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  • Will Styler to give UC San Diego Legacy Lecture

    Will Styler to give UC San Diego Legacy Lecture

    Linguistics Professor Will Styler has been chosen by campus-wide student vote to give the 2022 UC San Diego Legacy Lecture. This lecture series, which was started in 2015 by the UC San Diego Scholars Society, is an annual spring-quarter event that allows one UC San Diego professor to address the student body with a unique lecture with the theme: "If this were the last lecture you ever gave, what would you want to tell the world?"

    Will told us: "This is, to my mind, among the highest honors I could receive, because it comes from my students, the people best suited to appreciate the work I put into my craft as a teacher. It's wonderful when students enjoy my classes or say nice things on CAPEs, but here, they went out of their way, on their own time, to recognize my teaching, share that appreciation at the campus level, and vote me past great teachers from much larger departments. That's absolutely amazing to me, and I will always be grateful to the students who put in the time and effort to make this happen, and I will honor their hard work by bringing my characteristic combination of passion, energy, bad jokes, and 'lightly outdated' memes to this lecture, and by sharing the joys of linguistics and language with the greater UC San Diego community."

    Will's students love him. Here are some of their comments.

    "Probably the most engaging professor I've had ... He's so passionate about his topic and makes his lectures unique and fun."

    "The absolute most unhinged professor, but in a good way. Loves his job and loves linguistics."

    "He's a very engaging and student oriented professor. ... His lectures have definitely changed my outlook on my career."

    Visit Will's website: wstyler.ucsd.edu

    Lecture: May 6, 2022, at 6:00pm PDT

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  • Annual Conference on African Linguistics 53

    Annual Conference on African Linguistics 53

    The Department of Linguistics at the University of California San Diego is pleased to host the 53rd Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 53) online on April 7-9, 2022.
  • Changemaker Fellowships in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

    Changemaker Fellowships in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

    Faculty member Emily Clem and graduate student Shai Nielson have been awarded Changemaker Fellowships in Anti-Racist Pedagogy to facilitate a review of the linguistics curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level and the creation of resources and training opportunities to aid linguistics instructors in implementing anti-racist pedagogical practices. The first event supported by this fellowship took place on February 14, 2022 and will be a discussion critically examining the concept of "native speaker" facilitated by UCSD Linguistics alum Savithry Namboodiripad. Stay tuned for more information and for announcements of additional events and resources to come!
  • Are you thinking of pursuing a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?

    Are you thinking of pursuing a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?

    Watch the session:

    https://youtu.be/mZMIeJ4eFVE


    Prof. Ignatius Nip of SDSU’s School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences joined us to discuss the admissions process at SDSU, how students with Linguistics backgrounds can prepare for SLP programs, and to address questions. Dr. Nip is the current Interim Chair of SDSU's program, and has served as the admissions advisor for SDSU’s SLP Master’s program, so he’s the ideal person to speak with if you have any questions about the admissions process.

    A panel of UCSD alums answer your questions and give advice!

  • Marc Garellek promoted to Professor

    Marc Garellek promoted to Professor

    Dr. Marc Garellek, who joined our department as an assistant professor in 2013 after receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, has been promoted to Professor starting July 1, 2021. Congratulations to Marc for this major achievement in such a short amount of time!
  • $400K NSF grant awarded

    $400K NSF grant awarded

    Sarah Creel (PI, Cognitive Science), Marc Garellek (Co-PI, Linguistics), and Will Styler (Co-PI, Linguistics) have been awarded a $400K grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate listeners' perceptions of their own speech in order to better understand the relationship between speech perception and production. Congratulations to Sarah, Marc, and Will!
  • Ivano Caponigro has a new book out

    Ivano Caponigro has a new book out

    Faculty member Ivano Caponigro recently published Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages, a new book by Oxford University Press that Ivano co-edited with Harold Torrence (UCLA) and Roberto Zavala Maldonado (CIESAS, Mexico). The book results from a 4-year project in which Ivano led a team of 21 scholars from Mexico, USA, Canada, and France. Together, they investigated the morpho-syntax and semantics of several varieties of headless relative clauses across 15 languages from 5 language families, all Mesoamerican but one. The project and the book were supported by grants from UC MEXUS-CONACYT, UC San Diego Social Sciences, UCLA Academic Senate, and CIESAS, Mexico.
  • Our graduate students, faculty, and alumni present at CUNY

    Our graduate students, faculty, and alumni present at CUNY

    Several of our graduate students, faculty members, and alumni presented at the 34th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, which took place virtually from March 4th to March 6th, 2021 (click on the title link for more details). Congratulations to all!
  • New Field Research Mentorship Program for linguistics majors

    New Field Research Mentorship Program for linguistics majors

    The Linguistics Field Research Lab has just launched a new Research Mentorship Program. This program pairs graduate student mentors with undergraduate research assistants for a quarter to work on linguistics field work research projects. For the inaugural quarter of the program, there are 6 graduate students mentoring 12 undergraduate RAs. More information about available projects and how to apply will be posted on the program website.
  • Michelle Yuan co-organizes WSCLA 25

    Michelle Yuan co-organizes WSCLA 25

    Faculty member Michelle Yuan co-organized the 25th "Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas" (WSCLA) together with Dr. Mike Barrie (Sogang University). WSCLA brings together linguists who conduct research on indigenous languages of the Americas in order to exchange ideas across theories, language families, generations of scholars, and across the communities who are involved in language maintenance and revitalization. This year, WSCLA took place virtually on May 28-30, 2021.
  • Kati Hout accepts position at LinkedIn!

    Kati Hout accepts position at LinkedIn!

    Alumnus Kati Hout (PhD 2020) has accepted a position as a Computational Linguist at LinkedIn, effective December 2020. Kati has been a member of our Phonetics, Phonology, and Field Work Groups, and successfully defended her dissertation, “Conspiratorial exceptionality: A case study of Mushunguli”, in February 2020. Congratulations, Kati!
  • Eric Baković and Leon Bergen awarded a $400K NSF grant

    Eric Baković and Leon Bergen awarded a $400K NSF grant

    Eric Baković (PI, Linguistics), Leon Bergen (Co-PI, Linguistics), and Nadia Polikarpova (Co-PI, CSE) have been awarded a $400K grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their work building a software tool to efficiently learn phonological processes directly from data. Congratulations to Eric, Leon, and Nadia!