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ARCHIVE Fall 2017 Brown Bags

August 24
Starting off on the Right Foot: Advising Session for New MA Students

Presenter:  Christina Higgins, Professor & Graduate Chair, Second Language Studies, UHM

1. Navigating your MA progress
We will examine the MA advising form together and talk about specializations, core courses, seminar courses, and electives. Students will better understand what it takes to complete their degrees in a timely manner
2. The relationship between language teaching and research
New students sometimes struggle to see connections between their interest in classroom teaching and research projects that they design and analyze in their courses; we will explore this and look at examples of research that are connected to teaching, as well as research on other topics in SLS that are not directly linked to classrooms
3. Resources for academic and personal support
We will discuss the resources on campus that offer academic support (such as the writing center) as well as offices that offer counseling to students and other forms of support

August 31
Faculty Showcase Talks: Learn what your professors and colleagues are doing (Part I)

Presenter 1: Richard R. Day, Professor in Second Language Studies, UHM
Presenter 2: JD Brown, Professor in Second Language Studies, UHM

September 7
Taking cross-linguistic differences seriously in infant speech perception: Acquisition of the Japanese sound system

Presenter: Reiko Mazuka (RIKEN Brain Science Institute), Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University

The goal of our research is to identify processes by which infants with no prior linguistic knowledge and limited cognitive skills acquire the ability to understand and manipulate highly complex language systems in a short time and without explicit instruction. To date, the majority of studies have been done with English and a few additional European languages, with little attention paid to whether relevant features are language-specific or apply broadly across typologically different languages.

The talk will present results from studies with Japanese infants (and those comparing Japanese with other languages), on the acquisition of segmental contrasts, emergence of phonological grammar, as well as the role of infant-directed speech in language acquisition, which challenges or complements previous findings. The talk will discuss results from various studies from our lab highlighting the unique opportunities that Japanese language properties provide to disentangle fundamental questions pertaining to acquisition.

September 14
Faculty Showcase Talks: Learn what your professors and colleagues are doing (Part II)

Presenter 1: Nicole Ziegler, Assistant Professor in Second Language Studies, UHM
Presenter 2: Christina Higgins, Professor & Graduate Chair, Second Language Studies, UHM