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2020-2021 Student Spotlight

Brahm vanWoerden (’21, Spanish and linguistics) was accepted into Western’s Master in Teaching program.

Allison Hartley (21, linguistics) was accepted into the Master of Arts program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington.

Dr. Jordan Sandoval of Linguistics and Dr. Kirsten Drickey of Modern and Classical Languages have once again been accepted to share their research at the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference which will be held virtually this year. Sandoval and Drickey will be presenting their research along with students Brahm vanWoerden (’21, Spanish and linguistics) and Spencer de Vries ('22, Spanish and linguistics) and alumna María José Palacios Figueroa (’18, Spanish and linguistics).

2019-2020 Student Spotlight

Video from student Jess Costanza ('21, linguistics) on why she came to Western to study linguistics and loves it!

Students Nancy Brill and Brahm van Woerden presented their research at the 2019 Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, Sep. 2019.

Linguistics students and faculty shared their research at the 2019 Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, Sep. 2019.  Faculty and students pose with their research poster in front of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Sep. 2019. From left, Dr. Jordan Sandoval, Dr. Kirsten Drickey, student Nancy Brill, and student Brahm van Woerden.

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Outstanding Graduate in Linguistics

Laura Munger

Laura Munger in embroidered blue blouse, with chin-length dark hair and glasses

From Western Today: Laura Munger of Portland, Oregon, graduated magna cum laude and with University Honors in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in linguistics with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies. During her time at Western, Munger pursued major-concentrations in second language acquisition and language change, all while maintaining a 3.98 GPA. Her capstone project involved exploring the changing uses of taboo words in English over time. She also worked as a research assistant for Western Talks, helping to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the WWU community. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Washington. Munger is a graduate of Central Catholic High School.

More Outstanding Graduates

Manda Baur chosen as commencement speeaker

Linguistics major, Manda Baur, has been chosen as the winter 2019 College of Humanities and Social Sciences commencement speaker.

Baur poses with friends on the beach.

“They've helped me through a lot the past couple years,” Baur said. Photo courtesy of Manda Baur.

“Baur grew up in the Tri-Cities and graduated from Southridge High School and Columbia Basin College. At Western, Baur has studied linguistic discrimination, particularly oppression through language, and how language affects society. They also volunteered for Jeopardy, Western’s student literary magazine.” Read more about the winter commencement ceremony.

A study of accents

Two students holding a cardboard sign reading "Help us with our final project, we have candy"

Senior Karlly Palica and sophomore Sarah Bahzad set up a tripod and camera to interview passing students in Red Square on Thursday, March 7. The pair conducted a study of accents in the Pacific Northwest for a project in their LING 402 / ENG 436 class. Photo by WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist.

Two Western Linguistics Program Students Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Congratulations to Maria José Palacios Figueroa and Kimberly Christensen.

Read Maria and Kimberly's story.

Maria José Palacios Figueroa posing in front of a Fulbright banner in kelly greenshirt and striped shawl
Kimberly Christensen taking a selfie in a bright red t-shirt

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