The Linguistic Society of America is currently seeking applicants for a summer internship position in their Washington, D.C. office.  The position is part time, from June to August, and funding is available to support this part-time position. From the announcement:

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital. Interns will gain experience with writing, research, database management, social science policy, and a variety of administrative tasks. The position is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs leading to a degree in linguistics or a related field.

The deadline to apply is drawing near–April 28th is the last day that applications will be accepted for full consideration.  To apply, applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three academic/professional references.  For more information, visit the LSA Student Intern page.


Thinking about going to graduate school?

The Linguistics department is offering a workshop on applying to graduate school  with Linguistics PhD student Jason Ostrove as presenter.  

Please note this workshop is not for Speech Pathology programs, but for students thinking about applying to graduate programs similar to the one here at UCSC.

It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6th from 4-5pm in Humanities 1, room 210.
No rsvp needed – just show up!


The program for NELS 45 at MIT is now available. Among those who will be presenting papers are Amy Rose Deal (Properties of probes: evidence from Nez Perce complementizer agreement) and Anna Greenwood (Unpacking the effects of naturalness and simplicity biases on stress pattern learning). Also presenting will be undergrad alumna Lauren Winans (now a PhD student at UCLA) and doctoral alumnae Ruth Kramer (now Assistant Professor at Georgetown University) and Vera Gribanova (now Assistant Professor at Stanford University).


This being the final WHASC of 2013—14, we look forward to the summer’s activities and we recognize those who are now moving on to new adventures and opportunities.


Last week Alan Prince returned to UCSC, the campus where Optimality Theory was first seriously launched in 1991 in a course given at the LSA Summer Institute. Besides guesting in Phonology B and meeting with graduate students and faculty, Alan was was here principally to introduce interested linguists to OT Workplace, a nifty Excel-based tool for checking the soundness of one’s OT analyses, studying their logic and internal consistency, as well as the factorial typology they bring with them. He also apparently had lots of fun and enjoyed his meetings with faculty and graduate students.

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference Friday!

This year’s Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC) will take place this Friday, June 3rd, from 12:40 to 4:45, in the beautiful Stevenson Fireside Lounge. The conference promises to be an exciting mix of phonology, semantics, and syntax, featuring both theoretical and experimental approaches. This year’s speakers are Saralynn Emery, Joseph King, Matilda Morrison, Lauren Negrete, and Devin Tankersley. As always, LURC features a Distinguished Alumnus speaker as well. This year it is Shigeto Kawahara of Rutgers University, who was a student here in 2000-01. You can see the LURC program here.