Clancy Clements, a linguist from Indiana University, will give a talk on Friday, October 18 at 4:00 in Greene 145.
The title is:
How the brain constructs grammar (without a tutor): evidence from some Portuguese- and Spanish-lexified contact varieties
One of the things the brain does very well is recognize patterns. It is also sensitive to input and input frequency in creating the patterns. In this presentation, I show how frequency of occurrence of nominal and verbal forms in discourse can be determined, and how this form frequency, along with the perceptual salience of such forms, can serve to predict form selection in the language acquisition/creation process, and account for the restructuring found in immigrant and creole languages. The data are taken from a representative sample of Portuguese- and Spanish-based language- contact varieties.
You can find more information about Clancy on his webpage:
I hope to see all of you on the 18th!
An interesting piece from the Independent on language diversity.
Are you interested in linguistics, in speaking with international students, or just being very helpful? We are looking for native English speaker volunteers to help with oral skills workshops for international students. You can help international students gain facility with the rapid pace of native speaker English, idiomatic expressions, American culture, and to help increase their confidence and ability to participate in their classes. It’s a lot of fun!
Volunteers are not required to attend every session, but should be available on a semi-regular basis.
Sessions are planned for Fridays from 3:30-4:30 (or until 5 some days), in Tribble A-104. Sessions will begin Sept. 13th. Thursday sessions may also occur depending on interest.
Please contact Andrew Smith at email@example.com if you are interested.
A TED talk discussing the important difference between writing and speech in the context of the recent advent of texting. McWhorter points out:
Once you have [mobile devices] in your pocket that can receive that message, then you have the conditions that allow that we can write like we speak. And that’s where texting comes in. And so, texting is very loose in its structure. No one thinks about capital letters or punctuation when one texts, but then again, do you think about those things when you talk? No, and so therefore why would you when you were texting?
Recently a graduate student at NC State University published a set of interactive dialect maps based on data from a dialect survey by Bert Vaux (University of Cambridge).
Dialect maps by Joshua Katz based on data from the 122-question survey conducted by Bert Vaux, Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge. The web interface was coded with Shiny and deployed using the hosting service provided by RStudio. These maps are preliminary results only—more complete/correct versions are in development.
via Dialect Survey Maps.
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Periodically during the semester, WFU faculty and friends in languages and linguistics gather in Greene Hall 528 to discuss their research and current topics in the field.
For more information on our current schedule of Lingustics Circle presentations and talks subscribe to the Linguistics minor calendar, join our campus listserv or refer to this site's calendar of upcoming events.