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Martin Horst Husky 100
Linguistics undergraduate senior and French double major Martin Horst is passionate about languages and studying the intricacies of them. Growing up in Seattle, Martin developed an interest in French in part thanks to a year abroad his mother had spent living in Belgium. Martin continued his high school French International Baccalaureate (IB) studies here at UW, where he further developed his skills in both the French language and linguistics. Martin spent a year abroad in Morocco at Al... Read more
Dr. Carol Padden
Please join us Friday, February 17th, 2017 from 7:00-8:45pm in Kane Hall 120 for a free lecture by Dr. Carol Padden in the Current Studies in American Sign Language lecture series. The lecture will be in ASL and voice interpreted. Dr. Carol PaddenPh.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego B.S., Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC Dr. Carol Padden is the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor at the Department of Communication at University of... Read more
Ryan Cross Memorial Fellowship
The UW's Online Giving page for the Ryan Cross Memorial Fellowship in Linguistics is now available. If you'd like to make a donation, please go to:
The Linguistics Department of UW would like to affirm its support and of the following statement, put forth by the Linguistics Society of America last week. On November 14, 2016, the LSA sent the following statement, signed by President Alice C. Harris and Executive Director Alyson Reed, to its members: As we emerge from a long and rancorous national election... Read more
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In the spirit of the current election cycle, ASL Language Director and Senior Lecturer Lance Forshay participated in an annual reading of the Constitution of the United States on October 7th in Suzzallo Library. In the annual "UW Reads the Constitution", Forshay and a collection of UW students, staff, and faculty gathered to collectively read through--as well as sign in American Sign Language--the Constitution in an 11-year strong tradition of the UW Libraries. Read additional coverage and... Read more
Edith Aldridge
It is the Department of Linguistics' great pleasure to announce that Prof. Edith Aldridge has been awarded the Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professorship.  Prof. Aldridge has two main research concentrations. The first one is diachronic Chinese syntax. She collects sentences from Classical and Middle Chinese texts in order to perform synchronic analysis of the grammars of these respective times in order to identify processes and catalysts for the changes observed between the two periods... Read more
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.