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2nd year PhD student Colleen Patton will be presenting four talks at three different conferences in the United Kingdom this summer. Colleen's first presentation will be in early June, at the SOILLSE-hosted conference Small Language Planning: Communities in Crisis, in Glasgow, Scotland; her talk, "Meso- and Micro-Level Planning: Fostering Culturally Embedded Language Experiences for Urban Speakers of Scottish Gaelic and Breton" contrasts two case studies of Celtic language revitalization... Read more

Post date: Tue, 26/04/2016 - 9:24am

Linguistics faculty members Adam Ussishkin and Andy Wedel visited the Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon April 14-17. In a back-to-back double feature, each of them gave an hour-long colloquium presentation on April 15. Adam spoke about his recent work teasing apart the effects of consonant overlap from those of morphological structure in Maltese lexical access, and Andy gave a talk on contrastive hyperarticulation in natural speech. In addition, Adam gave a two-hour... Read more

Post date: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 12:07pm

Elise Bell (3rd year Linguistics PhD student) has received a Tinker Field Research grant to conduct early dissertation fieldwork with Welsh-Spanish bilinguals in southern Argentina. Her research focuses on how bilingualism with Spanish affects the production and perception of Welsh vowels.

Post date: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 12:07pm

Ph.D. Candidate Maureen Hoffmann received an SBSRI Dissertation Research Grant for her upcoming dissertation research with Burmese refugees. Her research will include an investigation of language use and youth identity, as well as phonetic documentation of the languages they speak.

Post date: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 12:05pm

We had a wonderfully successful Navajo Immersion Workshop! Thanks to our friends from Dine College who made it possible, as well as Professors Aresta La Russo and Amy Fountain. Here's a picture of Professor Simin Karimi learning some Navajo from Professor Amelia Black, of Dine College, over dinner after the workshop; they are discussing the word "spoon" here.

Post date: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 5:41pm

Joint Anthropology-Linguistics PhD student Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson has received a Tinker Field Research grant to conduct pilot dissertation research in Buenos Aires, Argentina in summer 2016. The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grant program provides graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. Mary-Caitlyn will be collecting sociolinguistic interviews of members of fan communities and attendees at Argentina ComiCon. Her... Read more

Post date: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 3:15pm

Five talks were presented by U of A linguists at the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas in Montreal, Quebec, at UQAM. Here's all the U of A linguists representing our department after our arrival in the Montreal Airport: Noah Nelson, Heidi Harley, Alex Trueman, Skye Anderson, Ryan Walter Smith, Jianrong Yu and Adam King.

Post date: Fri, 08/04/2016 - 9:10am

Each year the Graduate and Professional Student Council recognizes graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty that have made outstanding contributions to the campus and, in particular, to graduate education. This year, GPSC awarded their Outstanding Graduate and Professional Student Leadership award to Joint Anthropology and Linguistics Ph.D. student Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson. This award recognizes Mary-Caitlyn's exemplary contributions to graduate student efforts in the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 08/04/2016 - 9:10am

Congratulations to Heidi Harley, Alex Trueman, Skye Anderson, Noah Nelson, Ryan Walter Smith, Jianrong Yu, and Adam King for having presentations in the WSCLA program this year! Check out this year's program for more details if you are curious.

Post date: Mon, 28/03/2016 - 10:26am

Tyler Peterson and Ofelia Zepeda were awarded an NSF grant for a project titled "Workshop: Assessing and Documenting the Vitality of Native American Languages." Learn more about the project and the grant here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1601738&HistoricalAwards...

Post date: Mon, 28/03/2016 - 10:14am