BU Linguistics alumni survey. Thanks so much!
New! (Nov. 27, 2013) CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
now open to pre-registration
GOOD NEWS for students who would like to begin their study of linguistics: there is now more room in CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics for spring 2014 (taught by Prof. Jon Barnes, TR 11-12:30). Students who are interested can now pre-register on the Student Link.
NEW!! Video records of recent Linguistics presentations
Have you missed one of our recent invited lectures? Members of the BU community can watch the video and follow along with the slides :-) Prof. Sasha Nikolaev's presentation on "The Story of Writing" from November 20, 2013 is the latest addition: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/lectures.html. You can also see some pictures from the event.
PLANNING FOR SPRING SEMESTER
Linguistics courses for spring are listed here: http://ling.bu.edu/courses/schedules/spring2014.
2 brand new courses for spring
Two fascinating new courses for spring:
(1) CAS LX 320 A1 Language, Race, and Gender (Erker)
(2) CAS LX 500 A1 Topics in Linguistics: Language,
Linguistics, and the Law (Plaster) MW 3-4:30
Courses for Spring 2014
New: Gallery of flyers for spring courses
Joint Majors in Linguistics & French/Italian/Japanese/Spanish
New !! Brochures for the joint majors in French/Italian/Spanish & Linguistics (Japanese coming soon). You can print them out yourself (2-sided, flip short side) or stop by to pick one up from the entryway to 621 Commonwealth Ave.: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/FrenLx.pdf, http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/ItalLx.pdf, http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/joint/SpanLx.pdf
In addition to our joint major in Linguistics & Philosophy (Hegis code: 1514), we are now pleased to be able to offer joint majors that combine the study of linguistics with that of language, literature, and culture. Here's some informationabout these majors (and the corresponding honors programs):
French & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1147)
Italian & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1148)
Japanese & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1149)
Spanish & Linguistics (Hegis code: 1150)
There is also the Linguistics major itself, of course (Hegis code 1505).
You can now change your major or minor declarations online: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/major-minor-declaration-form/.
Be sure to list all your majors and minors if you are making any kind of change.
For further information, contact Prof. Neidle.
Recently introduced Spanish linguistics courses and how they count toward degree requirements?
There has been some confusion. Find the answers here :-)
About the new courses: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/spanishlingcourses.pdf
More information about how they count: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/spanling.html
Prof. Danny Erker studies the Spanish spoken in Boston
He is featured in BU Today: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/a-language-evolves/
|Danny Erker, in East Boston’s Maverick Square, has been visiting the city’s neighborhoods to recruit subjects for his linguistics research. Photo by Cydney Scott, BU Today.|
Welcome, and congratulations to Tyler Perrachione
Linguist and neuroscientist Tyler Perrachione, most recently a postdoc at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/tkp/www/), just hired as an Assistant Professor at BU in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (http://www.bu.edu/sargent/profile/tyler-k-perrachione-ph-d/), was awarded a prestigious Peter Paul professorship (http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/three-faculty-awarded-peter-paul-professorships/). We are delighted to have him at BU and extend our congratulations!
(Photo from BU Today, by C. Suzuki)
Welcome to Sasha Nikolaev !
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Alexander Nikolaev will joins us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies starting September 2013.
Sasha Nikolaev is both a classicist and a linguist, and he is most interested in where language and literature meet. As a historian of literature, he works on archaic Greek poetry (Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, etc.). As a linguist, he is primarily interested in Greek historical linguistics and etymology, but he has also done work on the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European and on the history of other Indo-European languages and language families, including Hittite, Sanskrit, Old Persian and Avestan, Old Irish, Tocharian and Balto-Slavic. We hope and expect that he will be teaching courses of interest to students of linguistics, and we will keep you informed :-)
Linguistics majors who qualify are invited to apply for admission into the new Honors program. There are also honors programs available for the various Linguistics joint majors (described here). Those of you who are not yet juniors might consider applying in the future.
The Linguistics Honors program requires 14 courses (rather than 12, as for the standard major), to include 3 at an advanced level; these must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.7. Students who complete the program successfully will graduate "with Honors in Linguistics."
Honors program application forms: Linguistics, Linguistics & Philosophy, French & Linguistics, Italian & Linguistics, Japanese & Linguistics, Spanish & Linguistics. [Applications for admission as of Fall 2013 will be accepted from 4/25/2013 to 9/10/2013 (for students who will be graduating between January 2015 and September 2015).]
A variety of co-curricular activities will be organized for program participants. Complete details are available from this page: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/honors/honors-for-ling.html. Students who may be interested in this program are also strongly encouraged to discuss this with their faculty advisor and/or Prof. Neidle.
Requirements for the Linguistics Major - modified as of September 2011
The current requirements for the linguistics major apply to students who declared their major no earlier than Fall of 2011. Students who declared their major prior to September of 2011 will be expected to fulfill the requirements in effect at that time, although they may elect to fulfill the newer requirements instead by so notifying the CAS Records Office (and their advisor). Please address any questions about this to your advisor.
See our Alumni Notes page. Please let us know what you're up to. Send your news and photos. We'd love to hear from you :-)
Congratulations to all our 2013 graduates !!!!!
Some pictures from Commencement 2013 are now available: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/pictures/c13/grads_2013.html
* NEW *
For members of the BU community who missed either of these presentations -- or who would like to see them again: You can watch the videos. The slides are also available for viewing, so you can follow along. Click here for access
- "On so-called Spanglish"
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:30-9 PM, KCB 101
Sponsored by the BU Linguistics Association
"Cross-linguistic semantics: Methods and results".
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:30-7 PM, KCB room 106.
Sponsored by the James Geddes, Jr. Lecture Series
Here are some pictures from the event.
Presentation by Mara Breen
Some pictures have been posted from Mara Breen's presentation on "Implicit prosody in reading: Listening to the little voice in our heads."
Abstract: For over one hundred years, researchers have wondered about the nature of the inner voice during silent reading. One of the main questions that has concerned researchers is whether the inner voice serves a purpose
during reading. That is, is the producing, or hearing, of words and phrases during reading simply epiphenomenal—a by-product of the fact that language has been spoken far longer than it has been written, or does it enhance the reader’s processing and understanding of the written word? In the current talk, I will present eye-tracking and event-related potential experiments designed to empirically explore the nature of this inner voice, commonly called implicit prosody. I will argue that implicit prosody plays a functional role during reading, in that it can direct the reader’s syntactic interpretation of sentences.
BULA on the Web
Check out the site for the BU undergraduate Linguistics Association: http://bula.bu.edu.
BULA also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boston-University-Linguistics-Association/142505152475244.
Events are open to the BU community, and if you'd like to help in planning future events, new BULA members are always welcome :-)
CAS Linguistics Facebook Page
Have a look: https://www.facebook.com/BULinguistics.
- Become a fan!
We welcome your suggestions about what else you would like to see there... Thanks!
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Recent grants from the National Science Foundation
Update: August 2011
Professor Carol Neidle received new funding from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Generating Accurate, Understandable Sign Language Animations Based on Analysis of Human Signing," a collaboration with researchers Matt Huenerfauth at CUNY and Dimitris Metaxas at Rutgers University.
Professor Neidle is also continuing her NSF-funded collaboration with Prof. Dimitris Metaxas of Rutgers University: "Linguistically Based ASL Sign Recognition as a Structured Multivariate Learning Problem."
The National Science Foundation has also recently provided support for "Development of Publicly Available, Easily Searchable, Linguistically Analyzed, Video Corpora for Sign Language and Gesture Research," a collaboration involving Profs. Neidle and Sclaroff at BU, Metaxas at Rutgers University, Bahan and Vogler at Gallaudet University, and Athitsos at the University of Texas in Arlington.
Professor Jonathan Barnes is involved in collaborative research with Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (MIT) and Nanette Veilleux (Simmons). They just received funding from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Collaborative research: Integrating shape, scaling, and alignment in a global approach to F0 events in intonation systems." The research team had previously received NSF funding for study of "Global Measures of Tonal Alignment in a Level-based Theory of Intonational Phonology" and "Prosodic Categories of American English in Form and Function."
Here's what you can find here:
- Teaching Fellows
- Research Personnel
- Honors Programs
- Possible Combinations
- CAS Requirements