FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.
Simon Zuberek (CL MA student) will be presenting at the 2023 ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Convention in November. This project looks into automatically distinguishing between written composition produced by heritage and non-heritage learners of Polish as a second language See here for details.
Simon will also be presenting a project titled “Genusidator” in June at the 2023 IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology) Conference. “Genusidator" is a learning aid that attempts to explain grammatical gender assignment in German nouns. See here for details.
Congratulations to our May 2023 graduates!
Xiaomeng Ma (Ph.D.), Benjamin Shavitz (Ph.D.)
Maria Karamihaylova (CL MA), Tyler Lanni (CL MA), Lenore Costello (MA)
Congratulations to our September 2022 graduates!
May Ahmar (Ph.D.), C. Andres Bonilla Carvajal (Ph.D.), Kelsey Swift (Ph.D.)
Mariana Graterol Fuenmayor (CL MA), Elizabeth Garza (MA), Julia Panter (MA), Reuben Isaac Raff (CL MA), Clarisse Taboy (MA), Wen Zhang (CL MA)
Clara McMahon and her co-author Alex Kohut (Boston University) will be presenting their paper “Disambiguating Double and Single Negation Readings in Russian” at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS‑18) from August 24 – 26, 2023 in Bratislava.
Prof. Cece Cutler
Prof. Cece Cutler was granted a PSC-CUNY grant ($7868.60) which will fund 1-2 students to analyze data from the New York City Metro Area Language Survey and attend a conference to present the data.
Prof. Jason Bishop was just awarded $438,275 by the National Science Foundation to lead a collaborative grant with Jelena Krivokapić (Univ. Michigan) and Laurel MacKenzie (NYU) to build a speech corpus that can be used to study individual differences in speech production. Data for the corpus, New York City Individual Differences Corpus (NYC-IDC), will be collected at CSI and will employ about a dozen CUNY undergraduates and three Graduate Center students over the three-year grant period (in addition to research assistants at the other sites).
Two different CUNY faculty-led papers are being given at The REEDS Workshop in the Netherlands (Re-examining dialect syntax): https://dialectsyntax.network/reeds2023/description
These are the papers:
1. Prof. Christina Tortora, Carolina Fraga, and William Oliver (MA 2022, GC Ling) Determiner Drop in Vernacular English
2. Prof. William Haddican, Irantzu Epelde, Urtzi Etxeberria, Ricardo Etxepare, Basque allocutive allomorphy and the phasal structure of finite embeddings: results from the To2No project
3. Frances Blanchette (Ph.D. 2015, GC Ling), Anymore, this feature varies
Nishtha Trivedi, was awarded a prestigious Graduate Center Altfest award for a summer internship at the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies at Rutgers University with Kristen Syrett.
Aidan Malanoski will present their paper Deletion of ordering statements as a multidominance-compatible PF repair mechanism at the workshop How Many Mothers? Multidominance in Syntax. The workshop will take place June 24–25 in Amherst, MA, as part of the 2023 LSA Institute.
Prof. Juliette Blevins and Dr. Michela Cresci
Prof. Juliette Blevins and Dr. Michela Cresci (2014 Ph.D. GC alumni) will present “Variant patterns of sibilant debuccalization in Camuno: Phonetic and phonological implications of *s>h in Valcamonica” at the 53rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 53) in Paris, France, June 26 to June 30, 2023.
Ekaterina (Katya) Kistanova presented a well-received talk at the Fourth International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), June 16–17, 2022. Her talk was entitled Do articulatory challenges deter heritage speakers growing up as Russian/English bilinguals? Infant Sasha says [nj]et! Katya's co-author was Professor Emerita Dianne Bradley.