The LSA is pleased to announce the finalists for the Second Annual Five-minute Linguist event to be held at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Videorecording of the Five-minute Linguist contest is made possible by a generous contribution from the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah.

  • Zachary Jaggers (New York University): A political ideology with an accent
  • Georgia Zellou (University of California, Davis): Enhanced coarticulation facilitates statistical learning of continuous speech in adults
  • Lauren Ackerman (Newcastle University): Coreference dependency formation is modulated by experience with variation of human gender
  • Michelle McSweeney (Columbia University): Can I get a comma? The role of punctuation and laughter in texting identity
  • Kelly Wright (University of Michigan), Kevin McGowan (University of Kentucky): Covert Segregation: Investigating Dialect Discrimination in the Housing Market
  • Gregory Scontras (University of California, Irvine): The pragmatics of truth-value judgements 
  • Sharon Inkelas (University of California, Berkeley), Jordan Ackerman (University of California, Merced), Noah Hermalin (University of California, Berkeley), Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley), and Stephanie Shih (University of California, Merced): Pokemonikers: A Study of Sound Symbolism and Pokemon Names
  • Lynn Hou (University of California, San Diego), Ryan Lepic (University of Chicago): When looks count: the function and distribution of LOOK-AT in American Sign Language


  • Daniel Duncan (New York University): Changing language and identity during suburbanization
  • Mark Visona (Georgetown University): What is the "right"  way to call 911?

Each participant will be given five minutes for a presentation that will receive constructive, friendly feedback from a panel of three journalists, including the two most recent recipients of the LSA Journalism Award and a local journalist. The final judging will be done by the audience.and a judging panel including journalists.