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April 14, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Reception
Location: Linguistics Program - Liberal Arts and Sciences #7909 | Map
5057 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

This student colloquium will include presentations by Jinhan Yu, Debbie Leggett, and Mardheya Alsamadani and Samar Taibah.


 Jinhan Yu

(M.A. in Linguistics, 2014, advisor Dr. Haiyong Liu;

currently pursuing Ph.D. in Speech Language Pathology with advisor Dr. Natalia Rakhlin)

“Sentence final particles as a potential clinical marker of autism in Chinese: A pilot study”

[a version presented at 2017 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute’s Lifespan Alliance Research Day, WSU]

Abstract. We investigated whether sentence final particles (SFP) can be potentially used as a clinical marker for autism. SFP express emotive (e.g., sadness, anger) or syntactic function (e.g., yes-no or wh-questions). Emotive SFP are hypothesized to be more difficult for children with autism compared to the syntactic SFP.


Debbie Leggett

(M.A. expected in 2017; advisor Dr. Stephen Chrisomalis)

“Speaking Craft Beverage”

[a version presented at the 2016 Transformations Anthropology Conference, WSU]

Abstract. As in any hobby or professional field, the craft beverage consumer and producer communities use specific language in describing and discussing craft produced beer, mead, and cider. The craft beverage movement in the U.S. has moved from an illegal home hobby to a 22 billion dollar a year industry in less than 40 years. Language choices are used not only for purpose of describing and identifying qualities of a beverage but also to explicitly and implicitly confer information about socio-economic status, experience, and access to rare and desirable products.


Mardheya Alsamadani and Samar Taibah

(for both: M.A. expected in 2017; both co-advised by Profs. Martha Ratliff and Ljiljana Progovac)

“Types and Functions of Reduplication in Palembang”

[dry run for their upcoming presentation at the 27th Meeting of SEALS (Southeast Asian Linguistic Society) in

Padang, Indonesia, May 2017]

Abstract. Drawing on authors’ own fieldwork, the paper discusses different types of Palembang reduplication. The most productive type is full reduplication, which is used for remarkably various functions. Both lexical and function words undergo the process of reduplication resulting in different iconic functions, such as pluralization, iteration, distribution, and diversity. Non-iconic functions include delimitation, concession, and association with new semantics (Taibah 2017). When full reduplication interacts with affixation, the best theory that accounts for the word formation process is the Distributed Morphology theory. Additionally, certain fossilized forms involve partial and rhythmic reduplication.


Note different location than usual: Room 7909 (7th floor)

For more information about this event, please contact Ljiljana Progovac at (313)577-8642 or linguistics@wayne.edu.