Colloquia & Events
Using the DLC Framework to Examine Linguistic Identities of Transnational Multilinguals
Join Megan Randall, Career Coach with the Career and Professional Development Center, University of Utah, and learn how to create eye catching resumes and cover letters.
In this workshop, you will learn:
- Explain basic formatting guidelines for resume writing
- Tailor a resume to the opportunity and audience
- Write accomplishment statements for transferable skills
- Indicate the basic structure for formatting a cover letter
- Articulate a specific reason for their interest in the position
- Identify top strengths (skills, knowledge, experience) which demonstrate fit for the particular position
Individual Differences in Syntactic Processing: A psycholinguist's "two-disciplines" problem
Time:3:15 - 5:00pm | Location: Virtual and recording available
Eve Olson graduated with a HBA in Linguistics from the University of Utah and earned
her MA in Translation from Kent State University. Following her MA she completed an
internship at the UN in Austria. Eve is currently doing freelance translation and
editing with the ultimate goal attaining a translation job with the government.
Rebecca Rivas completed her BA in Linguistics just this past Fall and has already begun working for LingoTek! Learn about the work she is doing with this local translation company, how she leveraged her coursework and other experiences as an undergraduate and connected with them so quickly
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm | Location: Virtual only (Join at 3:15 to socialize)
Infants represent differences between groups of talkers, and use this information to guide their social preferences. Nevertheless, models of word learning often abstract away from social information. The omission of social information from these models makes them unable to capture the way that children select which linguistic data to learn from based on their social and cultural experiences. In this talk I review two previous infant word learning experiments and show that their results can be better predicted by a model which incorporates infants’ beliefs about the relative value of informants.
University of Utah Linguistics undergraduates and graduate students interested in presenting their work will need to register by March 26th, 2021.
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The theme for the 2021 Forum on Language and the Law is legal interpretation, and this includes an emphasis on corpus linguistic methods for determining original and ordinary meaning in statutes, contracts, trademark agreements, the Constitution, and other important documents. The speakers at the 2020 Forum include two linguists, a law professor, and a Utah Supreme Court Justice. The first linguist, Jesse Egbert (Northern Arizona University), will offer insights into best practices in corpus-based linguistic research dealing with questions of original and ordinary meaning. The law professor, Lawrence Solum (Georgetown University), will discuss original and ordinary meaning from a legal perspective, focusing particularly on constitutional law. The second linguist, Tammy Gales (Hofstra University), will highlight linguistic principles and methods while emphasizing her work on statutory interpretation in trademark cases. Finally, Associate Chief Justice Tom Lee (Utah Supreme Court) will discuss the empirical methods he has used and advocated for when dealing with questions of legal interpretation.
The information and methods presented in this symposium will help lawyers, linguists, and judges improve their abilities to analyze and evaluate linguistic evidence related to legal interpretation in multiple domains of civil and criminal law.
Welcome (back) to Linguistics
The Department would like to welcome all to attend the Welcome (back) to Linguistics Virtual Event.
Undergraduates, please join us virtually at 3:30, if you can, for a brief information session hosted by Shannon Barrios, the Department of Linguistics Director of Undergraduate Studies. The session will be aimed at undergraduate students, especially those who are new to our community (we can't wait to meet you!), and will include details about departmental communication, department events, and other opportunities for rich experiences available to undergraduates students (internships, research, and club participation), as well as resources and support
Graduate students, Faculty, Instructors, Staff, and friends of Linguistics, please join at 4 pm for an opportunity to meet new faces and connect virtually with familiar ones.
Reconstructing Akan Day-names: Supporting Evidence from the Caribbean
Jamaican Creole and several other Atlantic English Creoles (AECs) share a set of day-names with Ákàn and several other geographically contiguous Kwa languages. The day-names, based on a seven-day week, are typically assigned to a baby based on the day of its birth and its biological sex. The day-name systems found in Jamaican Creole and several of the AECs are striking in that they have fewer gaps than the modern Kwa languages (other than Ákàn), and exhibit far greater similarity than the Kwa systems. These facts are taken as an indication that the systems in the other Kwa languages were borrowed from the Ákàn system (and hence are not cognate with it), and are potentially more recent than the Caribbean systems. In fact, the Caribbean side more than likely reflects a single system that was established in one territory, that was later diffused to other territories. Additionally, not only is the Caribbean system older than the non- Ákàn systems, it also appears to be cognate with the Ákàn system. This conclusion is based on a reconstruction of the Ákàn proto-system using the comparative method, as well as information on the diachronic lexicology of Ákàn. The talk will present the method used for the reconstruction, and then discuss the findings in light of the sociolinguistics of diaspora.
Applying to Graduate School Virtual Event, 3:30 - 5:00 pm (join 3:15 to socialize)
This virtual meeting will be hosted by Shannon Barrios, Aniellos De Santo, and Rachel Hayes-Harb and is intended for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about graduate school application process. Undergraduates at any point in their careers are welcome and encouraged to join.
What can vowel formant trajectories tell us about language change?
Most descriptions of English vowels are based on acoustic measurements taken at their midpoint. However, there are more to vowels than their midpoints. Advances in computational power and statistical modeling have made robust analyses of vowel trajectories now possible and sociophoneticians can now ask questions that, until recently, were impossible to answer. I present three case studies on vowel trajectories and their change over time. Front lax vowels in Washington reveal that changes in trajectory can accompany vowel shifts. However, back vowels in the American South show that vowel shifting does not imply changes in trajectory. Finally, prelateral vowels in Utah can enrich our understanding of vowel merger. These examples illustrate that as more studies incorporate vowel trajectories, we can greatly expand our descriptive, theoretical, and sociolinguistic understanding of language, even on vowels canonically considered monophthongs.
Lexical idiosyncrasy and experience: A grammatical-lexical model
This talk presents some predictions of Representational Strength Theory (RST), a constraint-based
model incorporating both grammatical and lexical factors. In RST, traditional faithfulness
constraints are replaces by Phonological Form Constraints (PFC's), which
encode lexicalized properties of a word. The key prediction of this model is that probabilistic grammar can be learned alongside lexically
specific behavior of individual words. The talk will focus on the effects of lexical frequency: Empirically, the more experience a learner
has with a particular lexical item, the more that lexical item may diverge from the phonological grammar, and the more rigid its behavior
is (Morgan and Levy 2016, Smith and Moore-Cantwell 2017). Iterated learning simulations demonstrate that this behavior is predicted by RST, but not by competitor models, such as a Faithfulness to listed exceptions, lexically-indexed constraints, or cophonologies.