June 17, 2024

Fallon Presents at History of Language Science Meeting

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented his research to the North American Association of the History of Linguistics (NAAHoLS) on Jan. 5, 2024. His talk, “The undead nature of the term ‘Hamito-Semitic’,” presented qualitative and quantitative research over the decades on the varying names of the Afroasiatic phylum of languages.

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented research at the Centennial Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held in New York City, on Jan. 6, 2024. His poster, “Where Do Central Cushitic Ejectives Come From?,” documented that contrary to previous scholarship, the majority of ejective sounds in the Central Cushitic languages Blin (63%) and Xamtanga (75%) are found in native roots, not in borrowings from EthioSemitic languages. This finding makes it more likely that ejectives may be reconstructed for Proto-Central Cushitic.

Fallon Presents at African Linguistics Conference

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon at the 54th Annual Conference on African Linguistics

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon at the 54th annual Conference on African Linguistics

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented on June 12, 2023, at the 54th annual Conference on African Linguistics. His talk, titled “Three views of Proto-Cushitic: Theory, Heuristics, and Validity,” analyzed and compared three historical-comparative reconstructions of the Cushitic language family: the one by Aron Dolgopol’skij in 1973, one by Christopher Ehret in 1987, and one by M. Lionel Bender in 2020, each varying in scope, methodology and reconstructions, from a low of 15 consonants to a high of 87. The 46 Cushitic languages are a branch of the Afroasiatic phylum spoken in and around the Horn of Africa.

Fallon Presents on Blin Speaker at Virginia Humanities Conference

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon co-presented with Daniel Yacob of the Ge‘ez Frontier Foundation at the Virginia Humanities Conference on Friday, March 3, 2023. Their paper, “A Lighthouse of Language,” discussed the contributions of the late Tekie Alibekit, a native-speaker of Blin. Tekie helped analyze and develop the Cushitic language of Eritrea, and, with Yacob’s help, succeeded in computerizing letters necessary to write Blin in Ethiopic script, letters also adopted by other languages spoken in the Horn of Africa.

Fallon Serves as Pronouncer for Local Spelling Bee

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon served as the pronouncer for the Fredericksburg Regional Spelling Bee, held Saturday, Feb. 25, at James Monroe High School. Read more in The Free Lance-Star.

Fallon Reviews Major Book on African Languages

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor Paul D. Fallon of the Department of English and Linguistics was invited to review The Oxford Handbook of African Languages, edited by Rainer Vossen & Gerrit Dimmendaal, and published by Oxford University Press in 2020. His review appears online in The Linguistic List vol. 33, number 2209. The Linguist List is a major online linguistic resource and listserv with thousands of subscribers worldwide.

Fallon Presents at Linguistics Society of America Conference

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon

Paul Fallon, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented a poster on “Proto-Agaw in relation to Bender’s Proto-Cushitic” on January 8, 2022 at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held in Washington, D.C.

Fallon presents on Cushitic in Paris

Associate Professsor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented at the 47th North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL), held in Paris from June 24-26, 2019. His paper, entitled “An assessment of Bender’s Proto-Cushitic,” was a scholarly evaluation of the late M. Lionel Bender’s unpublished reconstruction of the ancestral language of many of the languages of the Horn of Africa, including Somali, Oromo and Blin, Dr. Fallon’s special area of focus. His work was supported by a Faculty Research Grant.

Fallon Presents Research at Georgetown Conference

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented a paper, “A Survey of Reduplication Types in Blin” at the 2019 Georgetown University Round Table in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2019. This paper examined the various types of word formation involving the copying of all or part of a word root in both nouns and verbs in the Blin language of Eritrea.

Fallon Featured about Regional Spelling Bee

Associate Professor of Liguistics Paul D. Fallon

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon was mentioned in The Free Lance-Star in an article about the regional spelling bee. To view the article, visit “‘Meritocracy’ for the win: Fauquier’s Evan Hunter is champ of Fredericksburg Regional Spelling Bee.”

 

‘Meritocracy’ for the win: Fauquier’s Evan Hunter is champ of Fredericksburg Regional Spelling Bee (The Free Lance-Star)