Curriculum Vitae

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Education

University of California, Berkeley University of Chicago

Grants and Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (stipend plus tuition, fees, and benefits; used for 2013-2014 academic year; awarded June 2013)

Robert L. Oswalt Graduate Student Support Endowment for Endangered Language Documentation (Dec. 2012 - for Ditidaht Language Documentation Project)

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant (Apr. 2012 - for Ditidaht Language Documentation Project)

Robert L. Oswalt Graduate Student Support Endowment for Endangered Language Documentation (Dec. 2011 - for Ditidaht Language Documentation Project)

Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (Stipend plus tuition, fees, and benefits; used for 2012-2013 academic year; awarded June 2011)

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant (Apr. 2011 - for Máíjɨki Language Documentation Project)

Diebold Linguistics Graduate Fellowship (June 2008 - Stipend for first year of graduate school, plus non-resident tuition and benefits)

Beinecke Brothers Foundation Scholarship (Apr. 2007 - Support disbursed throughout graduate school; won as a college third-year)

Whirlpool Sons & Daughters Scholarship (Apr. 2004 - Support for attending college; won as high school senior)

Awards

Best Student Abstract Award, Linguistic Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting (Sept. 2012)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) - Honorable Mention (Apr. 2010)

Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Illinois - University of Chicago Chapter (Apr. 2007 - inducted as third-year undergraduate)

Dean’s List, University of Chicago (2004-2008)

Publications

  1. Sylak-Glassman, John and Kirov, Christo, Matt Post, Roger Que, and David Yarowsky. To appear (Fall 2015). A universal feature schema for rich morphological annotation and fine-grained cross-lingual part-of-speech tagging. Proceedings of the Fourth International Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology Conference. Berlin: Springer.
  2. Sylak-Glassman, John, Christo Kirov, David Yarowsky, and Roger Que. To appear (July 2015). A language-independent feature schema for inflectional morphology. Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and The 7th International Joint Conference of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 53). Stroudsburg, PA: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  3. Sylak-Glassman, John. 2014. The effects of post-velar consonants on vowels in Ditidaht. Precedings of the 49th Annual International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages ed. by Natalie Weber, Emily Sadlier-Brown, and Erin Guntly, 17-38. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics. [PDF]
  4. Sylak-Glassman, John. 2014. An emergent approach to the guttural natural class. In Supplemental Proceedings of Phonology 2013, ed. by John Kingston, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater, and Robert Staubs, 1-12. Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America. [PDF]
  5. Sylak-Glassman, John. 2013. Review of Writing Quechua: The Case For a Hispanic Orthography by David Weber. International Journal of American Linguistics 79(4): 580-582. [PDF via JSTOR]
  6. Sylak-Glassman, John. 2013. Affix ordering in Imbabura Quichua. In Structure and Contact in Languages of the Americas, Survey Reports, Vol. 15, ed. by John Sylak-Glassman and Justin Spence, 311-335. Berkeley, CA: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. [PDF]
  7. Sylak, John. 2013. Pharyngealization in Chechen is gutturalization. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, ed. by Chundra Cathcart, Shinae Kang, and Clare S. Sandy, 81-95. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society and Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America. [PDF]
  8. Riggle, Jason, Max Bane, James Kirby, and John Sylak. 2011. Multilingual learning with parameter co-occurrence clustering. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (Volume 1), ed. by Suzi Lima, Kevin Mullin, and Brian Smith, 67-82. Amherst, MA: GLSA. [Amazon]
  9. Sylak, John. Oct. 2008. Lak reduplication: Neither morphological nor phonological fixed segmentism, 15 pp. Reviewed and accepted for publication in Chicago Working Papers in Linguistics. [PDF]
  10. Riggle, Jason, Max Bane, Edward King, James Kirby, Heather Rivers, Evelyn Rosas, and John Sylak. 2007. Erculator: A web application for constraint-based phonology. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 36: Papers in Theoretical and Computational Phonology, ed. by Michael Becker, 135-50. Amherst, MA: GLSA. [Amazon] Note: The Erculator program formed a basis for the current CLML program PyPhon.

Edited Volume

  1. John Sylak-Glassman and Justin Spence (eds.). 2013. Structure and Contact in Languages of the Americas, Survey Reports, Vol. 15. Berkeley, CA: Survey of California and Other Indian Languages.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  1. Sylak-Glassman, John, Stephanie Farmer, and Lev Michael. Nasalization and nasal harmony in Máíjɨki.
  2. Sylak-Glassman, John. The phonetic properties of voiced stops descended from nasals in Ditidaht. [PDF]

Conference Presentations

  1. (Upcoming) Sylak-Glassman, John, Christo Kirov, David Yarowsky, and Roger Que. Aug.~2015. Typology enriching NLP: A universal feature schema for inflectional morphology. 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT 11). Albuquerque, NM.
  2. Sylak-Glassman, John. 30 Jun.~2015. Grounding typological variation in articulatory reality: Place features for the post-velar consonants. Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2015 (PaPE 2015). Cambridge, UK.
  3. Sylak-Glassman, John. 25 Apr. 2015. Deriving natural classes using phonological entailments. 51st Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 51). University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  4. Sylak-Glassman, John, Stephanie Farmer, and Lev Michael. 19 May 2014. An Agreement by Correspondence analysis of Máíhɨki nasalization harmony. Talk given at the ABC↔Conference. University of California, Berkeley.
  5. Sylak-Glassman, John. 10 Nov. 2013. An emergent approach to the guttural natural class. Poster presented at Phonology 2013. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [PDF]
  6. Sylak-Glassman, John. 10 Aug. 2013. The effects of post-velar consonants on vowels in Ditidaht. Talk given at the 48th International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages. Victoria, BC, Canada. [PDF]
  7. Sylak-Glassman, John. 5 Apr. 2013. An Agreement by Correspondence analysis of Máíhɨki nasalization harmony. Talk given at the 18th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 18). Berkeley, CA. [PDF]
  8. Sylak-Glassman, John. 3 Jan. 2013. The phonetic properties of voiced stops descended from nasals in Ditidaht. Talk given at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA. [PDF]
  9. Michael, Lev, Stephanie Farmer, and John Sylak. 26 Apr. 2012. La nasalidad silábica y la armonía nasal en Máíhɨki [Syllabic nasality and nasal harmony in Máíjɨki]. Talk given at Amazonicas 4. Lima, Peru.
  10. Sylak, John. 9 Jan. 2012. Pharyngealization in Chechen is gutturalization. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Portland, OR.
  11. Campbell, Amy, Andrew Garrett, Hannah Haynie, Justin Spence, Ronald Sprouse, and John Sylak. 9 Jan. 2011. Geographical metadata in the California Language Archive. Poster presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA. [PDF]
  12. Sylak, John. 8 Jan. 2011. Exhaustive and restrictive syllabification in Bella Coola (Nuxalk). Talk given at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA. [PDF from May 2011 talk listed below]
  13. Sylak, John. 10 Jan. 2009. Lak reduplication challenges OT fixed segmentism. Poster presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. San Francisco, CA.
  14. Riggle, Jason; Max Bane; and John Sylak. 5 Jan. 2008. Distinguishing grammars in multilingual learning using parameter co-occurrence. Talk given at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Chicago, IL.

Invited Talks and Workshop Presentations

  1. Sylak, John. 2 May 2011. Exhaustive and Restrictive Syllabification in Bella Coola (Nuxalk). Phonetics and Phonology Workshop, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University. [PDF]
  2. Chang, William; John Sylak; and Melinda Fricke. 5 Oct. 2009. Quichua phonology so far: A presentation of ongoing work by students in LING 240A (Field Methods). Phonetics and Phonology Forum, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
  3. Sylak, John. 10 Jan. 2009. A one-stem approach to the Lak verb. Talk given at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting as part of the 2009 LSA Symposium on the Languages of the Caucasus. San Francisco, CA.

Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley; Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Garrett (Aug. 2010 - Aug. 2012)

Graduate Student Researcher, Phonology-Morphology Interface, University of California, Berkeley; Supervisor: Prof. Sharon Inkelas (Summer 2010)

Graduate Student Researcher, Chechen Pharyngeal Consonants, University of California, Berkeley; Supervisor: Prof. Johanna Nichols (Spring 2010)

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Chicago Language Modeling Lab, University of Chicago; Supervisor: Prof. Jason Riggle (Apr. 2007 - Aug. 2008)

Primary Research Interests

Phonetics-phonology interface; phonological theory; phonological typology; cross-linguistically rare consonants; sound change; description of endangered languages; languages of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America; languages of the Caucasus.

Field Research Experience

LanguageISO 639-3Field SiteDuration
DitidahtDTDNitinaht Lake (Malachan 11),Summers of 2012, 2013
British Columbia, Canada(ongoing project)
MáíjɨkiORENueva Vida, Loreto, Peru8 weeks in summer 2011
Imbabura QuichuaQVIBerkeley, CA (field methods class) 2009-2010 academic year

Teaching and Mentorship Experience

Linguistics Research Apprenticeship Practicum (LRAP) University of California, Berkeley; Department of Linguistics (Fall 2013)

Graduate Student Instructor, The American Languages (LING 55AC), University of California, Berkeley; Department of Linguistics (Fall 2009)

Residential Tutor, Computer Science and Spanish, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Upward Bound (June - Aug. 2006)

Volunteer ESL Tutor. Students Teaching at the Ray School (STARS). University of Chicago and Ray Elementary School, Chicago, IL (Sept. 2005 - May 2008)

Primary Teaching Interests

Phonology; phonetics; field methods; typology; morphology; historical linguistics; Native American languages; languages of the Caucasus.

Service

Co-organizer with Andrew Garrett, Lev Michael, Line Mikkelsen, Richard Rhodes, and Katie Sardinha. Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) 18. University of California, Berkeley (Oct. 2012 - Apr. 2013).

Organizer. Group in American Indian Languages (GAIL). Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. University of California, Berkeley (Aug. 2010 - May 2012).

Co-organizer with Jessica Cleary-Kemp, Andrew Garrett, Clare Sandy, and Tammy Stark. Fieldwork Forum (FForum). Department of Linguistics. University of California, Berkeley (Aug. 2010 - May 2012).

Co-organizer with Shinae Kang. Phonetics and Phonology Forum (Phorum). Department of Linguistics. University of California, Berkeley (Aug. 2010 - Dec. 2011).

Mentor for Chochenyo Ohlone language. The 9th Breath of Life California Indian Language Restoration Workshop. Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. University of California, Berkeley (June 2010).

Co-organizer with Jessica Cleary-Kemp, Clara Cohen, Stephanie Farmer, Laura Kassner, and Melinda Fricke. 36th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 36). University of California, Berkeley (Aug. 2009 - Feb. 2010).

Volunteer. Linguistic Society of America Summer Linguistic Institute: Linguistic Structure and Language Ecologies. University of California, Berkeley (July - Aug. 2009).

Abstract Reviewer. Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS). Served on following committees: Negation, Phonology (2009); Phonology (2010); Phonology (2011); Language Contact, Morphology (chair; 2012); Phonetics and Phonology (2013).

Associate Justice. Judicial Council. Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). University of California, Berkeley (Feb. 2009 - May 2011).

Delegate for Department of Linguistics. Graduate Assembly. Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). University of California, Berkeley. Served on technology subcommittee (Fall 2008 - Spring 2009).

Volunteer. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. Served at meetings in Chicago (2008), San Francisco (2009), and Pittsburgh (2011).

Technical Skills

Computational: Python, Praat Scripting, R, LaTeX, CSS, HTML

Other: audio recording, field work data and metadata management, digital and physical archiving

Languages

EnglishNative
RussianAdvanced
SpanishAdvanced
FrenchBasic
Ditidaht (Wakashan)Field work
Máíjɨki (W. Tukanoan)Field work
Imbabura Quichua (Quechuan)Field work

Contact Information

Mailing Address
John Sylak-Glassman
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

Email
sylak@berkeley.edu

Telephone
— available via my CV