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  • Mamadou Diabate’s music is also speech, says linguist Laura McPherson.

    This fall, on Wednesday afternoons, the syncopated rhythms of balafons—African xylophone-like instruments—have been spilling out of Faulkner Recital Hall in the Hopkins Center for the Arts. It’s a call-and-response improvisation. In a lilting voice, Mamadou Diabate, one of...

  • The Tonal Comparative Method: Leveraging Lexical Tone in Historical Linguistics
    Rikker Dockum, Yale University, Dartmouth College '04
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:30 pm, Reed Hall 104
    Free and open to the public.
    Sponsored by the Program in Linguistics

    The Comparative Method (CM) is one of the primary tools of historical linguists for determining relationships between languages and reconstructing ancestor proto-languages. However, the CM has focused almost...

  • Welcome Class of 2022

    Friday, September 7, 2018, Reed 322 @ 3:00 pm

  • Please consider participating in a brief survey as part of a research study being conducted by Laura McPherson from the Linguistics Program at Dartmouth College. The research study is designed to look at attitudes towards tone in linguistics. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes. The aim of the survey is to get a more concrete understanding of how our field handles tone in teaching and research and where we could improve. Your participation is voluntary. Feel free to pass along to...

  • We celebrated the graduation of our Dartmouth Linguistics majors and minors on June 10, 2018.

  • 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...