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Robert Henderson and his colleague Ryan Bennett (Yale) have just received a three and a half year collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to do research documenting and describing aspects of the endangered Mayan language Uspanteko. The grant is entitled "Collaborative Research: Investigations into tone and stress in a complex prosodic system". Find out more at the NSF website: http... Read more

Post date: Fri, 25/03/2016 - 11:40am

Robert Henderson was recently in Paris to give an invited talk at the Co-Distributivity Workshop 2016 held at CNRS as part of the Structures Formelles du Langage group. He spoke about how his recent work on dependent indefinites in Kaqchikel extends to typologically different languages. You can check out the program here: http://www.umr7023.cnrs.fr/journees-co-distributivite-2016-workshop-co-... Read more

Post date: Sat, 12/03/2016 - 9:27am

William Cotter, joint PhD student in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona recently contributed a feature article to the February 2016 issue of Babel - The Language Magazine. Babel highlights linguistic research in an accessible format for general audiences. Cotter's article uses Palestinian Arabic as a case study for examining the effect of political conflict on language change and stems from his ongoing research on Arabic dialect contact in the Gaza Strip and northern... Read more

Post date: Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:47am

Natasha Warner was featured in an article on the UAnews website today, covering her efforts in helping to publish a Mutsun-English English-Mutsun dictionary. This is a result of many years of effort! Read the entire article here.

Post date: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 12:14pm

Aresta La Russo and her work at UA teaching Navajo was recently highlighted for Arizona PBS. Aresta, who has been teaching Navajo since 2010, talks about the language with Gilbert Cordova, as well as new technology for learning the langauge. Make sure you check out it here: http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2016/01/27/technology-helps-teach-navajo-i...

Post date: Fri, 29/01/2016 - 12:58pm

William Cotter, a joint doctoral student in the Anthropology & Linguistics recently co-authored (with Uri Horesh) a lemma in the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics entitled "Sociolinguistics of Palestinian Arabic". The lemma highlights studies done in recent years that have examined language variation in varieties of Palestinian Arabic. At the same time, the lemma situates language variation in Palestinian Arabic within the larger socio-political context of the modern Middle... Read more

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Post date: Sat, 16/01/2016 - 5:37pm

Over the winter break, Robert Henderson made a two week trip to Guatemala. He reconnected with Guatemalan linguists in Patzun and Patzicia. He also helped a colleague and often coauthor, Ryan Bennett (Yale), administer a perception experiment on Kaqchikel in Patzicia. 

Post date: Sat, 16/01/2016 - 5:27pm

This past weekend, Jan 6-10, hundreds of linguists from all around the world converged on Washington DC for the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The University of Arizona was extremely well represented, with members of our community presenting research, participating in panel discussions and symposia, and guiding the trajectory of the society through participation on committees. Here's a link to the meeting website, and a photograph of a good proportion of the students,... Read more

Post date: Thu, 14/01/2016 - 11:16am

Meghan Sumner (Stanford University) will be giving the department colloquium on Friday, Jan 15th at 3:00 PM. She will be speaking on "Reconsidering canonical forms and the benefits of 'clear' speech". Be sure not to miss this first colloquium of the semester!

Post date: Wed, 13/01/2016 - 11:20am