Met with my advisor/professor, M–. That term is getting a little old, perhaps I shall start referring to her as my mentor? Anyway, the MLA conference is actually looking to fill 2 slots in the linguistic section, but one person isn’t allowed to present twice. So M– suggested that I write and present one, and then co-author a second paper with her that she will present. But I will still be first author. She also agreed to do a summer conference course with me. The end product will be these 2 papers, but I’ll get 3 credits for the time and effort. Yay! And, my department is changing the program for the first time in 20 years–making it more streamlined and stuff. So extra goody all around.
I’m posting the two abstracts that we’ve submitted to the conference. The first one is my idea, based off of research I did as an undergrad and the second is actually a paper I’m currently writing for M–‘s class. We’re gong to expand it and then present it.
You might notice that I consistently delete names or pertinent information in these posts. That’s because even though I blog and put it all over the internet, I am a private person. And I don’t want random people to start harassing me. That is the reason for no last names, school name, or even first names of some people. So there.
Jazz, Blues and Be-bop: The poetry of Langston Hughes.
Author: Sharon —–, The Department of Linguistics, The University of —- at —-.
A productive line of research in both literature and linguistics involves the application of linguistic methodologies to the analysis of the rhythmic properties of poetry (see for example Halle & Keyser 1966; Hanson 1994, Hanson & Kiparsky 1996,Hayes & Maceachern 1998; Duanmu 2004, inter alia). A second body of work inspired by Lerdahl & Jackendoff 1983 has examined shared properties of musical and linguistic phrasing. This paper employs aspects of both lines of research in a metrical linguistic analysis of the poetry of Langston Hughes.
A Comparative Account of Consonant Cluster Simplification in Two Dialects of Southern USA English.
Authors: Sharon ——- and M– ——-, The Department of Linguistics, The University of —- at —–.
The simplification of word final consonant cluster has often been discussed in connection with sociolinguistic variables such as ethnicity. A robust and widely cited literature in sociolinguistics discusses simplification in African American English and Chicano English (see Labov 1973; Wolfram 1974; Smitherman 1977, Santa Ana & Bayley 2004 inter alia). However, similar phenomena are also found in some “white” dialects of English, e.g. rural areas of the Mississippi Delta. though not in other varieties associated with groups of similar speakers, e.g. Suburban Southeastern Louisiana. This talk describes and provides a comparative phonological analysis of the treatment of word-final clusters in these two dialects. Central points of the paper are that (i) southern dialects of USA English are not homogeneous, as sometimes assumed, and that (ii) phonological features of English often associated non-prestige dialects of English spoken by members of ethnic minorities are in fact not restricted to these groups.