M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado who are interested in conducting research in the field of sociolinguistics are invited to join Sling, an informal departmental group dedicated to researching and discussing any and all things sociolinguistic. Unlike the CLASP program, which is interdisciplinary in scope and involves students and faculty from a variety of different departments around campus, Sling caters specifically to students earning degrees in linguistics.

SLINGers at IGALA 3 Activities in the past have included: (1) abstract-writing workshops, in which students and faculty write, review, and prepare abstracts for upcoming conferences in sociolinguistics; (2) brown-bag lunch gatherings to discuss new and interesting sociolinguistic research in the field, especially research by Sling participants; (3) data-workshops, in which students and faculty present collected data for feedback and analysis; (4) discussion meetings with invited lectures or visiting scholars in sociolinguistics; and (5) the collective viewing of a film or documentary relevant to the field of sociolinguistics.
With faculty permission, Sling participants may obtain access to the sociolinguistics lab in Hellems. The lab currently houses eight computer-equipped student desks, as well as state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and software to assist in the collection and analysis of language data. Additionally, the lab is home to the University of Colorado's sociolinguistics library. sociolinguistics lab