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Supported by the Jerold A. Edmondson Research Endowment in Linguistics, doctoral student Joe Wehmeier traveled to Santa María Acapulco, Mexico, to carry out fieldwork along with speakers of Central Pame/ Xi’ui [ʃiʔúi] (part of the Otomanguean language family). Link to FB photos
Dr. Jeff Witzel and Dr. Naoko Witzel published a paper examining the processing of subject-extracted and object-extracted relative clauses by native and non-native speakers of English. "Relative clause processing in L1 and L2 English: A maze task investigation”, in the Journal of Second Language Studies. abstract.
The public is invited to attend the dissertation defense of Mr. Alhassan Alzahrani: "Employing A Parallel Corpus-Based Approach In Teaching Semantic Prosody and Collocational Behavior to Arabic EFL Learners." Mon. July 26, 2021 at 10am. Online.
Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Semingson, and three UT-Arlington colleagues! The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities has named UT-Arlington as its inaugural Racial Justice and Equity Program Award Winner for their project to accelerate health literacy by creating “EPIGRAM” a ‘COVID-19 Navigator Youth Empowerment Pilot Program’ developed to provide school-aged students and their families with access to health information and resources to learn about the COVID-19 pandemic, including health-promoting behaviors, in multiple languages. Details of the award.
There has been a makeover of all the College of Liberal Arts websites, including Linguistics and TESOL. Check out our new site here: http://www.uta.edu/linguistics.
Congrats to doctoral student Emily Williams on her Journal of Pragmatics publication, "Pragmatic Extension in Computer-Mediated Communication: The case of ‘#’ and ‘™’ "
Dr. Laurel Stvan presented “Peer Health Advice through Internet Meme Speech Acts” at the ISLE6, the International Society for the Linguistics of English, presented online by host University of Eastern Finland on June 3.
March 5 will see two UTA Linguists presenting at online conferences! In the a.m., Dr. Peggy Semingson will present “Analyzing Depictions of Translanguaging in Recent Award-Winning Latinx Young Adult Literary Texts: Language(s) as Reaffirming,” at the Cultural Constructions Conference 2021, online, hosted by UT Arlington.
At 5:30 pm (CST) doctoral student Xinwen Zhang will present her work jointly developed with Dr. Jeff Witzel, “The interaction of semantic information and parsing biases: An A-maze investigation” at the 34th Annual #CUNY2021 Conference on Human Sentence Processing, online, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Cindy Kilpatrick has completed the Master Reviewer Certification from the Quality Matters organization. This means that she can lead review teams that will ensure the quality and consistency of online courses.
Join us in welcoming Dr. Peggy Semingson to the Department of Linguistics and TESOL. She joins us as an Associate Professor in TESOL starting in January 2021. Her research interests include digital pedagogies, online learning, literacy teacher education, and ESL, with a focus on studying students who face challenges in literacy learning and bilingualism. Welcome aboard!
Dr. Laurel Stvan has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). She begins training in ACUE's Course in Effective Online Teaching Practices in January of 2021. Further recognition of our faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching!
Four UTA folks will be presenting at the online LSA Annual Meeting in January:
The public is invited to attend the dissertation proposal defense of Alhassan Alzahrani: “Employing a Corpus–based Method in Approaching Challenges Facing Novice Translators.” Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10am on Teams.
Friends and family of Maverick students are invited to connect and celebrate your fall 2020 graduates virtually with UTA Cheers! to the Class of 2020 on Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Alumna Dr. Darcey Browning (PhD, 2017), started a position as a Clayton B. Ofstad Linguistics Scholar-in-Residence at Truman State University, leading an 8-week course starting in October 2020. It’s part of a range of endowed intensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops focusing on areas of creative writing, English, and linguistics led by guest writers and scholars.
Dr. Ivy Hauser has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). She begins training in ACUE's Course in Effective Teaching Practices in September of 2020. We're delighted to celebrate our faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching!
New grad students: We’re looking forward to seeing you at
Join us in welcoming three new people to the Department of Linguistics and TESOL.
We’ll be offering a five-week Summer II class which makes a great elective: LING 3301--Topics: Language Policy and Education! Like all this summer’s classes, it will be offered online.
New grad students: We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Linguistics department orientation on Fri. Aug. 16 (9:30am-noon) and at the College of Liberal Arts welcome and orientation on Mon. Aug. 19 (2-6 pm). For the College welcome, doctoral student Dan Amy will take part in a panel on graduate student experiences at UTA. Photo on Facebook. Be ready for the first day of classes, Wed. Aug. 21!
Congrats to this year’s Nakamura prize winner, doctoral student Xinwen Zhang, and thanks to all who attended the 26th UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL on Friday!
Alumna Dr. Iya Khelm Price (PhD Linguistics, 2016) is starting a new position this year as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at UTA, and will be the Coordinator of the Russian program! Photo on Facebook
Mar 17. Here's today's update. Online classes for the remainder of the semester. Spring commencement is postponed. Stay home and stay safe, everyone!
Starting on March 15, The Department of Linguistics and TESOL will be closed for in-person business for the remainder of the semester. Faculty and staff will all be working remotely, and can continue to be contacted by email. All class office hours should be done virtually. Stay safe, Mavericks!
Linguistics doctoral student Emily Williams presented a cross-college collaborative work on March 5 at the UTA 5th Annual Business Analytics Symposium!
Two of our department’s MAs attended the hooding ceremony on Friday, Dec 13. That afternoon they joined our newest BAs and PhDs at the Fall College of Liberal Arts Commencement ceremony in College Park Center. (Photo album on Facebook), (Video of the afternoon event).
UTA has a finalist in the LSA's Five-minute Linguist contest this year! Come on along to New Orleans to hear Emily Williams present on Pragmatic Extension in Computer-Mediated Communication: The case of ™ and # LSA Announcement
Doctoral student Carly Sommerlot has had an article published in the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) proceedings, a special edition of the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society!
UTA's Linguistics and TESOL folks had a great time at the DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference Nov. 8. At UNT in Denton!
For undergrads and grads who have an interest in teaching English abroad, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program can be a great opportunity. Please join us Tues, Oct. 29, 5-6 pm in Trimble 202 for an information session on applying!
Check out the info session on teaching English in France from our colleagues in the Modern Languages Department! Monday, Nov. 25 4pm in Trimble Hall 216.
Phonologists and phoneticians, come work with us a UTA! See job posting here!
TexTESOL V Regional Conference will take place on Feb 8, 2020 at UT Arlington! Proposals due by Oct 31 at http://tinyurl.com/2020TT5
Join colleagues, students, and alumni as UTA hosts TexTESOL Region 5's winter conference in Nedderman Hall Feb 8!
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Naoko Witzel and Dr. Suwon Yoon have been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor, effective Sept 1, 2019!
Join us on Nov 4th, 12-1 pm in Trimble Hall 115 to hear reps from Texas Women's University and UT Dallas will discuss their grad programs and answer your questions about the field. Lunch will be provided!.
There will be 7 UTA presentations this year at the Linguistic Society of America/ American Dialect Society/ Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas in New Orleans Jan 2-5!
Doctoral student Carly Sommerlot presented research on March 8 at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics in British Columbia. Her talk was "A reanalysis of the Austronesian nasal prefix: Evidence from Desa, a Malayic language of West Kalimantan".
Here’s the schedule for the 26th Annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL, which will be held on February 28, in Life Science 124.
Stop by on Thursday, Aug. 29 as the College of Liberal Arts hosts a Welcome Back Block Party on the UTA Library Mall. Games and refreshments will be provided. Photo album on Facebook
The public is invited to the dissertation defense of Juliet Huynh on Wed. June 19, at 2pm in Trimble 204."Morphological decomposition in heritage language speakers."
Start the school year off right by taking part in the following UTA events:
The public is invited to attend the dissertation proposal defense of Carly Sommerlot: “On the Syntax of West Kalimantan: Asymmetries and A-Bar Movement in Malayic and Land Dayak Languages.” Tuesday, May 14th at 11AM in Trimble Hall 200.
Lingua is proud to have presented the 25th Annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL on Friday, March 1, including posters, papers, and a panel and Q&A session on Teaching Abroad! Thanks to our keynote speaker, Dr. David Silva. Here's a video of the slides from his keynote address.
UTA Alum Dr. Mohamed Mwamzandi (Linguistics PhD, 2014) and the Swahili language team at UNC Chapel Hill have helped with translation services for people displaced by Hurricane Florence, including Congolese immigrants in New Bern, NC.
Lingua’s first fall brown-bag event will be an interactive session on creating LaTeX documents, led by Linguistics MA student Henry Anderson. Wed. Nov. 14th at 11am-noon in the 014 Trimble computer lab.
Doctoral student Juliet Huynh presented at the second fall Lingua Brownbag talk, sharing her experiences attending the week-long Spring Training Workshop in current issues and methods in psycholinguistics. Bring along your lunch and join us on Wed. November 28, 2018 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Linguistics Computer Lab (TH014) >ec. 7, on the value of the Documenting Endangered Languages Program.
Six great Linguistics projects were presented at CoLA’s Spotlight Student Research Forum on April 4, the Liberal Arts festival of student research, in the University Center! Congrats to doctoral student Emily Williams, who won the prize for Best Poster!
Students, faculty, and friends are welcome to join us for lunch as we celebrate the year’s departmental highlights—graduations, TESOL certificates, research funding, travel awards, faculty receiving tenure... on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:30 in Trimble 303 (adjoining the LAC). Guests are welcome!
The public is invited to the dissertation defense of Ehsan Shafiee Zargar. The defense will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 2pm in Trimble Hall 200: “Processing L2 scripts in highly-proficient bilinguals.”
The public is invited to attend the dissertation defense of Ms. Samantha Cornelius on Friday, August 24, at noon in Trimble Hall 200: ''Prosodic Phonology in Oklahoma Cherokee.''
In recognition of outstanding work in the field of online education, Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick and Dr. Darcey Browning will receive the Center for Distance Education scholarships to attend the Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course workshops this summer!
Doctoral student Emily Williams presented her research on Oct. 13 at the 47th meeting of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest (LASSO) in Provo, Utah. Her paper ‘Without English they are strangers’: Representations of Limited English Proficiency and National Identity in United States Congressional Discourse’ discussed language policy implications for the United States based on lexical choices made by members of Congress in opposing and supporting H.R. 997, The English Language Unity Act. Link to Facebook photo
Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald wrote an essay for the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Dec. 7, on the value of the Documenting Endangered Languages Program.
Congrats to our newest BAs and PhD in Linguistics! See the photos from the Fall College of Liberal Arts Commencement on Dec. 14, 2018.
Cambodian refugee Ms. Loung Ung wrote a book about her family's escape from Cambodia called "First They Killed My Father." Angelina Jolie directed the film made of the book, which will be the focus of this UTA conversation. The College of Liberal Arts is hosting a discussion and luncheon facilitated by UTA's own Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick. The event is 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, in the Rosebud Theatre @ University Center. FREE lunch will be served for those who RSVP.
Come join us at UTA in exploring how humans produce and comprehend language! Funded PhD positions in Linguistics are available starting in Fall 2019. Applications due by Feb. 15. See http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/prospective/index.php & contact admissions advisor Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Daniel Scarpace will present a paper at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium at UT Austin on October 25: “A Praat-based activity for teaching word initial Spanish stops.”Naoko’s project won the Best Poster award at the conference. Picture on FB.
Linguistics undergrad Seung Ah Kwak won an Honors College Undergraduate Research Fellowship to get research experience at UTA over the summer.
Doctoral student Rongchao Tang and Seung Ah Kwak will be working together on a morphological decomposition project this summer, which has been accepted for funding by the I-Engage Mentoring Program from the Office of Graduate Studies at UTA.
Come find out about majoring in Linguistics. Talk with Linguistics and TESOL advisors at the UTA College of Liberal Arts OpenHouse on Tuesday, January 29 at 6pm in Dallas Open House Event Invitation.
Interested in teaching abroad? We'll be hosting Diane Millar, from the U.S. State Department, who will talk about the Fulbright Program (relevant for both undergrads and grads) and the English Teaching Fellows Program (more relevant for grad students.) Drop-ins from any department are welcome on Thursday, Nov. 1 between 10am and noon in Room 209 Trimble Hall.
How do linguist spend spring break? Doctoral student Emily Williams started off her break by presenting work at the American Association of Applied Linguistics in Atlanta! She presented her poster ‘Without English they are strangers’: Representations of immigrants, language, and nation in United States congressional discourse” on Saturday, March 09, 2019.
Dr. Laurel Stvan presents her work on open access educational resources at the WikiConference North America 2018 in Columbus at the Ohio State University on Oct. 21. Her presentation is on “Cultivating New Student Editors in the Linguistics Classroom.” Link to Facebook photo
Cultural Constructions conference Another great linguistics presentation: students Seung Ah Kwak and William Kirton presented a paper, "How Korean-English bilinguals represent stop sounds in their two languages," at the March 21 Cultural Constructions Conference in the Carlisle Suite at UTA. This was a joint research project with Juliet Huynh, Ji Yea Kim, and Naoko Witzel.
Doctoral student Dan Amy and Dr. Jeff Witzel presented their poster, "The influence of prosody on (non-)restrictive relative clause interpretation," at the 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of Colorado Boulder on March 30.
At the September College of Liberal Arts faculty awards reception, Linguistics and TSEOL had three CoLA Endowment for Faculty Research award winners: Naoko Witzel, Jeff Witzel, and Suwon Yoon; Dr. Naoko Witzel and doctoral student Juliet Huynh won the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Accolade Endowment Award. And our staff advisor Ryan Hamzeh won a CoLA Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award winner. Facebook photos
The Mav Preview Day at UT Arlington is a great chance for high school students and their parents today to come learn about a BA in Linguistics. Stop by on March 11!
The public is invited to attend the dissertation proposal defense of Rongchao Tang on April 2nd at 9am in Trimble 200: "Automatic processing of tonal information during visual word recognition in adult L2 Chinese learners."
In mid-May UTA doctoral student Rongchao Tang attended the Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics (STEP) 2019 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Thanks to the Office of Graduate Studies for the sponsorship!
Dr. Naoko Witzel won a Research Enhancement Program (REP) Grant from UTA for a project that will examine whether different ERP wave forms are involved in recognizing visually presented L1 and L2 words in different-script bilinguals. REP winners were celebrated this afternoon at the Spring university-wide Faculty Meeting.
Congrats to Alumni Iya Price on her STARTALK grant for an intensive Russian program, Let’s Travel to Russia. It’s a four-week program for 11th-12th graders and undergraduate students with no prior knowledge of Russian or at a low novice level. High school students and undergrads who are interested in learning Russian, check out this great opportunity. The application deadline is May 1.
Come hear Speech-Language Pathologist Julie Schmidt, from Cook Children’s Hospital on Wed. April 3rd, 12-1pm in Trimble Hall Room 110 as she presents on how linguistics relates to this field! Open to all students. Free lunch will be provided for those who attend! Julie will discuss her educational path to becoming licensed, and the various diagnoses she encounters on a day-to-day basis working at Cook, and with other professionals and families. She'll take questions--so come ask about how to become an SLP practitioner!
Doctoral student Carly Sommerlot will be gathering field data in Borneo for 6 weeks this summer, followed by a trip to Banyuwangi to present at The Seventh International Symposium on the Languages of Java (ISLOJ) and The 23rd International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL). Photo on Facebook Thanks to funding from Jerold A. Edmondson Research Endowment in Linguistics grant and the Wright Accolades Endowment in the College of Liberal Arts for the sponsorship!
Eat or drink at Twisted Root Burger in Arlington on Thursday, January 31 between 11am and 10pm, mention “Lingua” to your server, and a percentage of your bill will go to our LINGUA student group to support the UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL! (310 E Abram St, Texas 76010)
Two UTA doctoral students presented work at the 37th Second Language Research Forum at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal on Oct. 27 and 28. Juliet Huynh presented her paper, "Grammatical processing of Vietnamese compounds in heritage and L1-dominant speakers." and Rongchao Tang presented his poster, "How new L2 words are stored at initial stages of L2 acquisition.” Both these projects were conducted along with Dr. Naoko Witzel. Rongchao and Naoko’s project won the Best Poster award at the conference. Picture on FB.
7 UTA students, faculty, and alumni presented their work at the 10th annual DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference Nov. 9 at Texas A&M Commerce!
UTA had three presenters at TexTESOL V in Dallas on Nov. 2 and 3: MA TESOL student Sean Farrell: "Designing ESL Technical Writing Curriculum: A Case Study"; ELI's Debra Basler & Cindy Kilpatrick: "Building Student Success with New Initiatives and Updated Programs"; and Linguistics and TESOL's Cindy Kilpatrick: "From Teacher to Trainer”. Facebook photo.
Dr. Daniel Scarpace presented his research on “the Acoustics and Perception of Resyllabification in English and Spanish” at the UT-Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders on Oct. 5.
Four projects from UTA's PsychoLinguistics Lab were presented on September 27 by Dr. Jeff Witzel and Dr. Naoko Witzel at the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Link to the lab’s FB album
It's the 25th anniversary of Lingua! Come back and see what's going on in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL! We are pleased to announce the 25th annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL on Fri & Sat, March 1 & 2. Open to students from all universities. Cash prizes for best student presentations! (Thanks to the Yumi Nakamura Memorial Endowment.) Keynote: Dr. David J. Silva (founder of Lingua, and now Provost at Salem State University). The abstracts deadline has been extended to Jan. 5 at 11:59pm Central.
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