The University of Arizona Linguistics Department was ranked #4 nationwide in Graduate Program's 4th Annual Fall 2015 Rankings for Linguistics. The rankings are determined by responses from current and recent graduate students. Thank you everyone for your hard work making the University of Arizona a great place to study linguistics at the highest level!
Post date: Wed, 21/10/2015 - 11:09am

There will be a Linguistics Colloquium held this Friday (October 23) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at Communication 311. The speaker will be Dr. Paul Pietroski (UMD).

Title: "Semantic Internalism" (

All are welcome!

Post date: Mon, 19/10/2015 - 2:29pm

Robert Henderson attended NELS 46 at Concordia University in Montreal over the weekend. On Oct 17th, he put on his syntax hat to present joint work with Jessica Coon (McGill) on some prima facie exceptions to the ban on the extraction of ergative subjects from canonical transitive clauses in Kaqchikel (Mayan). The conference was a big success. Check out the full program here:

Post date: Mon, 19/10/2015 - 12:50pm

The UA Linguistics Department participated in Tucson Meet Yourself on Saturday, October 10. Check out some of the photos from the event below!

Noah Nelson, a graduate student in the Linguistics Department, explains a processing load task to a festival goer.

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Post date: Sun, 18/10/2015 - 5:37pm

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!

Photos from the event:

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Post date: Wed, 14/10/2015 - 8:56pm

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.


Post date: Tue, 06/10/2015 - 11:52am

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