CoLang 2018

The Institute for Collaborative Language Research
June 18th – July 20th, 2018
Gainesville, FL

Offered as a summer institute every two years, CoLang offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, practicing linguists, and indigenous community members to develop and refine skills and approaches to language documentation and revitalization. The institute consists of two parts: two weeks of intensive workshops on practices, principles and models of language documentation and revitalization, followed by a three-week practicum (field methods) course, working with speakers of select indigenous languages applying hands-on techniques in language documentation. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-weeks of workshops or in the full five weeks.

Course topics at CoLang 2018 will include:
– Grant Writing
– Data Management and Archiving
– Ethnobiology
– Ethics and community engagement
– ELAN, FLEx, Audio and Video recording
– Orthography
– Lexicography
– Language and Health
– Survey Methods

Visit for an updated list of course offerings! Costs for CoLang 2018 are given below, with scholarship options available.

Two-week Workshops: Approx. $1,500.00
Five-week Workshops: Approx. $3,900.00

CoLang 2018 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1664464), the Linguistic Society of American, and the University of Florida.

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Lecturer in Phonology, UC Berkeley

Lecturer — Phonology — Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a one-year appointment for one, full-time lecturer in phonology with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Duties each semester will include teaching one undergraduate and one graduate course, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in their research, oversight of a phonology working group, responsibility for a weekly phonology reading group, and active engagement in the life of the department. Salary will be based on the University pay scale for lecturers, between $53,402–$65,064, commensurate with experience.

The Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in Linguistics or related field is required by the start date of the appointment; all degree requirements other than the dissertation must be complete at the time of application. Applicants must be able to teach courses at all levels in phonology, including seminars in phonological theory for advanced graduate students. For those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a U.S. visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit for this position.

Applicants should have a broad intellectual engagement in linguistics and a research specialization in phonology. Applicants whose research interfaces with neighboring disciplines such as phonetics, morphology, syntax, or historical linguistics, are encouraged to apply, as are applicants who are engaged in fieldwork projects or employ experimental, computational, or corpus methods in their work.

The Department of Linguistics and the University of California, Berkeley, recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion We encourage applicants to include a Statement of Contributions to Diversity to discuss how their research, teaching, service, and outreach activities contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, have achieved excellence in careers outside academia, or have taken time off for personal reasons. UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and copies of representative written work (1 to 5 items may be submitted). Applications must contain evidence of teaching excellence or potential (included or summarized in the statement of teaching experience). Applicants are encouraged to submit syllabi for both an undergraduate and graduate Phonology course, previously taught or proposed. Applicants should also provide contact information for 2-5 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will only be solicited for applicants under serious consideration. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality at prior to submitting their letters. Please submit all materials electronically at This position will remain open until filled, and applications will be accepted through January 15, 2018. A short list of candidates will be interviewed by Skype in February. Questions can be sent to Paula Floro at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics

Hello linguists!

This spring, the Linguistics Department is hosting the Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL), from April 13-14th. This conference brings together researchers working on sociolinguistic topics of interest to the Pacific Northwest, and is intended to be student-centered. I hope you will all mark your calendars and plan to attend, as it’s always exciting to see presentations of linguistic research in-person and so close to home. But more importantly, I want to encourage you to submit an abstract to present! You may have a thesis project on a sociolinguistics topic, or even a smaller project you worked on for a course. These projects don’t have to be about the PNW specifically – even collecting data from speakers in the PNW is good enough for us. Presenting at a conference is an amazing experience – it’s fun, it’s cool, and if you are planning to further your education, in any field, having a conference presentation on your CV is a big deal. So, please consider it!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. Here’s the Call for Papers:

Abstracts are due January 15th.

– Kara Becker

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UNC-Chapel Hill Linguistics MA Program

Greetings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! I am writing to you to ask for your assistance in letting your undergraduate majors and minors know about UNC’s master’s program in Linguistics. We offer a wide range of courses in all of the “core” areas of formal linguistics (syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, language acquisition and historical linguistics) as well as many additional areas including computational linguistics, writing systems, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and Mayan languages. Student funding is available on a competitive basis.

Our faculty members are well connected with other faculty in the area who work on language, both in other departments at UNC and at area universities (Duke University, North Carolina State University), and our faculty and graduate students have developed relationships with several minority language groups in the vicinity (in particular S’gaw Karen and Cherokee).

We have an active undergraduate major, and our MA and our dual degree BA/MA programs are thriving. Our MA graduates have been accepted to top tier PhD programs in linguistics around North America, such as UMass Amherst, UCLA, Stanford, Rutgers, NYU, University of Delaware, UT Austin, Indiana University, and University of British Columbia.

I would be grateful if you could forward this message and the attached flyer to any of your undergraduates who might be interested in pursuing an MA in linguistics at UNC Chapel Hill. Questions about our program may be directed to Misha Becker (, Director of Undergraduate Studies, or to me, Elliott Moreton (, Director of Graduate Studies.

Thank you for your time!

Best wishes,
Elliott Moreton

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Student Input Requested – Ling 312

Dear Linguistics students,

As some of you know, next semester I will be teaching LING 312 “Topics in Linguistic Analysis” (TTh 10:30-11:50). This course is “an opportunity to pursue intensive readings in specialized topics pertaining to formal linguistic theory and research methods”.

I am considering two possible topics for this course. If you are currently enrolled in LING 312, or are considering enrolling, I would very much like your input on which topic you would prefer for us to cover. Please email me at to let me know your thoughts. The two possible topics are:

(1) The Structure of Austronesian Languages — A survey of the phonology, morphology, and especially syntax of languages from the Austronesian family. Austronesian is a large family which includes the languages of the Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Madagascar, along with the indigenous (non-Chinese) languages of Taiwan and some of the coastal languages of New Guinea and surrounding islands. We will read and discuss grammatical sketches and original research on Austronesian languages. Written work will consist of problem sets and/or a short research paper. In addition, each student will ‘adopt’ an Austronesian language for the duration of the course and periodically give brief presentations on features of their chosen language to the rest of the class. The course will be open to any student who has completed LING 211.
(2) The Syntax of Case and Agreement — An in-depth investigation of case and agreement systems, with a focus on formal syntactic theories of case and agreement. Topics that we will investigate include: Theories of how case and agreement are manifested in the grammar, the nature of ergativity and split-ergativity, and the relationship (or lack thereof) between morphological case and syntactic case. Students will complete a short research paper on a language or theoretical topic of their choice. Note that, although we will be reading some sophisticated primary syntax literature, students will NOT be expected to have completed LING 323 “Introductory Syntax” (we will begin the class by covering the material on case covered in that course). The course will be open to any student who has completed LING 211, LING 323, or both.

Please send me your feedback on these topics by Friday, November 10.


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Brandeis University Master’s Program in Computational Linguistics

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10/5 at 4:30: Yu Lha, “My Language Revitalization Journey”

A villager from a rural community in southeastern Tibet, Yu Lha (Yi Na) is a linguistics student at Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. Yu Lha is the author of Warming Your Hands With Moonlight, a book about the oral traditions in Siyuewu Village, where she is from. Siyuewu Village is a small farming community of about 500 in a valley near the Dadu River; Khroskyabs, the language spoken there, is an unwritten tongue and spoken only in the local area. Yu Lha dreams to preserve her people’s customs, culture, and language by creating a system to capture Khroskyabs in written form. Her passion for language resonated with her English teachers who pursued options for her to continue her education in the US.

Yu Lha’s talk is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 5, 4:30pm to 6:00pm, in Psych 105.

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LoL: now also the Lounge of Linguistics!

Liam welcomes y’all to the LoL!

The Lab of Linguistics (LoL) has a new Lab Manager this year: Liam Käch. Liam will be holding office hours on Mondays (1-2pm) and Thursdays (4-5pm) this semester, during which you can come learn about and check out the equipment for recording, collecting, and analyzing data, use our computer stations and recording booth, or just learn more about linguistic research. Liam can also arrange for you to use the LoL for your own projects outside of office hours, whether it’s conducting a survey for a class project or making recordings to use in your thesis experiment.

And new this year: the Lab of Linguistics becomes the Lounge of Linguistics on Sundays! Come to the Sunday LoL (3-7pm) to hold your study group, work on your problem sets, or just revel in linguistic geekery together. The LoL is a space for all of us; make it yours!

Check out the LoL webpage for up-to-date details.

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Lab Manager Position @ Johns Hopkins

The Department of Cognitive Science and the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University are looking for a lab manager to work on studies of language processing and learning in humans and machines, under the guidance of Dr. Tal Linzen and Dr. Ben Van Durme. This position is ideal for individuals with programming skills who wish to further their research experience in computational psycholinguistics and applied natural language processing. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Inquiries should be addressed to Tal Linzen ( For further details on the position and on how to apply, please visit the following link:

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Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.

Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2017. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.

The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 21st, 2017. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships

Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2017-2018, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at
Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski

Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience

This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program ( Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.
Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips

Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:

Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski; Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
Position #3 – Colin Phillips; Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.

The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center ( that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.
The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 21st, 2017. However, review of applications will begin immediately.

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