Faculty News

U-M 96th

Henry Russel Lecture 2021

Susan Gelman, Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, will present “From Socrates to Darwin and Beyond: What Children Can Teach Us About the Human Mind” on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 3:30 pm EST. Register to receive an event link.

Richard Lewis Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Congratulations to Rick Lewis, the John R. Anderson Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, who has been named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. Professor Lewis, who is director of the Weinberg Institute of Cognitive Science, is one of five U-M faculty recipients, approved by the U-M Board of Regents on February 18. Read more. 

Acrisio Pires Gives Plenary Talk
at ILLS13

Professor and Chair Acrisio Pires gave a plenary talk at the 13th annual meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society, held February 26-27 on Zoom. The title of his talk was “Bilingualism in flux: Internal and external factors in language change and stability.” Read the abstract.

Graduate Student News

Kelly Wright Coauthors “Among the New Words” Article in American Speech

Linguistics graduate student Kelly E. Wright coauthored a new journal article titled “Among the New Words" with Benjamin Zimmer of the Wall Street Journal and Charles E. Carson of Duke University Press. The article was published in the February 2021 issue of American Speech, the quarterly journal of the American Dialect Society

The "Among the New Words" (ATNW) section was established 80 years ago in 1941 by American linguist Dwight Bollinger. The long-running feature documents neologisms, or newly coined words or expressions, and provides a lexical history, complete with historical examples typically associated with traditional lexicography.

This year’s ATNW article selected some outstanding words and phrases (and emoji!) from 2017 to 2019. For her part, Kelly wrote about the words caucacitymoodsoy boytoday years old, and zaddy. Read more

Moira Saltzman and UROP Students to Give Talk at ICLDC 7

PhD candidate Moira Saltzman and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) mentees Catherine Jiang, Rishma Balakrishnan, and Siyeon Park will present a paper at the 7th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, to be held virtually March 4-7, hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Their talk is titled "Jejueo talking dictionary: A collaborative online database for language revitalization."  

The talk is based on fieldwork conducted by Moira in Jeju, South Korea, and Osaka, Japan, from 2014 through 2020. The UROP mentor and mentee team is using Jejueo data to develop both a web-based talking dictionary and Android application to serve as a free multimedia repository of Jejueo speech. The design centers on accommodating diverse user communities such as native speakers, language-learners and the scientific community.
Visit the Jeju voices website. 

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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 5
Phondi Discussion Group
1-2 pm

HistLing Discussion Group
Bruce Mannheim
2-2:50 pm

SoConDi Discussion Group
3-4 pm

Cognitive Science Foundations & Frontiers 
“Universalization: philosophical origins and cognitive applications”
Sydney Levine, MIT, Harvard
3:00-5:05 pm

Tuesday, March 9

Henry Russel Lecture 2021

3:30 pm EST
“From Socrates to Darwin and Beyond: What Children Can Teach Us about the Human Mind”
Susan Gelman, U-M Psychology, Linguistics

Wednesday, March 10

Save the Date!
Giving BlueDay 2021

Friday, March 12
SynSem Discussion Group
2-3 pm

SoConDi Discussion Group
3-4 pm

Friday, March 19
Phondi Discussion Group
1-2 pm

HistLing Discussion Group
Bill Baxter
2-2:50 pm

SynSem Discussion Group
3-4 pm

Job Panel (virtual)
4-6 pm

Tuesday, March 23
Well-Being / Deep Work Day
No classes 

Friday, March 26
Department Get-Together 
1:00-2:30 pm

Tuesday, March 30
Linguistics Department Open House
5-6 pm

Joy Peltier Gives Colloquium Talk at University of Georgia

PhD candidate Joy Peltier gave a colloquium talk for the University of Georgia’s Department of Linguistics on February 24 on Zoom. The title of her talk was “Language in Context and in Contact: The Pragmatics of Multifunctional Items in Kwéyòl Donmnik.” Read more

Virtual Pop-Up Town Hall – Visioning Fall 2021

Hundreds of LSA faculty, staff, and graduate students attended last week's virtual pop-up Town Hall. Access the recording here.

Job Panel

Friday, March 19
4-6 pm

The Linguistics Graduate Committee is organizing a second job panel, this time focusing on non-traditional positions for linguistics PhDs that still are within an academic or research setting. Three panelists 
have been invited to share their work experiences. Read more.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the largest college in the university, LSA celebrates its role in Michigan's deeply rooted commitment to diversity

Advocacy & Activism
Just Mercy - Film Discussion

Rescheduled for March 3, 2021 - Join the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI), Black History Month Committee (BHM) and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Social Connectivity & Community Engagement for a dialogue on Activism, Advocacy and Allyship in response to the film "JUST MERCY."

Registration is required ahead of time to access our zoom discussion and film screening for U-M students, staff, and faculty. Event information and registration.

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