News & Events

  • 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

  • The following students have won Fulbright or DAAD fellowships:

    Abigail Bard ’14
    Hometown: Chatham, N.J.
    Major: Linguistics; Japanese minor.
    What’s next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in South Korea

    Gabriela Meade ’14
    Hometown: Waterbury, Vt.
    Major: Cognitive science; human development and education and Hispanic studies minors
    What’s next: An inaugural Fulbright-Radboud scholarship, supporting a master’s...

  • Kayla Eisman '09 (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Kenneth Baclawski '12 (University of California, Berkeley) are two out of seventeen Dartmouth graduates to be awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. Read all about it here!


  • Kalina Newmark '11 recently sent us an update: 

    After graduating from Dartmouth, I found my academic work with Linguistics very helpful. In particular, I've found my work in Sociolinguistics (the study of language in relation to social factors, including differences of regional, class, and occupational dialect, gender differences, and bilingualism) to be the most helpful in interacting and communicating with people. I understand that language dialects, social norms, and...

  • Timothy Pulju is a Senior Lecturer in Classics and Linguistics and an expert in the fields of comparative Indo-European linguistics, functional linguistics and language description, and history of linguistics. Among students, he is widely acknowledged as a fascinating lecturer.

    In a hilarious exploration of modern language and its consistencies - and inconsistencies- Pulju shows the "Uncanny Science of Linguistic Reconstruction" and raises a dead language right before our eyes.

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  • Rachael (Degenshein) Lapidis '04 sent us an update:

    Since graduating in 2004 as a Linguistics & Psychology double major, I have remained involved in academia. My Presidential Scholarship under the mentorship of Ioana Chitoran provided me with the background necessary to pursue research. Immediately after graduation I became the lab manager of Laura-Ann Petitto's Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory for Language & Child Development at Dartmouth, which allowed me to stay...

  • In August 2013, Dartmouth linguists hosted the 46th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. This is one of the top conferences for specialists in Tibeto-Burman and Sino-Tibetan languages. About sixty scholars from all over the world were in attendance. The conference website may be found here.


  • The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a study by James Stanford, an assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, Kenneth Baclawski Jr. ’12, and Thomas Leddy-Cecere ’10, who write about the dropped R after vowels and other variations in spoken English in New England.

    The authors cite an eastward movement of the 200-year-old boundary between eastern New England’s pronunciation and that of people living to the west. The dividing...