Call for Undergraduate Abstracts – BLS 43

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 43) will take place Friday through Sunday, February 3rd – 5th, 2017, on the UC Berkeley campus. BLS 43 welcomes abstract submissions from all areas of descriptive, experimental, and theoretical linguistics.

New this year, BLS will host an undergraduate poster session. We invite undergraduates and recent graduates who are not yet enrolled in graduate programs to submit abstracts related to the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical/comparative linguistics, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Descriptive, theoretical, and experimental approaches are all welcome.

The period for submissions is now open. Please submit your abstracts through our EasyChair conference page by 11:59 pm PST on November 1st, 2016.

Participation in BLS 43 is an excellent way to receive feedback on your work from prominent scholars, including invited speakers and those giving talks within the general session, special session, and parasession. The special session will focus on language contact and dynamics, and the areal parasession will highlight the languages of North and Central America.

Invited Speakers:
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of California, Los Angeles)
Omer Preminger (University of Maryland)
Keren Rice (University of Toronto)
Natalie Schilling (Georgetown University)
Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan)

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts are due by November 1st, 2016 at 11:59 PST. Please submit all abstracts through EasyChair. Authors will be notified of acceptance by December 1st.

Authors may maximally submit one single-authored abstract and one co-authored abstract. Abstracts, including titles, data, and examples, must fit onto 1 page with 1″ margins and 12pt font. References may be included on a separate page. Abstracts must be anonymous; omit names or phrasing (e.g. my paper (Author 20XX) ) that would otherwise reveal author identity. Surname-year citations (Author 20XX) that do not identify the author of the abstract as the author of the cited paper are acceptable.
Please fill out all required fields in EasyChair and check the “Undergraduate Poster Session” option as well as at least one box indicating a topic corresponding to the linguistic subfield(s) of greatest relevance to your abstract. All submissions will be anonymized for review.

Check our website for general information and updates concerning the conference.

For submission related questions, please email For all other questions, please email

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LSA Student Travel Grants

This year the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL) is awarding two student travel grants intended to increase the participation of ethnoracial minorities in the LSA. Each grant in the amount of $500 assists students in traveling to the upcoming LSA Annual Meeting held January 5-8, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Current students with and without accepted abstracts may apply for one of two types of travel grants:

– for graduate students who have not yet completed their linguistics degree program; or
– for undergraduates who want to pursue a linguistics graduate degree.

For more information or to apply, please check out the announcement on the LSA website. All application materials must be received before midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on October 17, 2016.

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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Info Session on Sept. 28th

Would you love to really learn to speak a foreign language? Are you interested in getting off the beaten track? Experiencing life first-hand in another country? Spending your summer gaining a new skill?

Apply for the CLS program! The CLS Program offers 8-10 week summer intensive immersion foreign language study programs in 14 languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. In addition to intensive classroom instruction, the program organizes cultural learning opportunities as well as opportunities to practice your new language skills immediately with hospitality families and community members.

Participants in the CLS Program are not necessarily required to have any experience studying critical languages for many of the fourteen languages. Only Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Students from *all* academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Come to an information session on Wednesday September 28 at 10:00am in Prexy conference room. Application deadline is 11/16/16

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Commemorating the Chilean Coup

The linguistics department has been invited to local events commemorating the anniversary of the military coup in Chile that took place on September 11th, 1973. Both of these events include documentary films related to contemporary social movements in Chile.

Here are the links to the FB events:

9.11.2016 at 7.30pm

9.14.2016 at 6:00pm

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K’iche Linguist Needed

FCI Multiple Services is an established translation company that works with a large international network of linguists and translators spanning across the globe.

They are currently looking for a K’iche Linguist to assist them with a translation project. If you are available and interested, please email your resume, your per word rate and any information you deem necessary, such as your preferred contact and payment method to This projects needs to be assigned and completed as soon as possible.

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Summer hire for a Phonetics Research Assistant

Did you take Phonetics (LING 320) and love it? Do you want to practice the skills you learned in that class over the summer? And get paid to do it? If so, please contact me about working as a part-time research assistant. I have two projects needing assistance — (a) one requires the creation of stimuli for a perceptual experiment and possible recruitment of participants and conducting test sessions and (b) the other requires segmentation of recordings of an undocumented tone language. Between these two projects, I’ll be happy to accommodate the precise tasks that the position encompasses according to your availability and interests.

Research Assistant in Phonetics:

Hours: Part-time, roughly 40-50 hours total, preferably spread between late May to late June, but other time frames may be acceptable.
Rate: $10.38 – Student Assistant III
Requirements: Phonetics coursework and experience with Praat will be strongly preferred. Please mention any background you have in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics.
Application method: Letter of interest emailed to James at
Application deadline: Tues, May 17th at 12pm.
Benefits: Opportunity to hone those research skills before thesis time!

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Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies seeking Research Assistant in Language Development

Job Description: Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and the start date would be mid to late July 2016.

Responsibilities include: preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

Necessary qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
  • A strong interest in the psychology of language
  • Prior experience working with young children
  • Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
  • Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:

  • Experience with eye tracking
  • Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
  • Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
  • Experience administering standardized measures such as the SCQ, KBIT & CELF
  • A sense of humor
  • A fondness for event representation, pragmatics, semantics and prosody

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). No applications will be accepted after Friday, May 6th. Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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RA position at University of Delaware/Nemours; MMN project on speech perception

The Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoustics Research Laboratory at Nemours Biomedical Research in Wilmington, Delaware is seeking a research assistant to work on a grant-funded project on children with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). This is a one year collaborative project between Nemours and Dr. Arild Hestvik’s Experimental Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. The project will use a variety of behavioral, audiological, neurological, and electrophysiological (ERPs) tests to investigate the speech processing skills in children with APD. The research assistant will be responsible for coordinating recruitment efforts between Nemours and the University of Delaware; scheduling research participants; obtaining consent, administering behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP) experiments; coding, post-processing and analyzing experimental results; managing experimental documentation and database, including writing protocols and reports; and administrative duties.

This project involves working with young children, and requires regular travel to University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware to test children. The successful applicant will have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, linguistics, hearing science, cognitive science, or related field, experience working with children, an ability to communicate and interact with children and parents who may be unfamiliar with scientific research, as well as a one year commitment to this position. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience with ERP methodologies, be punctual, well-organized, motivated, attentive to details, have excellent interpersonal skills, be capable of working independently as well as with research team members.

Experience with E-Prime, EGI Net Station and HydroCel Geodesic Sensor Nets, and MATLAB tools for EEG signal processing preferred. We are looking for applicants who are interested in basic and applied research. The position is ideal for someone wishing to get a year of research experience before applying to graduate school.

To apply, please send your CV/resume, cover letter, two letters of reference or the names and contact information of two references.

For more information, contact Dr. Kyoko Nagao at Position will remain open until filled.


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Most-of-South-and-Southeast-Asian New Year

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This year’s Most-of-South-and-Southeast-Asian New Year festival has blossomed into five days full of exciting events, April 10 through 14!

Throw color powders on your friends for Holi (Sunday 1PM on the Great Lawn), watch films from India and Cambodia (Monday 7PM in PAB 320), Tuesday starting at 4PM in Psych 105), attend a talk on Indian pop music by Anaar Desai-Stephens of Cornell University (Wednesday 6:30PM in Psych 105), and sample traditional foods, decorate the ground with alponas, bathe the Buddha, watch live Bollywood dancers, and join in with some bhangra with DJ Anjali (Thursday starting at 5:30PM in the SU). Details are in the poster below.

Celebrate the New Year with us and with our Khmer, Cham, Thai, Dai, Lao, Shan, Burmese, Mon, Bengali, Assamese, Boro, Manipuri, Oriya, Telugu, Konkani, Kannadiga, Malayali, Tamil, Tuluva, Sinhalese, Punjabi, Maithili, Marathi, Sindhi, Marwari, Nepali, and Balinese friends!

This event has been generously supported by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office for Inclusive Community, International Student Services, and the Department of Religion. All are invited.

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NoWPhon wants abstracts from Reedies!

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The organizers of the second annual NorthWest Phonetics/Phonology (NoWPhon) Conference have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to present work (including work in progress) in any area of phonetics or phonology. 1-page abstracts are now due by midnight April 4.

NoWPhon is intended to be a gathering that encourages and provides a supportive environment for student presentations and fosters connections among faculty and students across the region, and they have specifically reached out to Reed students! (Yevgeniy Melguy represented Reed there last year, and came back with very useful feedback on his thesis project, which he is now turning into a journal publication.) NoWPhon also has a limited number of awards to support student travel and accommodation, and we can also help you look for similar opportunities from Reed.

The conference will be held in Eugene, at the University of Oregon, on 13-15 May 2016. Details on how to submit an abstract can be found at their website. Feel free to talk to your adviser and/or to Sameer if you’re thinking of submitting (or attending)!

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