The Linguistics department's 2022 Graduate Recognition Ceremony honored 31 graduates for the achievements, including recipients of the BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees and heard a linguistic call to action from our own Dr. Chase Raymond. Here Dr. Jeremy Calder describes MA graduate Brienna Johnson-Morris's MA project. Graduates, wherever you are at work, there is the university at work. #foreverbuffs

Alexis Palmer joins CU Linguistics faculty

Dr. Alexis Palmer has joined the faculty of CU Linguistics as an Assistant Professor of computational linguistics. Dr. Palmer is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, "From one Language to another", is an expert in computational discourse and semantics, computational linguistics for low-resource languages, and social media analytics. Her research and teaching activities will further enhance the stature of CU Boulder as a center of scholarship and training in computational linguistics and natural language processing. 

AI center vision

The best teachers always somehow know when a student is confused, excited or bored by class content. Could an AI system capture what our best teachers do in the classroom every day? A new $20 milllion NSF-sponsored CU Center co-led by CU CSCI/LING professor Martha Palmer will explore this question. She and her team will develop better tools for collaborative learning through artificial intelligence. 

Rai Presenting at LESLLA

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, directs the undergraduate TESOL minor, the TESOL track and the graduate certificate in TESOL

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.

CRIL editorial board
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 15 (international) or January 15 (domestic). For questions contact director Professor Martha Palmer

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.

Construction Grammar
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.