Friday, May 5, 2017  |  10a  |  Moore Hall 575 (LING Conference Room) Attitudes Toward Tetun Dili, A Creole Language of East Timor Melody Ann Ross, Linguistics Chairs: Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Christina Higgins This dissertation is the first documentation of the attitudes of East Timorese people toward Tetun Dili. Tetun Dili is a creolized variety of…

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Friday, April 21, 2017  |  2:30p  |  Moore Hall 575 (LING Conference Room) Morphology and syntax of gerunds in Truku Seediq: A third function of Austronesian “voice” morphology Mayumi Oiwa-Bungard, Linguistics Chairs: Robert Blust, Yuko Otsuka This dissertation is the first account of gerund constructions in Truku Seediq, an Austronesian language spoken in Taiwan with…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017  |  11:30a  |  Moore Hall 258 Dynamics of Language Contact in China: Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Variation in Yunnan Katie Gao, Linguistics Chair: Katie Drager The study of language contact epitomizes the dynamics of language as a system of human communication. The competing linguistic forces at work when speakers of different language…

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