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Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics 2016 logo
The Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics is coming up: the conference will be hosted by the University of Washington Linguistics Department and Sociolinguistics Laboratory on 23-24 April, 2016. The conference focuses on work from and about the Pacific Northwest and is being organized by UW linguists Betsy Evans, Clarissa Surek-Clark, Alicia Wassink, Nicole Chartier, Molly FitzMorris, and Laura... Read more
The NWLC 2016 Committee group picture
The student-run Northwest Linguistics Conference recently ended its call for papers, and the NWLC committee is hard at work at preparing for what promises to be a diverse and exciting conference presenting new research in linguistics. The conference will run from April 23-24 2016, concurrent with the sister conference Cascadia Workshop in... Read more
Emily Bender
The North American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics has elected UW's Professor Emily Bender as Chair of the Executive Board. She stated:  I believe that science flourishes to the extent that we foster reproducibility, the open exchange of ideas, inclusivity and communication across and within disciplines. As NAACL Chair I would work to continue and expand on NAACL?s excellent track record in these areas while also ensuring the organization continues to run smoothly.
Linguists vote for Word of the Year 2015
UW Linguistics had a big showing at the Linguistic Society of America 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Emily Curtis: Metalinguistic awareness in school teachers and common knowledge of linguistics Barbara Citko, Allison Germain: If you can't agree, move on!  Amie DeJong: Nobody’s positive anymore: variation in polarity sensitivity Kathleen Manlove: Such an interesting phrase! Degree inversion and the treatment... Read more
LSA logo by Brent Woo
UW Linguistics will be well-represented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, being held January 7 to 10 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC. Ellen Kaisse, Barbara Citko, Toshiyuki Ogihara, and Akira Omaki will take part in the conference, along with lecturer Emily Curtis and graduate students Amie De Jong, Alli Germain, Esther le Grezause, Katie Manlove, and Sarala Puthuval (presenting with Linguistics alumnus Dan McCloy). You can find more information about... Read more
Tibusungu Vavayana and Richard Wright
Tibusungu Vayayana, Associate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Research & Development center at NTNU, and Linguistics Chair Richard Wright recently participated in the workshop entitled "Language Shift in the Sinophone World", organized by Steve Harrell of Antropology and Talant Mawkanuli of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. The workshop, held this November 6th at the Simpson Center for the Humanities on the UW campus, drew participants from around the world . The keynote... Read more
Bantu base Africa
Bantu base Afrika, or People of Africa, is a Study Abroad program focusing on South Africa and its multilingual society.The program provides strong experience-based exposure to complex language, cultural and development issues faced by contemporary South Africans. It offers two tracks: one on population health and public health research in populations simultaneously affected by HIV and traditional chronic diseases of aging, and another on advanced topics on multilingualism and... Read more
Guggenheim Hall
NACLO is an international contest in which middle school and high school students solve linguistics puzzles. No prior knowledge of linguistics or languages in necessary to solve the problems - just logic skills. The Open Round competition is on Thursday, January 23, 2020, 9:00 am —12:00 pm.  Seattle and Puget Sound area students will compete at the University of Washington Seattle Campus in Room 214 of the Husky Union Building (HUB). To view the UW's NACLO webpage, please go ... Read more
Alec Sugar
Alec Sugar, a graduate student in Linguistics, has been awarded the Confucius Institute Scholarship to study from spring to autumn of 2016 at Fudan University in Shanghai. According to the fellowship grantees' website, Alec's research will focus on "The syntax of how Mandarin Chinese verbs are borrowed into Northwest Chinese minority languages" and will investigate "which auxiliary verbs of the target language combine with verbs borrowed from Chinese, and what inflection patterns are possible... Read more
  Prof. Herschensohn will continue to teach and conduct research for the UW Department of Linguistics. Prof. Richard Wright will take over as Chair of Linguistics on July 1, 2015.  When I stepped down as department chair in the year 2000, I knew that I was leaving the Department in good hands with Julia as chair. But nobody (at least not me) could have predicted the absolutely spectacular achievements that the Department would mark in the following 15 years: 11 new faculty members, new... Read more

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