Graduate Student News - 2016-2017

Erin Adamson received a Kennedy/Graves Research Fund award to support her summer archival research on the interplay of language and identity with African American women’s hand games.

Erin Adamson was elected Vice President of External Affairs for the Graduate Student Association.

Sandra Auderset presented a talk entitled "One way or another? – The antipassive and its relationship to person markers”, at the 49ᵗʰ Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) at Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy.

Anna Bax was awarded a Linguistic Society of America Fellowship to attend the LSA Institute at the University of Kentucky in Summer 2017.

Anna Bax was co-chair of the 23rd Annual Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Conference at UCSB in May.

Anna Bax was awarded the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Graduate Student Paper Prize for her paper "The C-word" meets "the N-word": The slur-once-removed and the discursive construction of "reverse racism".

Anna Bax presented a talk entitled "Using sociolinguistic pedagogy to improve youth attitudes toward marginalized varieties of English" at the American Association for Applied Linguistics conference in Portland, Oregon in March.

Anna Bax presented a talk entitled "The effect of sociolinguistics pedagogy on youth attitudes toward marginalized varieties of English" at the 45th New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference in Vancouver in November.

Chris Brendel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Kendra Calhoun completed her MA Thesis “What a Black man can’t have a TV?”: Vine Racial Comedy as a Sociopolitical Discourse Genre” with the guidance of her advisor, Mary Bucholtz.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled “”I am 420% heterosexual so I know EVERYTHING about being straight and sports”: How Tumblr and Twitter Constructed (and Dragged) the “Straight White Boy”” at the Popular/American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego in April.

Kendra Calhoun presented a talk entitled “Stereotypes, affordances, and social critique: Vine racial comedy as a sociopolitical discourse genre” at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers in Berlin, Germany in October.

Kendra Calhoun received a UCSB Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Kendra Calhoun received a Kennedy/Graves Research Fund award.

Kendra Calhoun received a Conference Travel Scholarship from the Association of Internet Researchers to attend their annual meeting in Berlin in October.

Dibella Caminsky presented a talk entitled “Tea Ceremonies and Consonant Mutation: Repetition in Nivkh Discourse as a Means of Preservation” at the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Symposium “Interaction and Culture Across Languages: Perspectives from Field Linguistics”

Yi-Yang Cheng presented a paper "Origins and Polyfunctionality of Anticipative Expressions: Evidence from Austronesian Taiwan" at the Chulalongkorn International Student Symposium on Southeast Asian Linguistics, held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 2017. 

Yi-Yang Cheng presented a paper "(Inter)subjectification across the Strait: The Emergence of Adverbial Zhengge in Taiwan Mandarin Revisited" at the 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, held in Rutgers University, New Jersey, June 2017. 

Yi-Yang Cheng published a book review of "New advances in Formosan linguistics eds. by Elizabeth Zeitoun, Stacy F. Teng, and Joy J. Wu" in Oceanic Linguistics Volume 56, Number 1, June 2017. 

Caroline Crouch was awarded grants from the Endangered Languages Documentation Program (ELDP) (£5,534) and the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center ($5,512) for research on Ninde documentation and orthographic development.

Caroline Crouch presented a talk entitled “Preliminary overview of the Ninde language” with Kevin Schäfer at the 9th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL9) in Paris, France.

Alexia Fawcett organized the 20th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UCSB in May with Adrienne Tsikewa.

Julia Fine was awarded a Linguistic Society of America Fellowship to attend the LSA Institute at the University of Kentucky in Summer 2017.

Julie Fine presented a poster “So-called "normal": Scare quotes and the contestation of (a)sexual normativity” at the 23rd Annual Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Conference at UCSB in May.

Daniel Hieber presented an invited talk “Lessons from an isolate: Chitimatcha Diachrony in areal perspective” at the UCLA American Indian Seminar in May.

Daniel Hieber presented a talk entitled “How to Become a Kisii Folktale: Generic Features of Moralizing Narratives among the Gusii People of Kenya” at the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Symposium “Interaction and Culture Across Languages: Perspectives from Field Linguistics”.

Nicholas Lester presented a talk “Diversity can help or hinder: Syntactic distributions and (noun-)phrase production”, with Fermin Moscoso del Prado, at the 91st annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, in Austin, TX.

Jessica Love-Nichols was awarded a grant ($1,480) from the UC Mexus program for the project “Orgullosamente Indigena: Creating Sociolinguistic Justice through Collaborative Activism”, with Mary Bucholtz as the PI.

Jessica Love-Nichols presented a talk entitled “‘Before the droughts moved in': Spatiotemporal orientation as a resource for indexing cultural affiliation in climate communication” at the Biannual Meeting of the International Environmental Communication Association in Leicester, England, United Kingdom.

Jessica Love-Nichols presented a talk entitled “‘Where in the World Did It Go So Wrong’: Spatiotemporal orientation as an element of country music style” at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in Minneapolis, MN.

Jessica Love-Nichols organized a panel “Playing the changes, saying the changes: The social meaning of musico-linguistic style-shifting” with Morgan Sleeper at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in Minneapolis, MN.

Jessica Love-Nichols presented a poster entitled ”Ideological Stance and Phonetic Variation: the mediatized performance of a sportsman identity", at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45 in Vancouver, Canada.

Megan Lukaniec presented a talk entitled “The elaboration of the pronominal prefix system in Lake Iroquoian: Evidence from the historical documentation of Wendat” at the 20th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UCSB in May.

Jamaal Muwwakkil received an Honorable Mention for a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Jamaal Muwwakkil was awarded the Ivan A. Sag Institute Fellowship by the Linguistic Society of America to attend the LSA Institute at the University of Kentucky in Summer 2017. The Sag Fellowship recognizes an exceptionally promising linguist, and with the expectation that the Sag Fellow will go beyond the normal Institute participation, exercising inclusiveness, generosity and energy.

Jamaal Muwwakkil was elected President of the Black Graduate Student Association.

Hannah Ohge successfully defended her dissertation in June 2017.

Kayla Palakurthy was awarded a NSF Documenting Endangered Languages Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF BCS-1713793) “Documenting Sociolinguistic Variation in Diné bizaad (Navajo), a Native American Language”, with Marianne Mithun as the PI.

Kayla Palakurthy presented a talk “Prosody in Navajo Narratives” at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas annual meeting in Austin, TX.

Simon Peters was nominated for a UCSB Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Philip Rogers was a runner-up in the 2016 UCSB Grad Slam competition.

Kevin Schäfer presented a talk “Subordination in Ninde avoidance registers” at the 9th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL9) in Paris, France.

Nathaniel Sims presented a talk entitled “Negotiations of Ethnicity among Rma-Speaking Tibetans: Language as a Tool for Ethnogenesis” at the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Symposium “Interaction and Culture Across Languages: Perspectives from Field Linguistics”.

Nathaniel Sims presented a talk entitled “New interfaces: A sociocultural linguistic study of WeChat as a tool for language maintenance in a Qiang-speaking community”, with Ruijie Peng, at the 23rd Annual Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Conference at UCSB in May.

Morgan Sleeper presented a talk entitled “Tone and tune in Tlahuapa Tu'un Sàví songs” at the 20th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UCSB in May.

Morgan Sleeper gave an invited talk “Code-switching and chord changes: Music, language, & identity in Welsh Rock” at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

Morgan Sleeper organized a panel “Playing the changes, saying the changes: The social meaning of musico-linguistic style-shifting” with Jessica Love-Nichols at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in Minneapolis, MN.

Morgan Sleeper presented a poster entitled “Nasal Mutation Variation in Patagonian Welsh", at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45 in Vancouver, Canada.

Karen Tsai presented a poster entitled “Bi-dialectal homophone effects in Kansai Japanese lexical decision tasks” at the 5th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Karen Tsai was selected to attend to the Japan Foundation’s 2-month Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields, in Kansai, Japan.

Adrienne Tsikewa was awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Adrienne Tsikewa was awarded a Linguistic Society of America Fellowship to attend the LSA Institute at the University of Kentucky in Summer 2017.

Adrienne Tsikewa organized the 20th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UCSB in May with Alexia Fawcett.

Chris VanderStouwe successfully defended his dissertation in November 2016.

Shawn Warner-Garcia accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Professional Development for the UCSB Graduate Division. 

Brendon Yoder presented a paper “Participatory orthography development in Abawiri” at the 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, March 2017.

Brendon Yoder presented a paper “Grammatical relations: how Abawiri works without them” at the 26th Annual Linguistics Symposium at California State University, Fullerton, April 2017.

Brendon Yoder received grants from the Endangered Language Fund ($2,700) and the UCSB Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant ($3,000) for his dissertation field research on documentation of the Abawiri language.