News & Events

  • 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...

  • “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” says Corinne Kasper ’17.

    Corinne Kasper ’17, who belongs to the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi tribe in southwestern Michigan, has been studying her native language since she was 13 years old. But fluent speakers and teachers of Potawatomi have been dwindling as English has become dominant. Kasper, a linguistics major, is developing teaching tools to help people learn or re-learn an...

  • When linguists head into remote areas to study indigenous languages, they often face steep logistical hurdles: where to stay, what to eat (and what to avoid), how to find local speakers (known to linguists as “language consultants”), and how to reach them, all within a fixed budget and time frame.

    At Dartmouth, that kind of planning for a foreign study program (FSP) is usually done by faculty, with support from the Frank J. Guarini Institute...

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Dartmouth Hall 206
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Maggie Baird
    Title: "Variable word-final vowel reduction and deletion in Gurmancema: a maximum entropy model"
    Gurmancema (Gur, Burkina Faso) displays an overall dispreference for word-final tense vowels phrase-medially. Repairs include vowel reduction and vowel deletion, which vary both across and within phonological contexts. This work will provide an overview of the complex data patterns...

  • Lecture by Jie Zhang, Kansas University
    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Hood Museum, Wilson 219, 4:45 pm
    Reception to follow in Reed Hall, room 322
    Free and open to the public!

    The phonological properties of tonal alternation affect the nature of its variation

    Phonological processes in languages often apply variably. For instance, the schwa in the word memory may or may not delete in actual...