Linguistics Department News
|OUTSTANDING BACCALAUREATE: LAUREN FAUST
Lauren Faust, a double-major in Linguistics and Communicative Disorders, was selected as one of three outstanding baccalaureate students from the College of Liberal Arts.
Lauren is a President’s Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. Her honors thesis was a corpus linguistics study of stroke patients’ speech, entitled “Language characteristics and severity of language impairment in individuals with aphasia: a correlational study.”
In the Fall, Lauren intends to enter an M.A. program in Speech Pathology.
|JED PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS CSULB RESEARCH COMPETITION
Linguistics M.A. student Jed Pizarro-Guevara took first place in the CSULB student research competition in the category of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with his presentation “The age of acquisition and relative clause comprehension in Tagalog as a first language”. He will represent CSULB at the statewide competition at Cal State East Bay, on May 2-3.
Linguistics was well-represented in the competition, with outstanding presentations by Vanessa Conte-Herse, Hiroshi Kurakata, and Jose Martinez. A large Linguistics “posse” turned out to support them.
|FACULTY RESEARCH: COMMUNICATION IN MARRIAGE
Dr. Wendy Klein contributed a chapter on “Housework: Couples’ Collaboration and Conflict” (coauthored with Carolina Izquierdo) to Fast Forward Family: Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle Class America. Her work was also featured in the Atlantic.
|INTERNSHIP: TALKING TO VIRTUAL HUMANS
Lauren Faust was one of 8 undergraduates chosen nationwide for an NSF-funded REU internship at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. Her research on how patients talk to a virtual therapist (left) was presented and published in Semdial 2013 (link to .pdf).
|STUDENT RESEARCH: ENDANGERED LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION
Naiyapak Phakkahn spent winter break in a Thai village, making recordings of the Yoy language. This endangered language, spoken by 6000 people, has never been described. Naiyapak’s M.A. thesis will focus on the grammar and sound structure of Yoy, including its complex tonal system.
FEATURED ALUMNA: LEEANNE LANGTON
LeeAnne (M.A. 1995) spent most of 2013 in Tanzania, as a Senior Language Fellow of the U.S. State Department. She trained teachers and designed curricula at St. Augustine University. A former Peace Corps volunteer, LeeAnne speaks seven languages. She teaches in CSULB’s English department, where she specializes in academic writing, ESL, heritage language preservation, and multi-lingualism.
|FEATURED ALUMNUS: DR. MARSHALL THOMAS
||FEATURED COURSE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE|