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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 29, 2015, 9:00 am —12:00 pm.  Seattle and Puget Sound areastudents will compete at the University of Washington Seattle Campus in the Husky Union Building, Room 214. To view the UW's NACLO webpage, please go... Read more
KUOW's Deborah Wang recently interviewed UW sociolinguist Alicia Beckford Wassink about characteristic speech of Pacific Northwest inhabitants. The accompanying article entitled "Do Pacific Northwesterners Have an Accent?" also features Dr. Betsy Evans and Ph.D. candidate John Riebold. Ms. Wang's article, as well as a recording of her interview with Professor Wassink, and be found on the KUOW website,... Read more
Dr. Alicia Beckford Wassink will give the Invited Plenary Address at the Linguistic Society of America's annual meeting in Portland, taking place January 8-11. Dr. Wassink will present the abstract for "Dialect evolution in the Pacific Northwest Reanalysis and conventionalization of a universal phonetic pattern" on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 12:45 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Portland. Other UW Linguistics faculty and students featured at LSA 2015 include Emily Bender, Gina Levow, Laura... Read more
A poster created by UW Linguistics PhD candidate Valerie Freeman has been selected by the Acoustical Society of America and by the American Institute of Physics to be featured in a press release.  The poster project, entitled "Phonetic correlates of stance-taking," by Valerie Freeman, Richard Wright, Gina-Anne Levow, Yi Luan, Julian Chan, Trang Tran, Victoria Zayats, Maria Antoniak and Mari Ostendorf, is one of only a few to be chosen from more than a thousand presentations across all fields. ... Read more
The International Ladino Day Celebration program featured songs, history, folklore, and more, with presentations by students, faculty, and community members of all ages. A reception featuring kosher Sephardic delicacies followed the program, which was free and open to the public. The International Ladino Day Celebration at UW Kane Hall 130 featured the premiere of the documentary “Flory’s Flame” at 6:30 pm and a special live concert by legendary Ladino singer Flory Jagoda at 7:30pm. For more... Read more
Linguistics PhD candidate Sarala Puthuval was awarded the Li Fang-Kuei & Hsu Ying Graduate Fellowship Award for 2015-16. Ms. Puthuval recently returned from Inner Mongolia, China where she conducted research as a recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant. The Li Fang-Kuei & Hsu Ying Graduate Fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student specializing in Chinese linguistics in honor of Professor Li Fang-Kuei, who taught in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature from... Read more
Dr. Laura McGarrity and her new Swearing and Taboo Language course are featured in the October 2014 edition of Perspectives. Click here to read the article, entitled "What the *#@$&*?: Linguistics Course Tackles Taboo Language".
Dr. Beth Benedict will present a talk entitled "Early Intervention and Language Acquisition: The New Effective Approach" at Kane Hall on Oct. 24th at 7pm. Admission is free. Dr. Benedict is a professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University and is also the coordinator of Gallaudet's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. She has published numerous articles and is a widely... Read more
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Our department recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Learn about the special events and see photos at the UW Linguistics 50th Anniversary Website.
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The 9th Annual Slavic Linguistics Society Annual Conference, hosted by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Linguistics of the University of Washington, took place at the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities at University of Washington on September 19-21, 2014. Learn more about the event >