“The adolescent peak and sound change”: paper being presented by PhD student Emily Sadlier-Brown at CWSL2014

Emily Sadlier-Brown will be presenting a paper entitled “The Adolescent Peak and Sound Change” at the inaugural Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics at the University of Victoria tomorrow, March 1, at 4:15 pm. It’ll be in HHB 116. The paper covers some results of a computational model of a change in progress. It’s work done with Scott Mackie, another PhD student in the department, and me (Carla Hudson Kam).

“Individual-level constraints vs. coordination problems as pressures on emerging languages” Carla Hudson Kam’s poster at the Nijmegen Lectures 2014 Poster Session

Carla Hudson Kam will be presenting a poster entitled “Individual-level constraints vs. coordination problems as pressures on emerging languages” (co-authored with Whitney Goodrich Smith and Alexis Black) at the Nijmegen Lectures 2014 Poster Session on Tuesday January 28th from 16:30-18:00 at the MPI in Nijmegen.

This year’s Nijmegen Lectures are on the evolution of language, culture, and cognition, given by Russell Gray of the University of Auckland. It looks to be a great few days of talks and discussions.

Our poster discusses data from several papers (published and in prep) in the context of what they mean for a) the development of the use of space in emerging signed languages and b) how to think about the forces involved in language emergence more broadly. This work is supported by SSHRC.

If you would like a copy of the poster, just email me at Carla.HudsonKam@ubc.ca.

New study up and running: Parent participants needed!

The Language and Learning Lab at the University of British Columbia is looking for parents of children aged 0-36 months of age to participate in an internet survey regarding book reading. The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

(Feel free to pass this message along to parent friends.)