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The linguistics department is proud to co-host the Humanities in Health Conference as part of Pitt's the Year of the Humanities initiative. It will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Faculty Featured in Pitt Med

(November 18, 2015) Dr. Abdesalam Soudi was interviewed in Pitt Med, a magazine of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, about his work in the intersection of the humanities and medicine. The article can be accessed here.

Conference Presentations by PhD Student

(November 13, 2015) PhD student Holman Tse headed north to Canada where he presented his research at two conferences: NWAV44 Oct 22-25 in Toronto, and the 39th annual meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association (APLA 39) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Nov. 6-7. Both presentations were on his ongoing work with the Heritage Language Variation and Change (HLVC) in Toronto Project. Slides from both presentations are available on Holman’s Home Page.

Publication of Book Contribution

(November 10, 2015) Noriyasu Harada Li published a book contribution in the volume The Acquisition of the Present (edited by Dalila Ayoun), entitled “The L2 Acquisition of the Present in the Japanese Tense-Aspect System: Evidence for a Tripartite System?” The chapter, co-authored with Yasuhiro Shirai, can be accessed here.

3 Rivers TESOL Conference

(November 7, 2015) The English Language Institute in the Department of Linguistics hosted the annual Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference on Saturday, November 7. More than 100 TESOL professionals from Pittsburgh and the surrounding region attended. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Teachers’ Achievements: Strategies and Responsibilities of ELT Professionals in the 21st Century Classroom” with a special plenary speech from TESOL International Past President Yilin Sun.

Presentation at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

(October 15, 2015) Dr. Matthew Kanwit and graduate students Virginia Terán and Silvia Pisabarro Sarrió presented original research entitled "Intensifier variation: a comparison of bien and muy in Tarragona, Spain and Tucumán, Argentina" at the 2015 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Upcoming Presentations at LSA

(September 15, 2015) Wu Zhaohong and Alan Juffs will present a paper and a poster at the 2016 Linguistic Society of America conference. Details of the paper on concept mediation in lexical processing can be found on this page. The poster abstract on relative clause processing can be found here.

A&S Summer Fellowship

(September 9, 2015) Congratulations to Virginia Terán, who was awarded the A&S Summer Fellowship this summer 2015 for her Comps 2 research. The topic of the research is the documentation of the prosodic system in Tucumán Spanish and the prosodic accommodation of interrogatives in TS speakers relocated in Buenos Aires. The award enabled her to spend three months in Argentina this summer collecting research data.

Publication in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)

(September 9, 2015) Visiting Lecturer Abdesalam Soudi published an article in the Journal of American Medical Association, entitled "Medical Scribes and Electronic Health Records." The journal article can be accessed here.

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.