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WWU's Ed Vajda to Discuss the Ancient Language Link Between Siberia and North America Nov. 8 at City Hall

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:30am

Western Washington University Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Edward Vajda will give a talk titled “Firelight on the River: Siberia’s Ket People and Ancient North America” from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street. 

Linguistics makes the leap from program to full-fledged department at WWU

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:02am

For the first time in 30 years, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has added a new department, the Department of Linguistics. This was possible due in large part to the diligence of Kristin Denham, a professor of Linguistics and the new department’s first Chair.

Meet the 2018-19 Outstanding Graduates from CHSS/Social and Behavioral Sciences

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:49am

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

WWU Hosts Amy LaCross for Discussion on Speech Segmentation and Language Perception April 24

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 1:04pm

Arizona State University’s Amy LaCross will give a presentation at 4 p.m. on Wednesday April 24 in Miller Hall 152 on Western Washington University’s campus on speech segmentation errors found in Spanish and Mandarin speakers, and how they can give insight into language-specific perceptual cues.

The talk is free and open to the public.

WWU to host Vanderbilt's Reyna Gordon Nov. 5

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:18pm

The Linguistics Program, the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host Reyna Gordon, the director of the Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab, at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in Miller Hall 152. 

The event, titled “Individual differences in language and rhythm skills: a journey from behavior to brain to genetics," is free and open to the public.

Five Western Students, Alumni Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:14am

Western Washington University graduates and students have received five Fulbright Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, making Western one of the top producers of the prestigious award.

“I’ve always believed Western students can compete with the best around the country,” said Tom Moore, director of Western’s Fellowships Office. “Fulbright application readers know what they’re looking for in students.”

University of Oregon’s Steven Brown to Discuss Japanese Horror Cinema at WWU April 27

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:55am

Western Washington University’s East Asian Studies program will host the University of Oregon’s Steven Brown at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in Wilson Libraries 164F; Brown will read excerpts from his new book, “Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Western Libraries Announces 2016-17 Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:29pm

Winners of this year’s Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award will be honored at a small reception in the library on June 9, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg will publicly recognize the award-winning students and present each awardee with a certificate. Friends, family members of the award-winning students, the students’ faculty mentors, and members of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Award review committee will also be invited.

This year's winners are:

Linguistics Program will host international symposium April 22-23

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:24am

Western Washington University's Linguistics Program will host an International Symposium on Typological Regularity of Semantic Change in Grammaticalization and Lexicalization

Saturday, April 22 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miller Hall 121

 

Edward Vajda to Discuss Ket Language May 18

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:09am

Western Washington University’s Linguistics Club will host Professor of Linguistics Ed Vajda to discuss the Ket language and his fieldwork in Siberia from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, in Miller Hall Room 152 on the WWU campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Donovan Grose to Discuss Evolution Between Language and Gesture May 13 at WWU

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:03pm

Donovan Grose, a professor of English at the Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong, will present his work on some of the linguists' biggest questions surrounding language faculty, acquisition, evolution and the interface between language and gesture at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13, in Miller Hall Room 231 on Western Washington University’s campus.

The lecture, “Language, Modality, and Evolution,” is free and open to the public.

Alumnus to speak on the interface between language and gesture May 13

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 8:55am

Western Washington University alumnus Donovan Grose, now a professor of English at Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong, will present his work on some of the linguists' biggest questions surrounding the language faculty, acquisition, evolution and the interface between language and gesture at 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Miller Hall Room 231.

The lecture, “Language, Modality, and Evolution,” is free and open to the public.

In memoriam: Dwan Shipley

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:19pm

Dwan Shipley, an instructor for the Linguistics Program at Western Washington University, passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, at his home. A memorial service/celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. at Dakota Creek Christian Center in Blaine on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Pause Is Seen in a Continent’s Peopling

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:53am

Vajda explains J.R.R. Tolkien's invented languages

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:21am

J.R.R. Tolkien, wildly popular for his authorship of the fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings," was by profession an unprepossessing Medievalist and historical linguist.

In this lecture, delivered at Western Washington University Nov. 14, 2012, Edward Vajda, a professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Western, discusses "Tolkien's Imaginary Languages."