February 24, 2011

TULCon 2011

TULCon 2011 (the Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference) is an event organized by the UofT SLUGS (Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students). It took place Friday, March 4, 2011 to Sunday, March 6, 2011.

SLUGS looks for housing volunteers for TULCon 2011: since a number of attendees will be coming from out of town, anyone who has extra sleeping space (couch space, guest rooms, extra beds, etc.) that is willing to host one or more out-of-town attendee on the nights of March 4th or 5th (preferably both) should get in touch with the TULCon planners either by e-mail (tulcon2011 -at- gmail -dot- com) or by filling out the TULCon hosting form.

You do not have to live close to campus, but you should be TTC-accessible.

For more information on TULCon, visit the SLUGS official site.

All other inquiries should be directed at tulcon2011 -at- gmail -dot- com.

February 16, 2011

UofT Linguistics on Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, be sure to follow our departmental fan page and get blog updates on your news feed right when they happen!

February 14, 2011


NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) 39 was held in San Antonio, Texas from November 4th to the 6th this year. UofT was well represented with presentations by the following (listed in alphabetical order of first author):

LeAnn Brown
Gender and Sociophonetics: What Performative Readings Suggest

Derek Denis
The trajectory of General Extenders from a transatlantic perspective: Innovation and innovators

Matt Hunt Gardner
The In-Crowd and the “Oat-casts”: Diphthongs and Identity in a Cape Breton High School

Naomi Nagy, Nina Aghdasi, Derek Denis, Alex Motut, Dylan Uscher
Pro-drop in Heritage Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Contact-Induced Change

Sali Tagliamonte & Bridget Jankowski
The Genitive in Today’s World or the Genitive in the World of Today

Cathleen Waters & Sali Tagliamonte
Innovators Across Innovations: Exploring Co-Variables in Linguistic Change

February 9, 2011

Manami's new job

Manami Hirayama sends the happy news that she will take up a position in Kyoto as tenured associate professor at Ritsumeikan University. She is wrapping up her appointment at the National Language Institute in Tokyo with some perception experiments. She says that Kyoto is a beautiful city, the cultural centre of Kansai region with the Imperial Palace and great theatres, two-and-a-half hours south of Tokyo on the fast train. Manami moves in April.