Jordan Language Academy 2017 Courses

Jordan Language Academy invites you to to join their summer 2017 Arabic courses and programs.

JLA’s SUMMER FULL IMMERSION PROGRAMS run all over the summer starting from 2 weeks courses till 16 weeks from early May till mid September 2017. JLA offers Arabic language and culture classes, Persian classes, home-stay, volunteer work, tailor-made programs etc. For more information about any of the courses they offer, click on SUMMER PROGRAMS, CALENDAR or BROCHURE to view details about the 2017 courses and programs.

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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.
Apply by Friday, March 31, 2017 and receive 10% off tuition!

Click here to learn more and apply today!

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Research Technician Position

Research Technician Position

START DATE: Summer 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Technician to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing. For more information about what we do, see: The responsibilities of this position are very varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.

In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.

(1) B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field
(2) Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
(3) Very strong quantitative and analytic skills.
(4) Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.
(5) Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
(6) Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized, able to multi-task and prioritize.
(7) Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
(8) A two-year time commitment is requested.

OTHER: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.

Please apply through, and search for job number 3033668 (Research Technician I).

Lena Warnke
Research Assistant, NeuroCognition Lab
Tufts University and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

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Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium – Call for Undergraduate 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 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, check out this poster and visit our website at You can find more about the Cornell linguistics program by visiting

Thank you!
Patrick Niedzielski
President, Cornell UnderLings

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Student volunteers for AFLA 24

aflaDear Linguistics Students,

This semester Reed is co-hosting a linguistics conference with the University of Washington: the 24th meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 24). The conference will take place on the UW campus in Seattle, April 7-9, 2017. Information about the conference can be found at the following website:

I am currently looking for 2 or 3 student volunteers who would be interested in accompanying me to Seattle to work as on-site volunteers. Volunteers will help staff the registration table, run errands, etc., during the weekend of the conference. I may also ask volunteers to help me in advance of the conference with small tasks like photocopying and assembling registration packets. In exchange for helping out, you will be allowed to attend the conference talks and events without having to pay the registration fee.

Volunteers would need to commit to being on site for the duration of the conference: from 8:00 AM Friday (April 7th) until mid-afternoon on Sunday (April 9th). The college and the Linguistics Department would pay for your travel to Seattle (train ticket, or gas money if you prefer to drive). For those who do not already have accommodations options in Seattle, I will also arrange crash space with a UW graduate student — or, if crash space is unavailable, I can pay for a shared hotel room near the university. Reimbursement for meals can also be arranged.

Please email me as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering! My address is:

Matt Pearson

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NLP research assistant position at OHSU

The Informatics Discovery Lab at OHSU’s Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology is searching for a full-time research assistant with skills and interests in natural language processing, beginning this summer.

The work is focused on building classifiers on Pubmed citation data. Strong programming skills, preferably Python, are a must. Familiarity with descriptive statistics and either SQL or noSQL databases is important. Experience with regression, collaborative software development and word-embedding and topic modeling methods is a plus.

The position will open up in either July or August of this year. Contact Zackary Dunivin ( to apply or to request more information.

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UMass Amherst Ph.D. Student Position in Psycholinguistics

Ph.D. student position in Psycholinguistics (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences), University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., starting in Fall 2017. With this ad, we are specifically encouraging students to apply with an interest in Psycholinguistics. The following faculty members work in this area:

Alexandra Jesse’s lab studies auditory and audiovisual speech perception and spoken word recognition, and changes in these processes across the lifespan (with a special emphasis on aging). Using both behavioral (e.g., eye tracking) and neuropsychological methods, her work concentrates on the temporal dynamics of processing and binding speech within and across modalities, perceptual learning (e.g., about speaker idiosyncrasies), and on perceptual and cognitive influences on speech recognition. For more information on the UMass Language, Intersensory Perception, & Speech (LIPS) lab, please see

Lisa Sanders’ lab is focused on 1) understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of basic auditory perception, speech perception, and selective attention across the lifespan, and 2) determining how attentional control and perceptual learning can lead to better perceptual outcomes, including understanding speech in background noise. To accomplish these goals, the lab uses behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging measures in listeners ranging from 20 months to 85 years of age. More information about her research and lab team can be found here:

Adrian Staub studies syntactic parsing and word recognition, and the interface between these things, often by tracking readers’ eye movements. He is interested in details models of the relationship between eye movements in reading and language comprehension. In collaboration with colleagues, he also use eye movements to investigate spoken language comprehension, as well as other aspects of cognition like memory and reasoning. Finally, he studies aspects of language production, specifically, how speakers compute agreement. More information about his research can be found here: More information about the UMass Eyetracking Lab can be found here:

Applicants should have a strong background in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and/or another related discipline (e.g., Communication Disorders, Speech Sciences). Experience with experimental research is preferred; a strong interest in experimental methods is required.

Our program offers training in a variety of behavioral and neuropsychological methods (e.g., eye tracking, imaging) and in statistical methods (e.g., computational modeling, Bayesian statistics). We also strongly encourage students to collaborate with other faculty members within the Cognitive Division, who focus on memory, visual and auditory cognition, decision making, attention, and sleep, and we maintain a rich tradition of collaborations with colleagues from other disciplines, such as Linguistics and Communication Disorders, both here at UMass as well as nationally and internationally.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Massachusetts’ general application process. Application guidelines can be found at the UMass PBS Cognitive Division website and at the UMass Graduate School website. The application deadline for entry next Fall is January 2, 2017.

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a beautiful rural setting close to major urban centers.

The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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Reed Friedman Student-Faculty Research Fellowship

Dear Colleagues,

I write to you as people who might be interested, or chairs of programs or departments containing people who might be interested in this new, but quite niche, student-faculty research fellowship. The details are on the fellowships website:

We have some money left from an old grant “to promote the study of Japanese American history, literature, society or similar topics specifically relevant to Americans of Japanese descent.” What is left will support two of the fellowships indicated here, and, given that it is not an obvious area of study at Reed, we will continue to offer the opportunity (and advertise it on the fellowships pages) until the money is utilized. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you to Doug for doing the lion’s share of the work in drafting the language, and thank you to Doug and Hyong for agreeing to do the review of any applications we might get. Deadline is early March, as for most undergraduate research fellowships.

Let me know if you have questions,


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Lecture: Music, Dance, and the Construction of the Habitus


The Music Department invites you to a lecture on Monday 11/28 by Lawrence Zbikowski, at 4:40 PM in Eliot 314.

Lawrence Zbikowski’s principal research interests involve applying recent work in cognitive science (especially that done by cognitive linguists and cognitive psychologists) to various problems confronted by music scholars, with a particular focus on music theory and analysis. This lecture explores some of the ways that music and dance—both together and apart—set up the “structuring structures” that Pierre Bourdieu called the habitus. The focus will be on social dance as it was practiced in France’s ancien régime and in early nineteenth-century Vienna. Zbikowski will be particularly interested in ways musical materials are organized to facilitate dancing, and how the steps of the dance interact with patterns set up by the music. As he argues, it is through relationships like these that music and dance provide a structure for social interactions—that is, how they construct the habitus.

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Linguistics Department statement regarding climate, accommodations, dialogue

In response to the uncertainty that has developed at both a local and national level, the faculty members of the Linguistics Department at Reed College affirm the statement made by the Linguistic Society of America, that we stand for:

“…diversity, inclusion, and respect for all. Above all, we cherish multilingualism and multiculturalism — in our members, in those who participate in our programs, and in those who work with us in documenting and analyzing languages. At a time when political rhetoric has been so divisive, it is important for us to come together around the values we share as a society with a scientific mission.”

These values call on us to be mindful and respectful of how different groups and individuals are experiencing higher levels of stress and uncertainty. As such, our Department reaffirms our commitment to open, continued dialogue about the concerns and needs of our students. For our students seeking advice, a safe space, or specific accommodations, we want to hear from you, either in or after class, during our posted office hours, or in individually scheduled appointments.

While we maintain the same set of overall expectations for all students of a given course, including high quality work on final projects and exams, we appreciate that each student may take a different path to achieve those expectations. We invite students to come speak with us one on one, not just to discuss accommodations, but to build and maintain an open dialogue in keeping with our mission of inclusion and respect.


The 2016-2017 Linguistics Faculty

Kara Becker
Sameer ud Dowla Khan
Katy McKinney-Bock
Julia Thomas Swan

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