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  • 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...

  • How does Twitter help words become shortened versions of themselves? Dartmouth researchers mined 180 million tweets from 900,000 users to understand the use of clipped words—think “awk” for “awkward,” or “defs” for “definite”— reports NPR.

    Sravana Reddy, a research associate in the department of computer science and the department of linguistics and cognitive sciences, and her team discovered that people aren’t simply clipping words to fit Twitter’s 140-character limit, NPR writes. In...

  • For many Dartmouth students, Alaska may as well be halfway across the world. But for Meghan Topkok ’13, it is her family’s home. Topkok is a member of the Iñupiaq Tribe of northwestern Alaska, and has spent two leave terms working in Alaska on issues related to economic development and child welfare.

    A Native American Studies major and linguistics minor, she spent the summer of 2012 in Nome working at the Kawerak Beringia Center of Culture and Science and researching the Indian Child...

  • The New York Times 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 say New England’s distinctive accent is fading away.

    The erosion of the accent, especially among young people, extends well beyond the famous “pahk the cah in Hahvadh yahd,” the authors say. “After so many generations of consistent transmission,” they write, “the social patterns laid down by the founders are...

  • In an interview with Vermont Public Radio (VPR), Professor James Stanford explained that the Green Mountains of Vermont no longer serve as the divide for eastern and western speech patterns in New England.

    After collecting dialect recordings from residents of the Upper Valley, Stanford, an assistant professor of linguistics at Dartmouth, and his colleagues found that the linguistic divide now lies along the state line of New Hampshire and Vermont. “Nowadays locals talk about the air...

  • Dartmouth Linguistics Professor Lewis Glinert and Jon Schommer, the associate head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at the University of Minnesota, have examined the corporate websites dedicated to the 100 best-selling prescription drugs. They found a startling lack of consistency in an industry where advertising standards are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA).