News & Events

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Reed Hall 108
    Anissa Gladney, Emily Grabowski and Jennifer Kuo will present their senior

    Anissa Gladney: "Prosodic Hallmarks of Verbal Art in Black
    Advisor: David Peterson, Chair

    Emily Grabowski: "Tone and voice quality in Santo Domingo
    Albarradas Zapotec"
    Advisor: James Stanford, Associate Professor

    Jennifer Kuo: "A large-scale smartphone-based study of dialect

  • Skyler Kuczaboski '21 has created a children's book in the Ojibwe language. She created the book during Hilaria Cruz's winter term Language Revitalization class. This article in the Minneapolis The Star Tribune discusses her project.

  • A collection of children’s books in indigenous languages are on display this week in Hanover. The exhibit is scheduled to correspond with International Mother Language Day, a United Nations effort to recognize languages that are under threat.
    The books are the work of Dartmouth undergraduates, students in a language revitalization course taught by postdoctoral fellow Hilaria Cruz. Cruz grew up speaking the language Chatino,...

  • Hilaria Cruz, a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics and Anthropology and an expert in the Chatino language, the field of language documentation and language description, is pleased to announce that there will be a public exhibit—in the main lobby of the Baker Library from February 19 to February 22— of children’s-books in three indigenous North American Languages: Objiwe, spoken in Minnesota, Hupa, spoken in California, and the Chatino, spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico. The books were...

  • Where can we find a morpheme for ourselves? The diachronic emergence of egophoricity in Mangghuer
    Keith Slater, SIL, University of North Dakota
    Thursday, February 22, 2018,  4:45 PM,  Reed 108

    Egophoric systems with binary indexing distinctions have been described for a number of languages of Northwest China’s Amdo Sprachbund. These systems are conceptually extremely similar, though the distinctions have been disparately labeled direct vs. indirect, self person vs. other...

  • When grammaticalization is seen and not heard: the case of pointing in signed language emergence.

    Wednesday, 2-7-18 Public Lecture @ 12:15 pm -1:15 pm
    Location: Rockefeller Class of 1930's Room, reception to follow
    Kate Mesh, University of Haifa, Israel

    Signed languages provide a fascinating view of grammaticalization: the process of language change in which words or phrases take on new grammatical functions. This is because many of the expressions that grammaticalize...

  • Hilaria Cruz, a Neukom Postdoctdoctoral Fellow, produced a six-minute film entitled TlyaF ‘lunch’. The film’s narrative concerns a young boy harvesting bananas in the field; his sister and grandmother bring him lunch, and they enjoy a delightful picnic together.  Afterwards, the girl picks banana leaves for tamales and they return home. The woman who plays the grandmother is one of the last remaining speakers of Ayoquezco, Zapotec, a moribund indigenous language...

  • Article by Laura McPherson: "We can't stem the tide of language death"

    Before the turn of the next century, more than half of India’s 780 languages may die out. In this respect, India can be seen as a microcosm of the world, with experts warning that thousands of little-spoken languages are at risk for extinction within the century.

    These reports might act as a call to keep teaching these languages to new users and ensure they are passed on to the next generation. But we have...


  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm, Silsby 312
    Natalie Schrimpf, Yale University (Dartmouth '12)
    Combining Topic Structure with Rhetorical Information for Automatic Summarization
    In this talk, I will give an overview of automatic summarization and present some of my current research, which combines topic structure with rhetorical information to create improved summaries....

  • Linguistics major Emily Grabowski '18 is the 1st Place winner of the Neukom Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Computational Science for  2017. Emily developed software as part of Prof. Laura McPherson's ATLAS project. ATLAS is a computational tool designed to help linguists analyze pitch data from tonal languages.

    "The Neukom Prizes were created to encourage undergraduate and graduate interest in research and to recognize outstanding research in the computational...