On Monday, Brook Hefright successfully defended his dissertation, Language contact as bilingual contrast among Bai language users in Jianchuan County, China.  Brook will be leaving shortly to begin his new position at the Center for the Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland.

Susan Lin successfully defended her dissertation, Production and perception of prosodically varying inter-gestural timing in American English laterals, on Tuesday. She has accepted a three-year postdoctoral position at Macquarie University’s Centre for Cognitive Science (Sydney, Australia), which she begins in September.