Congratulations to LSA life member Isaac Bleaman (University of California, Berkeley), who has received a 5-year grant through the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will support his project entitled "Documenting and Analyzing Sociolinguistic Variation in the Speech of Holocaust Survivors" and is being co-funded through the Linguistics and DLI-DEL programs.

The award will support the creation of a publicly-accessible corpus of conversational Yiddish based on testimony interviews with Holocaust survivors from the USC Shoah Foundation, including transcripts, media files, and metadata. Bleaman's research will analyze stigmatized dialect features in pre-Holocaust varieties and assess the impact of genocide on the actuation of language change through speaker displacement.