOCKHOLM
Jed Pizarro-Guevara (M.A. ’14), Inessa Udovchenko, and Hiroshi Kurakata (B.A. ’14) attended the International Summer School in Language Documentation in Stockholm, Sweden.
|LINGUIST WINS OUTSTANDING BACCALAUREATE
Linguistics major Lauren Faust was selected as one of three outstanding baccalaureate students from the College of Liberal Arts.Lauren is a President’s Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. Her honors thesis was a corpus linguistics study of stroke patients’ speech.
In Fall 2014, Lauren intends to enter an M.A. program in Speech Pathology.
|LINGUISTS AT THE SSRIC
Six CSULB linguists presented their research in the 39th Annual CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council Student Research Conference on May 8 at CSU Fullerton.
|JED PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS CSULB RESEARCH COMPETITION
Linguistics M.A. student Jed Pizarro-Guevara took first place in the CSULB student research competition in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with his presentation “The age of acquisition and relative clause comprehension in Tagalog as a first language”. He will represent CSULB at the statewide competition at Cal State East Bay, on May 2-3.Linguistics was well-represented in the competition, with outstanding presentations by Vanessa Conte-Herse, Hiroshi Kurakata, and Jose Martinez. A large Linguistics “posse” turned out to support them.
|FACULTY RESEARCH: COMMUNICATION IN MARRIAGE
Dr. Wendy Klein contributed a chapter on “Housework: Couples’ Collaboration and Conflict” (coauthored with Carolina Izquierdo) to Fast Forward Family: Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle Class America. Her work was also featured in the Atlantic.
|INTERNSHIP: TALKING TO VIRTUAL HUMANS
Lauren Faust was one of 8 undergraduates chosen nationwide for an NSF-funded REU internship at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. Her research on how patients talk to a virtual therapist (left) was presented and published in Semdial 2013 (link to .pdf).
|STUDENT RESEARCH: ENDANGERED LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION
Naiyapak Phakkahn spent winter break in a Thai village, making recordings of the Yoy language. This endangered language, spoken by 6000 people, has never been described. Naiyapak’s M.A. thesis will focus on the grammar and sound structure of Yoy, including its complex tonal system.
|FEATURED ALUMNA: LEEANNE LANGTON
LeeAnne (M.A. 1995) spent most of 2013 in Tanzania, as a Senior Language Fellow of the U.S. State Department. She trained teachers and designed curricula at St. Augustine University. A former Peace Corps volunteer, LeeAnne speaks seven languages. She teaches in CSULB’s English department, where she specializes in academic writing, ESL, heritage language preservation, and multi-lingualism.
|FEATURED ALUMNUS: DR. MARSHALL THOMAS
As Director of Veterans Services at CSULB, Linguistics alumnus Dr. Marshall Thomas has been a pioneer in creating a welcoming environment for student vets. Click here to watch a recent talk.More alumni profiles.
|FEATURED COURSE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE|