Congratulations to LVC Lab Director Tyler Kendall on winning a University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award! To quote from the announcement, “This honor is granted in recognition of the significant impact of your scholarly work and your enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry, and service.” Tyler’s work continues to be on the cutting edge of sociolinguistics and related work, and we are happy to see his work being recognized within the university.
For more information on Tyler and the other recipients of this year’s award, see this news brief from Around the O.
The LVC Lab is thrilled to be a part of the SPADE project (“SPeech Across Dialects Of English: Large-Scale Digital Analysis Of A Spoken Language Across Space And Time”), which has just been awarded a grant in the fourth Trans-Atlantic Partnership Digging into Data challenge. Our team from the University of Oregon is working with an international partnership, including North Carolina State University (US), Glasgow University (UK), and McGill (Canada), to develop new tools and resources for advancing large-scale analysis of speech data.
See more on the DiD website: https://diggingintodata.org/awards/2016/project/speech-across-dialects-english-spade-large-scale-digital-analysis-spoken
Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper presentation at NWAV 45, held in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 3-6, 2016. The title of their paper was “Twentieth century sound change in Washington DC African American English”. This paper utilized data from the soon-to-be released public Corpus of Regional African American Language. Their abstract can be found at the NWAV 45 website. The conference was hosted jointly by the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Members of the Language Variation and Computation Lab at the University of Oregon are extremely proud of both Shelby and Charlie for this accomplishment.
Congratulations to lab member Jason McLarty for receiving NSF grant funding for his dissertation research examining ethnic differences in naive listener prominence perception. Jason’s NSF grant supports his work to better understand differences and similarities in the prosodic patterns of African American and European American English varieties and how African American and European American listeners perceive these patterns.
Congratulations to LVC Lab member Nate Severance who was just awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This award will help him conduct his doctoral research on documentation and sociophonetic analysis of languages in Burkina Faso.
The LVC Lab is heading to Seattle for the 2nd Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL) hosted by the University of Washington (CWSL website here) next month. We’re excited to showcase some of the projects we’ve been doing and to see what other sociolinguists in the Pacific Northwest are up to.
Tyler Kendall and Valerie Fridland (UNR) have a chapter in the new The Future of Dialects open-access volume. The complete paper is here: Mapping the perception of linguistic form: Dialectometry with perceptual data.