Hello dear ling grads and undergrads. The summer is coming to an end and we’re approaching the beginning of the Fall semester, which brings a fresh batch of new students to our program! In order to welcome them we have organized a post-orientation get together at State Street Grill, right by the Campus. It will also be a great opportunity to catch up and talk about our projects to come. So turn your student spirit back on and join us!
Thanks to our remaining funding from the Instructionally Related Activities fund, we will be having a banner made to be used for student organization tabling events such as Explore SDSU (Spring) and Welcome Week (Fall). We are investing these funds in hopes that a banner representative of our organization will attract students interested in linguistics and help popularize our organization.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s colloquium, whether it be through organizing, presenting, or attending. We also thank the faculty that are leaving us after this semester–Drs. Robert Underhill, Soonja Choi, and Zev Bar-Lev. We are also parting ways with our 2011-12 LSA officers:
President: Jessica Campbell
Vice President: Nick Carleton
Treasurer: Paul Tarpey
Secretary: Sara Kazemi
Undergraduate Liaison: Sam Spevack
The 2012-13 officers will be:
President: Nicole Siminsky
Vice President: Amanda Meza
Treasurer: Kelley Ruble
Secretary: Ana Elisa Besserman Vianna
Undergraduate Liaison: Sharon Lee
Dr. Robert Malouf will retain his position as the supervising faculty of the LSA.
On Friday March 23, Dr. Betty Birner from Northern Illinois University will be visiting the Linguistics Student Association to give her talk on Hearer Status and Inference in Discourse-Old Information. This special event will take place at 2PM until 3PM on SDSU campus in the Education and Business Administration building (EBA), room 445.
From Dr. Birner:
Hearer-Status and Inference in Discourse-Old Information
Prince 1981 introduced the concept of ‘inferrable’ information – that is, information that has not been explicitly evoked in the prior discourse but can be inferred from evoked information – and later research has confirmed the importance of this category for an account of information structure. In this talk I argue for a typology in which explicitly evoked information is a subtype of inferrable information, all inferrable information is ‘discourse-old’ in the sense of Prince 1992, and five distinct categories of inferrable information may be distinguished based on hearer-status and the type and directionality of the inference involved. The resulting typology is supported by naturally occurring data, and in particular by the distribution of various types of inferrable information in noncanonical syntactic constructions. Finally, I show how such noncanonical constructions can themselves serve to trigger the inferences that make it possible to process inferrable information in discourse.
Drs. Jurafsky and Manning from Stanford University are teaching a free online course in NLP (Natural Language Processing) through Coursera. There are other courses relevant to computational linguistics offered on Coursera, such as Dr. Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning course, so be sure to check it out and see what sparks your interest.
This Friday (March 16) at noon in EBA-441, we welcome Vickie Mellos, a graduate of our Applied Linguistics MA program. She will present her thesis, which investigates the extent to which theme-rheme choice characterizes writing coherence. Her analysis focuses on the theme-rheme patterns in undergraduate ESL essays with varying levels of coherence. She will also discuss how the theme-rheme analytical framework may be integrated into academic writing curricula.
This year’s annual Spring Colloquium will be held on Saturday April 21, 2012.
Second call for presentations:
The Linguistics Student Association at San Diego State University will be hosting 35th annual Linguistics Spring Colloquium on Saturday April 21, 2012. Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Ivan Sag (Stanford). We are currently seeking students and faculty who are interested in presenting their research to an audience of their academic peers. Though historically our presenters come from Linguistics departments, we welcome any proposal related to language from other academic departments (e.g. Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Education, RWS) as well. Please send your abstracts to email@example.com for review. Deadline: March 31, 2012.