My article Production, perception, and communicative goals of American newscaster speech with Byron Ahn, Donna Jo Napoli, and ZL Zhou is now available on the Language in Society journal website. You can access a read-only version here.
I’ve received a Faculty Engaged Scholarship research grant from the Lang Center at Swarthmore, which will fund a quick trip back to Manokwari this July (concurrent with the WLP conference) to connect with Wamesa speakers and create more Talking Dictionaries.
Announcing my new Pacific Languages & Linguistics Lab at Swarthmore College! The PacLab works on projects related to languages of the Pacific, especially those belonging to the Austronesian family and/or spoken on and around the island of New Guinea. We’re located in Pearson 114, on the Linguistics hallway. Looking forward to big things to come!
My paper on rare synchronic word order of noun phrases in Yapen and Biakic, and the historical path that produced them, was accepted for presentation at the 11th Austronesian & Papuan Languages & Linguistics conference in Leiden this summer.
Starting in Fall 2019, I get to take the ‘visiting’ out of my title. I’ll be starting as Regular Part Time in the Swarthmore Linguistics Department, an ongoing position teaching 3 courses a year. So excited to stay in Philly and keep working with my amazing colleagues and students.
At last month’s meeting in Antananarivo, I joined the steering committee of the International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL). Most of the conference decisions are made by the local organizers, but I’m happy to pass along suggestions and do what I can to push forward improvements.
My project with Byron Ahn, Donna Jo Napoli, and ZL Zhou on newscaster prosody was accepted for presentation at Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody 4 at UMass Amherst this October. TL;DR: Newscasters use distinctive prosodic patterns in their broadcast speech, and listeners can tell!