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FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

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January 25, 2023

Announcement

Prof. Miki Makihara organized a symposium titled "Discourse and the Construction of Political Subjectivities: Perspectives on Lebanon, Chile, Rapa Nui, Morocco, Puerto Rico, and Mexico", February 3, 2023, at the Graduate Center. 
Speakers:
Diane Riskedahl (Anthropology, Graduate Center)
Tania Avilés (Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile)
Mata-U'iroa Atan (Rapa Nui, Easter Island)
Becky Schulthies (Anthropology, Rutgers)
Carmín Quijano (LAILaC, Graduate Center)
Closing: Oswaldo Zavala (LAILaC, Graduate Center)
Moderated by Miki Makihara (Queens College & Graduate Center)
The event is co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, and the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, and in collaboration with the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies.  RSVP: https://bit.ly/3IQREbf 

January 5, 2023

Congratulations to Professor Bill Haddican

Prof. Bill Haddican's article "Cross-speaker covariation across six vocalic changes in New York City English​," is the recipient of the Roger W. Shuy Award for the best article published in American Speech during 2022. Bill will receive the award at the American Dialect Society's Annual luncheon on Saturday, January 7.

The article examines differences in the way that innovative variants for six vocalic changes in New York City English—TOO-fronting, raising of PRICE and FACE and lowering of BAD, THOUGHT and DRESS—co-occur across speakers, and explores social correlates of these patterns of covariation in the Corpus of New York City English (Tortora et al in progress). The analysis suggests that patterns of covariation across speakers are conditioned by the local social embedding of the changes.

January 5, 2023

Congratulations to Professor Irina Sekerina

Prof. Irina Sekerina was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board award from May 15 - August 14, 2023 to São Paulo (Brazil).
Here is the brief summary of the project:

By 2050, one in five people globally will be over 60. Language sciences have to establish what constitutes successful language and linguistic communication in later life. The goal of Dr. Sekerina’s 3-month Fulbright research project in Brazil (2023) is to combine a corpus linguistics approach and heritage language bilingualism to describe the Russian language of bilingual heritage Russian-Brazilian Portuguese elderly (Mage = 77) speakers in São Paulo. This project is a part of Brazilian Portuguese-Russian Corpus (BraPoRus) for which our team has started data collection in 2021. We will focus on three topics: (a) grammatical gender, (b) prosodic characteristics, and (c) narrative competence.

January 5, 2023

Professor Irina Sekerina to Teach in Belgium for Spring 2023

Prof. Irina Sekerina will be teaching 2 Masters-level courses (Feb. 14-April 26, 2023) at University of Ghent (Belgium).

The program is called Erasmus Mundus M.S. Program in Clinical Linguistics (https://emcl.eu/).

  1. Bilingualism
  2. Eye-Tracking in Language Research
November 3, 2022

Congratulations

Emeritus Prof. Ricardo Otheguy, Dr. Naomi Shin (GC PhD 2007) & Daniel Erker (GC MA 2005) published a chapter titled "On the idiolectal nature of lexical and phonological contact: Spaniards, Nahuas and Yorubas in the New World" (pp. 370-403). In Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact, edited by Salikoko Mufwene and Anna María Escober (June, 2022).

November 3, 2022

Congratulations

Dr. Gita Martohardjono was awarded a $1.148M grant as the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener. The Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener (MLS) is an online, semi-adaptive suite of assessments designed to provide educators in New York State with information about the home-language literacy and math skills of Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE).

November 3, 2022

Congratulations

The Linguistics Program pleased to announce that a volume co-edited by May Ahmar (current Ph.D. student), Wafa Bahri (2019 Ph.D. Alum), and Cece Cutler has just been published on Palgrave.  The title is "Digital Orality" Vernacular Writing in Online Spaces. Alums Eric Chambers (2017 Ph.D.) and Michelle McSweeney (2016 Ph.D.) contributed chapters​. See here:  https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-10433-6 

May's chapter is titled: Orality and Identity in the Writing Practices of Politicians, Celebrities, and Activists on Lebanese Twitter
Wafa's chapter is titled: Ettounsi and Tamazight Writing on Facebook: Oral Vernaculars or New Literacies
Cece's chapter is titled: Orality, Alignment, and Stance in YouTube Comments About the New York City Accent​​
Eric's chapter is titled: “You’re in the Gym to BUILD IT BIG, Not Have Social Hour”: Performing Dumb-Jock Masculinity on a Male Erotic Hypnosis Messageboard
Michelle's chapter is titled: Performing Politeness in Online Dating: How Orthographic Choices Signal Relationship Status