2022-2023 officers of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association selected

Oct. 1, 2022

Congratulations to the new Undergraduate Linguistics Association officers (ULA) who will be working with Dr. Kira Hall (Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies) to create exciting events that are of interest to majors and minors in linguistics and to convey ideas about how to make the undergraduate program and curriculum better...

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Nathan Schneider gives talk on using preposition meanings to improve natural language applications

Sept. 21, 2022

On Monday, Oct 31, Professor Nathan Schneider , from Georgetown University, presented this semester's first Ling Circle Talk , "The Ins and Outs of Preposition Semantics: Challenges in Comprehensive Corpus Annotation and Automatic Disambiguation ". Abstract In most linguistic meaning representations that are used in NLP, prepositions fly under the...


Talking Politics: Anthropologists and Linguists Analyze the 2020 Election

Sept. 30, 2020

How is the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election affected by language and culture? Experience and learn how anthropologists and linguists decipher political messages, and examine the words, gestures, tone of voice, and unspoken meanings that implicitly affect who we vote for, and why. Talking Politics brings together anthropology and linguistics experts...


Queer and Trans Sociophonetics Webinar

Sept. 29, 2020

The sound of the queer voice has captured the intrigue of the popular and sociolinguistic imagination, spurring a wave of research investigating what makes someone “sound gay”. While much research has sought to uncover the phonetic markers of the (cisgender, White, male) “gay sounding” voice, only recently has a wave...

New Linguistics Tracks Enrolling for Fall 2020

May 24, 2020

In addition to the general Linguistics major, CU Linguistics now offers four specialized major tracks for undergraduates: Language and Cognition, Computational Linguistics, Sociocultural, Anthropological & Interactional Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). These tracks will allow students to tailor their major coursework to their specific interest(s)...

Shalini Shankar to give talk on spelling bees and childhood in the new millennium

Feb. 17, 2020

We are pleased to announce an upcoming talk by Shalini Shankar (Northwestern University), co-sponsored by the CU Literacy Practicum, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Anthropology. Prof. Shankar will be discussing her new book, Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success (2019). Wednesday,...

Adina Williams gives computational linguistics talk on the association of nouns to gender classes

Feb. 14, 2020

Adina Williams (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research / New York University) gave a computational linguistics talk to CU Linguistics on the association of nouns to gender classes. Wednesday, February 19th 4:00-5:30pm MUEN D430/D28 Title: "Is the association of nouns to gender classes truly arbitrary?" Abstract: Debate has long raged in linguistics...

Sebastian Schuster gives computational linguistics talk on utterance interpretation

Feb. 12, 2020

Sebastian Schuster (Stanford University) gave a computational linguistics talk on utterance interpretation to CU Linguistics. Monday, February 17th 4:00-5:30pm MUEN D430 Title: "Modeling Utterance Interpretation in Context" Abstract: In communication, listeners are usually able to rapidly infer a speaker's intended meaning, which is often more specific than the literal meaning...

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Games of Thrones Language Creator David. J. Peterson speaks at CU February 18

Jan. 24, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18, at 6pm, CU linguists assembled in the CASE auditorium for a talk by Game of Thrones Language Creator David J. Peterson. In addition to creating the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages for HBO’s medieval fantasy epic Game of Thrones , he has created languages for Syfy’s...

Lifeng Jin gives computational linguistics talk on syntax acquisition

Jan. 24, 2020

The Department is pleased to announce that Lifeng Jin (Ohio State University) will give a computational linguistics talk on syntax acquisition. Wednesday, January 29th 4:00pm MUEN D430/D28 Title: "Modeling Syntax Acquisition with Cognitive Constraints" Abstract: Children seem to learn their first languages effortlessly, but how they are able to do...