Indiana University Department of Linguistics

Upcoming events in the IU linguistics community

Volume 163 January 18 – 24, 2013

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Colloquia and Talks
Conferences and Calls for Papers
Fall Semester Reading Groups

Elizabeth Casserly lecture: Language & Perceptual Control

Location: Psychology 128 (conference room)
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Casserly of the IU Departments of Linguistics and Psychological & Brain Sciences presents her research exploring the relationship between speech perception and production. The abstract follows:

Speech perception is a difficult problem; pervasive variability from co-articulation to sociolinguistic markers and everything in between causes signals to be highly relational and ambiguous, rather than symbolic and sequential. Language production is similarly complex: many parallel streams of information, from word order to prosodic affect to articulatory movements must be juggled and combined seamlessly into fluent, rapid speech. Yet the two processes are also inherently linked, with speakers simultaneously producing language and perceptually monitoring their own performance. This tight coupling between perception and production is typically robust and effective, but perturbations or manipulations of the feedback loop can shed critical light on the mechanisms underlying both processes. In this talk, I present research using a new methodology to examine the links between perception and production in speech: a portable, real-time vocoder that continuously degrades the acoustic information received by speakers. Under this real-time degradation of feedback, subjects show significant declines in fluency, producing speech that is slow and largely devoid of affect, with monotone delivery. These effects, I argue, stem from an increase in cognitive load caused by the difficulty of coping with the feedback perturbation. These results and others like them help us understand how language and other cognitive faculties intersect, and work together in real-world communication.

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Workshop: Statements of Philosophy: Critical Reflection about Teaching Practice

Location: CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Website: CITL Workshops

In this workshop for graduate students, Katie Kearns and Laura Carpenter of the CITL will share strategies for reflecting on teaching and will discuss the qualities of effective statements of teaching philosophy. Participants will read and analyze several statements and receive reflection guides for getting started. Participants are also invited to attend the related workshop, "Teaching Portfolios" (below). To register or find more information, visit the CITL Workshops registration page.

Cognitive Science Intelligent Systems Seminar: Demystifying Unsupervised Feature Learning

Location: Informatics East 122
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

School of Informatics and Computing visiting researcher Adam Coates (Stanford University) will present a lecture on machine learning. Coates will discuss the use of simple algorithms for automatically learning features from unannotated data in fields such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing and computer vision.

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Workshop: Teaching Portfolios: Documenting and Reflecting on Teaching Practice

Location: CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)
Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Website: CITL Workshops

In this workshop for graduate students, Katie Kearns and Laura Carpenter of the CITL will share strategies for reflecting on teaching through a teaching portfolio and will discuss how to document, organize, and present evidence of teaching effectiveness. Participants will have an opportunity to view sample teaching portfolios during the workshop. This workshop is a follow-up to the workshop, "Statements of Philosophy" (above). To register or find more information, visit the CITL Workshops registration page.

Anne-Michelle Tessier lecture: Development, variation, and transfer in child L2 phonology

Location: (TBA)
Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of Alberta) will present a talk examining L2 phonology among children. The abstract follows:

This talk is about the nature of early child L2 phonology acquisition: specifically focused on children ages 5-7 years old who have less than a year's exposure to their second language. What is the nature of early L2 phonological grammars, including their overall accuracy and error patterns, and their progression towards L2 mastery? How similar is child L2 development to both child L1 and adult L2 learning, and how can we capture these similarities or differences? In this talk, I discuss the early L2 English phonology of 10 children from L1 Chinese and Hindi/Panjabi backgrounds. I illustrate ways in which their phonologies are hybrids of both child L1 English and adult L2 English, and I demonstrate how the 'Dual Route' learner of Becker and Tessier (2011) can simulate development that accords with these child L2 learners. I also will describe current research in progress, which will use early L2 data to tease apart competing explanations-- grammatical, perceptual and lexical-- for error patterns in child speech. .

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

IULC Working Papers call for submissions


The Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online is now accepting submissions for Volume 13.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from all departments are encouraged to submit original papers on any subfield in linguistics. Submissions resulting from outstanding term papers and independent research studies are welcome.
The IULCWP is meant to provide a gentle introduction to the world of publishing and a stepping stone to a full-fledged journal submission through the review and revision process. We appreciate faculty support in familiarizing our students with this opportunity and encouraging them to keep it in mind as they begin designing their final projects and papers.
Please visit our website for detailed instructions on submission and to view previous volumes:
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at

Conferences of Interest

Many conferences of interest to IU Linguists can be found on the Linguist List Calls and Conferences page. Our own page for such announcements is undergoing revisions and will be linked shortly.

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Fall Semester Reading Groups

CLingDing: Computational Linguistics Hour

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) 401
Time: Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Markus Dickinson
Website: CLingDing Page

CLingDing is a weekly computational linguistics discussion group, where students and faculty share in-progress research. CL students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please see for the full fall schedule, or contact Markus Dickinson ( for more information.

Syntax Reading Group

The Syntax Reading Group is deciding on a meeting time and readings for the semester. For more information or to join the group, contact Yoshihisa Kitagawa (

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Last modified: January 17, 2013