[Spotlight] Department of Linguistics News: Spring(ish) 2020

Graduating senior Ludwig Adisiswoyo received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top paper for his research project “The Interaction Between Pitch, Duration, and Lexical Tone in the Production of Contrastive Burmese Nasals,” supervised by Matt Gordon and Phill Rogers, which he also presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium: https://urca.ucsb.edu/people/ludwig-adisiswoyo. In addition, Ludwig received the department’s award for top GPA in the Linguistics major with an emphasis in Language and Speech Technologies.
 
Graduate student Anna Bax has accepted a position  as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at California State University-Long Beach. Anna also received a Graduate Dissertation Award from UCSB’s Chicano Studies Institute and won third place in the LSA’s Student Abstract Award competition for her coauthored paper "Linguist-Speech Pathologist Collaboration as Service-in-Return to Speakers of Minority Languages."
 
Graduate student Guillem Belmar published an article entitled "Attitudes and Language Use of (Potential) New Speakers of a Minoritized Language: The Case of Adults Learning West Frisian in Formal Courses" in the journal Sustainable Multilingualism as well as an article entitled "Les xarxes virtuals i el català: actituds, usos i el paper de les comunitats virtuals com a refugis d’ús [Virtual networks and Catalan: attitudes, uses and the role of virtual communities as refuge of use]" in Révue d’Études Catalanes. In addition, Guillem published a coauthored article entitled "Virtual Communities as Breathing Spaces for Minority Languages: Reframing Minority Language Use in Social Media" in the journal Adeptus.
 
Graduate student Kendra Calhoun received a UC Humanities Research Institute Residence Fellowship for Fall 2020 with the UC-wide (virtual) Residential Research Group “Disciplining Diversity,” as well as an Honorable Mention for a Ford Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship. Kendra was also interviewed on the Vocal Fries podcast about her MA thesis research on anti-hegemonic racial humor on the Vine social media platform: https://radiopublic.com/the-vocal-fries-GOoXdOThe episode is titled “Read Between the Vines.” The article based on her research has also been featured on the Social Life of Language vlog: https://youtu.be/6fFAqbg_FHM. In addition, Kendra gave an invited talk at the University of Kent on activism and Black digital culture. 
 
Professor Eric Campbell received a Faculty Career Development Award for his project “Community-Based Documentation and Description of Mexican Indigenous Languages.” He also received National Science Foundation INTERN supplemental grant funding to support the Mexican Indigenous Languages Promotion and Advocacy (MILPA) project, which he directs.
 
Graduating senior Sabrina Chaffino received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for outstanding service. This award recognizes a student who has been closely involved with department activities or has demonstrated leadership among the department's undergraduates through a combination of internship involvement, club participation, research assistance, or conference work.
 
Professor Anne Charity Hudley was interviewed by the “Permission to Speak” podcast on “How to Check Your Bias”: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5S3OLLZz25HHW25obM03Wr?si=CGTuw_4MQSCRVC9_vAjL8Q. She was also interviewed for the “Decoder Ring” podcast on Slate about the “Karen” phenomenon: https://slate.com/podcasts/decoder-ring/2020/07/decoder-ring-the-karen
 
Graduating senior Gabriela Chavez received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top GPA in the Linguistics major.
 
Graduate student Yi-Yang Cheng was selected as a Hou Family Visiting Research Fellow in the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University for 2020-21, to pursue his dissertation project “Transitive Constructions in Kanakanavu, an Endangered Austronesian Language of Taiwan.”  
 
Graduating senior Qizheng Deng received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top GPA in the Linguistics major with a language emphasis.
 
Graduating senior Ashley Duran Sandoval received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top GPA in the Linguistics major with an emphasis in Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders.
 
Graduating senior Jasmine Ehrlich-Simm received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top GPA in the Language, Culture, and Society major.
 
Graduate student Alexia Fawcett was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for remote Kichwa language study at the Andes Amazon Field School in Tena, Ecuador.
 
Graduate student Julia Fine published an article entitled "#MagicResistance: Anti-Trump Witchcraft as Register Circulation" in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Julia also received both an Interdisciplinary Humanities Dissertation Fellowship and a Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant for her project "Decolonial Vitalities: Agency and Creativity in Kodiak Alutiiq Language Revitalization,” as well as an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaboration Grant. 
 
Graduate student Joy Garza received a UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship. Joy has also launched her own YouTube channel, “The Ways in Which” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i4CfBUc0CQ), and she is a co-convenor of the Asian/Asian American Studies Collective, a new Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Research Focus Group.
 
Graduating senior Will Gravelle received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top paper for his research project “VOT and Acquisition of Consonants in Spanish-English Bilingual Children,” supervised by Matt Gordon, which he also presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium: https://urca.ucsb.edu/people/william-gravelle.
 
Undergraduate Linguistics (and Philosophy and Classics) major Aria Hejazi received the William R. Reardon Undergraduate Award for outstanding academic achievement in the humanities. This is the top award in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.
 
Graduate student Danny Hieber has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta. 
 
Professor Argyro Katsika received a Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship Award for her project "How Many Levels Does the Hierarchy of Prominence Have? The Categorical and Gradient Effects of Focus Structure on the Prosodic Hierarchy of Prominence.”
 
Graduating senior Gabriel Mendoza received the UCSB Department of Linguistics Sierra Markee-Winkler Award. This award, established to honor the memory of Sierra Markee-Winkler, a major in our department, recognizes a student who has demonstrated an ability to be a difference-maker, contributing to the linguistics and larger campus community, through volunteerism, activism, and/or research involvement, while maintaining strong academic performance. Gabriel will enter the University of Chicago’s graduate program in Linguistics in the fall.
 
Graduate student deandre miles-hercules was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. deandre also received their master’s degree with a thesis entitled "'A Way to Lift Each Other Up': Blackfemme-ininities and the Materiality of Discourse Grounding.” In addition, they were interviewed by both Vox (https://www.vox.com/2020/6/30/21300294/bipoc-what-does-it-mean-critical-race-linguistics-jonathan-rosa-deandra-miles-hercules) and the “Wait, There’s More” podcast (https://omny.fm/shows/wait-theres-more/where-did-bipoc-come-from) about “BIPOC” and other terms for racialized groups. 
 
Graduate student Jamaal Muwwakkil published a coauthored article entitled "Conversations in the Classroom" in the journal Phi Delta Kappan. In addition, Jamaal was interviewed by CNN for a story about the racist origins of everyday expressions: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/racism-words-phrases-slavery-trnd/index.html. He was also a guest on the Texas Public Radio show “The Source” on a similar topic: https://bit.ly/2VYcxrw.
 
Graduate student Graduate student Jesús Olguín Martínez published an article entitled "Attributive Temporal Clauses in Cross-Linguistic Perspective" in the journal Te Reo as well as a coauthored article entitled "Adverbial Clauses in Veracruz Huasteca Nahuatl from a Functional-Typological Approach" in the journal LIAMES: Línguas Indígenas Americanas. Jesús also published a coauthored chapter entitled "Dissecting Adverbial Clauses in Veracruz Huasteca Nahuatl" in the volume Estudios de lenguas amerindias 4. Escenario actual de la investigación sobre lenguas yutoaztecas. Homenaje a Jane H. Hill
 
Graduate student Jaylen Pittman received a David L. Boren Fellowship to study in Korea (post-COVID-19 crisis).
 
Graduating senior Maria Santos Lara received the UCSB Department of Linguistics award for top GPA in the Linguistics major. 
 
Graduate student Catherine Scanlon received a Firebird Fellowship for her project "Documenting Ende Oral History: The Conversion to Christianity."
 
Graduate student Nate Sims received a Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship. In addition, he published an article entitled "Reconsidering the Diachrony of Tone in Rma" in the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society as well as a coauthored article entitled "Towards a Sustainable Handling of Inter-Linear-Glossed Text in Language Documentation” in Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing. Nate also received a grant from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to run an online workshop for speakers of eastern Himalayan languages of Sichuan, and he served as a discussant for the Smithsonian exhibition "Lag zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau."
 
Undergraduate Kellie Stahlhuth was awarded the Deans' Outstanding Senior Award, based on her record of outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community. This is the top award of the College of Letters and Science. Kellie was also awarded the UCSB Department of Linguistics Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes a student who is a source of inspiration to the Linguistics Department and the campus community thanks to their strength of character, their motivation to succeed, and their vision for the future. In addition, she received the department's award for top GPA in the Language, Culture, and Society major.
 
Graduate student Adrienne Tsikewa was awarded a Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, administered through Indigenous Education, Inc.
 
Graduate student Chloe Willis was awarded the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Outstanding Achievement Award for second-year Chinese. Chloe also received her master’s degree with a thesis entitled "Bisexuality and /s/ Production."
 
Graduate student Brendon Yoder received his doctoral degree with a dissertation entitled "A grammar of Abawiri, a Lakes Plain language of Papua, Indonesia."
 
Professor Lal Zimman was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.