Linguistics PhD candidate Colleen Patton has been chosen as a Russel J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Foundation Fellow by the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. The Bilinski Fellowship provides recipients with a $25,000 stipend as well as tuition assistance to support their dissertation research and expedite time to degree.  Colleen will be using the fellowship to fund several fieldwork trips to Scotland in 2018 and 2019 to conduct interviews for her comparative research on Celtic... Read more

Post date: Mon, 14/05/2018 - 3:10pm

Joint PhD Anthropology & Linguistics candidate William Cotter has been chosen as a recipient of the Bilinski Foundation Fellowship by the Graduate College at the University of Arizona. The Bilinski Fellowship provides recipients with a $25,000 stipend tuition assistance to support their dissertation research. William be conducting his PhD fieldwork in Jordan as a Fulbright IIE grant recipient during the 2018-2019 academic year, and will defer the Bilinski Fellowship until he returns from... Read more

Post date: Thu, 10/05/2018 - 2:12pm

Christina Newhall to Intern in Washington D.C

Christina  Newhall is spending their summer at the Smithsonian Institution in America's Capitol.

Lopez Island native Christina Newhall is off to do an Internship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.


Post date: Tue, 01/05/2018 - 10:15am

Today we welcomed Dr Wilson Silva (right) to the department, and start to find a home for the collection of books on languages of the Americas that cane with him! Graduate student Joe Dupris (left) helped him unload.

Post date: Fri, 27/04/2018 - 10:41am

Congratulations to the following award winners this semester.

Shannon Grippando won three. They are: Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant ($750), Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institue Dissertation Grant ($2,000) and Social and Behavioral Sciences Summer Dissertation Fellowship (5,000)

Bill Cotter was recently awarded a Student Fulbright Research Grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S Department of State to conduct his... Read more

Post date: Thu, 19/04/2018 - 11:02am


Isabel Makay with her committee members, Dr. Andrew Carnie, Dr. Simin Karimi, Dr. Robert Henderson and Dr. Heidi Harley. Congratulations on passing your Comprehensive Oral Exam.

Post date: Wed, 14/03/2018 - 3:22pm

Professor McKee has been elected to the Chair Line for AAAS’s Section Z (Linguistics and Language Sciences). The term includes roles as Chair Elect (2018-2019), Chair (2019-2020), and Retiring Chair (2020-2021).

Post date: Thu, 22/02/2018 - 4:49pm

Heidi Harley and Elise Bell went to a pre-K Spanish-immersion class (4-5 year olds) at the International School of Tucson to tell them what a linguistics professor does. The students learned about word order in English and Spanish, and acted the differences out. For example, in the picture below, they are showing the order of the Spanish phrase 'una manzana sucia y fria', and then they ran around to put the picture of the apple at the end for the English equivalent, 'a dirty, cold apple.' We... Read more

Post date: Thu, 22/02/2018 - 4:32pm

Joint Anthropology-Linguistics Ph.D. student Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson was awarded a Dissertation Research Grant from the Social and Behavioral Research Institute (SBSRI) at the U of A. This award will fund fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina on language use in fan communities.

Post date: Wed, 06/12/2017 - 11:27am

Fourth year PhD student Ryan Walter Smith gave a talk presenting joint work with Ryoichiro Kobayashi (Sophia University) at Sinn und Bedeutung 22, held at the University of Potsdam in Germany from September 7th to the 9th. Their work proposes an analysis of certain particles in Japanese, -toka and -tari, which alternate between conjunctive and disjunctive readings depending on their semantic environment. SInn und Bedeutung is the premier international conference for research in semantics and... Read more

Post date: Sun, 24/09/2017 - 10:38pm