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University of Rochester Professor Emeritus and noted Lithuanian linguist Dr. Antanas Klimas passes away at age 92

September 28, 2016

Professor Emeritus Antanas Klimas passed away on September 18, 2016 at age 92. Dr. Klimas was a member of faculty from 1957 until 1989. Among Dr. Klimas' notable scholarly achievements was the publication of the first English language grammar of Lithuanian.


Conversations on linguistics and politics with Noam Chomsky

April 18, 2016

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the University’s Distinguished Visiting Humanist. Chomsky, an esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator, and activist, will meet with students and faculty this week. In advance of his visit, Jeffrey Runner, Chair of the Department of Linguistics, and Theodore Brown, Professor of History and Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy, talked with Chomsky about his seminal works in linguistics and politics.


Q&A: The man who invented Dothraki

April 7, 2016

Linguist David Peterson, best known for creating the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones, will discuss the craft of creating new languages at a talk April 13.


Joyce McDonough and Doug Whalen publish “Taking the Laboratory into the Field,” in the inaugural volume of the Annual Review of Linguistics

February 27, 2015

Univeristy of Rochester's own Joyce McDonough and Doug Whalen (CUNY and Yale University's Haskins Laboratories) published their review, "Taking the Laboratory into the Field," in the inagural volume (January 2015) of the Annual Review of Linguistics. For more information on the Annual Review of Linguisticvisit the publication's website


The loss of a Colleague, Beloved Professor and Dear Friend: Scott Paauw (1956-2014)

June 9, 2014


Scott Grimm joins Faculty in Linguistics

January 9, 2014

Scott GrimmWe are very pleased to announce that Scott Grimm will be joining the faculty in the Department of Linguistics in January, 2014. 


Laurel Carney (BME) w/ Joyce McDonough awarded NIH-NIDCD "Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds"

November 21, 2013

Professor Laurel Carney recieved a renewal for another five years for her NIH-NIDCD grant entitled "Auditory Processing of COmplex Sounds." The new emphasis for the next five years is to investigate neuroal coding of speech sounds, startiing with vowels. This new direction is possible thanks to the collaboration with Professor Joyce McDonough from the Linguistics Department. This grant will support graduate students and a post-doc in BME, Linguistics, or related fields who are interested in speech coding in the brain.


Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Interdisciplinary Research in Data Science

November 11, 2013

The university has multiple openings for tenure-track faculty in data science and related areas with focuses in


The loss of a Colleague, Rochester Graduate and Dear Friend: Ivan Andrew Sag (1949-2013)

October 14, 2013

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Solviega Armsokaite joins Linguistics Faculty

July 29, 2013

Solviega ArmsokaiteSolviega Armsokaite joins the Department of Linguistics as Visiting Assistant Professor for the AY 2013-2014.  Dr. Armoskaite received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, 2011. She will be teaching LIN110 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis and LIN101 People and Their Languages in Fall 2013.


Sasha Eloi as adjunct lecturer in Linguistics

July 27, 2013

Sasha EloiWe are pleased to announce that Ms. Sasha Eloi will join the faculty in Linguistics for the AY 2013-2014 as an adjunct lecturer. She will teach LIN110 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis in the fall and LIN162 Modern African-Amercian English Grammar in the spring. Ms. Eloi is a graduate of University of Rochester and Syracuse University with degrees in Linguistics. 


Class of 2013

May 19, 2013

We extend our congratulations to all of our students who are graduating this year. Their names are listed below.


2012 Graduating Students

May 20, 2012

Congratulations to the class of 2012


How Many Tasmanian Languages Were There?

February 3, 2012

Claire BowernThe languages of Tasmania have been something of an enigma. The data are difficult to work with; they were recorded from multiple speakers in multiple locations, with little accompanying analysis. They are non-phonemic and recorded by non-speakers of the languages (and in the absence of other phonemically recorded data they are difficult to interpret). We are unsure currently of how many languages were spoken in Tasmania at the time of European settlement, how many groups (or families) they fall into, and how those groups should be subgrouped.


Rochester Review: Greg Carlson investigates how language influences consumer choices

March 1, 2011

Decisions, decisions: Linguists Gregory Carlson and Julie Sedivy '97 (PhD) examine the ways we make decisions—and how advertisers exploit those processes—in their new book, Sold on Language.