Recent News

The 24th Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association will be hosted by the Linguistics departments of the University of Washington and Reed College on April 7-9 on the University of Washington campus. AFLA is an organization which promotes the study of Austronesian languages from a formal perspective. Since the initial meeting in 1994, AFLA has served as an annual forum for the presentation of new research in all of the core areas of formal linguistics, including (but not limited... Read more
Goodbye Clarissa
We would like to wish Clarissa Surek-Clark all the best in her new job at Ohio State University. She taught at UW Linguistics since 2011 and was much beloved by students and faculty alike. In her time here, Clarissa created a course Ling 234 Language and Diversity, which will continue to be taught for years to come. Clarissa also created and led a linguistics Study Abroad Program in South Africa: Bantu Base Africa for several years. Thank you Clarissa and good luck with your new career!
2016 PhDs
On June 8th UW Linguistics hosted the Annual Linguistics Reception of New Graduates at the Colleen Room of the University of Washington Club which was hosted by Prof. Richard Wright Departmental Chair with opening address by Professor Ellen Kaisse. This year, faculty, staff, and parents celebrated the graduation of  Seven PhD students,  19 CLMS masters students, and  52 undergraduate Linguistics majors. Congratulations class of 2016!  
Award Recipients
Three Linguistics PhD candidates were awarded the 2016 Excellence in Linguistics Research Graduate Fellowship at the Reception for New Graduates on June 8, which was held at the University of Washington Club. Esther Le Grezause, Marina Oganyan and Sarala Puthuval received certificates from Chair Richard Wright to commemorate the award, which also provides funding for a quarter of graduate study.
Olga Zamaraeva
Olga Zamaraeva, a graduate student in Linguistics, has been awarded a Labex EFL  (Laboratoire d’excellence “Empirical Foundations of Linguistics: data, methods, models") Mobility Grant for a semester during the 2016-2017 academic year to conduct computational morphology research  at the Laboratoire de linguistique formelle (LLF) of the University Paris-Diderot-7 in Paris, France.  More information about Labex can be found at their website: http://... Read more
ASL Instructors
The American Sign Language (ASL) program continues to grow with Autumn 100 level classes reaching maximum enrollment within a week of registration despite an increase in number of sections. Number of enrollments in second year have also increased since the previous Autumn. 
Visualizing Ambiguous Sentences
UW Linguistics graduate students and postdocs participated in the sixth annual Paws-on-Science Weekend at the Pacific Science Center in annual event featuring exhibits and demonstrations by UW departments. This year's Linguistics booth focused on visualizing language- looking at spectrograms, making IPA name tags and discovering syntactic ambiguity.
Akira Omaki
This summer, the Linguistics Department will welcome Dr. Akira Omaki to his new post as tenure-track assistant professor.  Dr. Omaki previously was part of the Johns Hopkins Department of Cognitive Science and served as Director of Graduate Admissions. This Summer Quarter he will be teaching LING 457, Language Development, during B-term, which begins on July 21. Dr. Omaki's research interests include adult/child... Read more
Ellen Kaisse
A colloquium in honor of Prof. Ellen Kaisse will take place in the Petersen Room (Room 485) at Allen North Library on May 6 from 3pm to 5:30pm, to commemorate her 40 years with UW Linguistics. Richard Wright, Chair of Linguistics, will introduce Susannah Levi, alumna and associate professor at NYU Steinhardt's Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, who will be guest speaker. The program also will feature remarks by Dean Shapiro and a reading of past and present advisee's comments... Read more
Picture of Alli Germain awarded Fulbright
Alli Germain, a graduate student in Linguistics, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for study in Lithuania during the 2016-2017 academic year. From the Fulbright website: Fulbright alumni include numerous recipients of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes as well as heads of state and government.