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  • Variation Paper Published

    Prof. T. Daniel Seely’s paper with S. D. Epstein, M. Obata, “Is Linguistic Variation Entirely Linguistic?” appears in special edition of Linguistic Analysis, ed. By Profs. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini and Simin Karimi. 2018.

  • 2018 Undergraduate Symposium

    Congratulations to the presenters from Linguistics at the 2018 Undergraduate Symposium:

    Marley Beaver, “The Syntax and Semantics of Resultatives”

    Connon de Haan, “Sociopragmatics Strategies in the 2016 Election”

    Mitchell DeVore and Ashlee Simpkins, “Stereotypes and Gendered Adjectives in Nominations for Student Awards”

    Chloe McCrystal & Adrianna Blount, “Affixtacular: An Investigation of the Libfix”

    Gabriella Perry, “I Now Pronounce You Forbidden to Say My Name”

  • Talking Black in America

    EMU Speech-Language Pathology and Linguistics Program co-sponsor a showing and discussion of the film "Talking Black in America.” Feb 2018.

  • Graduate Research Conference 2018

    Congratulations to the Graduate Research Conference 2018 presenters:

    Daniele Benson, “The Alternative Double Object Construction in British English”

    Rachael Crain, “Gender Expression and the Styling of Queer Women's Speech”

  • MA Candidate Awarded Graduate Student Research Award

    Beau Kevin Morgan was awarded The Graduate Student Research Support Fund for his M.A. thesis research on Japanese borrowings and the perception and transfer of duration.

  • Linguistics Study Group 2018

    Many thanks to Marley Beaver and Connor De Haan for for organizing and leading the EMU Linguistics Study Group through the year, 2018.

  • Michigan Academy of Science Arts and Letters Conference 2018

    Daniele Benson, Rachael Crain, Kelsey Deguise, & Alla Shvetsova presented a paper, “Changes in the Northern Cities shifted vowel system: Evidence from Jewish women in Metro Detroit” at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Conference, March 9, 2018 at Central Michigan University. They also presented this paper at the Purdue Linguistics, Literature and Second Language Studies Conference, March 2-4, 2018 at Purdue University.

  • Seminar at Keio University, Tokyo

    Prof. T. Daniel Seely gave a two-day seminar, “How free is ‘free’ Merge” at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. January, 2018

  • Prof. Acton's Lecture at MSU

    Prof. Eric Acton gave a colloquium lecture, “A socio-pragmatic framework for non-entailed meaning” at Michigan State University. 16 November 2017.

  • New Ways of Analyzing Variation Annual Conference 2017

    Beau-Kevin Morgan, Kelsey Deguise, Eric Acton, Daniele Benson & Alla Shvetsova presented a paper, “Shifts toward the supra-regional in the Northern Cities region: Evidence from Jewish women in Metro Detroit,” at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation annual conference, Nov 2017 at U. of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Prof. Seely Publishes Paper

    Prof. T. Daniel Seely’s paper with S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara, "Merge, Labeling and Their Interactions," appears in L. Bauke, A. Blümel (Eds.) Labels and Roots; Studies in Generative Grammar. De Gruyter Mouton. Fall 2017.

  • Prof. Acton Presents a Paper at ESSLLI

    Prof. Eric Acton presented a paper, “Semantics, pragmatics, and the social meaning of the English definite article,” Integrating Approaches to Social Meaning – ESSLLI”  2017, Toulouse, 25 July. 

  • Jewish Studies Department Collaboration

    Presented by the Jewish Studies department, Sarah Bunin Benor will be presenting "Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language" on April 12, 2016. 

  • Three Graduate Students Present at The 2016 Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference

    Three of our graduate students recently presented work at a national conference, The Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference, March 4-6, 2016, Purdue University. Congratulations to:

    Marcus Nero, “The Syntactic Consequences of ‘De’-Clauses in Spanish" [A version of this paper also presented at the EMU's Graduate Research Fair.]

    Sean Stalley, “The Nature of Information Structure in the Syntax” [A version of Sean's paper was also presented at EMU’s English Graduate Student Association Annual Conference.]

    Deanna Thompson, “The Morpho-Syntax of Aspectual Stay in AAVE”

  • New Course: LING 422 Introduction to Phonetics
    The Linguistics Program is pleased to announce a new course: LING 422 Introduction to Phonetics. The 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.
  • Workshop on Sociolinguistic Fieldwork, Oct 20-21, 2015

    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, Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, for leading the workshop.

  • Professor T. Daniel Seely presents at North East Linguistic Society Meeting

    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.

  • Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan

    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 seeks to 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.

  • Publication: Explorations in Maximizing Syntactic Minimization

    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

    Profs Beverley Goodman and Eric Acton were 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.

  • EMU Provost's New Faculty Award

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

  • McNair Scholar Dominique Canning Presents at 2015 Undergraduate Symposium

    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.

  • 2014 Graduate Research Conference Presenters

    Congratulations to 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'"

  • Graduate Student Presents at 2014 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Meeting

    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.

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