linguistics

Seminar Series: "Variation in young women's perceptions of dialect differences in the Arab World"

This study discusses perceptions of variation across dialects of Arabic in the Arab world as revealed through a perceptual dialectology map task. On a map of the Arab world, female undergraduate students at Qatar University provided information about boundaries where people speak differently and labels for those boundaries. A correlation analysis of the boundaries showed that participants viewed Arabic dialects as constituting five major dialect groups: the Maghreb, Egypt and Sudan, the Levant, the Gulf, and Somalia. A closer analysis of the content of the labels revealed variation in terms of principal (Goffman 1981) on whom they draw in their judgments, the latter being either individual, regional (intermediate) or wide-scope generic. This analysis not only identifies more granularity in the concept of principal, it also quantifies the different kinds of principal and identifies statistical relationships between them, the labels, and the boundaries.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Lexmark Room, Main Building
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Office Hours with Jennifer Cramer

Our newest episode of Office Hours is here! Listen in as we wrap up the semester with Jennifer Cramer, a professor from the Linguistics Program in the Department of English. Cramer discusses a variety of linguistics-related topics, ranging from her inspiration for her studies to hip hop and how stereotypes can be tied to dialect.

Office Hours is produced by the College of Arts & Sciences and airs on WRFL FM 88.1 every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

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New Faculty 2014: Meet Fabiola Henri

The Linguistics Program is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Fabiola Henri to its faculty!

This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2014 semester.

 

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

 

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Dr. Joachim Scharloth - "Terrorist Spotting For Beginners: Mass Surveillance Through Language"

 

 

Dr. Joachim Scharloth TU Dresden

"Terrorist Spotting For Beginners: Mass Surveillance Through Language"

Arts & Sciences Guest Professor in the Linguistics Program and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. University of Kentucky. October 2014.

 

 

Mayan Hip Hop Concert: Tz'utu Baktun Kan

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
357 Student Center
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Linguistics Seminar: "Embodiment and Competition: Two Factors in the Organization of Languages"

For decades, many linguists have framed the study of language in terms of a language faculty, a specialized cognitive ‘organ’ unique to humans.  In the last decade, even the most stalwart proponents of this view have come to acknowledge the existence of other factors in the organization of human languages. In this talk, I will concentrate on two of these factors, embodiment and competition, drawing examples from the morphology of spoken and signed languages. Neither is unique to language, nor especially human or cognitive in nature.  Their role in the structuring of languages points to a new research paradigm in the study of language, in which no single factor is privileged and the importance of any one of them is gauged only by the insights it provided, not by its uniqueness to language.

Date: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery
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Public Lecture: "Sign Languages of Israel"

Israel is a microcosm of the sign language world.  Within a country about equal in area to New Jersey, Israel contains both a widely dispersed deaf community sign language used in schools, Israeli Sign Language, and a number of much smaller village sign languages, each confined to a single community and used only within its confines.  Our research team was formed to study Israeli Sign Language, but we have also spent the last decade studying and documenting the sign language of the Bedouin village of Al-Sayyid, located near Be’er Sheva, the ancestral home of Abraham.  I will compare the history and structure of these two languages and show how the study of their emergence has provided a variety of insights into language and human nature.

Date: 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
WTY Library Auditorium
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Linguistics Seminar: "On the architecture of the left periphery in early Celtic and related matters"

While in verb-initial Old Irish, topicalization was achieved via left dislocation and focalization was achieved through clefting, the older Continental Celtic languages achieved such pragmatic information structuring through movement into the left periphery of the clause (though the right edge of the clause could also be a target for such purpose).  This paper commences with an inspection of relative clause syntax in Continental Celtic while outlining what we can tell about other movement mechanisms in the clause and then goes on to explore the architecture of the left periphery in these languages.  This exploration provides some insight into the prehistoric development of verb-initial clausal configuration in Insular Celtic.  Some comparative attention is also paid to the architecture of the left periphery in other Indo-European languages and it is found that the Continental Celtic languages have a role to play in determining the degree of articulation to be reconstructed for the left periphery of proto-Indo-European itself.

Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Lexmark Room
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New Faculty 2014: Meet Andrew Byrd

The Linguistics Program is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Andrew Byrd to its faculty!

This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2014 semester.

 

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

 

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New Faculty 2014: Meet Jennifer Cramer

The Linguistics Program is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Jennifer Cramer to its faculty!

This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2014 semester.

 

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

 

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New Faculty 2014: Jennifer Cramer by UK College of Arts & Sciences is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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