Linguistic students on the road
William and Mary linguistics students presented their work at conferences this spring; they all reported back that their talks were well-received and that they had a great time meeting students and faculty with similar interests from other schools.
Robin Parrish (2014) presented a talk titled: “People Like You Are The Reason That God Doesn't Talk To Us Anymore”; a Linguistic Analysis of the Humor of Brad Neely" at the Cornell University Undergraduate Linguistics Conference. In her talk, Robin examined the current popularization of defamiliarized language (principally extreme register clash, irregular syntax, and semantic anomalies) as a comedic device.
Rachael Tatman (2012) presented a paper Flapping in Conversational American English: Unpredictable but Perceptible, at GLEEFUL, an undergraduate conference on experimental and formal linguistics at Michigan State University. Her Honors thesis also focused on the perception of the flap sound. Rachael, a May graduate, will begin studying for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Washington this fall.
Kenay Sudler (2012), also a May graduate, presented a talk titled, “Accent, Attitudes, and the Speech-Language Pathologist” at the Hunter Undergraduate Linguistics and Language Study Conference at Hunter College in New York. Her talk, which derived from her honors thesis, centered on the issues and limitations faced by speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology students who speak with accents that vary from the standard. Kenay will be matriculating into a Masters program in Speech-Language Pathology at the Teachers College of Columbia University in the fall.