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Linguistics Department News

CONTE HERSE PRESENTS AT BERKELEY

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Linguistics student Vanessa Conte Herse presented her research at the Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium in April 2014. Her presentation “Hedging in Court: A Corpus-based Study of Gender Effects on Testimony Language” was based on her final project in LING 501 Corpus Linguistics.

LINGUISTS AT THE SSRIC

The Linguistics department is proud to announce that seven of our students will present their original research at the SSRIC Student Research Conference at CSU Fullerton on May 8.

Please come out to support Essa Alfaifi, Vanessa Conte Herse, Danielle Garcia, Hiroshi Kurakata, Nour Kweider, Jose Martinez, and Jed Pizarro-Guevara!

LINGUISTICS RECOGNIZED FOR “HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN STUDENT SUCCESS FOR 2014″

The Linguistics department was recognized as one of the
CSULB departments with the highest graduation rates over the past 3 years.

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
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Linguistics major Lauren Faust 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.

In Fall 2014, Lauren intends to enter an M.A. program in Speech Pathology.

JED PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS CSULB RESEARCH COMPETITION
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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

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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.

More on Dr. Klein’s research.

INTERNSHIP: TALKING TO VIRTUAL HUMANS

Ellie, a virtual human created at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies

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).

More Linguistics internships.

STUDENT RESEARCH: ENDANGERED LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION

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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

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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.

More on LeeAnne Langton.

FEATURED ALUMNUS: DR. MARSHALL THOMAS
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As Director of Veterans Services at CSULB, Linguistics alumnus Dr. Marshall Thomas has been a pioneer in creating a welcoming environment for student vets. Click here to watch a recent talk.

More alumni profiles.

 FEATURED COURSE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGEWilliam Rennie

Through his highly popular American Sign Language courses, Bill Rennie brings the Deaf and hearing worlds together. Bill also teaches workshops through the Sign Language Factory.

More Linguistics courses.