If you are a CU undergraduate or graduate student and seek professional opportunities teaching English learners either in the US or abroad, CU Linguistics can get you there. Senior Instructor of TESOL Theory and Practice Dr. Rai Farrelly, director of the current undergraduate certificate in TESOL, now directs two programs coming online this fall: the undergraduate TESOL minor, which replaces the undergraduate certificate, and the graduate certificate in TESOL

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CU Linguistics Celebrates Graduates and Student Achievements

In its May 15, 2020 virtual graduate recognition ceremony, CU Linguistics celebrated 23 majors, 5 BA/MA students, 18 MA students, 4 MS CLASIC students, 5 PhD students, and recipients of LURA Awards, the David Rood Scholarship, the Van Ek Scholars Award and Latin Honors. The map shows current CU graduate locations. It was made by CU LING Assistant Professor Hannah Haynie, and featured in A&S Dean James White's commencement message, It captures what chair Laura Michaelis referred to in her welcoming remarks as CU's digital diaspora. 

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CLASP students and Prof. Kira Hall present at the AAA/CASCA Conference

Students from CU’s program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) joined advisor Kira Hall to deliver a well received panel at the AAA/CASCA conference in Vancouver, November 2019. Entitled “Language and Middleclassness,” the panel originated from Prof. Hall's Spring 2019 CU seminar of the same name. Seven students presented papers based on work conducted in the seminar.

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Colorado Research in Linguistics relaunches on CU Scholar

Colorado Research in Linguistics (CRIL)a peer-reviewed electronic journal hosted by CU Scholar, is a student-run working papers periodical that has been published by CU Linguistics since 1971. Pictured are current members of the editorial board (L-R): Jonnia Torres, Olivia Hirschey, Jared Desjardins, and Kayla Kohake. 

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Training the Next Generation of Computational Linguists

CU Linguistics offers a MS in Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics (CLASIC), an interdisciplinary degree providing a solid foundation in computer science and linguistics, as well as coursework in data-driven linguistics, computational linguistics and information processing. Apply by December 1 (international) or January 10 (domestic). For questions contact director Professor Martha Palmer

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Studying Language in Social Life

Researchers in the sociocultural linguistics program at CU Boulder analyze the ways that language contributes to organizations of social life in diverse contexts, whether local, regional, national, or global. Prof. Kira Hall is director of the interdisciplinary CLASP program on Culture, Language, and Social Practice, which sponsors innovative research initiatives, visiting scholars, and an internationally recognized biannual conference.

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Dr. Martha Palmer named Professor of Distinction

Dr. Martha Palmer, Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science and Faculty Fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science, has been named a Professor of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences. The honorific title 'College Professor of Distinction' is reserved for scholars and artists of national and international distinction who are also recognized by their College peers as teachers and colleagues of exceptional talent. Dr. Palmer gave a talk about her research -- past, present, and future -- at a special reception earlier this Fall. 

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Linguistics graduate student Pamela Wright works with deaf refugees

Like spoken languages, sign languages differ greatly across the globe. Nonetheless, many deaf refugees are evaluated and declared to have no language ability and/or severe mental deficiencies simply because they cannot communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). Linguistics graduate student Pamela Wright is working to help these individuals communicate in the U.S. context. To read more about this important work, check out the article in "CU Boulder Today" here.

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Construction Grammar

How might universal but often arbitrary patterns arise across the languages of the world? Practitioners of Construction Grammar reject the prevailing view that they come from a genetically specified 'Universal Grammar', instead viewing them as products of cultural transmission, adapted to communicative needs and routines. CU Linguistics Professor Laura Michaelis, shown at the Tenth International Conference on Construction Grammar, is a leading proponent of Construction Grammar.

The faculty of language is unique to humans and the study of language is the study of our shared human heritage. Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, its structure and its diversity, how children learn it and how adults produce and understand it, how social practices shape and are shaped by it.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder is a major center of interdisciplinary research in cognitive-functional linguistics, computational linguistics, language documentation, psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics. It offers a range of research programs targeting properties of spoken language. The Department's orientation is empirical: its approach to the structure and use of language confronts theory with first-hand observations. Analysis of video and audio data (typically conversational data), acoustic measurements of speech, computational modeling and statistical analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation and fieldwork in local communities and abroad all contribute to this enterprise. 

The Department of Linguistics Strategic Plan provides more detailed information about who we are, what we do, and our vision for the future.

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