New MA program in Linguistics at Queen Mary University, London

The Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London is
pleased to invite applications for its new MA in Linguistics degree programme.

The MA is designed to offer comprehensive training in the core subject
areas of linguistics while also offering students the flexibility to focus on
formal linguistics, sociolinguistics or the exciting and emerging links
between them. Classes are taught by leading researchers, providing
students with an advanced understanding of methods and concepts across
linguistics, from cutting-edge theory to practical research work.

The MA provides excellent preparation for anyone interested in pursuing
further research as a gateway to an academic career in linguistics. it
also provides some of the key knowledge and transferable skills required for
careers in other areas where language and linguistics play an important
part.

Applications are now being accepted for September 2011 entry. Successful
applicants should have at least upper-second class honours (or overseas
equivalent) in an undergraduate degree with a significant linguistics
component. Proof of proficiency in academic English is required for
applicants where English is not a native language.

Application details and a link to the online application form can be
found at: www.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.html.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early, though applications
will be accepted through the end of August.

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More on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Another article, this time from Lera Boroditsky in Scientific American, about the current trend in experimental research that many think demonstrates the validity of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. You can’t access the full article on line, but the magazine is in our library. 

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Harvard Undergrad Linguistics Colloquium : Call for papers

Harvard University is hosting their 8th annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium, April 9-10, 2011. Undergraduate linguistics students from around the country are invited to attend the colloquium and submit abstracts for papers and discussion panels. The colloquium will also feature a talk by a keynote speaker (TBD).

A number of Reed students have attended past Harvard colloquia, and I encourage you to consider submitting a paper to this one. Kara, Svitlana, or I would be happy to help you prepare an abstract. The submission deadline is March 11, and the deadline to register for the conference is April 1.

The official invitation, call for papers, and registration form are posted on the bulletin board outside of Kara’s office. More information on LinG, the undegrad-run Harvard Linguistics Group, can be found here.

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Linguistics and the Superbowl

Wow – it turns out the language can index social groups and their personas! According to the Washington Post, that is, who provide us with a “dictionary” of fanspeak for the Steelers and the Packers. You’ll note they turn our attention to some dialect features (like the monophthongization of /au/ and the merger of front vowels beofre /l/ in Pittsburgh) and lot of lexical items, including pronouns.

I think this means that when you’re watching the Superbowl this weekend, you’ll be conducting linguistic fieldwork!

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LSA Summer Institute (fellowship deadline THIS WEEK)

A reminder that the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) is hosting a Summer Institute this year from July 7-August 2, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This is an amazing opportunity to meet linguistics undergrads and grad students from around the country, attend talks and workshops, and take 4-8 week summer courses with prominent linguists (these courses can be taken for credit which, if transferred to Reed, can be applied towards the Linguistics major).

A limited number of fellowships (to cover tuition and other expenses) are available on a competitive basis from the LSA. The application deadline is THIS WEEK: FEBRUARY 4. For information on how to apply, visit this link.

For more on the Summer Institute itself, look here.

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Paying homage to the NYT “On Language” Column

It’s certainly worth following the “On Language” Column in the New York Times, particularly if you have an interest in words: etymologies, neologisms, political coinage, etc. I like the column better now that Ben Zimmer writes it; this week is a good example of why. In his discussion of the pronunciation of “homage,” he does a good job of providing both a historical context and a view of the variable pronunciations of the word. As a variationist, I love reading about variation! Check it out. How do you pronounce homage?

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LSA 2012 Meeting in PDX!

Great news! The 86th Annual Meeting of the LSA will take place at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower from 5-8 January, 2012.  Stay tuned to the LSA website for information on abstract submission and other news.
This is a terrific opportunity for Linguistics majors and others to attend a Linguistics conference. You should also considering submitting an abstract and presenting a paper – a TERRIFIC experience generally and particularly for those interested in continuing on to higher education in Linguistics.

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Apply to attend the LSA Summer Institute – Fellowship Deadline Feb. 4

The LSA’s 2011 Linguistic Institute will take place at the University of Colorado at Boulder from July 7 through August 2, 2011.  More information about this premier gathering of linguistics scholars and students is available on the LSA website. Student fellowship applications for the Institute may be submitted online through February 4, 2011.  Individuals must be student members of the LSA in order to apply for a fellowship.  To apply for a fellowship, student members should log in to the LSA website and click on the “Submit or Resume a Fellowship Application” link. 

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Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at University of Michigan

Apply by February 15 for this intensive summer program designed to prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

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Dark Skies Out on DVD

Those of us at the Linguistics Department Holiday party were lucky enough to attend a screening of the 1990s television show Dark Skies, a sci-fi drama featuring an alien language developed by Matt Pearson. And now the complete series is out on DVD! Get it today.

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