News & Events

  • Nate Severance '12 recently received a National Science Foundation grant for his research on languages of Burkina Faso. Nate is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Oregon. This three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will enable him to build on his initial Burkina Faso field project (2014-15) by returning to Africa for more fieldwork and data analysis.

  • Claire Bowern, Yale University

    Bardi is a Non-Pama-Nyungan language from Northern Australia. Linguists have been visiting the community for over 100 years and recording the same families; this now places us in the position of being able to study both inter-generational changes across speakers and changes across the lifespan of the last speakers. In this talk, I present recent work on recent changes in Bardi phonetics, morphophonology, and morphosyntax.

    Reed Hall, Room 108, 4:15...

  • Archaeology is undergoing a revolution caused by rapidly advancing methods for analyzing ancient human DNA. Big changes are coming in how we know and what we know about our shared human past, who we are genetically, and where our ancestors came from. One scientist calls the new combination of archaeology and genetics “molecular archaeology”.  We can track ancient migrations with an exactness unthinkable ten years ago, to determine where geographic populations like ‘the English’ or ‘the...

  • Nicholas J. Williams '08, University of Colorado
    In this paper, I present an analysis of place reference in Kula from an interactional perspective. While much work has been done on the diversity of linguistic categorization of space and its relationship to spatial conceptualization (e.g. Levinson 2003), very little work has been done on how these diverse grammatical resources are used in everyday conversation to accomplish reference to places. Drawing on an extensive...

  • Two Dartmouth Linguistics students presented their research at the 2016 Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Conference April 9-10. Maggie Baird '18 presented a talk on Gulmancema word-final vowel deletion and reduction. Emily Grabowski '18 presented a phonetic study of vowel length and tone in Gulmancema. Both of these research projects began during Prof. Laura McPherson's LING 35 Field Methods class in fall 2015. See the...

  • Linguistics alumnae Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 were guest hosts on a nationwide Native American radio show discussing their NSF-funded research on Native American English dialect features. The research began as a student project in a 2010 sociolinguistics class at Dartmouth. Kalina and Nacole co-hosted a one-hour call-in program on the radio show "Native America Calling" (March 31, 2015). Other linguistics students who have been involved in the research project include Maggie...

  • Lecture by Mary Hermes, University of Minnesota

    Monday, January 26, 2015, Reed 104, 4:00 pm please note time change

    Reception to folllow

  • Nine Dartmouth students, alums, and professors presented research in Chicago at New Ways of Analyzing Variation-43, October 23-26, 2014. Anna Driscoll '16 and Emma Lape '16 presented a paper about their field research on the Northern Cities Vowel Shift in Syracuse. Sydney Allard '16, Zach Cooper '17, Kalina Newmark '11, Maggie Seawright '17, and Nacole Walker '11 presented their research on prosody in Native American English. Professors Jim Stanford and Sravana Reddy also presented...

  • Lecture by Hannah Haynie, Yale University, Thursday, October 16, 2014, Reed 108, 4:15 pm

    A central principle of linguistics is the arbitrary association of sounds with meanings (Saussure 1916), yet research has identified several semantic areas in which sounds instead bear an iconic relationship with the meanings they represent (Sapir 1929, Ultan 1978, Ohala 1997, Hinton et al. 2006). For example, high or front vowels are commonly associated with concepts that involve ‘smallness’ or...

  • Congratulations to the graduates of 2014