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LSA announces new Web-based project

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

After almost two years of work, the Undergraduate Programs Advisory Committee of the Linguistic Society of America is excited to announce the launch of the Linguistic Academic Depository, a new feature on the LSA website that allows linguistics faculty and instructional staff to exchange handouts, syllabi, and other course materials.

UPAC member and UChicago grad student Nassira Nicola encourages members of the department to both browse the materials currently offered and contribute their own fabulous ideas, at  (Note: Access requires LSA membership.)

UN General Assembly Proclaims 2008 International Year of Languages

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

The year 2008 has been proclaimed International Year of Languages by the United Nations General Assembly. UNESCO, which has been entrusted with the task of coordinating activities for the Year, is determined to fulfill its role as lead agency.

The full text of a message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the celebration of 2008, International Year of Languages can be found here.

Welcome back and Happy 2008!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

BLING is finally back after a short winter hiatus. Not doubt many of you will have interesting new developments you would like to share. So please don’t forget to send us news you’d like to see appearing on the pages of BLING.

Just a reminder, BLING is updated weekly, so keep those news and other interesting bits of linguistics you’d like to share coming!

The Linguists Premiere at Sundance

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

THE LINGUISTS, the first documentary supported by the National Science Foundation, was selected to world premiere in the newly minted “Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight” category at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The trailer is at One of the linguists featured is our very own Gregory Anderson (UofC PhD 2000). Here’s a brief description provided by Ironbound Films:

“It is estimated that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by the end of this century.

THE LINGUISTS follows David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, the linguists’ resolve is tested by the very forces silencing languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

David and Greg’s journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at risk when a language dies.”

CSLI Books for Free!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

CSLI has posted full PDFs of many of their books for free download. There are a lot of goodies here. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Welcome back!

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

After a long summer hiatus, our department news blog is back! As you might have noticed, the name of the news blog has changed. Due to popular demand, what was BLISS is now BLING (Blog in LINGuistics). Please be sure to update your bookmark to reflect the new URL of the site.

Erlewine got Fulbright

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Mitcho Erlewine, one of our graduating seniors, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Taiwan. Congratulations!

Full-time summer position available

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

An NSF-funded project in the Computer Science department at the University of Chicago is looking for a full-time undergraduate summer intern for the Summer of 2007. The project explores computational approaches to speech recognition and understanding, specifically recognition of tone and intonation. The summer position would continue development of a tool to support computer-assisted learning of tone and intonation. Building on existing software, the plan is to build an interface to provide feedback to language learners by identifying errors in their own speech both visually and auditorily as well as employing synthesis to demonstrate the correct pronunciation. Interested candidate should contact Gina Levow at levow “AT” for more detail.