Spotlight: ELI Travel Award at TESOL 2016
The ELI presented the University of Pittsburgh Travel Award for IEP Instructors at the 2016 TESOL Convention and Exhibit. Shown in photo are winner Eric Scott from Northern Arizona University and ELI faculty.
Spotlight: Department Featured in Pitt Pride
The Spring 2016 issue of Pitt Pride, a newsletter published by the Dietrich School, showcased the department of linguistics. Our students, graduates and faculty were featured. The newsletter can be viewed here.
Spotlight: 2016 Henderson Award
TESOL student Asanuma Nami received the 2016 Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award. The award was established to commemorate Robert T. Henderson, whose family is photographed with the recipient here.
Spotlight: Discussion of Singular they
Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh hosted a discussion of Singular 'They': gender, pronouns and journalism on March 24 2016, where Dr. Scott Kiesling gave a presentation. The video of the event can be found here.
News & Events
LCTL Students Earn Critical Language Scholarships
(May 26, 2016) Eight University of Pittsburgh students have been awarded 2016 Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. Pitt’s scholars—composed of three graduate students and five undergraduates—will spend this summer in the countries of Azerbaijan, China, Indonesia, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. Andrew C. Nitz, Steve R. Moon, Roisin O’Dowd and Ashley N. Saxe studied through our LCTL language programs.
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!
(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!