06 April 2014

Jonathan Rosa on the Language/Word gap

Meghan Armstrong writes:

The UMass Hispanic Linguistics program has invited Jonathan Rosa  (Anthropology) to lead a discussion on the language gap/word gap that  has been receiving substantial attention in the media.

We invite you to join us for this discussion:

Power, Perspective, and Linguistic “Problems:: Rethinking the  "Language/Word Gap"

4/8 @ 5:45 -- 217 Herter Hall

For more info: http://umasshispling.wordpress.com/

NSF Graduate Student Fellowships

Congratulations to Ivy Hauser and Leland Kusmer who have been awarded graduate student fellowships by the National Science Foundation. There were only 10 of these fellowships awarded to students at UMass. For more information about the program and awardees, go here.


The annual UConn, Umass, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop took place at UConn yesterday (Saturday, April 5). UMass was represented by:

Valentina Brunetto “English speaking children’s acquisition of number words"

Michael Clauss “Ambiguity between questions and relative clauses for children and adults"

Jon Nelson “Recursive PP interpretation revisited: L1 and L2 differences in English and Spanish"

Lecturer in Phonology at Harvard

Lecturer on Linguistics

Harvard University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Linguistics seeks applications for a full-time lecturer in phonology. The appointment is expected to begin on 7/1/2014.  The lecturer will be responsible for teaching phonology at any level (undergraduate, beginning graduate, and advanced graduate).  The position is for one-year.  

Basic Qualifications:  Doctorate in Linguistics or related discipline ordinarily required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications:  Demonstrated excellence in teaching is desired. 

Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu), no later than April 30, 2014:

Required Documents

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover Letter

3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

4. Statement of Research

5. Publication

6. Course Evaluations

7. Names and contact information of two references (two letters of recommendation are required, and the application is only complete when both letters have been submitted)

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information:  Cheryl Murphy, Harvard University, Boylston Hall, Rm. 305, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA  02138 

Contact Email:  clmurphy@fas.harvard.edu

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Oslo

One fully paid Doctoral Research Fellowship (3 years) within formal semantics and/or syntax is available in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo (UiO).ILOS seeks to recruit PhD candidates with excellent research qualifications who will work with the research group SynSem. The doctoral research fellowship is open to topics in formal semantics, theoretical syntax or the syntax-semantics interface. Only projects that involve modern European languages (Germanic, Romance and Slavic languages) being taught at ILOS will come into consideration. The project may be anchored within one language, but theoretical contrastive studies of several languages may also come into consideration. The successful candidate must participate in the research training program organized by the Faculty of Humanities (cf. regulations and supplementary provisions for the faculty’s researcher education) and must engage in the designated research activities on a full-time basis.

The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation (monograph or article-based) to be defended at a public defense for the doctoral degree. The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work must result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. go here for more details.