Recent News

NSA Grant to Dr. Chuan Lin

Our Director of the Chinese program, Chuan Lin, has just received a STARTALK grant from the NSA. This kind of grant funds innovative programs with strong language learning outcomes for K-16 students. Fantastic work, Chuan! Congratulations!

Fullbright Grant to Pegi Bakula

Congratulations to Peggy Bakula for receiving a Fullbright scholarship for research in Yil, a Torricelli language on Papua New Guinea, working with Professor Matthew Dryer. The project's objective is to document aspects of the cultural heritage of the Yamari people narrated in Yil, their traditional language. While all features of cultural heritage will be chronicled for this project, the focus of the documentation is the Yamari's masalai stories. The masalai are spirits who hold specific associations with people (e.g., clans, descent lines) and places (e.g., villages, garden areas, wild bush). Masalai are a component of traditional faith systems in Papua New Guinea before Christianization. By documenting the Yamari masalai stories, both their traditional beliefs and language are preserved for future generations.

NSF Grant to Sarah MacDougall

MA student Sarah MacDougall has been awared a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000. Sarah was the only student from a non-STEM department at UB to receive this fellowship. Starting this Fall, Sarah will join the Psychology Department as a PhD student. Way to go Sarah!

JP Koenig elected AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig to the rank of AAAS Fellow for his distinguished contributions to the language sciences and for integrating formal syntax and semantics studies of lexical knowledge across languages of the world with experimental, corpus, and computational techniques. Each year, the Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, are scientifically or socially distinguished.” The Council elects Fellows deliberately and carefully to preserve the honor attached to this recognition. The honor of being elected a Fellow of AAAS began in 1874. The annual Fellows Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2024. That evening, there will be a Gala celebrating the 150th anniversary of the AAAS Fellows program at the National Building Museum in D.C. Congratulations JP, this is much deserved!

Jeff Good inducted LSA Fellow 2024

Individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline are recognized as Fellows of the Linguistic Society of America. Professor Jeff Good was inducted in 2024, among seven other colleagues. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Nicholas Mori recipient of PEARL Award

Linguistics major Nicholas Mori is the recipient of the PEARL Award, a new grant of up to $2,500 given by UB’s Experiential Learning Network (ELN) to help students gain valuable experience in their field.

Mori and his mentor, Matthew Faytak, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, are researching the Kom language of Cameroon. The PEARL grant will support Mori’s travel to Cameroon, where he will collect data on local languages and attend a linguistics conference.

Anthony Casseri's @ National Chinese EXPO of Student Works contest

Undergraduate Student Anthony Casseri 's Chinese project has been selected by the National Chinese EXPO of Student Works (NCESW) contest, and is displayed on their website at NCESW is sponsored by the American Academy of International Culture and Education. They received more than four thousand students’ works from the U.S. states and Canada this year. Congratulations to him and to his instructor, Xianxian Fang!

Candy Angulo Prando wins best poster award at the Digital Engagement with Endangered Languages and their Communities symposium

PhD student Candy Angulo Prando won the prize for best poster ($500) at the Digital Engagement with Endangered Languages and their Communities symposium. Congratulations!

Professor Christian DiCanio to be honored at this year's Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence

This year’s Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence, to be held at 3:30p.m. October 26, 2023, in Slee Hall, will honor Linguistics Professor DiCanio, for his National Endowment of Humanities grant, as well as other university faculty.

Congratulations to Dr. Kiyono Fujinaga

Congratulations to Dr. Kiyono Fujinaga for her new position as Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University! Dr. Fujinaga received her PhD in Linguistics from the UB Department of Linguistics in 2021.

Modern Greek in the New York State High School Curriculum

The New York State Education Department has approved a comprehensive examination in Modern Greek that will allow students to apply the study of Modern Greek to their high school diploma. Stefanos Papazaharias, the Modern Greek instructor at UB, assisted with this effort and will support the annual review and assessment of the exam. Modern Greek is one of the eight languages offered at UB through the Department of Linguistics.

Congratulations to Miao Zhang for a postdoc at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Congratulations to PhD Alumnus  Miao Zhang who has accepted a position as a postdoc at the University of Zurich working with Prof. Eleanor Chodroff, on a large project examining crosslinguistic phonetic variation and systematicity, primarily using multilingual spoken corpora.

ELF Grant to PhD student Mariana Quintana Godoy

PhD student Mariana Quintana Godoy received the Language Legacies Grant from the Endangered Language Fund (ELF), to document the Zapotec (Otomanguean) of San Mateo Mixtepec, Oaxaca, a variant that has very little documentation and no known descriptions. The International Phonetics Association is also supporting the proposal. Way to go Mariana!

National Endowment Grant for the Humanities

Congratulations to Associate Professor Christian DiCanio, for a $30,000 NEH Fellowship for the development of a reference grammar of Itunyoso Triqui, an endangered Southern Mexican language.  

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award for Emma Correia

Congratulations to Emma Correia for being awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to work and study in Andorra! Emma is a graduating senior majoring in Linguistics and Spanish and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in Linguistics for 2022–2023.  Emma describes her goals for her time in Andorra below:

“This grant is the exact intersection of all that I have studied and done during my time here at the University at Buffalo. I am interested in multilingual education systems and minority language maintenance; both being items that I have explored via an independent research project regarding language maintenance in Dari-speaking communities and an independent study centered around multilingual language policies and their effects in the region of Catalonia. The trilingual society of Andorra will allow me to immerse myself in exactly the items that I have previously studied: the continuation and even expansion of the minority language Catalan that coexists with Spanish and French. While I’m unsure exactly what the future holds for me, I plan to return to the United States to pursue an advanced degree that will allow me to continue exploring my passions.”

Way to go Emma! Enjoy this amazing experience!

Look who's talking at the 2023 LSA

A number of department members (and alumni) have a paper entitled "Using statistical classification to discover cross-linguistic semantic prototypes: The causation domain" in this years' LSA. This is a large research project, authored by Juergen Bohnemeyer (University at Buffalo), Erika M. Bellingham (University at Buffalo), Andrea Ariño-Bizarro (Universidade de Zaragoza), Emanuel Bylund (Stellenbosch University/Stockholm University), James Essegbey (University of Florida), Stephanie Evers (University at Buffalo), Saima Hafeez (University at Buffalo), Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano (Universidade de Zaragoza), Pia Järnefelt (Uppsala University), Kazuhiro Kawachi (Keio University), Yu Li (Wuhan University), Thomas Li (Beihang University), Du Jing (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), Tatiana Nikitina (CNRS), Sang-Hee Park (Duksung Women’s University), Anastasia Stepanova (University at Buffalo), Guillermo Montero-Melis (Stockholm University/Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics).

The LSA's September 2022 Member Spotlight: Jeff Good

The LSA Member Spotlight highlights the interests and accomplishments of a different LSA member each month. This month, its focus is on Jeff Good, Professor and Chair of UB's Linguistics Department. Congratulations!

Postdoctoral position for Braden Brown

Congratulations to UB Linguistics PhD Alum Dr. Braden Brown, who has just accepted a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Missouri, where he will work with Prof. Rebecca Grollemund on an NSF-funded project entitled, “Continuity and divergence in Cameroonian languages: New perspectives on the Bantu genesis”.  

Stephanie Evers receives Joseph Greenberg Award

UB Linguistics PhD Alum Dr. Stephanie Evers is the winner of the tenth Joseph Greenberg Award from the Association for Linguistic Typology for her dissertation, “To ‘the’ or not to ‘the’: Cross-linguistic correlations between existing morphosyntax and the emergence of definite articles”. The Joseph Greenberg Award recognizes and honours the best piece of typological research embodied in a doctoral dissertation or equivalent in the award period, which in this case was for dissertations filed between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Excellence in Teaching Award for Hanno Beck

Congratulations to PhD student Hanno Beck for being awarded a 2020–2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants by the Graduate School at UB! The award was made on the basis his contributions to teaching in both the German Program and the Linguistics Program.

Cassandra Jacobs and Matthew Faytak to join UB Linguistics faculty

The UB Linguistics Department is thrilled that Dr. Cassandra Jacobs and Dr. Matthew Faytak will join our faculty in Fall 2021 as Assistant Professors.

Dr. Jacobs earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr Faytak earned his PhD in Linguistics in 2018 from UC Berkeley, and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at The University of California, Los Angeles.

Lynn Engle at Johns Hopkins

Congratulations to German instructor Lynn Engle, who has been selected as an expert for a three-year project of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins entitled "Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States".  

Lukas Dickash in the Alumni Spotligh

Lukas Dickash (Linguistics BA with a Japanese minor, 2016), now an Assistant Language Teacher at ALTIA CENTRAL (Shizuoka, Japan), has been featured in the Alumni Spotlight series of the UB Office of Study Abroad about his path to becoming an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan.  

NSF Grant to Luis Ulloa, for work on Shawi (Peru)

Congratulations to PhD student Luis Ulloa for received a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Documentation, Description and Analysis of the Grammar of a Minority Language”, which will support his work on the Shawi language of Peru.

Team Proto advances to quarter-finals of Alexa Challenge

Team Proto’s members are Sougata Saha and Souvik Das, both PhD students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Elizabeth Soper and Erin Pacquetet, both PhD students in the Department of Linguistics. The team is under the direction of Professor Srihari (CSE), and aims to improve the quality of socialbots, such as Amazon Echo’s Alexa, by taking part in the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge. In late February, the UB team was one of five teams to qualify for the quarterfinals. After that, the field will be further narrowed, with three teams advancing to the semifinal round. The finals take place in July, with the winner being announced in August 2021. The winning team will receive a prize of $500,000.

Teaching and Mentoring Award to Prof. Shimojo

Professor Mitsu Shimojo has been selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring for his many contributions to teaching and mentoring students in the Japanese Program and the Asian Studies Program, as well as in off-campus contexts. This award was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the university. It is the highest university award given specifically for undergraduate mentoring.

Professor emerita Madeleine Mathiot

Our dear colleague Madeleine Mathiot, Professor emerita at the University at Buffalo died peacefully on December 4, 2020. Madeleine Mathiot received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Catholic University of America after receiving her M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Deeply rooted in structuralist methods, Dr. Mathiot forged a unique research path that combined ethnographic, semantic, and fieldwork research strands. Dr. Mathiot fieldwork on Tohono ‘O'odham culminated in a Tohono ‘O'odham-English usage dictionary first published in 1973 and re-published as an Internet resource. In her lexical semantic work, Dr. Mathiot stressed the interweaving of cognitive and cultural aspects of  lexical meaning, particularly in her work on folk taxonomy and definitions. She also took an ethnographic approach to the analysis of conversation. Dr. Mathiot always stressed the importance of following a unique research path, even if not popular at the time, and she will be fondly remembered by her students and colleagues.

Alexa Grand Challenze prize awarded to PROTO

Congratulations to PhD/MS student Liz Soper, PhD CSE students Sougata Saha and Souvik Das, and Professor Rohini Srihari (CSE; supervisor), who have been selected to the 4th round in the Alexa Grand Challenge. This challenge focused on designing and implementing conversational AI systems (chatbots), and it comes with a $250K research grant to develop a prototype. Nine teams were selected for this first round, and the next involves a $1M prize. The project (named PROTO) focuses on empathetic chatbots that leverage large volumes of dynamic content in order to generate longer, productive conversations on various topics including health. It is a hybrid model employing NLP and question answering methods.

The 50 Years of Service Award to Prof. Wolf Wölck.

Congratulations to Prof. Wolf Wölck for achieving an important (and difficult!) milestone at UB: The 50 Years of Service Award! Please see for further information. Congratulations Wolf!

Postdoc for Monty Hill

Alumnus Monty Hill (Skarù·rę Tuscarora Indian Nation) just accepted a postdoc fellowship with McMaster University, to work with Dr. Bryan Maracle, on the Tuscarora Language program and the Oneida language program in London to develop a decentralized network of language revitalization programs. Way to go Monty!

UB Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship to Karin Michelson

Congratulations to Professor Karin Michelson for being awarded a UB Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship for the 2020–2021 academic year. These competitive awards provide the fellow with a semester of teaching release to pursue a research project relevant to the humanities. More information can be found here: Congratulations, Karin!

Admission to PhD Program

Soo Hyun Ryu (M.S. in Computational Linguistics), and currently a researcher at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has just been accepted to the Psychology program at Michigan University. Congratulations Soo! For more news about current or past M.S. CL students see the CL page.

Look who's talking @ CUNY

Congratulations to PhD student Yanwei Jin, on getting his abstract "From speech error to grammaticalization: The case of expletive negation, Yanwei Jin and Jean-Pierre Koenig" accepted at the upcoming CUNY Sentence Processing conference at UMass Amherst (the premier sentence processing conference in North America) as a talk. About 6% of abstracts are accepted as talks.

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship for Monty Hill

Congratulations to PhD student Rahekawę̀·rih Monty Hill (Skarù·rę Tuscarora Indian Nation), who has received a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship for 2020. This fellowship provides Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers the funding and connections necessary to maximize their potential and realize their vision for their communities. It also provides these knowledge holders with the resources to match their existing knowledge, passion and drive to achieve their personal and community goals.

LSA Early Career Award to UB LIN alumna Gabriela Pérez Báez

Congratulations to alumna Gabriela Pérez Báez, who has won the LSA’s prestigious Early Career Award, to be presented during a special ceremony at the LSA Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 4, 2020, in New Orleans. The Early Career Award, established in 2010, recognizes scholars early in their career who have made outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics. This award is bestowed for contributions to the documentation of Zapotecan languages, for raising public awareness of language diversity and endangerment, and for leading efforts to train members of speaker communities in North America and Mexico.

Role and Reference Grammar conference

The biannual International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) will take place on August 19-21, 2019, in Buffalo, New York. It will be held in downtown Buffalo at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center, conveniently located near the downtown theater district, local restaurants, and the Buffalo waterfront.

Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Nevada Reno for Kate Donelson

Alumna Kate Donelson will be takin a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Nevada Reno. Congrats Kate!

Visiting Assistant Professor position at the College of William and Mary for Randi Moore

Alumna Randi Moore will be taking a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the College of William and Mary this Fall 2019. Congratulations Randi!

Soo Hyun Ryu @ the NLP*CL Lab at Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology

Computational Linguistics Alumna Soo Yoon Ryu is now a researcher in the NLP*CL Lab at Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST). This is a one year contract position, she plans to pursue a PhD after this. 

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award to Janwei Jin

Yanwei Jin has been selected as an award winner in this year’s Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Awards competition. Congratulations!

Dr. Ardis Eschenberg to be next Windward Community College chancellor

Linguistics Ph.D. Ardis Eschenberg (UB Alumna) will be the next Windward Community College chancellor at the University of Hawaii. Eschenberg currently serves as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Windward Community College in Kāneoʻhe. Since 2010, she has been at Windward Community College and has also served as vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of language arts, humanities and academic support. For five years, Eschenberg was an academic dean and instructor at Nebraska Indian Community College, which provides for the higher education needs of the Isanti and Umonhon nations. She counseled and advised students who are primarily Native American, low-income, first-generation college students.

LANGUAGE publication

Professor Matthew Dryer's paper "On the order of the demonstrative, numeral and noun" just appered in LANGUAGE, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America.

Assistant Professor position for Hong Mo Kang

Ph.D. student Hong Mo Kang accepted a Assistant Professor position in a governmental agency as a Korean language faculty. 

Look who's talking @ LSA

Various PhD students and faculty are presenting at the 2019 Linguistics Society of America conference:

  • Alexandra Lawson, "Variation in 'Reflexive' Pronoun Usage and Function across Genre"
  • Richard Hatcher "Is Cayuga a top-down accenting language?"
  • Katharine Donelson and Juergen Bohnemeyer "Audience Design and Spatial Description in Tseltal Maya and English"
  • Jen Schechter ""What Donald Trump's 'thoughts' reveal: An acoustic analysis of 45's coffee vowel”

Look who's talking @ AMPRA

Various UB PhD students and faculty will be presenting papers at the 4th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), to be held in 1-3 November, at the University of Albany, NY:

  • Erika Bellingham, Richard Hatcher and Hanno Beck "A Discourse Model for 'Undirected Speculation'"
  • Megan Hutto "Mea Culpa: Admissions of Guilt and Locus of Control"
  • Stephanie Evers, Juergen Bohnemeyer and EunHee Lee "An experimental investigation of the contexts predicting definite-marking demonstrative production in Korean and Russian"
  • Kiyono Fujinaga "The Japanese quotative –tte constructions at home"

Look who's talking @ SCiL

Soo Hyun Ryu, student in the MS in Computational Linguistics, will be presenting her paper entitled "On the interaction between dependency frequency and thematic fit in sentence processing" at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics, NYC.

Fellowship to Erika Bellingham

Congratulations to PhD student Erika Bellingham, who has been awarded a year-long Betty Patterson Commemorative Fellowship awarded by the Fellowship Fund Inc of Graduate Women Queensland. Way to go, Erika.


PhD. alumna Yen-Ting Lin is now a postdoctoral researcher, working on the subproject “The smart daily life and citizen engagement in digital communities”, as the part of the project "The Rebirth of Community along the Coast: The Memory Representation, Innovation and Transformation of Communities in Transition, Kaohsiung", Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.  


Congratulations to PhD student Ali Alshehri for having his QP, "The Principle of Canonical Orientation: A Crosslinguistic Study”, been accepted for publication by Language & Cognition (co-authors: Randy E. Moore, Gabriela Pérez Báez, and Juergen Bohnemeyer).

Look who's talking

PhD student Sang-Hee Park will be presenting her research on Gapping at several conferences this Summer, including Sinn und Bedeutung 23 (Barcelona), 25th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar  (Tokyo), among other talks. Way to go!

Look who's internshipping

Congratulations to Erika Belingham, PhD student and MC student in Computational Linguistics, for being awarded a Summer internship at Google, CA.


Congratulations to PhD students Thomas St Pierre and Robert Hepburn Grey, who have been awarded prestigious and highly competitive CAS Dissertation Fellowships. Well done, Rob and Tom!

Look who's talking @ CUNY

Congratulations to PhD students Hongmo Kang and Thomas St-Pierre, whose abstracts were accepted for presentations at the upcoming CUNY conference on sentence processing, held at UC Davis. Both of Thomas’ abstracts were accepted as poster presentations, and Hongmo’s abstract was accepted as a talk (7% acceptance rate). 


MS student Dianna Radpour is taking a leave during the Spring of 2018 to participate in an internship in the Reiken Institute (Tokyo, Japan). Way to go Dianna! 

Look who's talking @ BLS

Ph.D. students Kiyono Fujinaga and Sang Hee Park will each be presenting a paper at the 44th Annual Conference of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Sang Hee's paper is entitled "Underspecification and Scope: the case of Gapping", and Kiyono's is entitled "The subjectification and synchronic variations of Japanese adverb jitsuwa and English adverb actually". Congratulations to both!

Look who's talking @ DGfS & ICMS

PhD student Hanno Beck will be busy giving two talks next Spring. One is about "Studying the Footprint of Subjective Adjectives" and will be presented at the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft) Stuttgart conference, and the other at a roundtable at the International Congress for Medieval Studies conference in Michigan. Happy travels!

Symposium at UB to Examine Recent Developments in Chinese Language Education

The Linguistics Department and the Confucius Institute are jointly organizing a symposium on October 28-29entitled, “Building a Chinese Language Program for the 21st Century: New Approaches for Multicultural and Multilingual Universities.” The symposium will examine how university departments can build rigorous Chinese programs that meet the goals of the broadest spectrum of students while maintaining academic rigor and operating under resource constraints. Keynote speakers will offer valuable theoretical and practical insights and lead discussion. Speakers include David Honey, Professor of Chinese, Brigham Young University; Lening Liu, Professor of Chinese and Director, Confucius Institute of Chinese Pedagogy, Columbia University; and Kai Li, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Oberlin College, and Beijing Normal University.
Advanced registration requested.

Look who's talking @ International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

PhD Student Katharine Donelson (in joint work with Randi Moore, Jihye Seong, Jose Antonio Jodar Sanchez and Juergen Bohnemeyer) will be giving a talk entitled “Choosing Landmarks: A Crosslinguistic Study of Variable Landmarks” at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Tartu, Estonia.

ELDP Grant to Yu Li

Congratulations to PhD student Yu Li who has received and Endangered Languages Documentation Programme grant of £10582 to support her dissertation fieldwork on the Zauzou, a Tibeto-Burman language of China.

CSF Award for Young Scientists to Randi Moore

Ph.D. student Randi Moore won the CSF Award for Young Scientists for the Best Presentation at the Spatial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction Conference, held in Ascona, Switzerland. The award comes with a plaque, a bookbag and 500 swiss francs!

CAS Dissertation Fellowships to Aron Marvel and Josh Benn

Ph.D students Aron Marvel and Josh Benn have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships, which will support them in completing their dissertation research. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ HPSG 2017

Ph.D. student Robert Hepburn-Gray will be giving a talk entitled “Against Split Morphology: ‘inflection’, ‘derivation’, and the structure of the SBCG lexicon” at the International Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar conference, collocated with the Linguistic Institute at the University of Kentucky. Also presenting is JP Koenig, who will be giving a talk entitled “Oneida prepronominal prefixes in Information-Based Morphology”, in joint work with Karin Michelson and Ph.D student Thomas Diaz. Happy conferencing to all!

Look who’s talking @ the 2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium

Dianna Radpour, a student in our Interdisciplinary Computational Linguistics M.S., will be giving a talk entitled “Sarcasm and its Symptoms” at the 2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium, to be held in New York City from the 27th to the 28th of June.

AHI Fellowship to Monty Hill

Ph.D student Monty Hill has been awarded an Advanced Humanities Institute Fellowship to help him complete his dissertation. Only four such fellowships were awarded this year by the UB Humanities Institute. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ CogSci 2017

Congratulations to Ph.D student Hao Sun and Professor John Pate, who will be presenting their work “The Semantic Spaces of Child-Directed Speech, Child Speech and Adult-directed Speech: A Manifold Perspective” at the CogSci conference taking place in London, UK.

Alumna Craig Kopris receives DEL Fellowship

Craig Kopris, a 2001 Ph.D. Alumna (UB Dissertation entitled “A Grammar and Dictionary of Wyandot”) was awarded a Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship by the National Science Foundation to write a dictionary of Wyandot (Iroquoian). We are so proud!

Look who’s talking @ DETEC

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Alexandra Lawson, whose paper “Repeating Names: Proper Names Usage is Sensitive to Speaker Expectation” was accepted as a talk at Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives (DETEC 2017), to be held at the Max-Planck in Niejmegen this upcoming June. Way to go Ali!

Mark Diamond Research funds awarded to Luis Ulloa and Yu Li

Congratulations to PhD students Luis Ulloa and Yu Li, who have been awarded MDRF grants to support their research.

LSA Fellowship to Dana Glantz

Linguistics undergraduate student Dana Glantz has been awarded a Linguistic Institute Fellowship, to attend the upcoming 2017 LSA Institute. Congratulations!

Award to Thomas St. Pierre

PhD Student Thomas St Pierre has just been received a Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!

Award to Erika Bellingham

Congratulations to PhD Student Erika Bellingham, who won one of only four student bursaries to present her paper at the International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2017) in Belfast, in July.

Congratulations to Dawei Jin

Ph.D. Alumnus Dawei Jin is now a lecturer in Shanghai Jiao Yong University, China. Congratulations!

Look who’s talking @ IPrA

Erika Bellingham, Sang-Hee Park & Juergen Bohnemeyer will be presenting a paper on “Causality in discourse: crosslinguistic patterns”, in the panel “Linguistic Expressions and Devices that Yield the Implicature of Cause and Effect” organized by Hanazaki Miki (et al.) during the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16-21 July 2017.

Look who’s talking @ Summer LSA Institute

Jürgen Bohnemeyer will be teaching a course entitled “Typology of Spatial Representation” at the 2017 Summer Linguistics Institute, which is taking place in Lexington KY from July 5th to August 1st. 

Look who’s talking @ BLS 43

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Hao Sun, who will be presenting a paper entitled “There are more valence alternations than the ditransitive” (co-authored with Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig) at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Mark Diamond Research Fund awards to Holly Keily and Derry Moore

Congratulations to PhD students Holly Keily and Derry Moore for each receiving a Mark Diamond Research Fund award, which will support their dissertation studies.