Grad Student News - 2015-16

Lynnette Arnold accepted a position as Lecturer in Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lynnette Arnold completed her dissertation, "Communicative Care Across Borders: Language, Materiality, and Affect in Transnational Family Life" with the guidance of her advisor, Mary Bucholtz.

Lynnette Arnold was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Graduate Student Essay Prize competition for her essay "Collective Remembering, Shared Imagining: The Chronotopic Creation of Transnational Togetherness."

Lynnette Arnold presented the student plenary talk, entitled "Chronotopic Hegemony and Resistance: The Consequences of Conversational Space-Time Travel for Cross-border Families," at the fourth Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) conference at the University of Colorado in October. 

Anna Bax, Jessica Love-Nichols, Katie Lateef-Jan, and members of the Tequio youth group in Oxnard gave a presentation entitled "Collaborative Language Maintenance of Mixtec and Zapotec in a Youth Group Setting" at the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages at UCSB in May.

Anna Bax presented a talk entitled " 'A Language That I Know Is Part of Me, but I Can't Understand’: Monolingualism, Mexican American Youth Identities, and the Negative Spaces of hybridity" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November.

Anna Bax completed her master's thesis, entitled "The Effect of Sociocultural Linguistics Pedagogy on Youth Language Attitudes," with the guidance of her advisor, Mary Bucholtz. 

Anna Bax was awarded an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaborative Research Grant for the 2017 Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Conference.

Anna Bax presented a talk entitled " 'Too Bad You Don't Like Replies, Slut': Online Dating, Face-Threatening Silence, and Male Rage" at the fourth Culture, Language, and Social Practice conference at the University of Colorado in October.

Christian Brendel was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Graduate Research Fellowship competition by the National Science Foundation.

Joseph Brooks received an Individual Graduate Scholarship through the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme for his project "Expanding the Documentation of Chini Language and Culture.

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "Switch-Reference or Event-Linkage? Chini Clause-Chaining Constructions in Narrative and Conversation at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, in June. 

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "The Few and the Plenty: Nominal and Verbal Number in Chini" at the 8th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference in London in May.

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "Interactional and Historical Insights into the Anterior Modal Tense Category in Chini" at the Nijmegen Grammar Group in the Netherlands in March.

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "The Phonologization of Implosive Prestopped Nasals in Andamang Chini" at the Phonetics/Phonology Workshop at the University of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom, in March. 

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "The Contact-Fueled Development of Clause Chaining in Chini" at the Friday Afternoon Lecture Series at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in March.

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "Realis/Irrealis and Verbal Number in Chini Verbs of Motion: Explaining Categorial Change" at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Washington, DC, in January. 

Joseph Brooks presented a talk entitled "Revisiting Switch-Reference: On the Contact-Induced Origin of Clause Chains in Chini" at the Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in September.

Kendra Calhoun was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship competition.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled "We Gon Be Alright: Black Tumblr as an Online Social Support Groups" at the Conference on Language, Interaction, and Culture at UCLA in April.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled "Blackout, Black Excellence, Black Power: Strategies of everyday online activism on Black Tumblr" at the annual conference of the National Council for Black Studies in Charlotte, North Carolina, in March.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled "Always Reblog, #staywoke: Strategies of Online Everyday Activism on Tumblr" at the annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque in February.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled "Racial Performance and the Hierarchy of Americanness on Social Media" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November.

Dibella Caminsky presented a talk entitled "Move Along, Proto-Chukotian: New Cases from Noun Incorporation" at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Washington, DC, in January.

Yi Yang Cheng presented a talk entitled "Expressions of Anticipative Necessity Expressions in Four Formosan Languages. Paper to be presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. Manila: Century Park Hotel, May 26-28, 2016.

Caroline Crouch completed her master's thesis, entitled "The Acoustic Properties of Voiceless Fricatives in Abkhaz," with the guidance of her advisor, Matthew Gordon.

Alexia Fawcett was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.

Julia Fine was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.

Julia Fine published a paper entitled "Social Influences on the Degree of Stop Voicing in Inland California" in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21(2), 2015 (Selected Papers from New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43). The paper is coauthored with Robert J. Podesva, Penelope Eckert, Katherine Hilton, Sunwoo Jeong, Sharese King, and Teresa Pratt.

Daniel Hieber completed his master's thesis, entitled "The Cohesive Function of Prosody in Ekegusii (Kisii) Narratives: A Functional-Typological Approach," with the guidance of his advisor, Carol Genetti.

Daniel Hieber published a book review of Endangered Languages and New Technologies by Mari C. Jones in Language Documentation and Conservation 9: 344–350, 2015. 

Daniel Hieber presented a talk entitled "The Extension of Structure to Discourse: Chitimacha Participles in Discourse and Diachrony" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas in Washington, DC, in January.

Nicholas Lester was awarded a Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship.

Nicholas Lester and and Shobhana Chelliah published a chapter entitled "Contact and Convergence in the Northeast," in Hans Henrich Hock and  Elena Bashir (eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of South Asia: A Comprehensive Guide, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 300-309, 2016.

Nicholas Lester and John Du Bois presented a talk entitled "The Ditransitive Strategy: Argument Cohort Accessibility Affords Cognitive Containment" at the annual Conference on Usage-based Linguistics in Tel Aviv in June. 

Nicholas Lester and John Du Bois presented a talk entitled  "Cognitive Containment: Motivating the Ditransitive Construction" at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Washington, DC, in January.

Nicholas Lester presented a talk entitled "Collateral Signal or Processing Response? Relativizer Omission in Spontaneous L2 Speech" at the annual Second Language Research Forum in Atlanta in October.

Audrey Lopez was awarded a President's Dissertation Year Fellowship by the Graduate Division.

Audrey Lopez was awarded a UCSB Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Grant.

Audrey Lopez was awarded a Humanities in the Community Summer Research Grant from UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Jessica Love-Nichols completed her master's thesis, entitled "Sense-making, Agency, and Globalization: Local Representations of Development Encounters in Nicaragua," with the guidance of her advisor, Mary Bucholtz.

Jessica Love-Nichols presented a talk entitled "Orientado o Beneficiado: Locating Agency in Nicaragua Development Encounters" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November.

Jessica Love-Nichols presented a talk entitled "Biologic Corridor, Linguistic Corridor: Linguistic and Ideological Flows in Transnational Development Organizations" at the fourth conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice at the University of Colorado in October.

Megan Lukaniec and Wallace Chafe published a chapter entitled "Huron/Wendat Interactions with the Seneca Language" in Language Contact and Change in the Americas: Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, Diane M. Hintz and Carmen Jany (eds.), Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 189-218.

Megan Lukaniec received a Humanities in the Community Summer Research Grant from UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Megan Lukaniec was awarded a Travel Grant from the Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics of the Linguistic Society of America, as well as a Student Travel Grant from the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, to present her work at the Linguistic Society of America.

Megan Lukaniec was a presenter on a panel on Language Revitalization and Exploration at the Symposium on Repatriation, Revitalization, and Cultural Reappropriation at UCSB in February.

Megan Lukaniec presented a talk entitled "Traveling Further Down the Grammaticalization Pathway: Evidence from the Coincident in Wendat" at the meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas in Washington, DC, in January.

Bradley McDonnell accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. 

Bradley McDonnell completed his dissertation, "Symmetrical Voice Constructions in Besemah: A Usage-Based Approach," with the guidance of his advisor, Marianne Mithun.

Hannah Ohge accepted a commission as an intelligence officer in the Air Force.

Kayla Palakurthy completed her master's thesis, entitled "Marking the Unexpected: Evidence from Navajo to Support a Metadiscourse Domain," with the guidance of her advisor, Marianne Mithun. 

Simon Peters was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.

Kevin Schäfer completed his master's thesis, entitled "Machine Learning in Language Reconstruction: A-Star Models of Sound Change," with the guidance of his advisor, Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín.

Rebekka Siemens completed her dissertation, "Guca: An Account of the Phonetics, Phonotactics, and Lexical Suffixes of a Kwakwala Dialect" with the guidance of her advisor, Carol Genetti.

Heather Simpson completed her dissertation, "Intonation Units as the Focus of Conscious Attention: Evidence from Studies of Memory for Spoken English," with the guidance of her advisor, Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín.

Nathaniel Sims was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Graduate Research Fellowship competition by the National Science Foundation.

Morgan Sleeper completed his master's thesis, entitled, "Contact Effects on Voice-Onset Time (VOT) in Patagonian Welsh," with the guidance of his advisor, Matthew Gordon.

Chris VanderStouwe accepted a position as Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of English at Boise State University. 

Chris VanderStouwe published an article entitled "Combating Privilege, Regulating Language: The Struggle to Create and Maintain University Safe Spaces" in the Journal of Language and Sexuality: 4(2): 272-287, 2015.

Chris VanderStouwe published a book review of Public Discourses of Gay Men by Paul Baker in Gender and Language 9(3): 489-492.

Chris VanderStouwe was awarded a National Science Foundation travel grant to present his work at the ninth International Gender and Language Association conference in Hong Kong.

Chris VanderStouwe presented an invited talk entitled " 'Straight-ish': Agency, Identity, and Desire in Online Personal Advertisements among Men Seeking Men" at the Research Meeting of the Williams Institute at UCLA in May.

Chris VanderStouwe presented a paper entitled " 'An Alternative to an Alternative': Constrained Agency, Same-Sex Attraction, and New Sexual Identities" at the ninth International Gender and Language Association conference in Hong Kong in May.

Chris VanderStouwe presented a paper entitled "'Not Gay, SSA': Challenging and Constructing Ideological Constraints of Agency in New Sexual Identity Constructions" at the annual Lavender Language and Linguistics Conference in Washington, DC, in February.

Chris VanderStouwe presented a talk entitled " 'If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck, He's Gay': Ideological Constraints on Agency in Discussions of TLC’s 'My Husband’s Not Gay'" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November.

Chris VanderStouwe and Shawn Warner-Garcia organized two panels at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November. The panels were entitled "Mediating Forces: Toward a Linguistic Anthropological Understanding of Constrained Agency" and "Constructing and Constraining: Considerations of Agency in Language, Gender, and Sexuality Research."

Shawn Warner-Garcia was awarded a Humanities in the Community Summer Research Grant by the UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Shawn Warner-Garcia was awarded a UCSB Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant.

Shawn Warner-Garcia was named an alternate in the American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship competition.

Shawn Warner-Garcia published an article entitled "Rejecting Exclusion, Embracing Inclusion: Conversation as Policy-Making at a US Baptist Conference on Sexuality and Covenant," Language Policy 15(2): 141-161, 2016.

Shawn Warner-Garcia published an article entitled "'His Belly Dancer': Young Women's Interactional Negotiation of Sexual Bodies and Desire at a Baptist University," Gender and Language 9(2): 255-277, 2015.

Shawn Warner-Garcia presented a paper entitled "The Ties That Bind: 50 Shades of Grey and Constrained Constructions of Covenant Sexuality" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November.

Brendon Yoder presented a paper entitled "The Abawiri Tone System in Typological Perspective" at the 8th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference at SOAS, University of London, in May.