2014 Linguistics & TESOL Symposium Video

This is a video transcript of the 2014 Linguistics & TESOL Symposium at San José State University.  Thank you to all who participated in the event – and to those who shall participate from afar by watching this video.  Timestamps are given below the video.  In order to go to a given talk directly, drag the video’s progress bar to the appropriate time location.

Camerawork:  Michal Rudzki.  Editing:  Lorenzo Tlacaelel L.


00:15:00 – An examination of the English posture verbs sit, stand, and lie. Leslie Bank
00:36:00 – Initial Consonant Mutation in Irish. Janine Robinson
00:50:40 – Small talk on Airplanes. Joshua Lawrence
01:10:00 – Syllabification and Stress pattern in Hinko. Haroon ur Rashid
01:34:00 – The role of lexical chunks in Chinese as Second Language Acquisition – for Mandarin Chinese as second language learners. Jinxiao Song
01:52:00 – Pahari Language in Azad Kashmir Exhibiting Patterns of Language Shift. Naveed Sarwar
02:14:00 – The Other within Self: Communication between Teachers and Students in Academic Writing Contexts. Robert Lanz
02:31:00 – Interrogation in 4 Southern Zapotec Variants. Lorenzo Tlacaelel L.
02:51:40 – Voiceless Stop Contrasts in Alemanic German. Annika Ronay
03:08:15 – Upward and onward: Going up on in Modern Hebrew. Netta Ben-Meir
03:25:10 – The Nature of Ergative Case Marking in Pahari. Shahida Khalique
03:35:00 – Systematicity/Orderliness in Overlapping: An Analysis of Ordinary Pahari Conversation. Qudsia Ishaq.
03:51:00 – The Role of Phonetic Forces Behind Neutral Vowels in Vowel Harmony. Kateryna Shilova

2014 Linguistics & TESOL Symposium – Call for Abstracts

Josh at LaLDS

Josh A. at LaTS 2013

The LLDSA is pleased to announce the 2014 Linguistics & TESOL Symposium at San José State University, and opens a call for abstracts.  This year we welcome presenters from all academic institutions, participation is not restricted to SJSU students.  This event will be free and open to the public.

Date:  Sept 26th(Fri)
Time:  12:00 noon to 4:00pm
Location:  Room 225, MLK Library

Info for presenters
– Subjects:  Original research in Linguistics & TESOL.
– Talk length: 20 min. (15 to present, 5 for q&a)
– Abstracts are welcome from all students.  A special invitation is made to grads, undergrads, and alumni of SJSU.
– Criteria for selection:  Relevance of research, quality of presentation, and balance of topics.

To apply:
– Please email a detailed abstract of your talk, along with your contact information, to lldsasec@gmail.com.  Abstract submission deadline:  Sep 7th (sun) at midnight.

Please include the following info:
– Your name
– Email address & phone number
– Your academic status 
(grad, undergrad, alumnus)
– Your focus (LING, TESOL)
– 1-3 sentence synopsis of your talk (for the webpage)
– Your abstract (up to 1 page, word or PDF format)

For more information, please email lldsasec@gmail.com.  Also, please visit the LLDSA webpage

NOTE!  The LLDSA will unfortunately not be covering travel costs for presenters this year, and as such it is to be considered a “local” event.  If you need financial support in order to participate, please contact lldsasec@gmail.com to request limited scholarship funding.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Workshop: Understanding Statistics

Understanding Statistics

A short talk on the basic concepts underlying statistical analysis: the standard distribution, probability and the Bell Curve, why research papers always include sections on hypothesis testing and error tests. No math, a few pictures, maybe some poker chips.

Monday April 7, 2014
4 p.m.
Clark 318

Joe Rogers is a grad student in the MA Linguistics program who headed to the Math Dept. for stat class after surviving the comp ling courses. Come find out what he remembers from a winter session of Statistics 95.



LLD Commencement, 2014

Congratulations graduates!  The Linguistics & Language Development Commencement Ceremony will be taking place as described below.  This is for our departmental graduation, not the SJSU-wide ceremony (which is free).  As a graduate, you are free to attend either ceremony, or both.  For info on the SJSU-wide ceremony, visit their webpage.  If you plan to attend our Department’s Commencement Ceremony, please read below and bookmark this page for your records.

Date:  May 9th, Friday
Time:  5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location:  Engineering 189 (On the 1st floor, facing the new wing of the Student Union).  Map.


Cost will be $15.00 per person.  Tickets go on sale April 14th.  Tickets will be sold in-person at the department’s front desk, cash only.  Additional tickets are likely to become available.  An email notification will go out before April 14th to announce the ticket sales.  NOTE:  tickets are still available!  The previous seat limit has been lifted, there are plenty of spaces!  Also, if you are interested in requesting a scholarship ticket, please email lldsasec@gmail.com


How to register for graduation:

  1. Email lldsasec@gmail.com and RSVP.  Let us know how many tickets you plan to purchase, and info on your gown rental.  If you are NOT planning on walking with us, it would help us to know that as well!
  2. Purchase tickets starting on April 14th.
  3. Pick up gown rentals on May 5th – 8th.
  4. Be gowned and ready to walk at 5pm sharp on May 9th!


For questions & special accommodations, please contact our Department’s secretary, Cookie Galvan at cookie.galvan@sjsu.edu.



Gown Rentals:
Every year, the LLD Student Association rents gowns as a fundraiser for considerably less than what they cost new.  The cost will be $30.00 for both a gown and cap.  We also have a limited number of masters hoods available for an additional $5.00.  We will not be providing tassels this year, please purchase A WHITE TASSEL (Humanities undergraduate) or a BLACK TASSEL (Masters Program)  on your own any time at the SJSU bookstore (for $9.00).

Sizes & Availability: 
Bachelors:  5’0″-5’2″ (0),  5’3″- 5’5″ (3),   5’6″-5’8″ (1),   5’9″-5’11” (1),   6’0″-6’2″ (2)
Masters:  5’0″-5’2″ (1),  5’3″- 5’5″ (4),   5’6″-5’8″ (5),   5’9″-5’11” (3),   6’0″-6’2″ (0)

To rent a gown, email lldsasec@gmail.com and say 1) The size and type you are requesting and 2) if you’d like to rent a masters hood as well.  They will be assigned first-come-first-serve based on the email timestamp.  You can pay for your gown rental at the same time you pay for your tickets at the front desk on 4th floor Clark.

Rosies & Posies will be outside the ceremony selling flowers and leis for students beginning at 4:00 pm.  You can call in any order to guarantee that students  receive that special lei or a special flower order at 408-293-3773 and they can pick the order up at the ceremony!  BONUS the department will receive 20% of all sales…….. What a wonderful way to show their support to the department one last time.


Buy a gift for your graduate!  Support the LLDSA by shopping in our online store:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/lldsasec