Program and Abstracts

7th Annual Symposium on Language Research at UC Davis

  • 8:30am | Opening Remarks & Announcement of 3-Minute Thesis Finalists

  • 8:45am | Meet Your Pod

  • 9:00am - 10:00am | Parallel Session 1A: Speech perception and raciolinguistic ideologies

    • Sociolinguistic Perceptions of Syntactic and Lexical Variation Among Persian-English Bilingual Speakers, Tyler Kline (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

    • Influence of raciolinguistic expectations on phoneme categorization in Spanish-English bilinguals, Jennifer Dibbern (Doctoral student, Northwestern University)

    • How should a refugee sound? "Hearing" racialized personae in asylum proceedings, Jeremy A. Rud (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

  • 9:00am - 10:00am | Parallel Session 1B: Psycholinguistics | View panel recording here.

    • Do labels help children form more specific categories? Isabella Duan (Undergraduate student, Stanford University) and Bria Long (Postdoc, Stanford University)

    • Syntactic and semantic interference on the processing of disfluent sentences, Leonardo Zeine (Master’s student, University of São Paulo)

    • The Impact of Working Memory and Language Experience on the Processing of Attachment Ambiguities, Beverly Cotter (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

  • 9:00am - 10:00am | Parallel Session 1C: Language Teaching & Learning | View panel recording here.

    • Methodological synthesis of second-language anxiety and motivation questionnaires: A call for reform, Ekaterina Sudina (Doctoral student, Northern Arizona University)

    • The Role of Using Allegories in Enhancing EFL Learners’ Critical Reading Skills, Hamoudi Benarba (Doctoral student, University of Béchar)

    • Strategy-Based Instruction: The Effect of Curriculum-Integrated Explicit Strategy Instruction, Sylvia Chaiyeon Lee (Doctoral student, University of San Francisco)

  • 10:00am-11:00am | Most Innovative Research Panel - Undergraduate

    • View panel recording here.

    • Using Sociolinguistic Factors to Improve Language Technologies in Predicting Mandarin-English Codeswitching Through Classification and Regression Trees (CART) and Random Forest Models, Irene Yi (Undergraduate student, University of California, Berkeley)

    • Labeling emotions in a native and foreign language: An ERP study on emotion regulation in bilinguals via affect labeling, Christy Lei (Undergraduate student, Reed College)

    • From No-body to Un-bod(ied): Black Trans Social Death & Digital Grammar, Amari Grey Johnson (Undergraduate student, Harvard University)

  • 11:00am | Keynote Address: Modeling human nature: Visualizing the dangers and delights of laughter and humor - Otto Santa Ana & Samuel Rose

  • 11:45am-12:15pm | Lunch Break

  • 12:15pm-1:15pm | Parallel Session 2A: Bilingualism | View panel recording here.

    • Self-rated daily language use, rather than self-rated bilingual language competency, moderates the effects of brain on cognition in a Hispanic cohort, Meghan Elliott (Master’s student, University of Southern California)

    • Modulating Bilingual Switch Costs with Cognitive-Control Engagement, Lauren Salig (Doctoral student, University of Maryland)

    • How Speech-Shaped Noise Influences Phonetic Perception in Monolingual and Bilingual Listeners, Zunaira Iqbal (Doctoral student, University of California, Merced)

  • 12:15pm-1:15pm | Parallel Session 2B: Language Identity & Policy | View panel recording here.

    • Language Identity and Economic Outcomes in Spanish Bilinguals, Rebecca Ash-Cervantes (Master’s student, California State University, Los Angeles)

    • Autoethnography as a Window into an Immigrant Female Teacher’s Identity, Laura Brass (Doctoral student, The University of British Columbia)

    • Producing Humor by Portraying Asymmetries in Racial Common-Sense, Lillian Cheeks (Undergraduate student, University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • 12:15pm-1:15pm | Parallel Session 2C: Syntax | View panel recording here.

    • Agreement in Hixkaryana person portmanteaux: An analysis, Amor Leal (Master’s student, California State University, Northridge)

    • El preceding embedded clauses: a phenomenon of variation in Spanish and other Romance languages, Cristina Ruiz-Alonso (Doctoral student, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

    • Quantifying the syntactic bootstrapping effect in verb learning: A meta-analytic synthesis, Anjie Cao (Doctoral student, Stanford University) and Molly Lewis (Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University)

  • 1:15pm | Keynote Address: Teaching to a Classroom of Millions: How Duolingo Approaches Issues in Language Learning - Emily Moline & Bozena Pajak

  • 2:00pm-3:00pm | Most Innovative Research Panel - Graduate

    • View panel recording here.

    • Look it’s un Perro! Infant-Directed Speech With Spanish-English Bilingual Parents, Andrea Ramirez Barajas (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

    • "I looked in the dictionary, it doesn’t even exist!": Young Nonbinary Montréalers’ Fight for Linguistic Recognition in a Prescriptivist World, Jennifer Kaplan (Doctoral student, University of California, Berkeley)

    • The Language of Women’s Migraine Pain: A Corpus for Improving Pain Assessment, Emilie Schiess (Master’s student, Ball State University)

  • 3:00pm | Afternoon Break & Pod Session

  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm | Parallel Session 3A: Text Processing & Computational Linguistics | View panel recording here.

    • Bare Nouns and Determiners in Kwéyòl Donmnik: A Corpus-Based and Experimental Study of Discourse-Pragmatic Features, Joy Peltier (Doctoral student, University of Michigan)

    • A corpus analysis of children’s counterfactual production, Ioana Grosu (Doctoral student, New York University)

    • Spanish diacritic restoration, Maria Elizabeth Garza (Master’s student, CUNY Graduate Center)

  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm | Parallel Session 3B: Sociolinguistics | View panel recording here.

    • Generic representations: the reliability of non-binary language in Spanish, Noelia Ayelén Stetie (Doctoral student, CONICET, University of Buenos Aires)

    • Language documentation for talk about language: Strengthening research and practice, Allison Taylor-Adams (Doctoral student, University of Oregon)

    • Lassoing Spanish Heritage Speaker Verb Mood Complexity, Paul Kidhardt (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm | Parallel Session 3C: Phonetics & Phonology | View panel recording here.

    • What makes a voice memorable? Investigating voice recognizability through typicality?, Ashley Keaton (Doctoral student, University of California, Davis)

    • Korean American English in GA: [+back] on the B/OW/T, Dot-Eum (Rachel) Kim (Doctoral student, University of Georgia)

    • How Lexical and Phonological Variation Interact in Speech Perception Across American and British English, Riley Stray (Undergraduate student, University of California, Davis)

  • 4:15pm | 3-Minute Thesis and Most Innovative Award Presentations

  • 4:45pm | Closing Remarks

  • 5:00pm | Final Pod Session - Good Byes

  • 5:15pm | Virtual Social Mixer

*All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Read the full abstracts here.

Symposium Pods

Each symposium participant (attendees & presenters) will be placed in a pod of 3-4 people. The purpose of these pods is to facilitate a space where scholars with similar interests can connect with new people and engage in meaningful discussions throughout the course of the Symposium. You will meet and greet your pod members in the morning, have the opportunity to connect with them throughout the day, and debrief at the end of the symposium (for example in our virtual "social mixer" environment). The pods will be created based on similar language research interests, as well as differing information such as different universities. (*Pods are optional.)

Volunteer to be a Pod Leader! Find out more here.
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