The Virginia Area Linguistics (VALing) Conference
Hosted virtually by William & Mary
Saturday, April 23, 2022
VALing is a research conference dedicated to promoting the study of linguistics by undergraduates in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic area. Research in any linguistic discipline is welcome, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, field work, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, etc. We hope to have a wide range of topics and voices represented.
The conference will be hosted virtually by William & Mary. The format will involve a series of full 20-min talks and 5-min "micro talks" (poster equivalent) organized by topic, and a keynote talk by the invited speaker.
Cynthia Lukyanenko (George Mason University)
Submissions are now closed!
8:50 AM Introductory remarks
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session 1 Talks
- McKinley Sprinkle (William & Mary): In Search of Phonetic Evidence for Prosodically-Motivated Aspiration
- Cassandra Caragine (Georgetown University): Tz’utujil Plosives
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Session 2 Micro-talks
- Dylan Page (University of Virginia): Vowel Phonology and Non-Contrastive Palatalization in a Southern Michigan City Dialect
- Mary Bleech (University of Virginia): Title TBA
- Alexis Behnke (Michigan State University): Goin' Through Changes: The Formality of Speech Patterns When Discussing the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Jen Chesney & Anabelle Lubin (Georgetown University): “Someone who Slipped Through so Many Cracks”: Collective Action Framing in Written News Following the 2018 Parkland Shooting
- Alice Benjamin (William & Mary): The Role of Environment in Children’s Acquisition of Verbs
11:00 AM - Noon Keynote Talk
- Dr. Cynthia Lukyanenko (George Mason University): Consistency and Variation in Language Acquisition
Noon - 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Session 3 Talks
- Xiaoyu Yang (University of Maryland): Focus Sensitivity of Sentence-final de in Mandarin: evidence for distinct syntactic positions of verum-focus-marking and narrow-focus-marking de
- Marcus Ma & Lelia Glass (Georgia Tech): Creating a Faster Transcription Pipeline: Introducing Bed Word
The conference will be held on Zoom:Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 990 6047 2760
Information for Presenters
Full talks are provided 20 minutes for the presentation plus 10 minutes for questions. Micro talks are provided 5 minutes for the presentation plus 5 minutes for questions.
Before your session, double check that you have your presentation/slide file open and ready to share on Zoom. When it is your time to present, the session chair will introduce your talk and ask you to share your screen. We suggest sharing just the application window, full screen for your presentation. If you are sharing audio or video with sound, make sure to click the check box ‘Share computer sound’ at the bottom left on the pop up window where you select what to share. Make sure to unmute yourself before speaking.
For full talks, the session chair will give you a 5-minute, 2-minute, and 0-minute remaining time alert by holding up a sign to their camera. For micro-talks, the session chair will give a 2-minute and 0-minute alert in the same manner. We recommend pinning the session chair's video so that you can see the alerts. For the Q&A period, the session chair will handle calling on attendees, and reading questions from the chat.