The Second Annual Asian Studies Program Fall Faculty Symposium is taking place Thursday, September 15th 2016, from 10am to 3pm, at 107 Capen Hall. The theme is Language, Discourse, & Culture in Asia.
August 11, 2016
July 7, 2016
UB alumna Alice Mitchell has been offered a postdoc at the University of Bristol. She will be joining Dr. Fiona Jordan’ excd.lab to study children’s acquisition of kinship concepts. Congratulations!
Congratulations to PhD candidate Saima Hafeez, for being awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the coming academic year.
May 25, 2016
Alumnus Kuo-Chan Sun, now Faculty Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, was awarded the Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities.
May 23, 2016
It is with a very very heavy heart that we must share with you the news that our esteemed colleague and friend Tsan Huang passed away. Tsan’s dedication to the department, her students, and linguistics in the face of adversity was awe inspiring; her love of teaching, her relentless pursuit of knowledge, her mentoring of so many, her kindness and humanity, inspirational. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for having lost her. Our lives will be for ever better for having known and worked with Tsan.
We invite students and colleagues to share their memories of Tsan on our tribute page.
~ Jean-Pierre Koenig
May 5, 2016
Congratulations to alumni Hiroto Uchihara, Ameyo Awuku and Robert K. Painter, for having their work published as a book:
- Hiroto Uchihara (2016), Tone and Accent in Oklahoma Cherokee, Oxford University Press.
- Ameyo Awuku (2015) Lexicon of Reduplicated Words in Ewe, Galda Verlag.
- Robert K. Painter (2015) Faroe-Islander Saga: A New English Translation, McFarland.
April 19, 2016
Congratulations to PhD student Xiaole Sun, who has been awarded a Mark Diamond Research Fellowship in support of her dissertation project on ‘The Perception of Tones in Nanjing Chinese’.
April 18, 2016
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Sang-Hee Park, who has been awarded a CAS Dissertation Fellowship. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences. The award will allow Sang-Hee to focus
on completing her dissertation.
March 30, 2016
Congratulations to PhD Student Richard Hatcher Jr, who is presenting a paper at the 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (April 1-3), at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. His paper is entitled “Using Focus Particles in Determining Focus in Oneida”.
March 11, 2016
Yen-Ting Lin has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by
the National Science Foundation. Congratulations!
Congratulations to PhD student Katharina Pabst, who just won one of the College of Arts and Science’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards. Well done Katharina!
December 20, 2015
Next year’s LSA Annual Meeting features many students, alumni, and faculty from our department:
- Alice Mitchell (alumna) “Documenting taboo-motivated lexical variation in an avoidance register of Datooga”.
- Jeff Good “Documenting multilingual practices in the Lower Fungom region of Cameroon”.
- Katharine T. Donelson “Audience design and the selection of spatial frames of reference in Tseltal Maya and English”.
- Yen-Tin Lin “Spatial frames of reference in bilingual minds: a test case in Taiwan”.
- Randi E. Moore “Spatial reference frames in Isthmus Zapotec: variation within a large-scale sample”
- Christian Dicanio and colleagues present a paper about the “Acoustic realization of a distinctive, frequent glottal stop: the Arapaho example”.
- Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, Yen-Tin Lin, Jesse Lovegren (alumnus), Randi E. Moore and colleagues are presenting a paper titled “Reference frames in language and thought: beyond Mesoamerica”.
- Gabriele Pérez Báez (alumna) will present a paper on “Meronymy and analogy in spatial frames of reference use”
Some of the above are featured in the symposium “Language, culture, and cognition in spatial reference”, organized by our very own Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, and Randi E. Moore.
December 16, 2015
We are proud to announce that Alice Mitchell is the recipient of UB’s Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, which is presented each year to the single best UB doctoral dissertation of the year. Her dissertation is entitled “Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga”, and investigates sociolinguistic practices in Datooga, a Southern Nilotic language spoken in northern and central Tanzania. Congratulations Alice, well done!
September 23, 2015
Congratulations to PhD. student Dawei Jin for his paper “Coherence relation and clause linkage: towards a discourse approach to adjunct islands in Chinese” which has just appeared in the Studies in Language Journal (John Benjamins), volume 39, number 2, 2015.
September 10, 2015
The Fifth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016) will be held in Buffalo, NY, from Tuesday May 24 – Friday May 27, 2016. The special theme of this year’s symposium is “Tone in the brain and the world: Bridging linguistic and psychological perspectives.”
August 16, 2015
Congratulations to Alice Mitchell who has just filed her dissertation entitled “Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga”. She will be starting a two-year Humboldt Fellowship for postdoctoral research in the Fall at the University of Hamburg in Germany.
July 31, 2015
The Buffalo Law Journal features an interview with Attorney Agnes Wilewicz, a UB Linguistics alumna (BA 2007), which explains how language and linguistics are important for how the law is interpreted and practiced. Her passion for linguistics, reading, and language analysis led her to pursue a career in Law, and more recently, to become a member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.
July 13, 2015
The NSF has awarded Professor Jürgen Bohnemeyer (PI) a grant of $331,213 for support of the project entitled “Causality Across Languages”. Congratulations!
May 31, 2015
May 26, 2015
Our warmest congratulations go out to Ph.D. student Jennifer Wilson (currently funded by a doctoral fellowship awarded by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) who has just accepted a two-year postdoc funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, at the University of Virginia. She will be working under Professor Lise Dobrin.
May 16, 2015
Ph.D. student Aron Marvel and Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig are presenting their research on “Event Categorization beyond Verb Senses” at The 11th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2015), to be held on June 4th. This workshop is collocated with the NAACL 2015 conference. Congratulations!
April 20, 2015
The NSF has awarded Professor Matthew Dryer (PI) and Lea Brown a $299,570 grant for their project entitled “Typological and historical discovery through language documentation of Walman, Srenge, Aro, and Eho, four critically endangered languages.” Congratulations!
April 16, 2015
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Dawei Jin, who has been awarded a CAS Dissertation Fellowship. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences. The award will allow Dawei to focus
on finishing his dissertation in the Fall.
April 15, 2015
Congratulations to alumna Saima Hafeez (MA), who has been awarded an International Fellowship by the prestigious and highly competitive American Association of University Women (AAUW). This year, the AAUW is awarding 241 fellowships and grants to women in the United States and around the globe. Saima will be joining our Ph.D. program this Fall. Congratulations!
February 28, 2015
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Katharina Pabst, who has been awarded a fellowship covering the tuition cost for the 2015 LSA Institute at the University of Chicago.
February 4, 2015
Lauren Lerner, Emily Spina, Kira White (majors in Linguistics) and Sarah Beimel (major in German) were just offered membership to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa. The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Our warmest congratulations to them!
November 24, 2014
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Sang-Hee Park, who will be presenting her paper “Coherence, Conventional Implicature and Relativization in Korean” at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, in February 7-8, 2015.
October 21, 2014
Congratulations to alumna Breana M. Limina, who was just hired as a diplomatic personnel by the U.S. Department of State and has become a Chinese Mandarin Consular Adjudicator working for the American Foreign Service in China. As part of her Minor, Breana completed her first-year Chinese at UB in the Spring of 2009, then continued her second-year Chinese in the UB Summer 2009 Program in Beijing. In 2010, she worked in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, as one of the only two New York State student ambassadors for the US Pavilion. In 2012, Breana applied to “the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program”, and earned a fully-funded scholarship to the summer language institute for U.S. university students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
September 18, 2014
- Xia Lu, “Probabilistic Graphical Modeling of Linguistic Universals”
- Karl Reza Sarvestani, “Prenasalized consonants” as clusters: evidence from Miao speech errors”
- Cristin Kalinowski & Jeff Good, “Grammatical coding by depotentiation: Evidence from African focus constructions”
- Dawei Jin, “Coherence Relation from a crosslinguistic perspective: The case in Chinese”
- Yen-Ting Lin, “Evidence of Language Contact: Data from SOURCE Prepositional Phrases in Taiwanese Southern Min”
July 6, 2014
- Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, Randi E. Tucker, and various alumni and colleagues are presenting a paper entitled The Cultural Transmission of Spatial Cognition: Evidence from a Large-scale Study at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. This meeting will take place in Quebec City, Canada, from 23 to 26 of July 2014.
- Dawei Jin is presenting a paper at ESSLLI’s Student Session. The title of his paper is Coherence and Extraction from Adjuncts in Chinese. Dawei was also awarded a tuition waver of 380€ by ESSLLI.
- Cristin Kalinowski and Jeff Good are presenting a paper entitled Focus as a grammatical relation: Evidence from Africa at the Workshop on Understudied Languages and Syntactic Theory, to take place at UB on August 27. Also presenting at the same workshop is Matthew Dryer, who is delivering an invited talk entitled Agreement phenomena in Walman, a language of Papua New Guinea.
- Jean-Pierre Koenig and Karin Michelson are presenting a paper entitled Deconstructing SYNtax, at the 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, to be held at UB on the 28th and 29th of August 2014. Also presenting at the same conference are Rui Chaves and Jeruen E. Dery (alumnus), with a paper entitled Nobody expects tensed subject parasitic gaps.
- Joe Kessler will be presenting a paper entitled Regional Variation of General Extender Usage in a Geo-tagged Microblog Corpus of American English at the 43rd New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference, to be held in Chicago on October 23-26.
July 3, 2014
Professor Jeff Good‘s project “Language Documentation, Field-work Training Models, and Computational Tools for Understanding Linguistic Stability and Change” (with Co-PI Professor Jan Chomicki) has just been awarded a grant of$406,186 by NSF. Congratulations!
Ph.D. student Alice Mitchell has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by the National Science Foundation for her work entitled “Linguistic avoidance and social relations“. Congratulations!
Ph.D. student Katharine Donelson was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by the National Science Foundation for her work entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: On Space in Conversation: Coordinating Perspectives in Spatial Reference“. Congratulations!
April 29, 2014
Congratulations to Ph.D. students Alice Mitchell and Yoshihiko Asao, who have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences.
April 20, 2014
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Randi Tucker, who has been awarded a $6,000 Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship. The UB Humanities Institute only awards only four of these each year.
April 15, 2014
Ph.D. student Timothy Tilbe was awarded a $12,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant by the NSF for his work on Zapotec and Tseltal, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: A cross-linguistic study of the cognitive representation of part-whole structures in Mesoamerican languages“.
February 9, 2014
On May 10-11 the Department of Linguistics is hosting a practical tutorial on all aspects of work with video data in the language sciences, with an emphasis on fieldwork and gesture studies. Instructor: Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur (ELDP, SOAS).
January 30, 2014
Professors Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Karin Michelson and Jean-Pierre Koenig are invited speakers at the Workshop on Information Structure in Head-Marking Languages, held at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on March 28-29, 2014. Also presenting at the workshop is graduate student Cristin Kalinowski.
January 23, 2014
On March 8th 2014 the Department of Linguistics is hosting a workshop on linguistic and anthropological methods of language study, organized by Professor Cala Zubair. It will take place at 280 Park Hall between 9am and 5pm, and will consist of talks by two keynote anthropologists (9am-noon), Michael Lempert (University of Michigan) and Luke Fleming (University of Montreal), and a workshop for students’ works in progress (1-5pm).
January 16, 2014
Congratulations to graduate students Eunkyung Yi and Hongmo Kang, whose posters were accepted for presentation at the upcoming CUNY Conference at The Ohio State University in March. Their posters are entitled, respectively: “Word order typology and discourse expectation” and “Pragmatic fit and the processing of Korean honorifics”.
December 5, 2013
The 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2014) – the yearly conference on HPSG – will take place between the 27th and the 29th of August 2014, at the University at Buffalo. On the 27th there is a collocated Workshop on understudied languages and syntactic theory.
November 10, 2013
The upcoming 2014 LSA conference in Minneapolis will feature several presentations by UB students:
- Jennifer Wilson (talk: ‘Morpheme position conditioned by lexical category’)
- Yoshihiko Asao (poster: ‘Autologistic regression in Linguistic Typology’)
- Dawei Jin (poster: ‘A pragmatic approach to parasitic gap construction in Chinese’)
Congratulations to all!
October 13, 2013
Ph.D. student Andreas Brocher has been invited to publish a paper in a special edition of Lingua. The title of the special edition will be ‘New Topics in Polysemy’.
August 29, 2013
Ph.D. student Randi Tucker was awarded a $14,903 Dissertation Improvement Grant by the NSF for her work on the documentation of Zapotec, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Documentation of Diidxa za (ZAI) spatial language“.
August 20, 2013
Alumnus Hiroto Uchihara has accepted a one-year postdoc position in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He will be working with Dr. Mark Sicoli on an NSF project titled “Preserving and Enhancing Access to the Survey of Zapotec and Chatino Languages“. Congratulations!
April 22, 2013
Ph.D. student Andreas Brocher has accepted a renewable two year pre-/post-doc position in the Linguistics Department at the University of Cologne, Germany. Congratulations!
April 18, 2013
Congratulations to Ph.D. students Adam Sposato and Hiroto Uchihara, who have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences.
March 25, 2013
The Nineteenth Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-19) – the yearly conference of the Society for Germanic Linguistics – will take place between the 26th and the 27th of April, at the University at Buffalo.
March 20, 2013
Ph. D. student Alice Mitchell will receive from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award. The ceremony takes place this Friday at 3 p.m, in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts. Congratulations Alice!
March 8, 2013
Ph. D. student Adam Sposato has been awarded a $9,790 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the NSF, for his research on Xong, a Miao-Yao Language of Hunan Province, China.