News & Events

  • 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...

  • Two Dartmouth Linguistics students presented their research at the 2016 Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Conference April 9-10. Maggie Baird '18 presented a talk on Gulmancema word-final vowel deletion and reduction. Emily Grabowski '18 presented a phonetic study of vowel length and tone in Gulmancema. Both of these research projects began during Prof. Laura McPherson's LING 35 Field Methods class in fall 2015. See the Student...

  • Linguistics alumnae Kalina Newmark '11 and Nacole Walker '11 were guest hosts on a nationwide Native American radio show discussing their NSF-funded research on Native American English dialect features. The research began as a student project in a 2010 sociolinguistics class at Dartmouth. Kalina and Nacole co-hosted a one-hour call-in program on the radio show "Native America Calling" (March 31, 2015). Other linguistics students who have been involved in the research project include Maggie...

  • Lecture by Mary Hermes, University of Minnesota

    Monday, January 26, 2015, Reed 104, 4:00 pm please note time change

    Reception to folllow

  • Nine Dartmouth students, alums, and professors presented research in Chicago at New Ways of Analyzing Variation-43, October 23-26, 2014. Anna Driscoll '16 and Emma Lape '16 presented a paper about their field research on the Northern Cities Vowel Shift in Syracuse. Sydney Allard '16, Zach Cooper '17, Kalina Newmark '11, Maggie Seawright '17, and Nacole Walker '11 presented their research on prosody in Native American English. Professors Jim Stanford and Sravana Reddy also presented...

  • Lecture by Hannah Haynie, Yale University, Thursday, October 16, 2014, Reed 108, 4:15 pm

    A central principle of linguistics is the arbitrary association of sounds with meanings (Saussure 1916), yet research has identified several semantic areas in which sounds instead bear an iconic relationship with the meanings they represent (Sapir 1929, Ultan 1978, Ohala 1997, Hinton et al. 2006). For example, high or front vowels are commonly associated with concepts that involve ‘smallness’ or...

  • Congratulations to the graduates of 2014

  • The following students have won Fulbright or DAAD fellowships:

    Abigail Bard ’14
    Hometown: Chatham, N.J.
    Major: Linguistics; Japanese minor.
    What’s next: Fulbright English teaching assistantship in South Korea

    Gabriela Meade ’14
    Hometown: Waterbury, Vt.
    Major: Cognitive science; human development and education and Hispanic studies minors
    What’s next: An inaugural Fulbright-Radboud scholarship, supporting a master’s...

  • Kayla Eisman '09 (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Kenneth Baclawski '12 (University of California, Berkeley) are two out of seventeen Dartmouth graduates to be awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. Read all about it here!


  • Kalina Newmark '11 recently sent us an update: 

    After graduating from Dartmouth, I found my academic work with Linguistics very helpful. In particular, I've found my work in Sociolinguistics (the study of language in relation to social factors, including differences of regional, class, and occupational dialect, gender differences, and bilingualism) to be the most helpful in interacting and communicating with people. I understand that language dialects, social norms, and...