NSF's Linguistics Program has notified Cecile McKee and Elly Zimmer that their DDRIG proposal "Children's Awareness of Syntactic Ambiguity" is being recommended for an award. This grant will support two of Elly's dissertation experiments. Yay for grants!

Post date: Tue, 02/12/2014 - 11:38am

The University of Arizona Department of Linguistics will host the 20th anniversary meeting of the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas, on the weekend of Jan 23-25, 2015.

This meeting brings together formal linguists and community members working with indigenous languages of North, Central and South America, reporting the latest research in all areas of formal linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well... Read more

Post date: Tue, 18/11/2014 - 1:19pm

Students and faculty of the Linguistics Department helped to create a great, interactive experience for the local community at this year's Tucson Meet Yourself. The linguistics exhibit included spectrogram demonstrations, an experiment that showed the lateralization of the brain and how it relates to language, as well as language puzzlers and other interactive material. It was a great opportunity to show the community how the study of language is interesting and unique!

Professors... Read more

Post date: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 1:08pm

Students, faculty, and staff of the Linguistics Department helped to put on a great show at the 2014 Meet Your Major Fair. The linguistics exhibit included ultrasound demonstrations of the human tongue in action, as well as language puzzlers and other interactive material. It was great chance to tell students about the things that make the study of language interesting and special. Check Facebook because you might just see some videos that students took of themselves using APIL's ultrasound... Read more

Post date: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 12:27pm

The PsyCoL Lab in the Department of Linguistics is going to Portland! Our most recent work on Maltese investigates the status of word patterns, and this work suggests that contrary to the standard view of Semitic, Maltese word patterns are phonological in nature. This talk represents joint work with lead author Adam Ussishkin, and PsyCoL members Andy Wedel and Samantha Wray as co-authors along with Luke Galea from the University of Cologne. This LSA talk will take place at the Portland... Read more

Post date: Wed, 08/10/2014 - 7:52am

William Cotter's poster "Examining the results of dialect contact between Palestinian communities in Gaza" has been selected for presentation at NWAV 43 in Chicago IL on October 24th, 2014. William's study focuses on the results of contact between the indigenous residents of Gaza City and Palestinian refugees originally from the city of Jaffa, roughly 40 miles north of the Gaza Strip. The study focuses on the feminine ending morpheme, /ah/, which is typically realized as [a] in the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 03/10/2014 - 11:09am

Muriel Fisher, research scientist Sr. in the Department of Linguistics and Gaelic language teacher has been awarded the "Excellence in Community Linguistics" award from the National Science Foundation. This award recognizes her lifetime commitment to documenting, revitalizing and teaching the Scottish Gaelic language. Muriel, a native speaker of Gaelic from the Island of Skye, has been teaching Gaelic here in Tucson for many years, privately in her Tucson Gaelic Institute, at the Pima... Read more

Post date: Thu, 02/10/2014 - 6:00pm

Congratulations to Andrew Carnie for receiving the GPSC's president's award for his service and advocacy on behalf of graduate and professional students! The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), the group that represents the 8,800 UA graduate and professional students in the 16 Colleges voted to award Professor Andrew Carnie the GPSC's President's Award for 2013-2014.

The GPSC President's Award is the most prestigious award GPSC bestows. Awardees are nominated and... Read more

Post date: Thu, 18/09/2014 - 11:54pm

UA linguist Dr. Ofelia Zepeda has been involved in expanding Amercian Indian Studies in the University of Arizona throughout the past years. Her most recent activities are featured in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Zepeda has helped expand Ameican Indian studies from a master's-degree-only program to a doctoral one. "This time, she will oversee the transition of American Indian studies from a graduate program to a full department with an undergraduate major... Read more

Post date: Wed, 17/09/2014 - 2:13pm

Congratulations to Amy Fountain for receiving Dean's Award For Excellence! Dean's Award for Excellence in Lower Division Teaching recognizes significant instructional achievements by an SBS faculty member in one or more lower division courses (numbered between 100 and 299). She will be formally recognized and thanked for her contributions at the convocation ceremony of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences this December.


Post date: Fri, 12/09/2014 - 1:38pm