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05/02/2014 Congratulations to our doctoral students Julia McKinney and Paul Reed, who received a Bilinski Foundation Fellowship and a the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, respectively. Funding for the Blinski Foundation Fellowship is provided by the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund, a program of the Bilinski Educational Foundation. Also, congratulations to incoming doctoral student Tiffany Jones, who has been awarded one of fifteen university wide Social Advocacy and Ethical Life Fellowships.The Linguistics program internal awards of this academic year (2013-2014) have also been announced: Paul Reed: B.L. Pearson award for scholarship in linguistics. Chris Farina: Carol Myers-Scotton award for outstanding contributions to the Linguistics Program. Ben Beaver: Michael Montgomery Award for excellence in teaching. 

Also, congratulations to Dr.Tracey Weldon, who received the English Department Teaching award.

03/13/2014 Congratulations to USC Linguistics Program alumni, Rebecca Sue Jenkins (Ph.D., 2000), Elena Schmitt (Ph.D., 2001), Matthew Ciscel (Ph.D., 2002) and our faculty, Dr. Alexandra Rowe, who are now on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistants Selection.  This is an invitation-only event, and the invitation is based on recommendations from the field and screening by Institute of International Education Fulbright officers.

Also, even more congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Rowe for being appointed Commissioner of Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, which accredits programs nationally and internationally, one of 13. For more information, please visit

03/13/2014 Congratulations to our faculty, Dr. Elaine Chun, who was named a Breakthrough Star, and to doctoral student, Paul Reed, who won a Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award for 2014.

Breakthrough Stars and Breakthrough Graduate Scholars are young faculty members and graduate scholars who enrich student experiences through their work as teachers and mentors, and raise the profile of our university through their research and scholarly accomplishments. For details please click here

03/06/2014 Linguistics program is happy to announce that the 33rd annual conference on Second Language Research Forum (SLRF 2014) will be held at the University of South Carolina, October 23-25, 2014. More information regarding the conference, including the call for abstracts and the final program, registration, plenary speakers, the colloquia and the workshops, as well as logistical information, can be found on the conference website. Please click here to visit SLRF 2014 website.

07/11/2013: The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (the French Program) and the Linguistics Program ( at the University of South Carolina invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in French Linguistics. The successful candidate will teach French linguistics, French language and general phonology. For full consideration by the search committee, complete applications should be received through the Interfolio website no later than November 1, 2013. Please click here for details. 

06/19/2013: We are proud to announce the formal launch of MULTIMO: The Database of Multiple Modals. It is an interactive website on multiple modal constructions in English that features a library of information and materials. It is hosted at the University of South Carolina with contributions by Paul Reed and Michael Montgomery. To see the formal announcement on LINGUIST List click here

06/19/2013 : Axton Crolley is a recent graduate from the BAIS program with a concentration in linguistics has received a scholarship to complete a one-year master’s degree at Cambridge University in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Upon completion of his degree, he will continue on with PhD studies at Notre Dame. Congratulations Axton!

06/10/2013 Wei ChengPaul CoatsBurcu Gokgoz-Kurt and recent alumna Julie Medlin presented their works at New Sounds (International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech) 2013 Conference.

Wei Cheng, Why are English voiced obstruent codas difficult for Mandarin speakers? A bidirectional OT account

Paul Coats, Recognizing diversity: The perception of word-initial Spanish stops by native speakers of Korean

Burcu Gökgöz Kurt and Julie Medlin, The perception of prosodically ambiguous intonation patterns by L2 English learners and the effects of instruction

04/29/2013:    Congratulations to our doctoral students Aubrey PhillipsSandra Keller, and Sara Lide who received three out of ten Bilinski Foundation fellowships awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Funding is provided by the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund, a program of the Bilinski Educational Foundation. To read the related news article by USC Development and Alumni Relations, please click here.

03/21/2013The 26th annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference will be hosted by the University of South Carolina and held March 21-23 at the Columbia, SC, Convention Center. There will be a welcome reception on Wednesday, March 20.

Special Session: Theories of Sentence Processing and the Neuroscience of Language.

Invited speakers: Evelina FedorenkoJulius FridrikssonPeter HagoortGina KuperbergLiina Pylkkänen, and Mark Seidenberg

Organizers: Fernanda FerreiraAmit AlmorDirk den OudenStanley Dubinsky

You can subscribe to the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing listserv HERE.

01/22/2013Stanley Dubinsky chosen as the first executive editor of “Language,” the premiere journal of the Linguistic Society of America . More 

01/22/2013Dr. Kurt Goblirsch was appointed the Co-editor of NOWELE and received a book contract from CUP. Congratulations to Dr. Goblirsch!

Dr. Kurt Goblirsch was appointed Co-editor of the journal NOWELE. North-Western European Language Evolution and received a book contract from Cambridge University Press for: Lenition and Vowel Lengthening: On the Loss of Quantity in Germanic. Congratulations to Dr. Goblirsch! 

01/13/2013Tim Bunch : “[The professor] Tracey Weldon really challenged my thinking about language." The Carolinian Winter 2013                                                       

12/11/2012:  Dr. Michael Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics , has been nominated for GRAMMY for his CD, Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music. More

12/06/2012  Dr. Stanley DubinskyDr.Micheal MontgomeryDr. Mila Tasseva-KurktchievaLauren Colomb, recent alumna Dr. Anna Mikhaylova (University of Oregon), and Paul Reed will present their works at LSA 2013

Lauren Colomb, Dr. Stanley Dubinsky, The syntax and semantics of ‘tryna’ [‘trying to’] in comparison with ‘gonna’ [‘going to’]

Dr. Stanley Dubinsky, Dr. Anna V. Mikhaylova (recent alumna, University of Oregon), Dr. Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva, Telicity and the structure of VP objects in Slavic and English

Paul Reed and Dr. Michael Montgomery, Earlier African American English in an Appalachian enclave

 12/05/2012: Dr. Tracey Weldon has been invited to give several talks and awarded Provost Humanities Grant. Congratulations to Dr.Weldon! 

12/02/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Elaine ChunSara LideJulia McKinney and Dr. Jennifer Reynolds who presented their work at AAA 2012!

Here are details to their work:

Dr. Elaine W Chun, Trajectories of Racism, Language, and Linsanity In U.S. Media Discourses

Sara Lide, Young Women In the U.S. South: The Emergence of a New Southern Identity

Julia McKinney, The Intersection of Age and Region: The Construction of Southernness Among Older Adults 

Dr. Jennifer F Reynolds, A Guatemalan Imaginary of Impunity: The Rhetorics of Canaries In Cages, and How Best to Set Them Free 

12/01/2012Congratulations to Wei ChengJess D’Atri and Dr. Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva and recent alumna Dr. Anna Mikhaylova who presented their work at SLRF 2012 !

Here are details to their work:

Wei Cheng, The acquisition of English lexical stress by advanced Chinese-speaking learners: An Optimality-theoretic account

Jessica D’Atri, Perception of non-native L2 phonemic contrasts: L1 versus L2 speaker stimuli 

Dr. Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva, Which features are easier to reassemble: The case of L2 Spanish gender and number

Dr. Anna Mikhaylova, “(Why) is the Imperfective difficult to acquire? Insights from L2 Russian"

10/12/2012Professor Jeff Mielke Talk, 3:30 PM,  Gambrell 151 on  "Language-level implications of individual-level sound patterns." 

4/09/2012: Shirley Brice Heath's campus-wide talk, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Swearingen Building, Room C101, Amoco HallFlyer for "Platforms for Literacy: The Multiplying Tomorrow"

4/05/2012: Renee Blake of New York University, 3:30-4:30 in Wardlaw 126 "Interrogating African American: Language Variation in New York City’s Black Population"

3/22-24/2012: The Spanish Program will be organizing this year's 14th annual Comparative Literature conference, "Cultural and Linguistic Intersections of the Transatlantic"; there willbe four keynote speakers, one of which will be language related and by Prof. Gilvan Müller de Oliveira, the director of the Instituto Internacional da Lingua Portugesa, and therewill also be a featured panel (tba) organized by Prof. José del Valle, as well as other papers/panels of interest to linguists.

2/16-19/2012: Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonologyand Workshop on experimental methods and research tools

12/1/2011: Sherina Feliciano-Santos, Anthropology Colloquium, 3:30–5:00pm, Hamilton College 318 Title TBA

11/8/2011: Juan Rodriguez, Anthropology Colloquium, 3:30–5:00pm, Hamilton College 318 "Rhetorical Strategies and Political Gift Giving in the Orinoco Delta"

11/1/2011: Steven Black, Anthropology Colloquium, 3:30–5:00pm, Hamilton College 318 "Vocal Practice: Noun Classes, Click Consonants, and Creativity Amid Stigma in South Africa"

10/28-30/2011: NSF-funded conference/workshop New Horizons in Conflict System Analysis: Applications to the Middle East (Stan Dubinsky, co-organizer; includes linguistic approaches; seethis page.; Session III: Language, Linguistics and Identity: October 28, 4:00 - 6:00pm)

10/13-14, 2011: Barbara Duncan (Cherokee language revitalization)

9/15/2011: Amadu Massally Thursday, September 15, 2011, 5:30 pm, Gambrell 152. (LING cosponsor.)"Reclaiming Lost Family: My Journey Through the Sierra Leone-Gullah Connection"

9/23/2011: Dan Fogerty (COMD), 3:30 pm, Gambrell 152 - Dan Fogerty (COMD; Director, Speech Perception Laboratory) "Differential contributions of consonants and vowels to spoken word recognition: Implications of aging",

Early spring: Tracey Weldon on middle class AAE (in conjunction with ENGL talk)