Recent News

Black Lives Matter
We, the UW Linguistics Department, stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), and those who combat police brutality and all forms of systemic racism in our society.  The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and Breonna Taylor are some of the latest episodes in a long and shameful history of violence against Black... Read more
Linguistics faculty and alumna at AAAS 2020
Linguistics Professors Emily M. Bender, Alicia Beckford Wassink, and Gina-Anne Levow, along with Dr. Rachael Tatman, Linguistics PhD graduate, presented racial/ethnic discrimination in automated speech recognition at the 2020 AAAS. View their discerning research and thoughtful conclusions on the Linguistics' Youtube channel. UW Linguistics Department Communications YouTube channel
2019 PhD graduates in doctoral regalia at graduation
To view a list of our graduating and graduated students who have agreed to appear on our website, please go here.
Suzzalo Graduate Reading Room
Formal Approaches in Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 29 has transitioned to an all online virtual conference enabled by Zoom, in order to comply with Governor Inslee's prohibition of large social gatherings. FASL 29, organized by Barbara Citko and Gašper Beguš from UW Linguistics and Katarzyna Dziwirek and Bojan Belic from UW Slavic Languages & Literatures, will take place May 8 through May 10 online and will feature invited speakers Peter Jurgec, Asya Pereltsvaig, and Ljiljana Progovac. The... Read more
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
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