A number of faculty and graduate students from the Linguistics department participated in the 96th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held virtually and in person from January 6-9. LSA 2022 featured seventeen organized sessions and a virtual poster session, in addition to annual meetings of the American Dialect Society (ADS) and the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), as well as other special events. Read a summary of departmental participation below.

Teresa Satterfield served as co-chair of the LSA Programming Committee, which organized all events for the 2022 annual meeting, including plenary speakers, posters, workshops, and sessions, and was on hand for all activities.

Kelly Wright co-hosted the American Dialect Society Word of the Year proceedings in her role as co-editor of American Speech's Among the New Words Column and Data Czar of American Dialect Society the New Words Committee. Watch the YouTube video. She also participated in the fourth annual meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics in her role as elections officer on the Steering Group, in which the group elected three new members to the Steering Group: Joshua Bousquette (University of Georgia, USA); Carolina Amador-Moreno (University of Bergen, Norway); and Donald Tuten (Emory University, USA).

Paper Presentations 

Aliaksei Akimenka presented the paper “Complex predicate approach to ECM constructions: evidence from topicalization and (pseudo-)clefting” (abstract).

Wil Gonzales presented the paper “Divergent effects of language contact: The case of wh-questions in Lánnang-uè” (abstract). 

Savi Namboodiripad co-authored two papers: “Dependency length minimization does not affect acceptability of PP ordering in Hindi and English” (abstract) with Zoey Liu (Boston College), Mathew Kramer, and Ria Upreti (University of Texas at Austin); and “Problematizing the ‘native speaker’ in Linguistic Research: History of the term and ways forward” (abstract) with Yourdanis Sedarous, Annie Birkeland (UMich Anthro grad), Adeli Block (UMich Anthro grad), Justin Craft, Sky Wang (Columbia Computer Science; formerly U-M linguistics undergrad), and Wu Guo (UMich MA student in Asian Languages & Culture).

Joy Peltier participated virtually and gave a talk titled “Intuitions, Corpora, & Literature: Examining Pragmatic Markers in Kwéyòl Donmnik, English, & French” (abstract).

Ruaridh Purse presented the paper “Covariation across morphological classes in English Coronal Stop Deletion” (abstract).

Yourdanis Sedarous and Marlyse Baptista co-authored the paper titled “Optimization of Shared Structures in Egyptian Arabic-English Bilinguals: A View From Language Contact” (abstract).

Virtual Poster Session

Lauretta S. P. Cheng and Mathew A. Kramer co-authored the poster “Exploring Asian North American English: A YouTube Corpus-based Approach” (abstract).

Savi Namboodiripad co-authored two posters: “The effect of English experience on constituent order flexibility in Hindi-Urdu” (abstract) with Ria Upreti (University of Texas at Austin); and “Emergent mappings between form and word origin as morphological knowledge” (abstract) with Em Jessee (writing a BA thesis in Linguistics) and Diane Yu (U-M undergraduate).

Iman Sheydaei Baghdadeh presented the poster "Some consonantal features of Dearborn English: Word-final /t/ glottalization and word-initial stop VOT” (abstract).

Yushi Sugimoto and Marlyse Baptista co-authored the poster “On the nature of the hybrid grammar of Creole formation: a case study of functional features” (abstract).

Yushi Sugimoto and Andrew McInnerney co-authored the poster “On dissociating adjunct island and subject island effects: syntactic vs. extrasyntactic approaches” (abstract).