Spotlight: Visiting Scholars
The linguistics department welcomes four visiting scholars this year: Liya Xue, Dr. Iskra Iskrova, Dr. Robert Lawson, and Dr. Baoguo Zhou (from left to right).
Spotlight: Henderson Award
TESOL Certificate program students Jaimie Minnicks (Department of Instruction and Learning) and Hillary Schepps (Department of Linguistics) received the 2013 Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award.
Spotlight: Undergrad Internships
Linguistics undergraduate students, faculty and sponsors (M*Modal, Semantic Compaction Systems, LTI, and ELI) gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the first linguistics internship course.
Spotlight: NWAV 42
The linguistics department welcomed socio-linguists from all over the world, who were in Pittsburgh to participate in NWAV 42. The department co-hosted the conference with the Carnegie Mellon University.
Our undergraduate students are known for their active participation in campus life and linguistics-related events. In this photo, Yinzling, the undergrad linguistics club at Pitt, is holding a bake sale.
Spotlight: SLRF 2013
Jessica Packer (LING major), Dawn E. McCormick (Lecturer/ELI Associate Director), and Mary Lou Vercellotti (PhD graduate/ Assistant Prof. at Ball State University) at the 2013 Second Language Research Forum in Provo, Utah.
News & Events
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
Undergrad Featured in A&S Newsletter
(December 11, 2013) Ranem Atia, a linguistics major focused on her Arabic linguistics work with her Brackenridge Fellowship Advisor Dr. Abdesalam Soudi, describes how she chose language and Culture to understand humanity. The interview is featured in The Deitrich School's Snapshot e-newsletter.
(December 6, 2013) PhD Student Holman Tse presented a talk entitled "Evidence from Retroflexion in Kizigua: How Language Maintenance was Possible in the Context of Forced Migration in Pre-Civil War Somalia" at the Conference on Migration and Language at Penn State University on November 22. This interdisciplinary conference, organized by the Migration Studies Project at Penn State, brought together researchers from 5 continents and from a range of fields including law, education, sociology, labor studies, comparative literature, and African Studies.
Celebrating International Education Week
(November 19, 2013)
The English Language Institute (ELI) and the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center (LCTL) in the Department of Linguistics teamed up with Pitt's Global Ties in the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development to present the Cultural Carnival and World Dance Showcase on Tuesday, November 12. The activity was a featured event for International Education Week designed to expand the awareness of and interest in global learning opportunities by celebrating the intercultural diversity on campus. This annual event also promotes collaboration of various divisions and departments as well as student groups on campus and strengthens the University of Pittsburgh as a center for international education.
Latest figures in the Pitt Factbook 2013 show that there are 2629 international students from more than 100 different countries at Pitt's main campus. That doesn’t even include the 175 international students from 23 different countries who are studying English as a second language in the ELI! Add to that the almost 30 different languages that are currently being taught at Pitt and you truly have a celebration of language, culture and diversity on our campus. (video of Cultural Carnival on Pitt News web site, video of Cultural Carnival on YouTube, link to photo album on Flickr)
Faculty Appears on The Dude Show
(November 6, 2013) Dr Scott Kiesling made a guest appearance on a radio show entitled The Dude Show, discussing the etymology of the word 'dude'. Check out the segment here.
Pride and Prejudice Read-a-thon
(November 5, 2013) ELI Director Alan Juffs, Associate Director Dorolyn Smith, and Linguistics Department Administrator Allison Thompson participated in the English Department's "Pride and Prejudice" read-a-thon this past weekend to honor the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's literary classic. Learn more about the read-a-thon in the "Pittsburgh Post Gazette's" article or check out some pics here.
ELI Hosts Three Rivers TESOL Conference
(October 30, 2013) On Saturday, October 26, the English Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh, hosted the Three Rivers TESOL Conference 2013! More than 100 English as a second language educators from 10 different institutions around the region were welcomed for this one-day professional development opportunity. The theme of the conference was "Facilitating Language Learning Through Teacher Creativity" and included a plenary session titled "The Art of Teaching Language: Facilitating the Complex Processes of Putting Our Worlds into Words" presented by Dr. Susan Strauss from Penn State University. (Photo 1, photo 2, photo 3)
Job Announcement: Assistant Professors
(October 7, 2013) Our department is hiring. We are seeking applicants for two assistant professor positions, to start in September 2014. Please see this document for details.
Changes to Minor Requirements
(August 30, 2013) The requirements for a minor in linguistcs have been changed. The new requirements include 15 credits consisting of LING 1000 and any four 1000-level linguistics elective courses. Notably, linguistics minor students are no longer required to take LING 1578 Phonetics or LING 1777 Syntax. Please see the linguistics minor page for details.
Pitt Receives Dr. Al Rabiah, ELI Alumnus
(June 27, 2013) His Excellency Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, current Minister of Commerce and Industry for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a former student in the English Language Institute (ELI) in the Department of Linguistics and alumni of the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his PhD in Computer Science. On June 27, officials at the University of Pittsburgh – including University Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, ELI Director Dr. Alan Juffs, ELI Associate Directors Dawn McCormick and Dorolyn Smith, ELI Student Advisor Stacy Ranson, and professors from the Arabic program in the Department of Linguistics – were present at a reception to welcome His Excellency and to recognize his accomplishments. We’re all very proud of him! Photos from the event can be found on the ELI Facebook page.
Upcoming Symposium Presentation
(July 2, 2013) Daniel Hatfield and Dr. Alan Juffs will present a paper entitled "Refugee Policy and Language Learning in Pittsburgh, PA" at LESLLA 2013 Symposium, to be held on August 7-9 2013 at City College of San Francisco – Mission Campus, San Francisco, California, USA.