Intern with PanLex in Berkeley!

PanLex is making translations among all words in all human languages—and dialects—publicly available. Do a Google search for kvg ituake and you’ll see one slice of PanLex. It was designed at the University of Washington and is now, together with The Rosetta Project, based at The Long Now Foundation. We work at offices in Berkeley, California, a block from the UC campus.

We need help in pursuing our mission. Over a billion translated word pairs (30 billion if you count translations through another language) can now be retrieved from PanLex, but that’s only a start. We invite you to volunteer in this effort.

As a PanLex 02016 summer intern, you can contribute to our work. You will be supporting research on language and meaning, while helping equip thousands of languages for machine translation, information retrieval, and global communication.

What’s in it for you? Rare experience doing panlingual (more than merely multilingual) documentation and engineering. Training pertinent to language, software, internationalization, and documentation careers, both academic and industrial. Skills and tools shared by our team of experts. With their guidance, you’ll learn how to enrich a gargantuan open-source database of lexical translations. Your name will be on the data that you add. And, while you’re with us, The Long Now Foundation will invite you to attend its San Francisco seminars. PanLex intern alumni have gone on to careers at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Evernote, Trulia, Base CRM, Market News International, Park IP Translations, Quorate Technology, Smart Information Flow Technologies, Stanford University, and other organizations. We are not offering stipends, salaries, or financial support for travel or housing, but will cooperate if you seek financial aid or academic credit for this internship.

More information can be found here on the PanLex webpage.

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Linguistics Visiting Professor: Job Talks and Lunch with Students

Dear Linguistics students,

As many of you know, I will be on sabbatical next year, and Reed is hiring a one-year visiting faculty member to replace me while I’m gone. Next week and the week after, the three finalists for the visiting position will be on campus. Below are the names of the candidates, and the dates when they will be on campus.

Since student input is a vital part of the search process, I would like to invite all of you to attend these lunches and talks so that you can get to know the candidates and share your feedback on them with the search committee.

Please make a note of these dates and times:

Thursday, March 3  —  Brooke Larson  (PhD, University of Maryland)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch with students at a table in Commons
4:30 p.m. in ETC 208 – Job talk: “Coordinated Wh-Questions and the Limits of Syntax”,

Friday, March 4  —  Katy McKinney-Bock  (PhD, University of Southern California)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch with students at a table in Commons
4:30 p.m. in ETC 208 – Job talk: TBA

Tuesday, March 8  —  Canceled.

If you wish to participate, please do the following:

(1)  If you would like to attend one or more of the lunches, please contact Jolie Griffin <> to RSVP. Jolie will reserve a Commons lunch ticket for you. Ideally we would like students to attend all three lunches, but if you are only available for one or two of them, that’s fine: we would still like you to attend so you can meet as many of the candidates as possible.

(2)  Reserve the 4:30-6:00 time slot to come and hear the candidates’ job talks.

Many thanks!


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Spring Ling Circle

Reed linguists,

Our next Ling Circle meeting will be this Thursday, February 25, 6-7pm, in Eliot 126. Sarah will be talking about her thesis project. We will also have a sign-up available for other students who are interested in leading a discussion later this spring! We’ll also brainstorm possibilities for discussion topics, and see what general interests are represented in the group. Cookies will be provided.

Also, the preliminary schedule for the semester is up on my website:

If you’d like to sign up for an open date, please send me an email ( with your name, email and topic (or topic TBD – you can decide later. We are an informal group!). Seniors: we’d love to showcase your projects this semester, and hear what you’ve been working on!

Katy McKinney-Bock

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GLEEFUL – New Deadline: Feb 15th

*Updated deadline: February 15th, 2016*

The q Undergraduate Association for Linguistics at Michigan State University (qUALMS) is pleased to announce the sixth Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL). GLEEFUL aims to bring together undergraduate linguists from across the continent to present high quality, original research to their peers in order to gain experience and a greater appreciation for the many ways to study linguistics and language-related fields.

Additionally, qUALMS is pleased to announce the continuation of our workshop series for GLEEFUL. These workshops are aimed at undergraduates looking to improve their research skill set by exposing them to current techniques and ways to approach linguistic problems. April 16-17, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Keynote Speaker: Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania Workshops I II Building a computational linguistics model Methods in testing with artificial languages Lisa Pearl Anne-Michelle Tessier University of California, Irvine University of Alberta.

More information is available on our conference website at: We invite 1 page abstracts (500 words) for 10-15 minute presentations or posters from any area of linguistics. Abstract submission and registration will all be done electronically through our website and email.

Updated deadline: Monday February 15th, 2016 Abstracts will be reviewed, and participants will be notified a little over a week after the deadline. For further information, you can send an email to, or check out the GLEEFUL website. Thank you! Kyle Latack President, qUALMS GLEEFUL is thankful for support from The Office of the Provost (Undergraduate Education), the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, the Cognitive Science Program, the Michigan State Honors College, and the College of Arts and Letters Alumni Association.

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Patient Coordinator Positions at Rice University, Psychology Department

The Schnur Lab (Director: Tatiana Schnur) and the T. L. L. Temple Foundation Neuroplasticity Lab (Director: Randi Martin) are seeking two motivated, organized, and resourceful individuals with a BA/BS to recruit and assess acute stroke patients in a hospital setting and to test healthy and impaired language speakers on the Rice University campus as part of a new research initiative funded by the NIH. These positions will train you to administer detailed behavioral examinations of language and memory to brain-damaged patients. Beyond recruiting and testing participants, the positions will also involve other facets of research including analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data and developing stimulus materials in a series of experiments using various research methodologies. Previous academic experience in a combination of linguistics, psychology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences, a completed B.A./B..S. degree, a strong academic background, and a two-year commitment for the full-time position are required. Previous research experience is highly desirable, though not required. Rice University is located in the heart of Houston, a 5-minute walk from the public train system, a 10-minute walk from the largest medical center in the world, and a 20-minute walk from many restaurants, bars, and retail shops.

Contact: Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to Jolie Anderson (
Questions: Tatiana Schnur ( and Randi Martin (

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Linguistics Junior Qualifying Examination Orientation

If you are planning to Qual in Spring 2016, please attend the Linguistics Junior Qualifying Examination Orientation on February 11th from 4:10-5:00pm in Eliot 126.

If you are planning to Qual, but haven’t informed Jolie Griffin (, Administrative Coordinator to Linguistics, please do so ASAP.

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Call for Abstracts – Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium

The UnderLings, the Cornell University Undergraduate Linguistics Association, requests abstract submissions for the 10th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium. The Colloquium will take place April 23-24, 2016.

Student submissions at all levels are encouraged in a variety of subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. Applicants pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree are invited to submit a one-page abstract for a talk of no more than twenty minutes in length or for a poster presentation at our poster session.

Abstracts should be submitted to by March 1, 2016. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a talk or for the poster session or both. There is a probability that the conference proceedings will be published afterward, most likely in an online, widely-accessible format. Information about the Colloquium may be found at the following website:

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NoWPhon 2016 Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the second annual (but first full-scale) meeting of the Northwest Phonetics & Phonology Conference (NoWPhon), to be held May 13-15, 2016 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. This meeting is intended to be an informal gathering of researchers in the Northwestern region of North America working in all areas of phonetics and phonology, broadly defined. We invite submissions of abstracts for both oral talks and posters on all topics in theoretical, descriptive, computational, and experimental phonetics and phonology. Abstract submission is open to all researchers in the region, but students are especially encouraged to submit (in consultation with their relevant professors).

Abstracts are due by midnight (Pacific time) on March 28, 2016.

Abstract submission will be conducted online via EasyChair ( Abstracts should be no more than 1 page in 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins, with an optional second page for references. At the top of the abstract, please put: the title of the paper, author name(s) and affiliation(s), and author e-mail address. Submissions should be in .pdf (preferred) or .doc format; please ensure that all phonetic fonts are embedded (if relevant). Submitters will be able to specify in EasyChair whether they would prefer an oral presentation or a poster presentation. We will attempt to provide everyone with their preferred presentation format but the number of oral presentation slots may be limited, as there will not be parallel sessions.

Notification of acceptances and scheduling will be issued by mid-April. Please direct any questions to

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LING 312: Tone and Intonation with James Gruber

Hello! Congratulations to everyone on wrapping up the fall term. I am sure that you are ready to enjoy a much-deserved break, but (segue!) when you are ready to start thinking about next semester, please consider my upcoming course LING 312. You may have noticed it on SOLAR with the ambiguous title, Topics in Linguistic Analysis. I would like to tell you what those topics are.

Before I do, let me add that although the course may appropriately be considered a specialized phonetics and phonology course, neither 320/Phonetics nor 321/Phonology is a pre-requisite. Only LING 211 is required. More on that below.

An additional title for LING 312 is Tone & Intonation. In this course, we will explore how languages use pitch to encode meaning. It is estimated that more than 2/3rds of the worlds’ languages use Tone – the systematic use of pitch to contrast lexical items. Intonation occurs at the level of the phrase rather than word and is used by (possibly all) languages to signal pragmatic and sentence-level meanings. There is considerable flexibility to incorporate topics that interest you — relevant suggestions from students are most welcome, whether now or at the start of term.

At present, the plan is for a course with three major components:
(1) The phonetics of pitch and other suprasegmental properties that interact and collectively signal tone and intonation.
(2) The phonology of tone, including a survey of the tonal systems employed in African, Asian, and American languages.
(3) The phonology of intonation, with a focus on describing and annotating English intonation and the interaction of prosody with syntactic structure, focus and pragmatics.

Students will learn to annotate, quantify and analyze suprasegmental properties of speech (as in the diagrams below), and subsequently conduct a research project on a topic of their choice. We will start from scratch with each of these topics such that students who have not taken Phonetics or Phonology will be at no disadvantage. At the same time, students who have taken Phonetics and/or Phonology, will encounter almost entirely new course material.

The class meets Tuesday/Thursday from 1310-1430.

I would be happy to discuss any questions or thoughts you have about the course. If so, please e-mail me (james.gruber at reed).

Thanks for your consideration!


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Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCON 9)

The University of Toronto Society of Linguistic Undergraduate Students has decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions until 8 January 2016!

2016, 4–6 March (Abstract Deadline: 8 January 2016)

Call for Abstracts:
The Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students (SLUGS) at the University of Toronto is excited to announce its 9th annual Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCON 9), to be held on 4-6 March 2016!

TULCON is a fantastic opportunity for linguistic undergraduate students to meet their peers, share their work, and further their appreciation for linguistics and language related studies.

We invite all undergraduate research— whether it be complete or in progress— from any area of linguistics.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should be approximately 500 words in length (not including references). Please submit your abstracts in .pdf format to by the 8th of January 2016. We do not accept other file formats. In your submission indicate whether or not you would like to present a talk or a poster during our poster session.

Accepted speakers will have the opportunity to present for 20 minutes, followed by an additional five-minute question period.

Citizens of countries who require a visa to enter Canada may submit abstracts early. If you are among these individuals, please indicate how much time you need to secure your visa. We will try to review your abstract as soon as possible and send you a notification of acceptance at an earlier date.

We will keep you posted with further announcements about registration in the future! If you have any questions, please contact us at

TULCON 9 (Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference)
SLUGS (Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students at the University of Toronto)
E-mail: |
Twitter: @UofTSLUGS

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