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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).
(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
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.
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
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
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
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 linguistics 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.
Ling-Anthro Undergrad Wins 2013 Brackenridge Research Fellowship
(June 24, 2013) Congratulations to Ranem Atia, a linguistics and anthropology double major, who has been awarded a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship (2013) by the University Honors College to work on a Sociolinguistics project: Conversational Closings in Spoken Arabic (Faculty Sponsor: Abdesalam Soudi). Wish her much success and satisfaction in carrying out her project.
PhD Student Wins Best Paper Presentation Award
(June 12, 2013) Congratulations to PhD student Holman Tse for receiving the best paper presentation award at JéTou 2013, which took place the University of Toulouse, France. JéTou is an international conference designed for young researchers from across the language sciences. The theme of this year's conference was Variation and Variability.
Brief Report in TESOL Quarterly
(May 20, 2013) Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti (2012 PhD graduate and incoming Ball State University faculty member) and Dr. Dawn E. McCormick (lecturer in the department and a member of the ELI administrative faculty) published a brief report in the June 2013 edition of TESOL Quarterly entitled "Examining the Impact of Self-Correction Notes on Grammatical Accuracy in Speaking". It can be accessed by members on the publisher's website or by the Pitt community through pittcat.
Undergrad Wins Pickering Fellowship
(May 8, 2013) Congratulations to LaVonda Baldwin, a linguistics minor and ASL certificate student, on her winning Pickering Fellowship. The nationally competitive Pickering Fellowship awards 20 rising college seniors undergraduate and graduate school funding, mentorship, and internship experiences as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.
ELI Faculty Elected for TESOL Offices
(April 23, 2013) Heather McNaught, a member of the ELI administrative faculty, is now president of Three Rivers TESOL, the local TESOL International Association affiliate. Dr. Dawn E. McCormick, a lecturer in the department and a member of the ELI administrative faculty, is now chair of the Professional Development Committee, a standing committee of TESOL International Association.
Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award
(April 22, 2013) Congratulations to TESOL Certificate program students Jaimie Minnicks (Department of Instruction and Learning) and Hillary Schepps (Department of Linguistics), recipients of the 2013 Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award. Each student will receive $2500 to help with expenditures related to their degrees, certificate program, and/or their TESOL career plans.
PhD Student Awarded FLAS Fellowship
(April 3, 2013) Congratulations to PhD student Holman Tse, who has been awarded a 2013-2014 FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowship through the Global Studies Center. He will be using the award to continue his study of Swahili. Hongera, Holman!
Faculty Receives a Mentoring Award
(March 25, 2013) Congratulations to Dr. Alan Juffs for being selected as one of four faculty members across the University to be awarded the Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award recognizes Pitt faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree.
A Presentation at AAAL
(March 25, 2013) Dr. Alan Juffs gave a presentation at the 2013 annual meeting of AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics), entitled "Tracking the development of lexical diversity in intensive English program students in the US". The research was done in collaboration with Joseph Petrich, a linguistics undergrad, and Dr. Na-Rae Han.
Five PhD Students Presenting at Grad Expo
(March 21, 2013) Five of our PhD students presented papers at this year's Grad Expo, sponsored by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. They are as follows:
- Jody Garcia: Rabaul Creole German: A Mixed Language Approach
- Nausica Marcos Miguel: Productive and Receptive Morphological Awareness: How Related are these Two Constructs to Vocabulary Size in Adult Learners?
- Holman Tse: A Socio-historical Account of Language Contact and Maintenance in Somali Bantu Kizigua
- Adrienne Washington: “They don’t say ‘my nigga’ like the people in my community”: Language and the Politics of Race, Place and Space
- Zhaohong Wu: Task and SOA in Cross-language Priming in Chinese ESL learners
The full program is available at http://www.pitt.edu/~gradexpo/
A Presentation at GURT
(Mar 13, 2013) PhD student Holman Tse presented a paper on March 10 at the annual Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). This year's conference was held jointly with the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL). His talk was entitled "The Diachronic Emergence of Retroflexion in Pre-nasalized Stops in Somali Bantu Kizigua: : Internal Motivation or Contact-induced Change?".
Irish Gaelic in the News
(Mar 8, 2013) Pittsburgh Tribune Review published an article on Irish Gaelic, taught by Marie Young and offered by LCTL. It's entitled "Traditional language of Ireland experiences revival".
Upcoming Yinzling Events
(Feb 27, 2013) Yinzling, the undergrad club for the linguistics department, is hosting the following upcoming events. Everyone interested in linguistics is welcome!
- Fri, March 1 - 4th Annual Language Fair at WPU Assembly Room (2:30 - 5pm)
- Tue, March 5 - Mini Lecture by Rob Lawson at G17 Cathedral (8:30pm -)
- Thu, March 28 - Movie Night (Title and location TBD) (8:30pm -)
- Fri, April 12 to Sat, April 13 - Relay for Life (6pm - 8pm)
Presentations by a Ph.D Student
(Feb 26, 2013) Ph.D student Jody Garcia is giving a conference presentation at Oklahoma State on Mar 2 called, "Indexing Identity and Negotiating Face in New Media". She is also giving an invited talk at the Asia Over Lunch Conference Series. The talk will take place Mar 27 and is called, "Reassessing Language Contact in the South Pacific: Taking a Second Look at the Linguistic Outcomes of Imperialism in Austronesia".
Undergrad Wins Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
(Feb 26, 2013) Congratulations to Steve Sloto, Linguistics junior, for being selected for the Turkish Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program is part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
PhD Candidate Featured in Teaching Times
(Feb 8, 2013) Lauren Collister, PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department, is featured in this month’s issue of Pitt’s “Teaching Times” for her use of Prezi (an online presentation tool). Congratulations, Lauren! You can read the entire article here.
UG Major Recognized for Outstanding Community Engagement
(Feb 4, 2013) Congratulations to Tara Nair, an undergraduate linguistics major, who was profiled on the Honors College's webpage. She was one of the students who were recognized by Pitt's Honors College for having engaged their learning in the community and using their educations to effect positive social change.
Upcoming Yinzling Events
(Jan 29, 2013) Yinzling, the undergrad club for the linguistics department, is hosting the following upcoming events. Everyone interested in linguistics is welcome!
- Movie Night - Jan. 31 at 8:30 PM - Cathedral, Room 324 - We will be screening "After Life," a Japanese movie. Snacks and drinks provided.
- Mini-lecture by Holman Tse - Feb. 7 at 8:30 PM - Cathedral, Room G-17 (PC Lab) - Holman is a grad student in the linguistics department at Pitt. He will talk about his research with Kizigua.
- Annual Language Fair - March 1 from 2:30 to 5:00 PM - William Pitt Union Assembly Room - Come learn about the language and culture programs offered here at Pitt and try out our scavenger hunt for the chance to compete to win an iPod Shuffle and gift card.
A Presentation at LSA
(January 22, 2013) On January 4th, Dr. Helen Stickney gave a talk entitled, "L1 acquisition and AAC use: What is known and what questions arise?" at the Linguistic Society of America's Annual Meeting. The symposium in which Dr. Stickney presented was entitled, "Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): What can AAC speakers teach us about human language and the intersection between grammar and modality?" It was the first ever symposium about AAC at the LSA.
Upcoming Yinzling Events
- Tues., Nov. 13 - Linguistics Writing Workshop with Jodi Garcia @ 8PM, Location TBA
- Wed., Nov. 14 - Yinzling Coffee Hour @ 1-3 PM, at Panera Bread VIP Room - COFFEE ON THE LING DEPT!
- Thurs., Nov. 15 - The History of "Yinz" with guest speaker Barbara Johnstone @ 7:30 PM, Language Media Center(Cathedral of Learning G-17 - PC Lab)
- Thurs., Nov. 29 - Movie Night "Love is Not Blind" (Chinese film) @ 8:30 PM, Location TBA, Snacks provided
Article Published in Morphology
(November 6, 2012) Recent Ph.D. Mary Lou Vercellotti and Dr. David Mortensen published an article in Morphology entitled "A classification of compounds in American Sign Language: an evaluation of the Bisetto and Scalise framework". It can be accessed on the publisher's site.
Presentation at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
(October 25, 2012) Ph.D. Candidate Mike Olsen will present his paper entitled "The Influence of English Phonetics and Phonology on L2 Spanish Rhotics" on Saturday, October 27 at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium in Gainesville, FL.
Invited Speech at Cultural Event
(October 19, 2012) Graduate Student Holman Tse is an invited guest speaker for the Pittsburgh Somali Bantu Cultural Celebration this Sunday, October 21st at the O'Hara Student Center (4024 O'Hara St) on campus. He will speak about his current research on Kizigua, an underdocumented language that he started working on as part of the Field Methods course taught by Dr. David Mortensen.
Presentation at SLRF
(October 9, 2012) Ph.D. student Mike Olsen will present his paper co-authored by Alan Juffs entitled "The Effect of Animacy on Pronominal Object Clitic Distinction in L2 Spanish". The presentation will take place on Sunday, October 21 at SLRF in Pittsburgh, PA.
(October 3, 2012) Ph.D. Candidate Lauren B. Collister will team up with Travis Ross from Indiana University to present their interdisciplinary paper "Social systems in virtual worlds: Using the Institutional Analysis and Design (IAD) framework to analyze raid loot behavior in World of Warcraft". The presentation will take place on Friday, October 19, at Meaningful Play 2012 in Lansing, MI.
Ling Major in SCIENCE 2012 Undergraduate Researcher Poster Reception
(September 24, 2012) Congratulations to Joseph Petrich, a linguistics junior, whose work was selected for SCIENCE 2012 Undergraduate Researcher Poster Reception. He has been working with Dr. Alan Juffs and Dr. Na-Rae Han on analyzing ELI student essays using NLP (natural language processing) technologies. The reception will be held on October 4 from 5 pm to 7 pm in Alumni Hall's Connelly Ballroom.
Upcoming Yinzling Events
(September 18, 2012) Yinzling, the undergrad club for the linguistics department, is hosting several events. The first one is a movie night on September 20 (Thu): "Motorcycle Diaries" in Spanish, at CL Room 216 starting at 8:30 PM. On September 24 (Mon), Claude Mauk will be giving a Linguistics Grad School Info Session (CL Floor 28 Conference Room at 8:30 PM). On October 3 (Wed) 1-3pm, a Yinzling coffee hour will be held at Penera on Forbes (VIP room). On October 15 (Mon), there will be a second Yinzling Meeting (CL Floor 28 Conference Room/Lobby at 8:30 PM). Everyone interested in linguistics is welcome!
(September 12, 2012) Graduate student Katherine I. Martin published an article in Studies in Second Language Acquisition entitled "The roles of phonological short-term memory and working memory in L2 grammar and vocabulary learning".
Presentations of Work on Language and Social Media
(September 11, 2012) PhD students Lauren B. Collister and Fawn Draucker will present their work entitled "To RT or not to RT: Alignment and participation structures on Twitter" at Infosocial: A Media, Technology & Society Conference at Northwestern University on October 12-13. Fawn also recently presented a paper entitled "Participation structures in Twitter interaction: Arguing for the broadcaster role" at the 11th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and will present "Localizing place in a global space: Ratification of audience through place on Twitter" at the 2012 Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport in New Orleans, November 7-10.
Fall 2012 Colloquium Series
(September 10, 2012) A tentative schedule for the Fall colloquium series has been posted. Please note that the colloquia will be held not in CL 332, but in CL G8.
Undergrad Wins FLAS Scholarship
(July 30, 2012) Congratulations to Steve Sloto, Linguistics sophomore, for being awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship from the Russian and Eastern European Studies Center to continue his studies in Turkish. Steve will be in his second year of study in the language. Keep up the good work, Steve!
ELI Second Language Acquisition Symposium
(June 20, 2012) 2012 ELI Second Language Acquisition Symposium will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 9:00 – 3:00. The symposium is a great opportunity to learn about the research in second language acquisition that is being done using data from the University of Pittsburgh’s English Language Institute’s ESL classes. Please see this flyer for more information.
Article by a Ph.D. Student
(June 19, 2012) Ph.D. Candidate Lauren B. Collister published an article in Discourse, Context, and Media entitled "The discourse deictics ^ and <-- in a World of Warcraft community."
(May 2, 2012) Congratulations to our new graduates, which include over thirty undergrads and thirteen graduate students. The linguistics faculty especially welcome eight new PhD's: Roberto Aranovich, Carrie Bonilla, Brian Brubaker, Benjamin Friedline, Chan (Derek) Ho Leung, Pei Sui (Zoe) Luk, Wendy Martelle, and Mary Lou Vercellotti.
Robert T. Henderson Award
(April 16, 2012) Congratulations to Bill Price, this year's winner of Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award. Please join the department and the Henderson family for the award reception at 2:30pm on April 16 (Mon) at RHLMC.
Department to Co-Host SLRF 2012
(April 12, 2012) The department will be co-hosting this year's SLRF (Second Language Research Forum) on October 18-21, 2012. SLRF 2012 is organized by graduate students and faculty from many institutions around Pittsburgh: the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology and Instruction and Learning at Pitt, as well as the Department of Modern Languages at CMU. We hope to see you all in Pittsburgh in October.
Freshman Wins Brackenridge Research Fellowship
(April 11, 2012) Congratulations to Maddie Little, Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, who has been awarded a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship (2012) by the University Honors College to work on a Sociolinguistics project: the impact of computers on physician-patient conversation (Faculty Sponsor: Abdesalam Soudi).
Faculty Receives Student’s Choice Award
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Grad Student Wins a Teaching Award
(April 3, 2012) The linguistics department congratulates Lauren Collister on her receipt of the A&S GSO Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award. Lauren is one of 7 winners selected from an initial pool of more than 100 nominees. The award celebrates the outstanding work of graduate student teachers for the past academic year.
Grad Student Wins Outstanding Presentation Award
(March 22, 2012) Holman Tse, a Ph.D. student in linguistics, won an Outstanding Prsentation Award at this year's Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo. His paper was entitled "Consonant and Tone Interaction in Cantonese".
Ling Major wins LearnLab Summer Internship
(March 12, 2012) Joseph Petrich, a linguistics sophomore, has won a LearnLab Summer Internship. He will work with Dr. Alan Juffs and Dr. Na-Rae Han on analyzing ELI student essays using NLP (natural language processing) technologies.
Presentation at GURT 2012
(March 6, 2012) Alan Juffs and Guillermo Rodríguez will present a paper at Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2012 (GURT 2012) entitled "The Processing of relative clauses by spanish-speaking learners of English as a second language".
LCTL Instructor Wins a Grant
(March 5, 2012) Irish Gaelic instructor Marie Young recently received a course development grant from Pitt’s European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center. She will use the funds to develop a new course, Language and Traditions in Contemporary Irish Culture.
Promoting Advanced Language Proficiency and Intercultural Competency in LCTLs
Abdesalam Soudi and Claude Mauk will present a paper on “3D Second Life Communities: Teaching real languages in virtual lands” at the 15th Annual National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages on April 26-29, 2012 in Madison, WI.
Presentation at Pragmatics Festival
Abdesalam Soudi , Jeannette South-Paul (Andrew W. Mathieson UPMC Professor of Medicine and Chair) and Lauren Hasek will present a paper titled "Delicate matters in the exam room" at the Pragmatics Festival at Indiana University, Bloomington on April 19-21, 2012.
Plenary Address by Dr. Juffs
Dr. Alan Juffs will give an invited plenary address entitled "Problems and interventions in second language morphological processing" at the Michigan State University’s Annual Linguistics Symposium on February 24, 2012.
A Book Chapter on Sociolinguistics in Games
Benjamin Friedline and Lauren Collister have a chapter titled "Constructing a Powerful Identity in World of Warcraft: A Sociolinguistic Approach to MMORPGs" in the newly-published anthology from Continuum, Dungeons, Dragons, and Digital Denizens: The Digital Role-Playing Game.
Invited Talk by Dr. Shirai
Dr. Yasuhiro Shirai will give an invited talk at the Institute for Japanese Studies at Ohio State University on the topic "Second Language Acquisition Research and Second Language Instruction: A Functional Approach" on February 15.
Upcoming Presentation by a Graduate Student
Ph.D. student Nausica Marcos Miguel will be presenting a poster at the 15th International Morphology Meeting, February 9-12. The title is "An Analysis of Spanish Verb-Noun Compounds' Tolerance to Diminutives."
Upcoming Presentations for Graduate Student
Graduate student Holman Tse will present his paper on "Lexical Tone Vs F0 Effects on VOT in Cantonese" at this Friday's colloquium. He will also be presenting on this topic at the Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics at Ohio State University on March 16, 2012 and at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo on March 22, 2012.
AAAL 2012 Presentations
Two Ph.D. students will be presenting at the AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistcs) 2012 Conference in Boston, March 24-27. Carrie Bonilla will present a paper entitled "Processability Theory in L2 Spanish: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of an Oral Corpus"; Jie Cui will be presenting her work "Adopting Kinship Address Terms in Chinese E-Commerce".
Dr. Kiesling at IRWG Panel
Dr. Scott Kiesling will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Gender and Sexuality: What's Language Got to Do with it?" at the Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG), University of Michigan.
Presentation at the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport
PhD student Fawn Draucker will present a paper on participation frameworks in social media at the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport to be held in Peoria, IL, March 29-31, 2012. Her paper is entitled "Interaction and participation frameworks in the NHL's use of Twitter".
This Friday, Dr. David Wible of National Central University in Taiwan will give the first colloquium talk of this semester. His talk is entitled "Where Grammars Leak and Dictionaries Burst: Capturing Multiword Expressions for Language Research and Pedagogy".
Grad Student to Present at GURT 2012
Jing Wang is presenting a paper entitled "The development of third person singular present form –s: verb semantics or input frequency?" (co-authored with Yas Shirai) at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2012 (GURT 2012).
Faculty Member Elected to CEA Commission
M. Christine O'Neill, an English Language Institute administrative faculty member, has been elected to the 2012-2014 CEA Commission. CEA, which stands for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, specializes in accrediting English language programs and institutions worldwide.
Faculty Member Appointed as Incoming Chair of TESOL PDC
Dr. Dawn E. McCormick, an English Language Institute administrative faculty member and the TESOL Certificate Advisor, has been appointed as Incoming Chair of the Professional Development Committee, a standing committee of TESOL International Association.
Faculty Presents at Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium
Marta Ortega-Llebaria, in collaboration with Professor Laura Bosch from University of Barcelona, presented the paper "Cross-dialect versus Cross-language Discrimination in Early Infancy: A Look at Rhythmic and Segmental Properties" at the Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium held on November 11-12 at Ohio State University.
Presentation at Georgetown University Round Table
Charlotte Rogers, under the supervision of Marta Ortega-Llebaria, got her paper "From Lexical Tone to Sentence Intonation: Training Mandarin Speakers of English" accepted for presentation at the Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2012 (GURT 2012)
Presentations by Hispanic Linguistics Students and Faculty
In October, Meghan Dabkowski, Maria Laura Lenardon and Dr. Marta Ortega-Llebaria presented a poster "Investigating Vowel Length in Cordoba Spanish" at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2011 at the University of Georgia. In July, Maria Laura Lenardon, Carrie Bonilla and Nausica Marcos Miguel gave a conference presentation "Consciousness Raising Tasks in L2 Spanish Instruction" at the AATSP (The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) 93rd Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
Publication in Hispania
Carrie L Bonilla, a PhD candidate in Hispanic Linguistics, published an article in Hispania entitled "The Conversational Historical Present in Oral Spanish Narratives".
SLRF 2011 Presentations
Two conference presentations were made by Pitt linguists at the SLRF (Second Language Research Forum) 2011 held at the Iowa State University. Katherine I. Martin & Alan Juffs presented their study entitled "Reading in English: A Comparison of Native Arabic, Native Chinese, and Native English Speakers". Jing Wang & Keiko Koda presented their study entitled "Does Partial Radical Information Help in the Learning of Chinese Characters".
Ling Graduate Publishes in Second Language Research
Willie Costello, former undergraduate major in linguistics and philosophy, published a paper in Second Language Research entitled "The Aspect Hypothesis, defective tense and obligatory contexts: Comments on Haznedar", 2007. (Costello & Shirai, 2011). This paper was written while he was taking Directed Research with Dr. Shirai under the Arts & Sciences program First Experience in Research. Currently he is a graduate student at the University of Toronto.
Invited Talks by Dr. Shirai
Dr. Yasuhiro Shirai will give invited talks at Temple University, Japan under the Distinguished Lecturer Series on the topic "Second Language Acquisition Research and Language Teaching: A Functionalist Approach" on December 10 and 11 in Tokyo, and December 17 and 18 in Osaka.
Dr. Shirai to Give a Talk at Williams College
Dr. Yasuhiro Shirai will give an invited talk entitled Second Language Acquisition Research and Second/Foreign Language Teaching at the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Williams College, on Nov. 14.
Presentation at LPTS Conference
PhD student Lauren Collister will present her work on multimodality in digital games at the Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Text Structuring (LPTS) conference, November 16-18 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The title of her presentation is "Spoken and Written Linguistic Modes in Online Gaming".
Ling Major Presents her Brackenridge Fellowship Research
Nicole Corea, an anthropology and linguistics double major, presented her work at 2011 Brackenridge Fellow Presentations, entitled "The Rhetoric of the Other: The Language of Counterhegemonic Groups in the Middle East". Her faculty sponsor was Abdesalam Soudi.
Ph.D. Student Wins NSF Dissertation Grant
Christina Schoux Casey, under the supervision of advisor Dr. Scott Kiesling, received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will be used to study New Orleans English.
Language Learning Dissertation Grant Awarded
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Awarded
Ph.D. student Nausica Marcos Miguel was awarded the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship. She will be at the University of Bern during July and August conducting research on vocabulary instruction.
Grad Students to Present their Research
Two grad students are presenting at this year's Language in the Media Conference hosted at the University of Limerick, Ireland from 6 to 8 June 2011. Fawn Draucker will be presenting her paper titled Killing time and timing (the penalty kill): a figure-ground analysis of sports broadcast media; Kristopher Geda will be presenting his paper titled Straight Actors, Whose Voices? Actors' use and non-use of gay-sounding features in American film.
Donate for Linguistics Olympiad
Yinzling is organizing a donation effort in support of the 2011 International Linguistics Olympiad, to be held in Pittsburgh this July. Please bring your books, CDs, clothes, furniture, etc. to Towers Lobby between noon and 5pm on Monday 4/25 and Thursday 4/28. There's also a collection box on the 28th floor of CL.
Ling Major Wins Brackenridge Fellowship
Charlotte Roger, a junior linguistics major, was awarded the Brackenridge Undergraduate Summer Fellowship and the Arts and Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Award to do research on acquisition of intonation in English by Chinese L1 speakers. She is looking forward to starting her own research this summer with the help of Dr. Marta Ortega-Llebaria.
Robert T. Henderson Award
Congratulations to Katherine I. Martin, this year's winner of Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award. Please join the department and the Henderson family for the award reception at 3pm on April 11 (Mon), at CL 2816.
Ph.D. Candidate to Participate in an NSF-Funded Doctoral Symposium
Abdesalam Soudi will participate in an NSF-Funded Social-Computational Systems Doctoral Symposium. The Social-Computational Systems as in NSF solicitation seeks to develop theoretical and practical understandings of the purposeful design of systems to facilitate socially intelligent computing.
Schedule Changes to Spring 2011 Colloquium
We have colloquia most Fridays at 3pm in Cathedral of Learning Room 332. All are welcome!
Please see the pdf document for the schedule. Please note that some of the presentations have been rescheduled.
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Note: There has been a change in schedule. Laura Lenardon will not present on April 15th.
Presentation at the Georgetown University Round Table
Ph.D. student Lauren B. Collister presented her research on multimodality in online gaming environments on March 11th at the Georgetown University Round Table. A video of her presentation is available here.
Workshop at the 45th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit
Dr. Dawn E. McCormick will be presenting a workshop on “Fundraising and Writing Grant Proposals” at the upcoming TESOL Convention in New Orleans. The workshop is part of the Leadership Development Certificate Program offered by TESOL.
Presentation at Southeastern Conference on Linguistics
Christina Schoux Casey will be presenting a paper at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in April. The title is Commodifying language and place in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Yinzling, Pitt’s Linguistics Club, brings about the first annual Language Fair
The student group hopes that undergraduates and graduate students will attend the fair to learn about the languages offered at Pitt and meet with professors who teach the languages and their students. The event will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union. Please see this flier for more information.
Linguistics Sophomore Receives University Honors College Summer Research Abroad Award
Congratulations to Peter Cahill for winning this award. The funds will allow Peter to travel to Honduras where he will study Honduran Sign Language and how contact with American Sign Language may be shaping it.
Language Learning Dissertation Grant Awarded
Dr. Kiesling to Speak at Ignite Pittsburgh
Dr. Scott Kiesling will speak at Ignite Pittsburgh on Thursday, Feb 10th. His segment is titled: Why Yinz Have Pittsburghese N’at.
Position Opening for Hispanic Linguistic Professor
We have an opening for a tenure-track position in Hispanic Linguistics.
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Pitt Linguists on the Soccer Field
There's a new soccer group in the department! Please join for the first meeting this Friday (Feb 11th) at 1pm in the waiting area of the 28th floor. For more details, please contact Soudi or Nozomi.
English Language Proficiency Test
January 4, 2011 at 11am (Tuesday). Room CL 332
Please contact Betsy Davis at 412-624-6077 to schedule a test if you arrive after January 4th.
Internet Research Award
Congratulations to Lauren Collister who has won second prize in the 2010 Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award competition. The award is a cash prize and an invitation to present her paper at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read More >
Congratulations to new graduates! Department graduation party is scheduled on May 1: Please join us in celebration.