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Linguistics News Archive

PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS STATE RESEARCH COMPETITION

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Jed Pizarro-Guevara (M.A. ’14) took first place in the Behavioral and Social Science division of the statewide CSU research competition, with his paper “A Psycholinguistic Study of Tagalog Relative Clauses: Age of Acquisition and Comprehension”.

COMMENCEMENT 2014

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The department honored the dozens of new Linguistics graduates with a brunch before the Spring 2014 ceremony.

Congratulations and best of luck to all. Keep in touch!

LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION IN STOCKHOLM

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Jed Pizarro-Guevara (M.A. ’14), Inessa Udovchenko, and Hiroshi Kurakata (B.A. ’14) attended the International Summer School in Language Documentation in Stockholm, Sweden.

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.

LINGUISTS AT THE SSRIC

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Six CSULB linguists presented their research in the 39th Annual CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council Student Research Conference on May 8 at CSU Fullerton.

  • Conte Herse, Vanessa. “Hedging in Court: A Corpus-based Study of Gender Effects in Testimony”
  • Martinez, Jose Miguel. “French for Spanish Speakers: A Contrastive Study of Adult French Learners’ Compositions”
  • Pizarro-Guevara, Jed Sam. “Age of Acquisition and Comprehension: A Psycholinguistic Study of Tagalog Relative Clauses”
  • Ngo, Nancy. “A Pilot Study: Learners of Japanese and the Underlying Semantics of Numerical Classifers.”
  • Garcia, Danielle. “A Pilot Study: L2 Acquisitions in an Adolescent Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • Kurakata, Hiroshi. “The American States of Mind: A Corpus Study”
JED PIZARRO-GUEVARA WINS CSULB RESEARCH COMPETITION
research_competitionLinguistics 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 MARRIAGEwklein-web2

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 HUMANSEllie, 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 DOCUMENTATIONNaiyapak_cropped

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 LANGTONlangton

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.

More alumni profiles

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.