I am very pleased to join the Linguistics department at Harvard University as a visiting scholar as I kick off my mid-tenure sabbatical leave! I'm looking forward to spending this summer in the library writing my book.
Poster: Coronal stops in Kawam: sound change and phonetic variation @ Old World Conference on Phonology (OCP19) in the workshop on Understanding Sound Change
Talk: Language Corpora and Documentation: A Guide to the Ende Corpus @ Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory (LDLT6)
Invited talk: The Pahoturi River Language Documentation Project for the Linguistics Colloquium Series @ Seoul National University
Talk: Coronal stops in Kawam: sound change and phonetic variation @ Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory (LDLT6)
Invited talk: Phonological puzzles in two under-researched languages for the Linguistics Colloquium Series @ University of Delaware
Invited talk: Linguistic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea for the School of Modern Languages @ Georgia Institute of Technology
Invited talk: Data management for linguists: maintaining organization, collaborations, and accessibility for yourself and the community for the Linguistics Department Colloquium @ University of Rochester
Talk: Investigating an emergent style in Ende: Evidence from covariation of stopping and retraction by women orators in Papua New Guinea @ New Ways of Analyzing Variation
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk with Katherine Strong at New Ways of Analyzing Variation. The slides are here.
This year, I will be participating as a fellow in the BU Provost Mentor Fellow Program, a program designed for faculty who want to improve their advising practices and provide better support and outcomes for their students. More about the program here: https://www.bu.edu/pdpa/for-faculty/for-faculty/provost-mentor-fellows-program/
Talk: Reconstructing labialized velars in proto-Pahoturi @ the Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics conference
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk with Christian Brickhouse at Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics. The slides are here.
Talk: A new type of auxiliary: Evidence from Pahoturi River complex predicates @ Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics
Recently, I had the opportunity to give a talk with Dineke Schokkin at Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics . The slides are here.
My article on variable /n/-realization in Ende has been published in a special issue of Asia-Pacific Language Variation, edited by Eri Kashima and Miriam Meyerhoff.
The link to the article is here: https://benjamins.com/catalog/aplv.19013.lin.
This paper presents a sociophonetic analysis of word-final /n/-elision in Ende (Pahoturi River; Papuan). An analysis of 73 speakers reveals that tense, phonological context, and most significantly, whether or not the speaker is a kawa practitioner, a prestigious type of public oration, are significantly correlated with /n/-retention. A closer look at just five kawa practitioners reveals that age and genre may also play a role. The present study matches Schokkin’s analysis of /n/-elision in Idi (this issue). Indeed, the findings support her conclusions that this pattern is one of /n/-elision (not /n/-addition) and show similarities in conditioning factors. Analysing sociolinguistic variation in this region presents a unique set of benefits and challenges. This paper discusses how emically-derived categories relating to age, clan, and orator status may deviate from characterisations of prestige in Westernised and urbanised societies but better fit southern New Guinea’s social context.
I'm very happy to announce that Dineke Schokkin and I have published a special issue in Language Documentation and Conservation on the phonetics of several languages of Southern New Guinea. The link to the full volume is here: https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/sp24/.
After much back and forth, my article on the phonetics and phonology of Ende for the Illustrations section of the Journal of the International Phonetics Association has been published!
The link is here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-international-phonetic-association/article/abs/ende/8EFEC79687F73B691A1D6C91ABE93E4B.
Make sure you access the supplemental materials to hear recordings of all the Ende words in the article.
Invited talk: Linguistic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea; Keynote speaker @ the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Spring Colloquium
Publication: "Now the story's turning around": Associated motion and directionality in Ende, a language of Papua New Guinea
My chapter on Ende associated motion and directionality with Lauren Reed has been published as part of the edited volume Associated Motion [link: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110692099/html] by Antoine Guillaume and Harold Koch.
The link is here: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110692099-009/pdf.
In this paper, we provide one of the first descriptions of associated motion in a Papuan language. Ende, a language of southern Papua New Guinea, has one directional affix that codes path towards the deictic centre when combined with verbs of motion or transfer. When this affix is combined with other verbs, it gives rise to interpretations of an associated, secondary motion event. This type of “deictic associated motion” was first explicitly described by Belkadi (2015) in several languages of Africa. Ende’s deictic associated motion system is unlike prototypical associated motion systems, such as that in Kaytetye (Pama- Nyungan, Australia), in that Ende does not have dedicated affixes that code associated motion. Instead, Ende’s associated motion expression relies on inference on the part of speakers and hearers to give rise to the motion readings. Accordingly, we propose the terms dedicated associated motion and inferential associated motion to distinguish these two very different associated motion systems, one of which relies on dedicated affixes or other structures, and the other, which relies on speakers’ and hearers’ inferences.
Talk: Collaboration, communities and relationship-building: Pushing the conversation forward @ Talk Story Workshop at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation
Katherine Strong, Katie Drager, and I published an article on variable affrication in Ende for the Proceedings of NWAV 2020 in the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. This work is the preliminary study leading into Katherine Strong's much anticipated dissertation. The link is here: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol26/iss2/15/.
This paper explores sociophonetic variation in Ende, a Pahoturi River (Papuan) language spoken by the Ende tän, and adds to a growing body of variationist work taking place in southern New Guinea. We examine variable affrication of Ende retroflex obstruents through conducting an auditory analysis of spontaneous speech produced by 16 speakers of Ende, and we consider what linguistic and social factors are linked with this variation. Specifically, we highlight the locally relevant social factor of participation in community oration, a prestigious practice in Ende society. The research thus provides a much-needed contrast and comparison with dominant sociolinguistic theories. The results provide evidence that retroflex obstruents in Ende are more likely to be realized as stops when produced by those who perform orations. Among the orators, the frequency of stop realizations is linked with age and gender, such that older, women orators produce more stops. In contrast, no age- or gender-based differences are observed among the non-orators. We argue that women orators are using the stop variant to assert symbolic power in a community where oration is one of the few avenues of power available to women.
This year, I was honored to receive the Wetherill-Bloom Career Development Professorship. This three-year professorship provides me with the funding and resources necessary to pursue my research program on documenting the Pahoturi River languages of southern New Guinea. I am very grateful to Jon Barnes and the BU Linguistics Department for nominating me for this award and to Virginia Wetherill, a BU alum, whose generous estate gift enabled BU to create this professorship.
An article about my award: https://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/new-career-development-professorships-in-data-science-linguistics/
More on the professorships here: https://www.bu.edu/provost/awards-publications/award-opportunities/career-development-professorships/
Invited talk: Deriving the Pahoturi River vowel space using diachronic and synchronic methods for the Ling Lang Lunch speaker series @ Brown University
Talk: Laboratory phonology without the lab: evaluating articulatory specification change in a Papuan language @ Laboratory Phonology 17
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