Plenary Speakers

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Jennifer Cole

Talk: Entraining to the melody: Harnessing speech technologies to explore intonational entrainment

Jennifer Cole is a professor in Linguistics at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan (1982, 1983) and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from M.I.T. (1987), and was on the faculty at Yale University (Linguistics, 1987-1989) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Linguistics and Cognitive Science, 1990-2016) prior to joining Northwestern in 2016. She served as elected chair of the AAAS Section Z [Linguistics and Language Science], on the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive & Sensory Sciences, on the Board of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and on the Executive Committee of the Linguistic Society of America. Dr. Cole served as the founding editor for the journal Laboratory Phonology (2000-2005), and on the editorial boards for Language, Phonology, and the Oxford Research Reviews in Linguistics. Dr. Cole’s research focuses on prosody and its role in conveying information about linguistic structure, pragmatic meaning, speaker emotion, and the dynamics of social interaction. She has pioneered methods of prosodic annotation for large speech databases using crowd-sourcing. Her work combines experimental methods with large-scale observational analyses of natural interactions, in English, Hindi-Urdu, Spanish, and many other languages, using computational and statistical modeling with acoustic and behavioral data.

Jennifer Cole

Northwestern University

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Alejandro Cuza

Talk: Developmental asymmetries and feature reconfiguration in child heritage Spanish

Alejandro Cuza is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the School of Languages and Cultures. He completed his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2008. His research focuses on language acquisition and bilingualism/multilingualism. Specifically, he examines the role of linguistic and psycholinguistic factors in the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax and semantics among bilingual children, adult heritage speakers and second language learners. More recently, Prof. Cuza’s research has examined the role of minority language literacy development in the acquisition of both English and Spanish in young children of Hispanic background in Indiana. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Second Language Research, International Journal of Bilingualism, Heritage Language Journal, Hispania, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, and in several book chapters. Dr. Cuza is the director of the advanced Spanish program and the Spanish for heritage speakers program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He is also the founder and director of the Aprendiendo a Leer program, an after-school biliteracy program where Purdue students teach young children of Hispanic background how to read and write in Spanish as a heritage language.

Alejandro Cuza

Purdue University

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Nan Jiang

Talk: Form prominence in the organization of the L2 lexicon

Nan Jiang received his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona in 1998. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Penn State University in 1998-1999, and taught at Auburn University and Georgia State University before joining the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UMD as an associate professor of SLA. His main research interest involves the study of cognitive/psycholinguistic processes and mechanisms involved in adult second language acquisition. Specific topics include bilingual language processing, lexical representation and development in L2, language transfer, the integration of linguistic knowledge in adult L2 learning, and the relationship between language and thought. His research is mostly lab-based and has appeared in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, Applied Linguistics, Modern Language Journal, Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Memory and Language.

Nan Jiang

University of Maryland

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Lane Schwartz

Talk: Intersecting machine learning and linguistic fieldwork: Computational models for St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Lane Schwartz

Lane Schwartz

University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

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Annie Tremblay

Talk: Predicting Spoken Word Recognition in a Second Language A Cue-Weighting Approach

Dr. Annie Tremblay is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Kansas. She obtained her PhD in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Hawai'i in 2007, worked as an Assistant Professor of French at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2007 to 2012, and has been in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas since 2012. She served as an Associate Editor for Linguistics Approaches to Bilingualism from 2013 to 2016 and for Applied Psycholinguistics from 2016 to 2018, and she has served on the editorial boards of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition and Second Language Research. Dr. Tremblay's research focuses on second-language speech perception, processing, and segmentation, focusing primarily on non-native listeners' use of prosodic information. While her more recent research has focused primarily on speech, Dr. Tremblay has in the past also conducted research on second-language morphological processing and second-language proficiency assessment. Her research has appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals, including Acta Psychologica, Applied Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology, Language Acquisition, Language and Cognitive Processes, Language Learning, Language and Speech, PLoS One, Second Language Research, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and it has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Annie Tremblay

University of Kansas

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Kara Warburton

Talk: Language resources in the workplace: how companies are leveraging language

Kara Warburton has 35 years of experience in the translation industry where she has played a leading role in terminology management, particularly for large global enterprises. She holds PhD and MA degrees in terminology management and degrees in translation and education. For more than 20 years, Kara has provided consulting, support and training in terminology management, controlled authoring, localization and search engine optimization to many global companies and organizations. She currently teaches terminology management and localization at University of Illinois.

Kara Warburton

University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

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