News & Events

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
    Steele 007, 4:30 pm
    Why Braille is not a Tactile 'Code' for Visual Print: Evidence from Sublexical Structure

    Robert Englebretson, Rice University Dept. of Linguistics

    Previous research has overwhelmingly demonstrated that fluent reading (of visual print) relies heavily on the unconscious visual recognition of units larger than single letters and smaller than whole words. Sighted readers automatically chunk groups of letters into complex...

  • Zachary Cooper '17 and Prof. Stanford presented a talk for International Mother Languages Day at the U.N. plaza, February 21, 2019. Their talk was titled "Voices that need to be heard: Collaborative research on less-commonly studied indigenous languages." Their talk was part of a workshop called "Diversity and multilingualism in the megacity," which was sponsored by NYU and the University of Cologne, and held at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

  • 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,...