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linguist at UMich studying how language contact contributes to language evolution & change; teaching about language & discrimination (she|her)
22 Nov 20
Final #HDLS14 plenary: Catherine Rhodes, UNM prof, on Institutionalizing jach maaya in the Yucatan Today — as language fortification (cf revitalization); these languages are VITAL, but they’re being FORTIFIED
Rhodes starts with a DOPE vignette about jach maaya, or pure maaya; she used one term for airplane, her interlocutor used a spanish-origin term & commented “oh you use jach maaya [pure maaya]”
I yelped in excitement, as I investigate analogous discourses in Malayalam! #HDLS14
two recognized linguistic registers of maya: “the true may
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21 Nov 20
Next up: Dr Melanie McKay-Cody “Our Past and Present in Linguistic Study of Intergenerational Transmission of North American Indian Sign Language” #HDLS14
McKay-Cody starts with a petroglyph which represented a sign used by Plains peoples for prayer. She then shows us a sign dated back to 6000 BCE for "hunger" which is still used in Plains and Great Basin communities #HDLS14
I had to take a calm-dog-down break while i prep to see @MaureenKosse & @rebeccalee345 but now my dog is straight up freaking out so i’m down a hand for tweeting 😭
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21 Nov 20
Next up: very excited for the plenary panel on Race, Racism, & Racialization in Sign Language Research and Deaf Studies, moderated by @linasigns (who i’m fortunate to call my collaborator!) & @jaceyhill! panelists: Anna Lim, Dominic Harrison, & David Player #HDLS14
In this conf so far, we’ve been doing a lot of making explicit, examining, and jettisoning problematic assumptions in our linguistic theories/analyses, and i am looking forward to continuing that in this session as well #HDLS14
@linasigns opens with an acknowledgment of the effects of white supremacy, settler colonialism, COVID, and police brutality against Black people, and presents along with the names and affiliations of the panelists, also the Native custodians of the lands they’re on #HDLS14
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21 Nov 20
Alexander Rice presents a corpus study of a gesture in Quichua which looks to American English speakers as “kinda” (5 HS, radial twist), but cocurrs with “absence”; it seems to be an emblem in Ecuador, and it is present across lg communities, incl Ecuadorian Sign Lg #HDLS14
Lauren Clark presents on Altaic influences in Mandarin Chinese word order: she argues that SVO & SOV shouldn’t be thought of categorically! (along the lines of what Natalia Levshina, Alex Kramer, and I + colleagues argued in our SLE workshop & in an upcoming consensus paper!)
Tasheney Francis does a multimodal analysis of avoidance strategies/demotion of credibility in witnesses of a Jamaican Truth Commission; she argues these are face-saving strategies #HDLS14
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21 Nov 20
Keynote by @ryanlepic now! @ErinWilkinson let’s us KNOW how our influential our Youthful Ryan’s work on ASL morphology had been, especially his excellent @glossa_oa paper!

This is Ryan’s 4th #HDLS, and it’s his fave conf (he’s been trying to get me to go for yearsss)
I’m glad that Ryan’s mic is muted bc I’m laughing with joy and glee at this loving intro by Erin! #HDLS14
pardon the photo of the chat but this is iconic lina posts a link to ryan’s paper, julie says that OT prof
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21 Nov 20
I was in too many places at once yesterday to livetweet #HDLS14, but i’m gonna try today! i’m especially looking forward to my collaborator/roommate @ryanlepic’s keynote, @c_borstell + @fbisnath’s talk on islands (not that kind!), and @MaureenKosse’s talk on dogwhistles!!
first up today @jahochcam, Becker, & Catt on ASL Signbank (funfact: the pronunciation of julie’s last name in Eng. was variable/Germany amongst us hearings, but then my husband @mlipkin interviewed her for @MarketplaceTech & he had to ask her how they should say it (hock-sang!)
@jahochcam starts by telling us about the etymology of Signbank 🤩, & focused on the methodological challenges of capturing phonological and semantic relations, which we know are dynamic, in a static-y format! #HDLS14
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