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 (mbecker@email.unc.edu), Director of Undergraduate Studies, or to me, Elliott Moreton (moreton@unc.edu), 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 pearsonm@reed.edu 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 (tal.linzen@jhu.edu). For further details on the position and on how to apply, please visit the following link: https://jobs.jhu.edu/jhujobs/jobview.cfm?reqId=313878&postId=14475

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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 http://ling.umd.edu/baggett
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 (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). 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; zukowski@umd.edu. Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
Position #3 – Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. 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 (http://languagescience.umd.edu) 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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Reed College Language Lab Student Workers

Hi Linguistics majors,

The Language Lab*, housed in the Reed Library, is currently hiring student workers for both summer and fall positions as “LangLabbies”. LangLabbies staff the Language Lab in the evening, but they also assist the Lab director Beth Platte in researching and testing digital tools for language learning and humanities research. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in digital pedagogy or digital humanities.

Although the Language Lab generally hires students who have taken language classes at Reed, their main priority is to find motivated students who could benefit from experience working with digital teaching and scholarship tools. They have had great experiences with linguistics majors in particular.

If you’re interested in finding out more and applying for the position, use the following links to the job description and applications:
Summer application: https://goo.gl/forms/oXxD7mDrohLG7h8Z2
Fall application: https://goo.gl/forms/kHaNKvPqyThDm7q12
(on behalf of Beth Platte at the Language Lab)
*The Language Lab is not affiliated with the Lab of Linguistics

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Hampshire College’s Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text

The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text
June 5 – 30, 2017

Come experience Hampshire College’s academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education.

The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text (LIT) is a four-week intensive summer program focusing on the linguistic workings of the human mind and artistic expression. The goal is to synthesize theories of linguistic narration with the practices of artistic creation (written and visual).

Led by Hampshire’s Daniel Altshuler, students will explore central topics in semantics, psycholinguistics, as well as philosophy of language and mind, by applying influential theories to poetic and literary verse, a graphic novel and film. The program will have field trips (including to the Society Of Illustrators in NY) and conclude with students presenting their work in a professional conference setting, in which they will create and analyze their own narrative art in terms of the theory taught in the program.

This program is open to current undergraduates, post-B.A.s, professionals, and high school seniors who will have graduated by spring 2017.

Click here to learn more and apply today!

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Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium 11 Call for Abstracts

11th Annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC11)
Call for Undergraduate Abstracts

Cornell University’s undergraduate linguistics association, The UnderLings, presents its eleventh annual undergraduate research colloquium. By facilitating communication and discussion between researchers, the conference aims to promote undergraduate research at all levels throughout the linguistics community. The Colloquium will take place April 29-30, 2017.

The period for submissions to CULC11 is now open. 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 CULinguisticsColloquium@gmail.com by March 13, 2017. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a talk or for the poster session or both.

For more information and conference updates about CULC11, please visit our website at
http://conf.ling.cornell.edu/culc11/. You can find more about the Cornell linguistics program by
visiting http://ling.cornell.edu/.

Thank you!
Patrick Niedzielski
President, Cornell UnderLings

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