October 20, 2008

Linguistics Colloquium and Lansdowne Lecture

UVic Linguistics Circle Colloquium Series
Friday, October 24th, 3:30-5:00pm, Clearihue A303
Brian Gick (UBC): "An eco-friendly perspective on audio-tactile and visuo-tactile speech perception"
Abstract: I will present some recent multimodal perception results from our lab in which a variety of tactile stimuli are coupled with audio and visual speech information. These results suggest that: 1) naïve perceivers make substantial use of naturalistic tactile speech information, 2) they do this irrespective of previous specific experience, 3) different individuals make use of different kids of information in multimodal perception, 4) perceivers are aware of complex physical relations between media, and 5) perceivers undergo perception as a whole-body experience. These findings will be discussed in the context of a broader ecological model of human language.

Lansdowne Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00pm, DSB C118
Dr. Grit Liebscher (U. of Waterloo): "Who Are We and Who Am I? Identity Construction through Language"
While identity, in particular ethnic identity, is sometimes seen as an essential category, one can also take the perspective that it is constructed, among other means, through language. Taking this perspective, an analysis of conversations reveals which role language plays in this process. Dr. Liebscher will discuss ways through which inclusion and exclusion is achieved, individuals are positioned, and language is bound up with history. These aspects are illustrated by examples from her research projects involving Canadian German-speaking immigrants and their descendants, western Germans in eastern Germany, and Germans during unification.

Career and Grad School Planning

For those of you nearing graduation, there are two talks this week which may be of interest to you:

Where to From Here: Your Career After UVic
Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:45-5:45pm, DSBC108
This interactive one-hour session will explore the challenges and opportunities that are part of the transition from school to the next stage of your career. Find out about the services and programs available at UVic Career Services to help you make a smooth transition.

Considering Grad School? Preparation and Planning
Thursday, October 23rd, 4:45-6:15pm, CleaC112
In the presentation Dr. MacKenzie will discuss how third- and fourth-year undergraduate students can best prepare themselves to get into the graduate school of their choice; resources to help with graduate school selection; timelines for application; the elements of a strong application; working with faculty advisors; finding funding; and the nature of the graduate school experience. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. Dr. Patricia MacKenzie is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at UVic and has been a graduate advisor for Social Work and for the Masters in Dispute Resolution program.

October 14, 2008

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

Every year, the Japanese government invites Canadian university graduates to participate in a minimum one-year, cultural exchange program. Participants work as either Assistant English Teachers (ALT) in the Japanese educational system or serve as Coordinators of International Relations (CIR) in local Japanese government offices, beginning August 1, 2009 (for participants departing from Vancouver).

To be eligible, applicants must be a Canadian citizen under 40 years of age and hold a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree by the end of July 2009. Students currently in the final year of their degree are eligible to apply.

Application forms are now available for download at the Consulate General of Japan's website: www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.go.jp. To be considered, applications must be sent directly to the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, and must be postmarked by Friday, November 28, 2008.

An information session will be held at the University of Victoria on Thursday, October 23 - 1:30-3:00 PM in Room A240 of the Human & Social Development Building.

October 9, 2008

Linguistics Colloquia in Vancouver - Oct. 16 & 17

If you will be in Vancouver next week, both SFU and UBC are holding linguistics colloquia that you may be interested in:

SFU - Thursday Oct. 16
Suzanne Higendorf of Simon Fraser University will be presenting a talk entitled "Globalization and the Market: The Spread of English in Germany". The talk will be held at 11:30am in Halpern Centre 114 at SFU's Burnaby Campus.

UBC - Friday Oct. 17
Our own UVic professor Ken Hiraiwa will be presenting "Multiple Spell-Out and PF: A Case of the Double-o Constraint" at the UBC Linguistics colloquium series. The talk begins at 3:30pm in room 103 of the new Linguistics building (Totem Field Studios) at 2613 West Mall.

Federal Government Co-op and Career Opportunities Conference

I'm passing along some information about a conference that some of you may be interested in:

The University of Victoria and the Federal Government have partnered in an agreement to deliver an on-campus career and learning event that will give students an insight into the diversity of opportunities in the Federal public service. “Canada’s Future Through You” – a Federal Government Co-op and Career Opportunities Conference and Expo will take place on October 21, 2008.

This event is an opportunity for students to explore how their degree connects to public sector initiatives and research.

Put Your Talent to Work: Canada’s Future Through You

Want to discuss your views on public policy with senior decision makers? Interested in a challenging career that fits with your education? Inspired to be part of Canada’s next generation of leaders?

When: Tuesday, October 21st, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Conference and Information Sessions – Medical Sciences Building
Expo – University Centre / Senate Chambers
Cost: Free

There will be over 25 federal department exhibitors, discussion panels featuring senior government officials and UVic faculty, information sessions and possible job interviews.

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.yourfuturescalling.ca

October 5, 2008

T-Shirt Designs & Underlings Logo

We are now requesting submissions for new t-shirt designs! Send along any ideas you have: phrases, drawings, bad puns... whatever you'd like to wear across your chest in a sign of solidarity with your fellow linguists. We would like to have a vote at the end of this month to determine which design will be printed, so please email us at uvicunderlings@gmail.com as soon as possible! The creator of the winning submission will get his or her t-shirt for free.

We also need a new Underlings logo/mascot. The idea at the meeting was Captain Underling and his sidekick Murgetroid -- if you have a hidden artistic talent that can bring the Captain to life, please send us an illustration. Any other ideas are welcome as well.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Meeting Minutes

I think we can safely say that our meeting/meet-and-greet/movie was a success! Thank you all for coming out. A pdf of the minutes from the meeting can be read here.

The bake sale is set for Wednesday Oct.29th. If you are able to bring some baking or other goodies they would be much appreciated. If you're able to sit at the table in the Clearihue lobby for an hour or two, please sign-up at http://www.doodle.ch/participation.html?pollId=cbz73zpcbncfutua.

October 1, 2008

Oct. 3 Meeting (Update)

This Friday's meeting/meet-and-greet/movie will be held in Clearihue A304. Meeting begins at 3:30pm -- there will be pizza.

Proposed meeting agenda:
  1. Budget / UVSS update
  2. Bake sale Oct. 29 - table schedule, banners/signs
  3. T-shirt contest - determine dates and details
  4. Possible collaborative events - Grad students, French club?
  5. Department news - Colloquiums Oct. 10 and 24
  6. Next meeting - Oct. 17 or 31
  7. Any other business
Email uvicunderlings@gmail.com if you'd like anything added.