Recent News

  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
Three Linguistics PhD candidates were awarded the 2015 Excellence in Linguistics Research Graduate Fellowship at the Reception for New Graduates on June 9, which was held at the University of Washington Club. Michael Goodman, Russell Hugo, and Katie Manlove received certificates from Chair Julia Herschensohn to commemorate the award, which also provides funding for a quarter of graduate study.
  Gina-Anne Levow will teach a workshop with Yejin Choi at the 2015 Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology. According to the Jelinek website, at the workshop "students come together to collaborate on selected research topics for six weeks, following a special two week undergraduate education session." Dr. Levow's session, entitled "Discourse & Summarization", takes place on June 24. For more information please visit the 2015 Jelinek Summer Workshop's website at... Read more
UW Linguistics Associate Professor Edith Aldridge will teach a course entitled Topics in Austronesian Syntax at the Linguistic Summer Institute 2015, hosted by the Unversity of Chicago. Courses at LSI 2015 begin on July 6 and run through July 31. For specific course and registration information, please visit the website at: ... Read more
On June 8th UW Linguistics will host the Annual Linguistics Reception for New Graduates from 4pm to 6pm at the Colleen Room of the University of Washington Club. Linguistics Chair Richard Wright will host the annual reading of graduating students' names, and will announce the recipients of the Excellence in Linguistics Research Award. Photo of the 2015 party by Monica Kempsell Sears
If you earned a degree from the Linguistics Department during the 2014-2015 academic year, you are invited to join us at the Colleen Room of the University of Washington Club on June 9 from 4pm to 6pm to celebrate your accomplishment. The reception will feature light refreshments, cake, wine, and lemonade. If you have questions, please contact This year, six linguistics PhD candidates earned or will earn doctoral degrees. At our party, we will... Read more
Katie Manlove, Linguistics PhD candidate and Undergraduate Adviser, was recently awarded a Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship provides a three month stipend including a tuition waiver, which is "intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations." For more information on the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship, please go to:... Read more
Friday, May 8th, 2015 6:30-8:30pm Kane Hall 120, University of Washington, Seattle FREE ADMISSION!! Abstract:  Dr. MJ Bienvenu; chair of the Sesquicentennial event at Gallaudet University; will highlight the twelve visionary leaders in education; theatre; politics; organizations and athletics during the late 1880s to the mid-1990’s.  The university celebration which took place in July, 2014 reflected the 150 year history of the only liberal arts university for deaf students in the world.  ... Read more
This weekend the University of British Columbia will host the 31st annual Northwest Linguistics Conference. Linguistics graduate students Russell Hugo, Esther Le Grezause, Katie Manlove, and Rachael Tatman are presenting papers at the conference, which will be held on the 25th and 26th of April.  NWLC 31 website: The schedule and a list of abstracts can be found... Read more
Molly FitzMorris, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics, will participate in the 3rd annual Spring Research Syposium on May 1, as a part of Panel 2, "Changing Borders of Identity", chaired by Prof. Kathie Friedman. Molly's presentation is entitled “Cantábamos las mismas kantikas: What I Learned about Seattle Ladino in Buenos Aires". More on the event, including a schedule of events and ticket information, can be found at... Read more