William Cotter, a joint doctoral student in the Anthropology & Linguistics recently co-authored (with Uri Horesh) a lemma in the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics entitled "Sociolinguistics of Palestinian Arabic". The lemma highlights studies done in recent years that have examined language variation in varieties of Palestinian Arabic. At the same time, the lemma situates language variation in Palestinian Arabic within the larger socio-political context of the modern Middle... Read more

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Over the winter break, Robert Henderson made a two week trip to Guatemala. He reconnected with Guatemalan linguists in Patzun and Patzicia. He also helped a colleague and often coauthor, Ryan Bennett (Yale), administer a perception experiment on Kaqchikel in Patzicia. 

Post date: Sat, 16/01/2016 - 5:27pm

This past weekend, Jan 6-10, hundreds of linguists from all around the world converged on Washington DC for the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The University of Arizona was extremely well represented, with members of our community presenting research, participating in panel discussions and symposia, and guiding the trajectory of the society through participation on committees. Here's a link to the meeting website, and a photograph of a good proportion of the students,... Read more

Post date: Thu, 14/01/2016 - 11:16am

Meghan Sumner (Stanford University) will be giving the department colloquium on Friday, Jan 15th at 3:00 PM. She will be speaking on "Reconsidering canonical forms and the benefits of 'clear' speech". Be sure not to miss this first colloquium of the semester!

Post date: Wed, 13/01/2016 - 11:20am

This spring semester there will be a special seminar on Noam Chomsky's science of language. The course will start with a general introduction to the major concepts, methods and theories of Chomsky’s approach to language. It will end with discussion of a recent book by Noam Chomsky and Robert Berwick on language evolution and yet unpublished papers on the central notion of Parameters. The highlight of the course, though, will come in the middle with three lectures given by Noam Chomsky... Read more

Post date: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 4:51pm

The department has a wonderful series of linguistics talks scheduled for the spring semester. As usually, they will take place on Fridays, 3:00pm-4:30pm in Communication 311. Attached to this news item is a detailed schedule with abstracts. We will continue to announce the colloquia throughout the semester, but if you have a few minutes, you can take a look now at the riches in store.

Post date: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 4:42pm

Congratulations to Simin Karimi, Mohsen Mahdavi and Ryan Smith on their successful trip to France to conduct fieldwork and present at a workshop on complex predicates!

(From left) Ryan Smith, Simin Karimi, and Mohsen Mahdavi at the workshop on complex predicates in Paris

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Post date: Wed, 09/12/2015 - 2:04am

The Program Coordinator for the Department of Linguistics, Shayna Walker, will be graduating on December 15th with her MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a thesis on US drug treatment policies and prison sentencing for non-violent felony offenders. Congratulations, Shayna!!

Post date: Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:21am

There will be a Linguistics Colloquium held this Friday (Dec 4) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in Communication 311.  Dr. Ted Supalla (Georgetown University) will be presenting.

Title: "Revisiting Historical Change in Signed Languages" (

All are welcome!

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