Recent News

PhD grads Brent Woo, Michael Goodman, Alli Germain, and Laura Panfili
This year has been a year of amazing achievements for our linguistics students! Please join us in honoring those who are graduating or receiving awards. We are awarding 57 BAs this spring and summer--54 in Linguistics and 3 in Romance Linguistics--including 11 double-majors. The Linguistics department is delighted to award Linguistics Departmental Honors to Dakota Giltner, Ian Gwin, Andrew Heidke, Johanna Mannisto, and Elizabeth Solallonch. Anne Soedal is receiving Interdisciplinary Honors.... Read more
Ari Goertzel, Andrew Heidke, Ellen Perleberg, and Gregory Pflaumer
The Linguistics Department hosted our annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium this May. Ari Goertzel, Andrew Heidke, Ellen Perleberg, and Gregory Pflaumer, all undergraduate researchers, presented their original research in linguistics. The talks covered a range of topics, from theoretical syntax to second language aquisition. The titles of the talks were:  Collaboration and Communication between Second-Language Learners and Heritage Language Students in Mixed-Language Classes Ellen... Read more
Laura Panfili and Richard Wright shake hands
Linguistics PhD candidate Laura Panfili successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Cross-Linguistic Acoustic Characteristics of Phonation: A Machine Learning Approach" on April 27, 2018. Laura is a recipient of the prestigious UW Graduate School Presidential Fellowship, which awards excellent PhD candidates with a quarter of support. 
This spring, we are also saying goodbye to a beloved faculty member. Professor Karen Zagona has been with us at UW Linguistics for 23 years, and served as an adjunct professor in Romance Languages and in Spanish for much of that time. Since 2000, Professor Zagona has supervised seven doctoral dissertations in syntax. She has written two books and edited three more, ranging in topic from Spanish syntax to the grammar of Romance languages. In her time here at the UW Linguistics department she has... Read more
gasper begus
It is our pleasure to welcome a new member to our department this coming fall.  Gašper Beguš is receiving his PhD from Harvard University this spring, completing his dissertation on phonological typology. He will be joining UW Linguistics as a phonologist. His interests include phonology, phonetics, and historical linguistics. We are excited to work with Gašper, and look forward to welcoming him in the fall of 2018. 
cherry blossoms
Beginning this year, we're honored to offer the Ryan Neale Cross Memorial Fellowship to support students studying computational linguistics with the goal of improving accessibility through assistive technology. This fellowship was made possible by generous donations from friends, family, and colleagues in memory of Ryan Neal Cross, a CLMS alumnus. The fellowship is also supported in part by the Continuous Path foundation, who shares our goals of supporting assistive technology through... Read more
Alli Germain Dissertation Defense
Linguistics PhD candidate Alli Germain defended her dissertation entitled "Non-nominative Subjects in Russian and Lithuanian: Case, Argument Structure,and Anaphor Binding" on November 21st. Alli recently returned from a Fulbright-sponsored trip to Lithuania, during which she was notified that she had been awarded the Excellence in Linguistic Research Graduate Fellowship.
Roberta Cordano Lecture
On Oct. 27th the UW Annual Deaf Studies Lecture by Dr. Roberta Cordano took place in Kane Hall. Dr. Cordano's talk entitled "Research and Practice: Keeping the Promise for Deaf Children" has been captioned and is now available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB6LE_5bCsc
Current students and alums at ACL 2017
Compling faculty, students, and alumni participated in the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, which took place in Vancouver July 30th through August 4th. To view the ACL Anthology page with conference proceedings, please visit http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P17/. More information about the ACL 2017 can be found on the conference Facebook page.
Esther Le Grezause Dissertation Committee
Esther Le Grézause, a doctoral candidate in Linguistics, passed her final examination on May 23rd. Richard Wright served as Chair of the dissertation committee (US) and Prof. Nicolas Ballier represented Université Paris Diderot.  Gina Levow, Mari Ostendorf, and Ellen Kaisse completed the dissertation committee, and Dean Michael Shapiro served as Graduate School Representative for the exam. Esther will receive doctoral degrees both from the University of Washington and Université Paris Diderot... Read more

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