Undergraduate Conference Program

Language Variation and Language Contact

March 30, 2012

This undergraduate conference focuses on language variation and language contact and welcomes papers on Native American languages, African American English, endangered languages, mixed languages, and pidgins and creoles, among other contact varieties. The conference will include a special panel session that provides undergraduates with advice on applying to and succeeding in graduate school. Also, the undergraduate conference will be held in conjunction with the Weinberg Symposium (held the previous day, March 29, 2012), which will bring together many prominent language researchers from around the world.


Tentative Conference Program

Friday, March 30

Michigan Union, Anderson Room

9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks: Marlyse Baptista and Jennifer Nguyen
10:15-11:45 Sessions 1 and 2
  Session 1: Contact Varieties in the U.S., Room ABC. Chair: Teresa Satterfield Session 2: Language and Social Identity, Room D. Chair: Eric Brown
10:15-10:45 Decrypting the Speech of Indian Americans, Rohan Ravishankar, University of Texas – Austin Arabic-English Codeswitching: Negotiating Social Networks in Jordan, Victoria Heckenlaible, University of Texas – Austin
10:45-11:15 The Emergence of Lebanese English in the American South: The Configuration of Substrate and Dialect Accommodation, Amanda Eads, North Carolina State University “When I speak my language, I feel like myself”: Language Usage within a Pittsburgh Somali-Bantu Household, Tess Liebersohn, University of Pittsburgh
11:15-11:45 The Linguistic Variation of Russians in Alaska: A Look at the Structure of Ninilchik Russian, Jessica Kantarovich, University of Chicago Live By The Drum: Exploring Linguistic Expressions of Pan-Indian Ethnic Identity in Contemporary Indigenous Music, Courtney-Sophia Henry, Wayne State University
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Sessions 3 and 4
  Session 3: Language Contact, Room ABC. Chair: Erica Beck Session 4: Language Choice, Room D. Chair: Candice Scott
1:00-1:30 Emphatic Reduplication in Oroqen: Past, Present, and Future, Anna Schleusener, University of Chicago Languages of Solidarity: A Comparative Analysis of Cuban Spanish in Miami and Judeo-Spanish of Pre-Holocaust Salonika, Margaret Glide, Western Michigan University
1:30-2:00 Usted es haragán pero vos sos lazy: Contact Phenomena in Honduran Sign Language, Peter Cahill, University of Pittsburgh A Common Language or Common Ground? Language Concordance in Healthcare Encounters in the U.S. Mexico Border Region, Xochitl Pablos-Velez, Jose Gomez, and Yissela Escobedo, University of Texas – Pan American
2:00-2:30 The Khoisan Languages and the Idea of Sprachbund, Sean Guynes, Western Washington University Variation and Maintenance of Spanish in Colorado: The Case of Fort Lupton, Pamela Alvarado, State University of New York at Albany
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Sessions 5 and 6
  Session 5: Language Variation, Room ABC. Chair: Deborah Keller-Cohen Session 6: Language Mixing & Borrowing, Room D. Chair: Carmel O’Shannessy
2:45-3:15 Tags: The Canadian-English “Eh” vs. The American-English “Huh”, Alexandra Raymond, University of Vermont Maltese and the Mixed Language Debate, Kamala Russell, University of Chicago
3:15-3:45 Accent Existentialism: Perceptual Dialectology within Ohio, Amber Torelli, The Ohio State University Loanwords vs. Loan Shifts in the Dutch Lexicon, Deborah Schram, State University of New York at New Paltz
3:45-4:15 Perceptions of African-American English: How We Perceive Authenticity, Peter Dunifon, City University of New York – Hunter College  
4:15-4:30 Break
4:30-5:30 Panel: Success in Graduate SchoolPanelists: Andries Coetzee, Robin Queen, Joseph Tyler