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Some exciting news : A new Linguistics Program launches

July 1, 2015:

The CAS Linguistics Program now unifies degree offerings at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. You can view "undergraduate" vs. "graduate" information by selecting the appropriate button at the top of this page. If you have any questions about Linguistics at BU, don't hesitate to contact the Program Director, Prof. Carol Neidle, or the Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Jonathan Barnes.

Brand new MA in Linguistics !


BU is launching a brand new LINGUISTICS MA program !

See this page for details: http://ling.bu.edu/grad/degrees/ling-ma.

This program is intended to take the place of our current MA in Applied Linguistics. New applications will be accepted henceforth only for the new program.

NOTE TO CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS and those who will be entering the MA program in September 2016: This change will not affect you at all. Your requirements for degree, and everything else associated with the program, will remain unchanged. You will, however, have the option of transferring to the new program, if you wish -- although this would, in most cases, require additional coursework specifically in linguistics (over and above what you might otherwise have been doing for the Applied Linguistics degree) in order to satisfy the requirements of the new program. If you are interested in discussing this possibility, feel free to contact Carol Neidle or Jon Barnes.

New intercollegiate joint major in Linguistics & Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Students in CAS or SAR can now major in Linguistics & Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For details of the new CAS major, see http://ling.bu.edu/degrees/lx-slhs. There is also a corresponding honors program. Click here for a printable pdf description of the new program. Note that the program has not yet been integrated into BU's other websites and computer systems. If you are interested in the new program, feel free to speak with Prof. Neidle.

Linguistics Convocation Speaker

You don’t have to wait for the Senior Breakfast to find out who the Linguistics Convocation speaker will be

This year, Linguistics -- now an autonomous program -- will be holding its own Commencement ceremony for the first time.

To join us in congratulating our graduates and wishing them well, we have invited a very special convocation speaker to participate in our celebration: Prof. Bruce Hayes, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Linguistics Department at UCLA. Bruce is a leading phonologist, whose energy and insight have been influential in shaping our understanding of metrics, stress, and the acquisition of sound systems. His linguistic acumen is matched only by his enthusiasm for the field. Bruce is also a wonderful speaker. Our graduates and their families are in for a treat

Course flyers for Fall 2016

For beginners


We have two options for students just beginning their study of Linguistics:


For students who have already taken CAS LX 250


There are lots of exciting options!


See http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/course-flyers.html#next for these course flyers.

Additional LX course information is available from:

One important note: Of the core courses required for all of the Linguistics degree programs, the Phonetics & Phonology course (now CAS LX 301; formerly CAS LX 510) will be offered only in the fall, and the Syntax course (now CAS LX 321; formerly CAS LX 522) will be offered only in the spring. Please plan accordingly.

Major announcement about Linguistics curriculum


Effective Fall 2016, Linguistics course numbers will be changing! Please read about the details here: http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/LX-announce.pdf.

These details will appear on the Link as of February 17, 2016. The ling website is currently being updated.

BU Linguistics Colloquium Series

See details on the Events page! http://ling.bu.edu/events/bu

UROP

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 UROP recipients !

Sarah Lawson:
"Language Contact and Transfer Between Andean Spanish and Bolivian Quechua: Regional and Social Perspectives" (working with Prof. Myler)

Using a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with Quechua and Spanish bilinguals, Sarah will investigate phonological, lexical, and syntactic phenomena of language contact and transfer between Andean Spanish and Quechua. She will examine the linguistic constraints which affect several variables (including the realization of /r/ and the use of certain past tenses), and she will use the results of an attitudinal survey to investigate how these variables relate (or don’t relate) to speaker attitudes and orientations toward indigenous culture.

James Sbordone:
"Phonetic description of Southeastern Pomo, an endangered language of California" (working with Prof. Chang)

Jimmy will be working on an acoustic analysis of recordings of Southeastern Pomo, a severely endangered language historically spoken in northern California. These data will ultimately contribute to a phonetic description of the idiolect of the last living fluent speaker as well as a diachronic comparison between her speech and the speech of the preceding generation (captured on archival recordings). The plan is (currently) to look at both stop consonants and the vowel space.

Dallas Walter:
"Korean fricatives: Diachronic changes in phonetic enhancement strategies" (working with Prof. Chang)

Dallas will be carrying out analyses of younger and older Korean speakers' production of the fricative contrast between fortis /s*/ and non-fortis /s/. The recordings are from an experiment conducted earlier this year, which was designed to examine the phonetic properties that speakers exaggerate in these fricatives when speaking in the 'clear speech' register. The phonetic data that Dallas compiles will provide evidence to support a phonological classification of the non-fortis fricative in the context of the Korean laryngeal system.

Summer 2016

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is now accepting applications for Summer 2016. The deadline for undergraduates to apply for stipend support and/or supplies funds is noon on Wednesday, March 2. See See http://www.bu.edu/urop/

Newsletter: Fall 2015

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Honors Program in Linguistics

Linguistics majors who qualify are invited to apply for admission into the Honors program. There are also honors programs available for the various Linguistics joint majors, described here:

Commencement 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates! See some pictures on our Facebook page:

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 :-)

http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/lectures.html.

Joint Majors in Linguistics & French/Italian/Japanese/Spanish

Brochures for the joint majors in French/Italian/Japanese/Spanish & Linguistics. 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.

Please note that the pdf documents linked in above are based on course numbering in effect through Spring 2016. Updated versions with the new course numbers will be provided soon.

For further information, contact Prof. Neidle.

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.

Fall Newsletter - 2014

Check out the latest Linguistics newsletter !

Alumni Notes/News

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 :-)

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

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