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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February 1, 2023

Prof. Jason Kandybowicz

Prof. Jason Kandybowicz was invited to deliver a plenary talk at Annual Conference on African Linguistics 54 at the University of Connecticut, June 12-14, 2023.  The title of his talk is: “Escaping African ‘Islands". 
See here for more.


February 1, 2023

Prof. Nancy Stern

Prof. Nancy Stern co-organized the 13th International Columbia School Linguistics Conference at Columbia University from January 18-20, and gave a paper there entitled "Teaching Bill French: Comparing a Construction Grammar account of ditransitive clauses with the English System of Degree of Control"

January 25, 2023


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. 
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: 

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 (

  1. Bilingualism
  2. Eye-Tracking in Language Research
January 4, 2023

Dissertation Proposal: Xuan Wong

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: online (Zoom)
Thesis: MultiCLU: A General Framework for Multi-Stage Context Learning and Utilization

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 844 7580 5100
Passcode: 139509

December 29, 2022

CDC Announces Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement from Air Passengers Entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Starting at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, 2023 all air passengers two years and older originating from the PRC will be required to get a test (such as a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider).

More information will be made available by CDC in the coming days. For a list of authorized tests, check here.

Read the full CDC article