Recent News

For spring quarter 2020, we are embarking on a new endeavor: teaching and working remotely. We have information on resources that cover Zoom How-To's, Financial Support, and Health Resources.
Emily M. Bender
Emily M. Bender was recently interviewed by Chris Gorski of "Inside Science". The interview, entitled "A Linguistic Lens on Artificial Intelligence" appears on in the... Read more
Information on AI & Humanities: Language, Literature, and Ethics, featuring Linguistics faculty Gašper Beguš and Nina Beguš, a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Apply to a 3-week Early Fall Start program on AI & Humanities set in Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of the centers for AI in Europe and home to the first UNESCO International Research Center for AI. Applications open to all students. More info: ... Read more
Wenjun Ma
Wenjun Ma is an undergraduate student working with Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramírez in the Language Development and Processing Lab. On Saturday 11/23, he gave a talk at the Fourth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium entitled English Language Intervention in Infant Education Centers in Spain: The Emergence of Combinatorial Speech. 
Joshua Crowgey dissertation
Linguistics doctoral candidate Joshua Crowgey successfully defended his dissertation, "Braiding Language: Lushootseed Grammar Engineering Constructions", on August 22nd in the Guggenheim Hall fourth floor conference room. Emily M. Bender chaired the dissertation committee, which included Sharon Hargus, Walter Anderson (NELC), and David Beck (University of Alberta) attending remotely.
Jake McManus
Jake McManus presented a poster at the Undergraduate Research poster session on August 21 at Mary Gates Hall. Jake, an undergraduate student in Linguistics, received the CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholarship to work with Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramírez this  Summer Quarter at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS). The poster that he presented was a result of this collaboration. Dr. Naja Ferjan... Read more
Emily M. Bender
The Dept of Linguistics is pleased to announce that Emily M. Bender has been awarded the Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professorship for 2019-2022. The endowed professorship was established in 2004 by a $500,000 gift from Howard and Frances Nostrand, intended to promote language and culture as a new discipline, and to underscore the need for cultural competence. Prof. Nostrand chaired the UW Department of Romance Languages and Literature from 1939 to 1964, retiring from teaching in 1981... Read more
PhD graduates in doctoral regalia at graduation
This spring was a successful graduation season for UW linguists!  The department awarded 35 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 10 Master of Science degrees, 1 Master of Arts degree, and 4 Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  Four additional PhD candidates will graduate at the end of summer quarter in August, and two students were granted PhD candidacy in the spring.   A major highlight of UW Commencement was Bachelor of Arts recipient Peji Hota Wakhan carrying the banner for the College of Arts and Sciences... Read more
photo of Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
The UW Department of Linguistics is thrilled to announce that a new member of the faculty will be joining us starting in Autumn 2019.  Shane Steinert-Threlkeld is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation in Amsterdam, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford in 2017.  His research uses computational methods to address questions that arise in theoretical linguistics, largely concerning why natural languages are structured as they... Read more
flowers bloom near Drumheller Fountain on campus
Are you thinking about taking a summer course?  Summer is beautiful on campus, and generally a little calmer than during the academic year.  Three popular linguistics courses will be offered this summer: LING 269, Swearing and Taboo Language, LING 233, Introduction to Language and Society, and LING 234, Language and Diversity.  Take 269 if you're interested in learning more about why humans use taboo language, and about the... Read more