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• The Linguistics Program is pleased to announce a new course: LING 422 Introduction to PhoneticsThe course introduces students to the International Phonetic Alphabet and the anatomical basis for transcribing speech sounds and the basic skill set involved in the acoustic analysis of sounds.  Students are trained in the use of hardware and software to record and analyze speech.  

• The Linguistics Program and the Jewish Studies Program host workshop on Sociolinguistic Fieldwork, Oct 20-21, 2015. Participants learn how to and practice eliciting sociolinguistic data in the interview setting, and learn how to transcribe sociolinguistic interviews, using the transcribing software package ELAN. Many thanks to Janneke Van Hofwegen, PhD candidate at Stanford University, for leading the workshop.

• Professor T. Daniel Seely presents at North East Linguistic Society meeting: "Implications of an un(der) recognized form of Merge," NELS 46, Oct 17, 2015 (work with S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara), Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. 

• Professors Verónica Grondona and Eric Acton, together with Professor Martin Shichtman of the Jewish Studies Program, awarded an EMU Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Activity Award for their project "Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan." The project, set to begin in fall 2015, will document the lives and languages of Jewish people living in Southeast Michigan, and will provide EMU linguistics students with an excellent opportunity to conduct sociolinguistic fieldwork and research.

• Prof. T. Daniel Seely publishes new book (with S. D. Epstein & Hisa Kitahara) Explorations in Maximizing Syntactic Minimization. (2015).  Routledge Leading Linguists Series. Routledge.

• Profs Beverley Goodman and Eric Acton awarded EMU's eFellows grant for their proposal "The Switchboard Corpus: Big Data for Classroom Teaching and Student Research."  With the funding provided, the Linguistics  Program has acquired the Linguistic Data Consortium's (LDC) Switchboard Corpus--a massive collection of recorded phone calls across hundreds of speakers--as well as the LDC's CSLU Speaker Recognition TIMIT corpora.  Together these corpora present exciting of opportunities for teaching and research in areas ranging from phonetics to spoken syntax to sociolinguistics.

• Professor Eric Acton awarded an EMU Provost's New Faculty Award for his project: "Nonmembership, Distancing, and the English Definite Article." 

• Linguistics major and McNair Scholar Dominique Canning presented her paper: "What's the 'A' stand for anyway: The use and development of asexual vocabulary online" at EMU's 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium!  This presentation is part of her larger research project investigating language and asexuality, which she has presented at both EMU and the University of Maryland. 

• Congratulations to this year's presenters at EMU's Graduate Research Conference (Nov 14, 2014):

  • Saja Albuarabi, "Raising to Subject in Standard Arabic and English"
  • Sarah Al Motairi," Examining the Present Progressive in Central Najdi Arabic"
  • Mansour Altamimi, "Arabic Pro-Drop"
  • Lindsay Stefanski, "A Study of Vowels /ɛ/ and /ɪ/ in African American English and Standard American English"
  • Stephanie Walla, "Because, Language Change: A New Form of 'Because'"

• Congratulations to MA candidate Stefanie Walla  for her presentation "Because, Language Change: a new form of 'because'" at Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association  meeting, Nov 7, 2014.

• Colloquium:  "Revisiting Potawatomi Derivational Morphology" Hunter Lockwood, Ph.D candidate at University of Wisconson, Madison Thursday, October 16, 5:00 p.m, 2014. 308 Pray-Harrold.

Our faculty has research specializations in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, morphology, syntax, semantics, typology and language universals, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and minority/endangered languages.


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