Plenary Speakers

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Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm

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Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm is an Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also serves among the extended faculty of the PhD Program in Computing and Information Sciences. Her research focuses on linguistic and language-inclusive sensing with text, speech, and multimodal data for broad impact domains. She is PI and program coordinator of an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Computational Sensing. Dr. Alm completed her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a doctoral degree in Linguistics in 2008. She is a founding director of the Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing lab group at Rochester Institute of Technology, and she is an active member of the scholarly community in this interdisciplinary field.

Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm

Rochester Institute of Technology

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Mary Beckman

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Mary Beckman is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. Her research addresses a broad range of topics in phonetics and phonology, ranging from formally explicit models of the ways in which tone and other features articulate with prosodic organization above the syllable to cross-language differences in the spectral properties of sibilant fricatives that might be related to language-specific phonotactic probabilities. Her early research focused on the development of the Tones and Boundary Indexes (ToBI) system of intonation transcription, and more recently, her work has focused on phonological disorders and child language acquisition. Dr Beckman received her PhD from Cornell University in 1984 and was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff in "Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence Research" at AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining the faculty at the Ohio State University in 1985. She was one of the organizers of the first Laboratory Phonology conference and served as a series editor for the Cambridge University Press Papers in Laboratory Phonology.

Mary Beckman

The Ohio State University

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Kiel Christianson

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Kiel Christianson is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology with joint appointments in Psychology, Linguistics, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His fields of research center on psycholinguistics and reading, including syntactic parsing, visual word recognition, language production, shallow (or "good enough") processing in language comprehension, bilingual language processing, second language acquisition, and the integration of linguistic and non-linguistic information. While his research is heavily influenced and informed by linguistic theory, his goal is to make deeper, broader connections between linguistics and various sub-fields of cognitive psychology. His Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab in the Beckman Institute is currently conducting experiments in sentence comprehension and production, syntactic reanalysis of garden-path sentences, and visual word recognition in Korean. He received a PhD in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Michigan State University in 2002.

Kiel Christianson

University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

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Kenneth de Jong

Talk: Phonological Systems among Second Language Learners: How SLA Research can Inform Phonological Research

Kenneth de Jong is a Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and an adjunct professor of Second Language Studies, at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the current president of the Association for Laboratory Phonology and is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Phonetics. His research interests lie in experimental approaches to perception and production in phonological systems, and in how stress, intonation, syllabification, and durational dynamics function and interact at the segmental level across languages, including Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, and English. He also has special interests in second language acquisition and individual variations in perception, and in the influence of phonetic features and variations on historical processes of language change. Dr de Jong received a PhD in Linguistics from the Ohio State University.

Kenneth de Jong

Indiana University Bloomington

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Hans Henrich Hock

Talk: Utterance Finality and Historical Linguistics

Hans Henrich Hock is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Sanskrit, the Classics, Germanic Languages and Literature, and the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include historical and comparative linguistics and comparative and diachronic syntax of Indo-European languages and Sanskrit linguistics. Over the course of his career, Dr Hock has also focused on convergence phenomena, clitics, prosody, the phonology/syntax interface, and “identity” movements in modern South Asia utilizing linguistic, textual, and archeological evidence. He is the editor of the book series, The World of Linguistics, and is a prolific writer. Notable works include Principles of Historical Linguistics (1986, 2: 1991), Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to historical and comparative linguistics (1996, 2: 2009, co-authored with Dr Brian D. Joseph), and An early Upanishadic reader, with notes, glossary, and an appendix of related Vedic texts (2007). Dr Hock received his PhD in Linguistics from Yale University in 1971.

Hans Henrich Hock

University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

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Salikoko Mufwene

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Salikoko S. Mufwene is the Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Linguistics, where he also serves as Professor on the Committee on Evolutionary Biology and on the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. His current research in language evolution focuses on language speciation and the development of creoles, the phylogenetic emergence of language as affected by factors such as colonization and globalization, and the the vitality of languages (language birth and language death). He has worked extensively on the morphosyntactic and semantic characteristics of Gullah, Jamaican Creole, African American Vernacular English, and Bantu languages (especially Kikongo-Kituba, Lingala, and Kiyansi). Dr Mufwene is the founding editor of Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact, an interdisciplinary book series covering diverse perspectives on languages in contact, pidgins, creoles, language evolution, language change, and bilingualism. He received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 1979.

Salikoko Mufwene

University of Chicago

Special Session Speakers

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Agnes Bolonyai

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Agnes Bolonyai is Associate Professor of Linguistics at North Carolina State University. Her research interests and publications focus on identity in narrative; transnational migration, mobility and linguistic diversity; space, place, language ideologies and affect in discourses of belonging and exclusion; socio-pragmatic and structural aspects of code-switching; globalization, mobility and language contact in linguistic landscapes and digital media practices; bilingual first language attrition; and right-wing populist political discourse. Her work has appeared in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, the International Journal of Bilingualism, The Cambridge Handbook of Code-Switching, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society and Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict.

Agnes Bolonyai

North Carolina State University

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Farzad Karimzad

Talk: Code-switching, Translanguaging, and (Non)-discrete languages: A Chronotopic Perspective

Farzad Karimzad is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Salisbury University. He researches the role of language in how identities and ideologies are constructed, negotiated, and developed. He focuses on the language used in diasporic contexts and on social media. His research is primarily ethnographic and comes particularly from the community of Iranian Azerbaijanis, an understudied, minoritized group in Iran. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Bilingualism, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. He is currently co-authoring a monograph called Chronotopes and Migration: Language, Social Imagination, and Behavior. He received a PhD in linguistics with a specialization in sociolinguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Farzad Karimzad

Salisbury University

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Jeff MacSwan

Talk: A Multilingual Approach to Translanguaging: Evidence from Codeswitching

Jeff MacSwan is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education at the University of Maryland. He is also Professor of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and affiliate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, the Center for the Advanced Study of Language, and the Maryland Language Science Center. MacSwan’s research program focuses on the linguistic study of bilingualism and codeswitching, and its implications for theories about the role of language in educational settings for multilingual students. He is the editor of the International Multilingual Research Journal, and serves on several editorial boards. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and of the National Education Policy Center.

Jeff MacSwan

University of Maryland

Schedule

Available March, 2018

Getting to Urbana-Champaign

Detailed information can be found here and here.
Please feel free to contact us at ills-conference(at)illinois(dot)edu with any questions.

Champaign-Urbana is located on Interstates 72, 74, and 57; 135 miles south of Chicago, Illinois; 180 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri; and 120 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana.

There are charter bus services from all major airports: Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Peoria. Options include: Peoria Charter Coach (from O'Hare to Altgeld Hall or Illinois Terminal) and Greyhound (from Chicago Bus Station to Intermodal Transportation Center).

The Champaign Willard Airport (CMI) offers daily flights through American and United. AMTRAK service is also available.

Within Urbana-Champaign, MTD operates the bus system. Fare is $1 per ride, including any transfers.

Conference Location:

Illini Union
1401 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801


Lodging in Urbana-Champaign

If you are interested in staying with a student, please contact us at ills-conference (at) illinois (dot) edu.

If you plan on staying in a hotel, make sure to book your reservation early. Below is an incomplete list of hotels with their distances from the conference location.

Illini Union Guest Hotel (at conference location)
1401 W. Green St. #115, Urbana, IL
217-333-3030
Hampton Inn at U of I (0.7 miles)
1200 W. University Ave, Urbana, IL
217-337-1100

Hilton Garden Inn Champaign (1.1 miles)
1501 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL
217-352-9970
I-Hotel and Conference Center (1.1 miles)
1900 S. First St, Champaign, IL
217-819-5000
Homewood Suites by Hilton (1.1 miles)
1417 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL
217-352-9960
Hawthorn Suites (1.2 miles)
101 Trade Center Dr, Champaign, IL
217-398-3400
America's Best Inn Urbana (1.2 miles)
409 W. University Ave, Urbana, IL
217-531-2493
Comfort Suites (1.8 miles)
2001 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL
217-328-3500
Country Inn and Suites (1.9 miles)
602 W. Marketview Dr, Champaign, IL 61822
217-355-6666
Ramada (2.2 miles)
902 W. Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801
217-328-4400
Holiday Inn Express (2.2 miles)
1003 W. Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801
217-328-0328
La Quinta (3.9 miles)
1900 Center Dr, Champaign, IL
217-356-4000

Drury Inn (4.6 miles)
905 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign, IL
217-398-0030