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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 2019-2021. 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
photo of Peji Hota Wakhan
Linguistics and AIS Undergraduate Peji Hota Wakhan (Christian Nault) has been named to the 2019 Husky 100 list, an annual honor that recognizes students who are "making the most of their time at the UW."  You can find his profile on the Husky 100 website here.  Peji is a graduating senior, studying the Dakota and Tlingit languages, while also dabbling in French,  German, and Japanese.  He is a double major in linguistics... Read more
photo of Naja Ferjan Ramirez
The UW Department of Linguistics is thrilled to announce that Naja Ferjan Ramirez will be joining the faculty starting in Autumn 2019.  Naja comes to us from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, where she was first a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then a Research Scientist.  Naja received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2013.  She studies language learning in the first five years of life, with a focus on children of diverse... Read more
cherry blossoms near Suzzallo Library
Department faculty and friends and colleagues of Akira Omaki gathered on the afternoon of Friday, March 8 to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Omaki. Speakers included Dr. Colin Phillips of the University of Maryland, Dr. Bonnie Nozari of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Brian Dillon of of UMass Amherst, and Dr. Emily Atkinson of the University of Michigan.  Department Chair Richard Wright also announced a campus memorial for Dr. Omaki comprising a bench and a ginkgo tree.  Both will be located on... Read more
Tigrinya field methods course photo
Professor Sharon Hargus taught a field methods course during Autumn Quarter focused on documentation of the Tigrinya language.  Tigrinya is a Semitic language, spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Working with native speaker Seium Habties, originally from Eritrea, Professor Hargus and four graduate students spent many hours each week on the standard language documentation topics of grammar, texts and lexicon.  This course offered a very unique opportunity to students Jiahui Huang and Ted Kye of... Read more
Joseph Hill lecture poster
The Department of Linguistics is proud to have co-sponsored Professor Joseph C. Hill's lecture "Emerging Trends in the Study of Black ASL: History, Structure, and People" at the University of Washington on March 13, 2019.  Dr. Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institutes for the Deaf, and gave this talk as part of the UW Graduate School Public Lecture... Read more

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