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Bever is known as one of the founding fathers of cognitive science, a multidisciplinary field that investigates the nature of intellectual activity-perception, language, reasoning and the brain. He and members within the field conduct research to understand how the mind works and why it works the way it does.    

An unquenchable curiosity partnered with a diverse set of interests paved the road to a new field and some of the most innovative findings in the study of language and the... Read more

Post date: Mon, 20/06/2011 - 11:01am

Heidi Harley, a professor of linguistics, has taught a variety of linguistics graduate courses since starting at the UA in 1999, and she now advises the largest number of graduate students in the linguistics department. She also serves on the steering committee of the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program and the L2 Analysis Committee of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. Harley has a close working relationship... Read more

Post date: Mon, 20/06/2011 - 10:54am

Stacey Oberly, assistant professor of linguistics, specializes in Southern Ute linguistics, descriptive linguistics, Native American language immersion, language documentation and revitalization, Numic phonetics, Native American education, and instrumental phonetics. She is credited with adding an immersion lesson in Southern Ute, along with incorporating culture, traditions and music into her classes, bringing to life American Indian languages on the verge of extinction. In... Read more

Post date: Mon, 20/06/2011 - 10:49am

The computerized "Hala" will be able to translate not just language but nuance when dealing with multicultural visitors.

Researchers at the University of Arizona and Carnegie Mellon University are working to create a robot receptionist. What makes the effort novel is that the "roboceptionist" is bilingual and bicultural – a computer with a face and a natural language interface.

A three-year, $1 million grant from the Qatar National Research Foundation is funding basic advances... Read more

Post date: Fri, 05/11/2010 - 1:00am

Tucson - Researchers at the University of Arizona are pioneering methods to find out how we learn language. They received a grant of nearly $400,000 from the National Science Foundation.

They're conducting studies on babies from 4 to 20 months-old and the findings might change the way we expose kids to new information.

"We're measuring how long he's looking at each of these lights, based upon his head turns," says Sara Knight Manager of the Tweety Language Development Lab.... Read more

Post date: Fri, 15/10/2010 - 1:00am

Neto's Tucson: Heed rocks on North Mountain - they carry messages of beauty

Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Arizona Daily Star
Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010

Along a mile stretch of North Mountain Avenue, poetry is strewn, etched on small boulders, in native Tohono O'odham and immigrant English.
Most of the poems, between East Ft. Lowell and East Roger roads, are odes to our desert, its colors, creatures, smells and vistas.

The poems were written by Ofelia... Read more

Post date: Tue, 05/10/2010 - 12:00am

UA linguist Adam Ussishkin, whose research interests span phonology, psycholinguistics, Semitic languages and grammar, has headed up an effort to update and digitize the Maltese-English dictionary of record.

The standard Maltese-English dictionary, originally drafted by 20th century linguist Joseph Aquilina over nearly 50 years, has served as the language's primary linguistic source for decades.

Subsequently, much of the dictionary – published in volumes leading up to the 1980s... Read more

Post date: Wed, 29/09/2010 - 12:00am

The YWCA established the Women on the Move Awards in 1982 to honor Tucson women for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community and to the mission of the YWCA to eliminate racism and empower women.

Link to YWCA story

Post date: Thu, 23/09/2010 - 12:00am

Andrew Carnie, a UA linguistics professor, is heading a research project to analyze and document Scottish Gaelic, a language that is slowly being lost because natives more readily are learning and speaking English.

Scottish Gaelic, an endangered language, is predicted to fall out of use within the century as a consequence of native speakers turning to English instead.

And those concerned with preserving and advancing the use of Scottish Gaelic face another dilemma – the lack of... Read more

Post date: Mon, 20/09/2010 - 12:00am

When it comes to understanding language, we often focus only on what we hear. But other signals also come into play with language recognition, such as the shape of the lips, vibration of the vocal folds or movement of the tongue.

Archangeli, whose research focuses largely on the movement of the tongue when we talk, is working to collect data on the role the tongue, lips, vocal folds, nasal airflow and other areas play in language recognition. Her eventual goal is to develop an... Read more

Post date: Mon, 20/09/2010 - 12:00am

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