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Department Hosting the Humanities in Health Conference

(April 20, 2016) On Tuesday, April 7 2016, the linguistics department successfully held the Humanities in Health Conference. The event was part of Pitt's the Year of the Humanities initiative and was co-hosted with Department of Family Medicine and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Services.

Presentation at Spanish Sociolinguistics Conference

(April 19, 2016) Pitt Hispanic Linguistics was represented in April 2016 at the 8th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Matthew Kanwit, Maritza Nemogá, Silvia Pisabarro, and Virginia Terán presented a total of four individual and collaborative morphosyntactic research projects on variable intensification, the use of non-standard verbal forms, variable forms of address, and variation in past-perfective expression.

PhD Student Wins Mellon Fellowship

(April 15, 2016) PhD student Noriyasu Harada Li received the Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for next year. The fellowship will go towards working on his dissertation on the processing of Japanese reflexives by L1 speakers and L2 learners. Congratulations!

Undergrad Wins Research Fellowship

(April 11, 2016) Anish Kumar, a junior Linguistics major, was recently awarded the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Seminar Research Fellowship by the University Honors College. With the fellowship, Anish has enrolled in Dr. Matt Kanwit's Spring 2016 graduate course in Second Language Acquisition, where he is receiving individualized guidance on an original research project on the selection of the prepositions por and para by second-language learners of Spanish. Congratulations, Anish!

Workshop Presentation

(March 30, 2016) PhD student Holman Tse recently presented at the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics at the Ohio State University. Slides from his presentations are available at his website. Pictures from the Workshop are also available at the HLVC Project Page.

PhD Student Wins Nationality Room Scholarship

(February 23, 2016) Congratulations to PhD student Matthew Hadodo, who received the Nationality Rooms Scholarship. He will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey this summer to document the endangered Greek dialect spoken by the ethnic community there, through ethnography and sociolinguistic interviews. The data collected will be used for his comps papers and eventually his dissertation.

PhD Student Wins Japanese Scholarships

(February 15, 2016) PhD student Noriyasu Harada Li received two awards: the Japanese Room Committee Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Asatoshi Maeshiro from the Nationality Rooms, and a Japan Studies Doctoral Research Grant. The awards will be used toward travel to collect data for his dissertation research. His dissertation project focuses on reflexive-antecedent binding in Japanese (zibun, zibun-zisin, and kare-zisin), and comparing data from L1 speakers and L2 learners of Japanese.

Publication in TIPA

(February 10, 2016) An article written by PhD Student Holman Tse has been published in the open access French journal TIPA as part of an issue on contact-induced change."The Role of Shift-Induced Interference in the Development of a Typologically Rare Phonological Contrast in Somali Bantu Kizigua” is an article that originally developed from work based on the Spring 2012 Field Methods (LING 1441/2441) class.

Faculty Advisor Wins Ampco-Pitt Prize

(February 4, 2016) Congratulations to Dr. Claude Mauk, Director of Undergraduate Studies, who won this year's Ampco-Pitt Prize for Excellence in Advising. The prize is an annual honor that recognizes outstanding faculty advising for undergraduate students. Dr. Mauk has been serving as an undergrad advisor in our department for 9 years, during which time his efforts positively impacted many of our majors' lives. His story was featured in the recent issue of the Pitt Chronicle.

ASL Voted Best Course at Pitt

(January 20, 2016) The American Sign Language (ASL) program, part of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center, was voted Best class by the students, faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh in the Pitt News' annual Best Of Readers Poll. You can see the news in this special issue of the Pitt News. Congratulations!

Faculty Receives Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize

(December 3, 2015) Congratulations to Claude Mauk for being selected to receive the 2016 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. The award recognizes outstanding faculty academic advising of its undergraduate students. Claude Mauk has been serving as an undergraduate advisor for many years and is the director of undergraduate studies in our department.

Publication in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

(December 1, 2015) Marta Ortega-Llebaria, Maritza Nemoga and Nora Presson's article recently published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2015, 1-17) showed that Chinese-English bilinguals processed intonation in English words --e.g., "Rose" spoken as a statement versus "Rose?" spoken as a question --differently from non-tonal speakers. They explain the implications of these results for word-recognition, speech perception and second language learning. The article can be accessed here.

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.