Linguistics Department News
|LINGUISTICS RECOGNIZED FOR “HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN STUDENT SUCCESS FOR 2014″
The Linguistics department was recognized as one of the
As a relatively small department, Linguistics is able to offer small classes, personalized advising and a high degree of student-faculty interaction.
The $20,000 reward for this achievement will be used to further strengthen our student success initiatives.
|LINGUIST WINS OUTSTANDING BACCALAUREATE
Linguistics major Lauren Faust was selected as one of three outstanding baccalaureate students from the College of Liberal Arts.
In Fall 2014, 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|