Faculty News

New Leadership Roles Announced

Marlyse Baptista, Uriel Weinreich Collegiate Professor of Linguistics, has been named Associate Chair of the department and Director of Graduate Studies. Marlyse takes over for Andries Coetzee, who has filled these roles since January 2021. Thank you, Andries, for your invaluable contributions in the last year, and welcome, Marlyse! Read more

Andries Coetzee Receives NWU Alumni Excellence Award

Professor Andries Coetzee was recently recognized by the North-West University (NWU), South Africa, with an Alumni Excellence Award.  At the biennial Alumni Excellence Awards ceremony, Coetzee was recognized, alongside eight other distinguished alumni, for his contributions to linguistic research, and for the promotion of Africa and Afrikaans on the international scene. Congratulations, Andries! Read more

New Research Examines the Impact of Zoom Calls on the Brain and Speech

Julie Boland, professor of psychology and linguistics, is lead author on the study ‘Zoom disrupts the rhythm of conversation.’ Findings appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Read the Michigan News article


Please join us in welcoming the following people to the department: 

Douglas Merchant (PhD, University of Georgia) joins the department this semester as a new lecturer, after holding lecturer positions at UCLA and San Diego State University.

Hayley Heaton (PhD, University of Michigan), is returning to our department as a part-time lecturer this term, in parallel to her work as Assessment Specialist at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

Cynthia Yoonjeong Lee joins the department as postdoctoral fellow. Cynthia is working on her National Science Foundation grant, primarily in Los Angeles, with various upcoming trips to Ann Arbor.  

Ruaridh Purse joins the department as postdoctoral fellow in the Phonetics and Phonology Lab, and from May onward also working with Pam Beddor.

Graduate Student News

Jeonghwa Cho Gives Talk at University of Cambridge

Jeonghwa Cho gave a talk at the University of Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Processing and Acquisition of Language Lab (CamPAL group talks) series on November 22. Her talk was titled "Grammatical Morpheme Priming in Visual Word Recognition: Across and Within Languages." Read more

Danielle Burgess and Justin Craft Present Research at Graduate Student Colloquium

Danielle Burgess and Justin Craft presented their research in December at the department's Fall 2021 graduate student colloquium. Danielle presented "Investigating the NegFirst Bias in Learning and Communication." Justin presented "The Effect of Listener Experience and Social Expectation on Illusory Percepts." Read more

Graduate Student Spotlight
Tamarae Hildebrandt

Graduate student
Tamarae Hildebrandt grew up in the historic community of Faribault, Minnesota, with her parents and twin brother. She attended nearby Carleton College as an undergraduate, earning her B.A. degree in German and Linguistics in 2013. Find out how Tamarae's linguistics journey has evolved from language acquisition to include syntax, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics. 
Read more
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Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan. 14
Phondi discussion group
Organizational meeting
1 pm | Zoom

HistLing discussion group
Organizational meeting; Ben Fortson
2 pm | Zoom

Linguistics 2022 MLK Colloquium
Anne H. Charity Hudley, Stanford University

"Talking College: A Community Based Language and Racial Identity Development Model for Black College Student Justice"
4 pm | Zoom

Monday, Jan. 17
U-M Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
2022 Keynote Memorial Lecture
10 am | Livestream

Friday, Feb. 18
Linguistics Colloquium
Janet van Hell, Penn State University
4 pm | Zoom

Friday, March 25
10th Anniversary Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium
9:45 am-4:30 pm | Virtual 

In the News

Kelly Wright 
Featured in Rackham Student Spotlight

Graduate student Kelly Wright is featured in the student spotlight article What Language Says About Race, published on the Rackham website.

Kelly is also coauthor on two of the most read articles published in American Speech in 2021 (Volume 96). Congratulations, Kelly!

Alumni Profile

Tony Natoci

Tony Natoci earned his B.A. degree from U-M in 2013. Find out how Tony's linguistics courses prepared him for jobs as a speech data analyst and conversation designer at Google and Uber. Read more

Undergraduate Student Writing

What is African American Language, and Why Don’t You Already Know?

By Gabrijela Skoko

African American Language (AAL) has been derided as ‘nonstandard’ by those in power for hundreds of years. Often labeled as “slang,” “ghetto,” or with other derogatory terms, AAL is rather a dialect of English — and some scholars would go further to argue that it is an independent language. What’s up with these different claims? White America and white American authority dismisses AAL as an “improper” offspring of Mainstream US Standard English (MUSE), rooted in AAL users’ ignorance of or failure to adhere to the standard. What is the truth? 
Read the full essay.

Gabrijela Skoko is a junior majoring in International Studies with a minor in entrepreneurship. She currently works at The Michigan Daily as the managing editor of the Michigan in Color section, and the executive director of The Miseducation Project, in the pursuit of deconstructing journalism and its traditional norms. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

Linguistics 2022 MLK Colloquium

Anne H. Charity Hudley, Stanford University

Friday, January 14
4 pm EST | Zoom

Anne H. Charity Hudley, Stanford University, will present "Talking College: A Community Based Language and Racial Identity Development Model for Black College Student Justice" 

More information: Linguistics 2022 MLK Colloquium



U-M Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium


2022 Keynote Memorial Lecture
U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
Monday, Jan. 17, 2022
10 am EST 

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