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Princeton Phonology Forum 2019

Love phonology? Come attend these free workshops at Princeton!

https://linguistics.princeton.edu/pphf/

 

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3rd Canadian Linguistics Undergraduate Symposium

On behalf of the Concordia and McGill Linguistics student association, we would like to invite your students to our 3rd annual Canadian Linguistics Annual Undergraduate Symposium (CLAUSE) that will be taking place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Concordia University in Montreal, Québec.

The Concordia Linguistics Student Association (LSA), in conjunction with The Society of Linguistics Undergraduates of McGill (SLUM), are happy to present the third Canadian Linguistics Annual Undergraduate Symposium (CLAUSE̥) to be hosted at Concordia University. The mandate of CLAUSE̥ is to provide a venue for linguistic undergraduates to showcase their original research, and to foster academic dialogue and networks between undergraduates from different schools. Finally, CLAUSE̥ aims to encourage undergraduate linguists to pursue original research while building a research and presentation portfolio. CLAUSE̥ is open to the presentation of any topic pertinent to the study of linguistics.

Submit your best original research before February 22nd! All we need is a short abstract (suggested 500 words). Tell us what you’re working on currently, or a recent project you’re proud of.

You can submit your work at: https://linguistlist.org/easyabs/clause2019

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for CLAUSE̥, please reach out toclausesubmissions2019@gmail.com.

You may also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clausemtl/

Ekaterini Tsoraidis
VP External

 Concordia Linguistics Student Association
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve West
Fourth floor, room 400.01
Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
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Project Update: We have data!

Since my last post, we have recruited four participants for the study. We had collected data from about three pilots before hand and had a good enough corpus of data to submit an abstract for a conference!

Here is our abstract:

The purpose of this study is to examine speech processing in the auditory context of competing background noise to elucidate how bilingual experience modulates speech discrimination of English contrasts that are not phonemic in Spanish. We measured the Mismatch Negativity (MMN) component of event related potentials (ERPs). MMN reflects discrimination of auditory or speech contrasts (Näätänen, et al., 2007). We hypothesized that bilinguals would be less automatic in neural discrimination of speech contrasts because English, but not Spanish distinguishes the target vowels /ɑ/  and /æ/ . Thus, attention to and away from the speech is expected to more strongly modulate discrimination for bilinguals. ERPs to speech stimuli were recorded from 64 scalp sites in two conditions. In condition 1, participants’ attention was directed away (by watching a muted video) from the speech, which consisted of a female voice uttering /ɑpə/ as standard and /æpə/ as deviant mixed with a male voice uttering /epə/ as standard and /apə/ as deviant. In condition 2, participants were required to focus on the female voice /æpə/ by counting the deviants and to ignore the male voice. Preliminary results with four bilinguals revealed that attention enhanced the MMN amplitude to the target /æ/, but not to the non-target /e/ for the male voice in bilingual participants. In contrast, monolingual participants showed little or no increase in MMN to the target vowel,  increased amplitude of a late negativity to the target, but also positivity to the non-target male voice /e/. These findings suggest that bilingual experience influences processing of both target and non-target speech information. The pattern may be explained in terms of differences in how bilinguals and monolinguals inhibit interfering speech. Future directions will relate these findings to behavioral indices of target perception and to age and proficiency of second language acquisition.”

I am currently working on recruiting more participants and adding a new condition that has two female voices as the stimulus. In theory, It will be more difficult to differentiate the target stimulus from the non-target stimulus if they are both coming from female voices.  I am planning on submitting a new abstract later this month for the Cornell Linguistics Colloquium with data from the new paradigm. I would encourage anyone reading this to prepare an abstract for this colloquium even if you haven’t collected much data just so you can practice writing an abstract for a presentation and hopefully present at this event! I went last year and it was such an intimate event, the UnderLings (Cornell’s undergraduate linguistics club) approached everyone and tried to get to know them.

 

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HULLS 9 (at Hunter College) Call for Abstracts!

Hello everyone,

We hope you’re all enjoying your semester so far!

We’re very proud to announce that our Linguistics Conference, HULLS, will be happening on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th! More details to come!

That being said, we are now accepting submissions for this year’s HULLS conference and details regarding how to do so can be found below!

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Ninth Annual Hunter Linguistics and Language Studies Conference (HULLS)!

HULLS 9 is set to take place on May 3rd and 4th, 2019. For HULLS, The Hunter College Linguistics Association welcomes abstracts of original research from all areas of linguistics and language studies. Submissions will be accepted from undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting institution or recent graduates. Talks will be allotted 10-15 minutes with a 5-minute question/discussion period.

 Abstracts are limited to 350 words. An abstract should clearly present a thesis, a clear description of the topic, methods, and conclusions. For any questions regarding abstracts, please email us at hc.linguisticsclub@gmail.com.

Abstracts should be sent to hc.linguisticsclub@gmail.com by midnight on Friday, March 15th. The abstract should be sent as both text in the body of the email as well as a .pdf attachment. The attached file should not contain the name(s) of the author(s). In addition, the following information should be included in the body of the message:

– Paper title

– Author(s)

– Affiliation

– Email address of each author

If you are a linguistics or language educator, please be sure to tell your students about HULLS!

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Sincerely,
Fatima Tariq, President
Lameece Mustafa, Vice President
Kimberly Martinez, Treasurer
Chloe Pecorino, Secretary
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