Linguistics was well-represented at this week's Meet Your Major Fair. At points it seemed like the entire department was present and talking to prospective students about the linguistics major, as well as showing them their tongues in action on the ultrasound machine! Kudos to Diane Ohala and Noah Nelson for making our booth the most happening at the event!

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Jason Ginsburg, a alumnus of our Ph.D. program, and Sandiway Fong are both invited speakers at this weekend's "First Workshop on Minimalist Parsing" at MIT.


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Last week, PhD student Sam Johnston attended Diane Ohala's Intro to Linguistics (LING201) course and demonstrated how ultrasound can be used to investigate phonetic/phonological aspects of the articulators. Students then got to apply their knowledge to themselves, looking at their tongues in action.

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Post date: Fri, 25/09/2015 - 1:35pm

Graduate students Rachel Brown, Leah Rice, Shannon Grippando, and Stanley Donahoo are starting the new academic year with new skills! They attended EGI's 'Core dEEG Skills' course in Eugene, Oregon this August as part of Tom Bever's research lab. At 'brain camp', they learned how to run experiments and analyze data employing EEG methodologies.

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Post date: Fri, 25/09/2015 - 1:25pm

PhD student Keisha Josephs and her colleague Sheldon Noel have been helping with efforts to revitalize the native language of the Lokono in Guyana. Their work is supported by a grant from the Endangered Language Fund. Click the link below for the full article on the Guyana Chronicle!

Post date: Thu, 24/09/2015 - 5:33pm

Faculty members Cecile McKee and Amy Fountain, along with graduate students Elly Zimmer and Hui-Yu Huang have a new paper out in Language and Linguistics Compass entitled "Public Outreach in Linguistics: Engaging Broader Audiences." It details the department's growing public outreach efforts, and describes what has been learned about developing such a program. Check it out online here:... Read more

Post date: Fri, 18/09/2015 - 12:30pm

How is language organized in the brains of left versus right-handed people?

The Daily Wildcat recently featured an article on some of the work going on here at the Department of Linguistics, including Thomas Bever's research on the genetic basis for language and PhD student Rachel Brown's research on the link between language structure and cognition.

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Post date: Wed, 16/09/2015 - 2:58am

The upcoming issue of the Journal of Sociolinguistics will feature an article by William Cotter, a second year student in the Joint PhD program in Anthropology and Linguistics, coauthored with his colleague Uri Horesh. The article, entitled "Social integration and dialect divergence in coastal Palestine", investigates language change and wider processes of identity construction in the speech of Palestinians in the coastal Mediterranean city of Jaffa, as well as Jaffa refugees now living in... Read more

Post date: Tue, 25/08/2015 - 11:12am


Many people misunderstand the field of linguistics, which is the scientific study of language. It includes the study of language structure, the psychology of language and the social underpinnings of language use, among other things.

Yet, when I mention to someone that I'm a linguist, I'm usually asked the same two questions: "How many languages do you speak?" and "So … you want to be an interpreter someday?"

I don’t begrudge these questions. As a field, we clearly... Read more

Post date: Fri, 21/08/2015 - 9:58am

Jae Hyun Sung successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on July 15, 2015. Her dissertation is entitled 'A Cross-linguistic Articulatory Analysis of Palatization in Korean, English, and Scottish Gaelic'. She will begin a visiting position at the University of Alberta this August, where she will teach Introduction to Linguistics and graduate-level Introduction to Phonology. Congratulations, Jae Hyun!


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