Recent News

Stress Phrenology Chart
Maybe numbers and graphs is your thing, or maybe it’s the big questions about language, or social causes. No matter, as far as departmental course offerings go, there’s lots to choose from. Language and Thought LING 210, taught by Laura McGarrity, starts off with Benjamin Whorf’s theory of linguistic relativity, the idea that the structure of human language influences, shapes, and possibly even constrains the way we think, then examines arguments and data for both strong and... Read more
Prof. Betsy Evans
The Folk Linguistics Online Mapping (FLOM) tool represents an advance in the collection of data for perceptual dialectology. The tool was developed by Betsy Evans with assistance from Matthew Dunbar, Assistant Director of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, and LING and CDSE graduate students.  Instead of drawing on paper maps, respondents can draw areas that they perceive as populated by people with a different way... Read more
Anna Moroz
Congratulations to Anna Moroz, who filed her dissertation, Exploring Applications of Rootedness in Sociolinguistic Research in Southern Oregon, Summer 2021. Anna Moroz’s dissertation study, supervised by Betsy Evans, explored the importance of rootedness, defined as orientation towards place, and how it factors into sociolinguistic studies.  The objective of the research was to operationalize rootedness and apply that to research conducted in Jackson... Read more
Linguistics Chair Richard Wright
Last year we welcomed two new assistant professors and said farewell to two faculty, our students and faculty were recognized for their excellence, and we mourned the loss of a beloved PhD student. This year at the beginning of fall quarter we welcome five new students and one new faculty member. Looking back at the 2020-2021 academic year we continued to grapple with the profound changes in our lives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am deeply grateful to the Linguistics faculty who... Read more
UW’s Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS) hosts a liɬgʷəč̓əb ʔiišəd (‘research family’) focusing on advanced Lushootseed study and data collection. The group of undergraduates, graduate students, community members and faculty members works under the guidance of Tami Hohn (Puyallup). The indigenous language of eastern Puget Sound may no longer have any first language speakers, but Lushootseed is nonetheless alive and well. And near and dear to the heart of some UW linguists... Read more
Embracing uncertainty, crafting a certain future  June 2021 Department of Linguistics commencement speaker Lesley Carmichael (PhD Linguistics 2005) joined Microsoft in January 2006 as a Program Manager in Speech.  At that time Microsoft was mostly looking for CSE rather than Linguistics degrees.  How she got her job there testifies to her resourcefulness and willingness to plot her own course in grad school.  When Lesley Carmichael entered the PhD program in Linguistics in 1997, she was... Read more
Qi Cheng, Assistant Professor
Qi Cheng joined the Department of Linguistics in Autumn 2020 and directs the Neuroplasticity and Language Lab, where she researches the critical period and sign languages, and educates about the importance of language input early in life. From Huzhou to Seattle via Hokkaido, Hong Kong and San Diego  Qi Cheng grew up in Huzhou, China, on Lake Tai, about 2 hours southwest of Shanghai.  She came to her current research specialization in a roundabout way.  She entered Nanjing University thinking... Read more
The ASL Honor Society is a program administered by the American Sign Language Teachers Association to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL. Since 2014 twelve UW students have received an ASLHS medal. American Sign Language Honor Society medals are awarded to seniors who have satisfied the requirements and can be proudly worn on graduation day.  To receive the silver medal (showing Alice Cogswell), students must complete 2 years... Read more
As we head into a new academic year, we reflect on the successes of the past year and the impact our students have had on the community at large. Christine Lew, who minored in American Sign Language, and Elijah Pasco, who majored in Linguistics, are two of the stand-out grads who contributed to the UW community. Read about their UW careers, as profiled by the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter.... Read more
Jiahui Huang, linguist and teacher, passed away in a hiking accident at Mt. Rainier National Park on June 15, 2021 at the age of 29. He was born on November 9, 1991 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China to Deqiang Huang and Yulan Zhang. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature from Beijing Normal University in 2014, and a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Jiahui was admitted to multiple highly-competitive PhD programs in 2016 and ultimately chose the... Read more