Article: Why does Africa have so many languages?

April 22nd, 2015

Check out this new Christian Science Monitor article, “Why does Africa have so many languages?”.  Our own Professor Salikoko Mufwene was interviewed to provide his expertise on the matter.

CLS 51 Program and Abstracts

April 22nd, 2015

The conference program for CLS 51 is now available with short abstracts at their website:


Congratulations Patrick!

April 22nd, 2015

Congratulations to Patrick Munoz on the successful and engaging defense of his first qualifying paper, “Naming relations in the semantics and pragmatics of proper names”!

Prof. Giannakidou Announced as 10th Annual PLA Symposium Keynote Speaker

April 1st, 2015

The Purdue Linguistics Association will be hosting its 10th Annual Symposium on April 10th and 11th. They are a regional symposium that highlights the work of exceptional undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate linguists. In addition to presentations from students representing a diversity of research topics in linguistics, they will have a special session titled ‘Scalar and Non-scalar Negative Polarity Items: Prosody, Syntax, and Semantics’ presented by Dr. Anastasia Giannakidou of the University of Chicago. Please visit their website [] for a detailed program.

Please feel free to email with any questions.

Dates: April 10th – 11th
Location: Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Congratulations Rafael!

April 1st, 2015

Congratulations to Rafael Abramovitz for the award of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this year!