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Greg Carlson named Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America

January 24, 2017

Greg Carlson, Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Director of the Center for the Language Sciences (CLS) has been named a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). As stated below, "LSA Fellows are recognized annually for their 'distinguished contributions to the discipline'. Previously inducted LSA Fellows include Noam Chomsky, William Labov, Steven Pinker and Calvert Watkins."


Joint PhD program funding announced

December 3, 2016

Applications for a fully-funded joint PhD program in Linguistics focusing on cross-disciplinary training and collaboration is open.


New Masters Programs in Linguistics

December 2, 2016

Two new Masters programs are introduced, MA (LDD) and MS (MSCS).


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.


Welcoming Maya Ravindranath Abtahian to Linguistics

July 10, 2015

Maya RavindranathWe are pleased to announce that Maya Ravindranath Abtahian will be joining the linguistics department as a Visiting Assistant Professor for this coming year. Maya is a sociolinguist who studies language variation and change. Her research focuses on language shift and maintenance, and she studies both the linguistic and social causes and outcomes of language shift in minority language communities from a variationist perspective. We are looking forward to welcoming her to our community.


Congratulations to Wil Rankinen: new faculty position at Grand Valley State University

July 10, 2015

Wil Rankinen has accepted a tenure-track position in the Communications Sciences and Disorders Department at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, beginning later this summer. We appreciate his contributions to our community over the past year and wish him the very best at his new position. Congrulations Wil!


Summer 2015 Session of LIN 110

April 6, 2015

Instructor: Solveiga Armoskaite


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


Nadine Grimm joins Linguistics Faculty

February 22, 2015

Nadine GrimmWe are thrilled to announce that Nadine Grimm will be joining us as a senior lecturer in Linguistics.


Wil Rankinen's article, "The Michigan Upper Peninsula English Vowel System in Finnish American Communities in Marquette County," appears in the journal American Speech

January 19, 2015

University of Rochester's own Wil Rankinen had his article, "The Michigan Upper Peninsula English Vowel System in Finnish American Communities in Marquette County," published in the Fall 2014 issue of American Speech, 89 (3), 312-347. 


Former UR Linguistics Major Receives Student Abstract Award at LSA meeting

January 13, 2015

Jason Zentz, who received his undergraduate Linguistics degree at the Univeristy of Rochester, was awarded best student abstract at the 2015 annual meeting of Linguistic Society of America. He received the 1st place Student Abstract Award. Here is a link for more information about Zentz's award.