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Linguistics Department News

2016 Spring Talk Series
We are pleased to announce the following talks (locations TBA):

  • Ling He: Teaching Second Language Writing from the Post-process Theory. 3/2, 9:30-10:30 AM, PH1-127
  • Sarvenaz Hatami: The Differential Impact of Second Language Reading and Listening on the Incidental Acquisition of Different Dimensions of Word Knowledge. 3/3, 2-3 PM
  • Dr. Soomin Jwa: Genre Knowledge Development: Tracing Trajectories of L2 Students’ Transitions to Different Disciplinary Expectations in College Writing. 3/7, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Brooke Ricker Schreiber: Negotiation of pedagogies in EFL writing instruction. 3/10, 2-3 PM
Third Annual Linguistics Student Research Symposium

Date: April 12, 2016. Time: 1:30-4:30 pm. Location: Anatol Center.

Presentation requirements:

• Presentation must be no longer than 10-12 minutes.

• Presentations must report original research, involving empirical data, on a topic in linguistics.

• Presenters must provide a PowerPoint based on their presentation (no handouts, please).

All interested students please e-mail an abstract including research questions, methods, and results, of no more than 200 words to 5 pm on Monday, March 7, 2016.



Two alumni begin their PhD programs in Fall 2015: Essa Al-Faifi (MA ’14, pictured left) in Middle Eastern Languages at the University of Arizona; Stacey Porter (MA ’10) in Romance Languages at the University of Alabama. Congratulations to both!



The Linguistics department is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Ahland to the faculty. An expert on African languages, Dr. Ahland spent over 3 years conducting fieldwork on the Northern Mao language in Ethiopia. He will teach courses on syntax, historical linguistics, and language typology. Dr. Ahland is also a Research Editor for Language Classification at Ethnologue.


globeAs of Fall 2015, Linguistics offers a new minor in TESOL. This minor is excellent preparation for students who would like to teach English abroad, or prepare for an M.A. degree or graduate certificate in TESOL. Contact Dr. Wendy Klein ( for more details.

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Dr. Hall’s lab offers research assistant positions to students from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). In Fall 2015, sophomore Brianna Maloney is assisting on the project ‘Acoustic study of [r] in American English’. All first and second year undergraduates interested in research are encouraged to apply to UROP.

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