Current Events

Fall 2016

Lunch & Linguistics Chat

Join us for lunch and linguistics chat!
Friday, Oct. 28, 12:30-2:00pm (drop in when you can)
201 Modern Languages

Lunch will be provided!

Faculty, majors, minors, and other interested students are welcome. Dr. Pak will host. You’ll get to see what some of her students have been working on this semester:

  • How ‘southern’ is Atlanta speech? (results of a Labov-style study done by students in LING-340: Language Variation and Change)
  • Why is If you’re hungry, there are biscuits in the oven an odd thing to say? What makes it different from other kinds of conditionals? (discussed by students in LING-499: Advanced Syntax-Semantics Reading Group)

…And feel free to bring your own linguistics-related questions, topics and observations!

Meet & Greet Social Hour

Linguistics Majors, Minors, Joint PsychLing Majors, and Linguistics Enthusiasts

Come for the food and drinks!
But stay to share ideas and meet our faculty

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016,  4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location:  201 Modern Languages

Linguistics annual Meet & Greet event 2016

Hayley Heaton
Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Modern Languages, Room 201

poster of hayley heaton's lecture at emory

Spring 2017

Diversity and Variation in Language (DiVar 1)

Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Emory University Conference Center

Kemp Malone Lecture Series featuring
Dr. Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley

Dr. Tinsley is professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She works on queer Caribbean literature, black feminism in pop culture, gender performance, and much more.

  • Thursday, March 23, 11am: Seminar: “Ezili’s Mirrors: Black Queer Genders and the Work of the Imagination” Kemp Malone Library, Callaway N301
  • Thursday, March 23, 5pm: Keynote Lecture: “For the Texas Bama Femme: A Black Queer Femme-inist Reading of Beyoncé’s Lemonade" Jones Room, Woodruff Library 
  • Friday, March 24, 9:30 am: Professionalization workshop: "Representation, Self-Care, and Academia" Kemp Malone Library, Callaway N301

Sponsored by The Department of English
Cosponsored by The Program in Linguistics

Shobhana Chelliah
Department of Linguistics, University of North Texas

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: PAIS 290

Language Documentation is a reborn, refashioned, and reenergized subfield of linguistics motivated by the urgent task of creating a record of the world’s fast disappearing languages. In addition to producing resources for communities interested in language and culture preservation, maintenance, and revitalization, language documentation continues to produce data that challenge and improve linguistic theory. A case in point is a pattern of participant marking, i.e. ways that speakers indicate who does what to whom in a sentence, in the endangered languages of the Tibeto-Burman region (Northeast India). From current typological studies we expect one of three participant marking patterns and these are based on purely syntactic factors. From very small languages in and around the Himalayan region we discover that that there is a possible fourth pattern based not on syntax but on information structure and pragmatics – a game changing discovery for syntactic and typological theory. Endangered language data also provides data on how humans represent and interact with their environment and through this data provide a window into human cognition. Looking again at Tibeto-Burman, we find languages with complex systems of directional marking which, in the simplest sense, indicate the direction in which an activity is or will be performed. However, directionals are metaphorically extended to express movement through time and social or psychological space. Appropriate usage requires knowledge of social conventions and the cultural attribution of relative prestige of locations. Such data requires us to revisit theories of spatial cognition.

Sponsored by The Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Cosponsored by The Program in Linguistics