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Upcoming Film Screening and Discussion

(August 27, 2015) Please join a screening of Do I Sound Gay?, a movie on queer speech. The event will be held on October 28 at 8pm in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and is hosted by Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program at Pitt. (Flyer here.) Our own Dr. Scott Kiesling will be moderating a discussion session afterwards.

Publication of New ESL Textbooks

(July 31, 2015) The English Language Institute is delighted to announce the publication of the first two books in its updated vocabulary series. The series is a collaboration by English Language Institute faculty and based on research in the ELI. Three more volumes will appear in the next 12 to 18 months.

Obituary: Dr. Edward M. Anthony, Jr.

(July 23, 2015) The Department of Linguistics is sad to announce that Professor Emeritus Edward M. Anthony, Jr. passed away on July 12, 2015. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends in the Department. Please see the obituary in the University Times.

PhD Student Wins Grants for Research Project

(June 15, 2015) Noriyasu Harada Li won the Arts & Sciences Summer Research fellowship and the Korean Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant. Both awards will be used for travelling to Japan and Korea this summer to collect data for his syntax research. His research focuses on the functions and identification of the reflexive “self” in Japanese (zibun) and Korean (caki).

Conference Presentations

(June 15, 2015) Noriyasu Harada Li gave a paper presentation at the 7th Annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society conference on April 17th, and at the inter-Science Learning Centers conference (NSF-funded centers) on June 1st. The presentation was titled “The influence of moraic structure on L2 English syllable-final consonants.” He will give one final paper presentation on the same topic at the International Conference on Speech Sciences in Seoul, Korea during November 20-21, 2015.

Project by a Major Showcased on AAU

(May 29, 2015) Humans of Pitt, a project curated by Anish Kumar and Sarah Thornton, is showcased on the AAU’s Undergraduate Stories site. Anish, a sophomore linguistics major, incorporated his knowledge of sociolinguistics into the project. Congratulations!

Graduate Featured in Magazine Article

(May 15, 2015) Lauren Collister, one of our recent PhDs who works on sociolinguistics, was interviewed for an article entitled "Why Emoji Are Suddenly Acceptable at Work", published on The Atlantic.

Undergrad Wins Fulbright Scholarship

(May 4, 2015) Congratulations to Kaitlyn Livingstone, who just graduated with a BA in linguistics, for being selected for a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the US. On this scholarship, she will be teaching English in Brazil.

Undergrad Accepted in the JET Program

(April 1, 2015) Congratulations to Mario Janakis, Japanese and Linguistics double major, for having been accepted into the JET Program. The JET Program (Japan Exchange & Teaching Program) is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government which places college graduates from around the world into various prefectures around Japan. The goal of the program is to promote internationalization and improve foreign language education in both Japan and the home country of the participant.​

Undergrad Wins Critical Language Scholarship

(Mar 25, 2015) Congratulations to Christine Matt, Japanese and Linguistics double major, for winning the Critical Language Scholarship. On this scholarship, she will be studying advanced Japanese at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone, Japan in the summer of 2015.

Undergrad Wins Fulbright Scholarship

(Mar 19, 2015) Congratulations to Steve Sloto, Linguistics senior, for being selected for a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Turkey. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the US. He will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Turkey.

Graduate and his Arabic Teaching in the News

(February 3, 2015) Adam Shephard, a '07 graduate who studied Arabic in our department, was recently profiled in Press of Atlantic City. He is now teaching in a high school in Southern NJ and has started an Arabic language program there. In this article, he talks about getting his start at Pitt and about having Dr. Soudi and Dr. Attia as his teachers.

Chancellor Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship

(January 13, 2015) Anthony Verardi, an undergrad linguistics minor, was awarded the Chancellor Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is "to improve teaching through collaboration between faculty members and students". Anthony investigated whether incorporating authentic materials written in the Levantine dialect improves Arabic learners’ overall reading and listening comprehension. His project will be implemented this Spring semester in Modern Standard Arabic/Levantine 4 class, mentored by Rasha Al-Hashimi, an assistant instructor of Arabic.

Faculty Wins Grant

(November 20, 2014) Congratulations to Dr. Abdesalam Soudi who has been awarded a fall Hewlett International Grant for a project on "Multiple Involvements in the Doctor's Office: The Dynamics of Interpreter-Mediated Medical Interactions". This project is an important aspect of an ongoing collaboration between Dr. Soudi and Dr. Jeannette South-Paul. He will use the grant monies to present this work in a panel titled "Producing intercultural discourse in the clinical encounter" at the 113th AAA Annual Meeting in Washington DC in December 2014.

Faculty Interview on Pittsburghese

(October 15, 2014) The Pittsburgh accent is in the news. Dr. Scott Kiesling was featured in a radio segment by WESA entitled "Is the Pittsburgh Accent 'Ugly?" Listen to it here.

Presentation at Acoustical Society of America

(October 14, 2014) PhD student Andy Jeske will be giving a poster presentation at the Acoustical Society of America conference on October 27th. The title of the presentation is "Amount of exposure and its effect of perception of second language front vowels in English".

Symposium at LSA

(October 13, 2014) Dr. Abdesalam Soudi will be presenting in a symposium titled “Linguists Working with Related Professions” at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Jan 8-11, 2015, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Behrens (Marymount Manhattan College), Dr. Carole Chaski (Institute for Linguistic Evidence), Dr. Judith Parker (University of Mary Washington) and Dr. Evelyne Tzoukermann (Computational Linguistics at MITRE Corporation).

ELI in the Pitt News

(September 18, 2014) ELI's Conversation Partner program was featured in the Pitt News on Wednesday. ELI's own Brianne Harrison and Stacy Ranson are quoted in the article. Read the article here.

ELI Student In the News

(September 18, 2014) Former ELI student Othman Alshehri and a friend are featured in an article on the front page of the Pitt News about a video they made of the Pitt campus. He says: "Both of us are international students, and, because of Pitt, we haven’t been homesick," Alshehri said. "If Pitt attracts international students and makes them feel like they are home — like in our cases — then what's it like for domestic students?" Read the article here and watch the video here.

PhD Student Wins FLAS Fellowship

(May 7, 2014) Congratulations to Noriyasu Li on his winning the FLAS fellowship for 2014-15 academic year, awarded by the Asian Studies Center. He will be using the award to studying Korean and continuing his research.

Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award

(April 15, 2014) Congratulations to Alexis Cherewka, Andrew Jeske and Noriyasu Harada Li, recipients of the 2014 Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award. Each student will receive $2000 -- $2500 to help with expenditures related to their degrees, certificate program, and/or their TESOL career plans.

PhD Student Wins Awards

(April 2, 2014) Hispanic linguistics PhD student Maritza Nemoga has been awarded the Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship which she will use toward traveling to Colombia to collect data for her PhD research on the different aspects of cross-language perception related to the acquisition of L2 prosodic patterns in L2 Spanish learners. She has also been awarded the 2014-2015 Arts and Sciences Fellowship. This award will further her continued research on the acquisition of L2 pronunciation and prosody.

PhD Student Wins Awards

(March 28, 2014) Congratulations to Noriyasu Li on his winning multiple awards. Last month he won Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Grad Expo 2014 Outstanding Presenter Award, a prize stipend from which he plan to use for future conference travel. He also won Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, which he will use toward traveling in Japan to collect data for his PhD research. His research focus is on how the moraic structure influences L2 prosody and syllable structure through analysis of native speakers of Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.

Ling Ugrads Awarded University Honors College Scholarships

(March 12, 2014) Congratulations to Ranem Atia and Stephen Sloto, two linguistics undergraduates who were selected as inaugural recipients of the University Honors College Scholarship. They will each receive a $2,000 scholarship for Academic Year 2013-2014.

PhD Student Wins Dissertation Research Awards

(February 27, 2014) Katherine I. Martin, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the department, recently received two awards to fund her dissertation research. She received a Language Learning Dissertation Grant and the Israel Heritage Room Committee Scholarship from the Nationality Rooms. The awards will be used toward travel to collect her dissertation data. Her dissertation project focuses on how a first language writing system impacts word recognition and component reading skills in a second language.

Yinzling Hosts William Labov's Talk

(January 31, 2014) Yinzling, the undergrad club for the linguistics department, is hosting a guest speaker night, featuring the world-renowned sociolinguist William Labov. He will speak on "Pursuing the Pittsburgh Chain Shift" on Friday 2/7 at 5pm in William Pitt Union Lower Lounge. Details on this poster.

Yinzling Hosts 2014 Language Fair

(January 31, 2014) On February 14th (Fri), Yinzling will host the 5th annual Language Fair, where Pitt's foreign language offerings will be showcased. Please check the flyer for details.