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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.