Recent News

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. 
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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:
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 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
Laura Panfili
Linguistics PhD candidate Laura Panfili recently was awarded the UW Graduate School Presidential Fellowship. The award, which is intended to facilitate completion of a dissertation, provides a quarter of support for awardees. To read more about the fellowship, go to: Read more
Lydia Castro and Richard Wright
  Linguistics undergraduate Lydia Castro, pictured with faculty adviser Richard Wright, was invited to participate in the 20th Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium at Mary Gates Hall on the University of Washington campus. Lydia graduated with a bachelor's in Linguistics in spring and will pursue a graduate degree at Simon Fraser University this coming autumn.
2017 PhD Grads at Annual Party
 The Linguistics Department's Annual Recognition Celebration for 2017 graduates and Excellence in Linguistics Research Fellowship recipients took place on June 7th at the University of Washington Club. Photograph by Amandalynne Paullada