News & Events

  • Welcome Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow:

    Dr. Hilaria Cruz -- I am a field linguist and a native speaker of San Juan Quiahije Chatino (SJQ), an endangered Zapotecan language spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico. I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. My research project is entitled “Chatino, from Oral to Written to Digital: Using Technology to Expedite Transcription, Annotation, and Translation of the Chatino Language.” My work as a Neukom Fellow will create a speech...

  • Thursday, 3-2-17, Reed 108, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, The Evolution of Language
    Friday, 3-3-17, Reed 108, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, The Coming Revolution in Cognitive Science

    Dr. Sydney Lamb, Rice University

    Sydney Lamb, a native of Denver, Colorado, graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation was a description...

  • Dartmouth Linguistics alum Kalina Newmark '11 was interviewed by Yukon CBC radio about her involvement in a National Science Foundation grant on Native American English. The NSF grant project began at Dartmouth when Kalina was a sophomore. Kalina and another student, Nacole Walker '11, conducted a research project during LING 17...

  • Shifting Accents & Evolving Competence: What Second Dialect Acquisition Reveals About the (Socio)linguistic System
    Lecturer: Jennifer Nycz. Linguistics Department, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
    Thursday, October 27, 2016, Dartmouth...

  • Monday, October 10, 2016, 4:00 pm
    Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center

    Lecture by Professor Laura McPherson (Linguistics) followed by a performance of traditional Sambla music: Mamadou and Seydou Diabaté, xylophone, and Dramane Dembélé, flute.
    Event is cosponsored by The Leslie Center for the Humanities and the Department of Music.

    The Sambla are a small West African ethnic group living in southwestern Burkina Faso whose traditional music centers around the balafon,...

  • NI Funding Opportunities:

    1. The CompX Faculty Program: Once again we will be looking for proposals as part of our "CompX" program that provides seed funding (up to 40k) for innovative work with a computational component. Details of the application process can be found here Also, if you click on "Faculty Opportunities" you can find previously funded projects....
  • Nate Severance '12 recently received a National Science Foundation grant for his research on languages of Burkina Faso. Nate is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Oregon. This three-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will enable him to build on his initial Burkina Faso field project (2014-15) by returning to Africa for more fieldwork and data analysis.

  • Claire Bowern, Yale University

    Bardi is a Non-Pama-Nyungan language from Northern Australia. Linguists have been visiting the community for over 100 years and recording the same families; this now places us in the position of being able to study both inter-generational changes across speakers and changes across the lifespan of the last speakers. In this talk, I present recent work on recent changes in Bardi phonetics, morphophonology, and morphosyntax.

    Reed Hall, Room 108, 4:15...

  • Archaeology is undergoing a revolution caused by rapidly advancing methods for analyzing ancient human DNA. Big changes are coming in how we know and what we know about our shared human past, who we are genetically, and where our ancestors came from. One scientist calls the new combination of archaeology and genetics “molecular archaeology”.  We can track ancient migrations with an exactness unthinkable ten years ago, to determine where geographic populations like ‘the English’ or ‘the...

  • Nicholas J. Williams '08, University of Colorado
    In this paper, I present an analysis of place reference in Kula from an interactional perspective. While much work has been done on the diversity of linguistic categorization of space and its relationship to spatial conceptualization (e.g. Levinson 2003), very little work has been done on how these diverse grammatical resources are used in everyday conversation to accomplish reference to places. Drawing on an extensive...