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April 2, 2019

2018-19 Colloquium

Spring 2019

4/05/2019   No Colloquium
4/12/2019   Dorothea Hoffmann
4/26/2019   Amos Teo
5/03/2019   NILI (Northwest Indian Language Institute)
5/10/2019   Pat Keating (UCLA)
5/17/2019   Robert Davis (UO Romance Languages)
5/24/2019   Richard Griscom
5/31/2019   Rob Podesva (Stanford University) CANCELLED
6/07/2019   No Colloquium

All Friday talks will take place in Straub 145 at 3:30PM.


Fall 2018

09/28/2018   No Colloquium
10/05/2018   Keli Yerian
10/12/2018   Zack Jaggers
10/19/2018   Phil Howson
10/26/2018   Morgan Sonderegger, McGill University
11/02/2018   Valerie Hazan,  University College London
11/09/2018   Spike Gildea
11/16/2018   Sonia Cristofaro, University of Pavia
11/23/2018   Thanksgiving – No colloquium
11/30/2018   No Colloquium





March 26, 2019

commencement info


Department Ceremony: June 16, 2019

University Ceremony:  June 17, 2019

LTS Summer Ceremony: TBA


University Ceremony information  here

Department Ceremony
The first step to graduating with your Linguistics Degree is to apply for your degree.  See chart below for deadline dates. Undergraduates are to apply on DuckWeb. Graduate students apply through GradWeb.

Degree Application Deadlines


Bachelors Degree

Masters /Doctoral Degree

 Fall 2018  October 21, 2018  October 5, 2018
 Winter 2019  February 2, 2019  January 18, 2019
 Spring 2019  April 28, 2019  April 12, 2019
 Summer 2019  TBA  TBA

Department Commencement Participation
The Linguistics Department faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony and reception at the 156 Straub Hall, Sunday, June 16 at 4PM.

Graduates will line up 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Be sure to complete the department registration form if you plan to walk in the ceremony; click the link at the bottom of this page.

The ceremony will be approximately 30-45 minutes long and a reception with refreshments will follow. Regalia is not required but encouraged.

Rent or purchase regalia through the UO Duck Store. If you have additional questions, contact the UO Duck Store at 541-346-4331 or go to the DuckStore website

Contact Kayla Robinson if any of your guests need special accommodations, or you have any other questions.

Click here to register.

Congratulations Linguistics Graduates!


March 3, 2016

Northwest Phon{etics;ology} 2

We are really happy to host the Second Annual Meeting of the NorthWest Phonetics & Phonology Conference (NoWPhon). NoWPhon is intended to be a gathering that encourages and provides a supportive environment for student presentations and fosters connections among faculty and students across the region.


July 29, 2014

46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics

46th annual conference on African Linguistics

July 11, 2014

Newsletter 2014

Read it here: linguistics 2014 newsletter

September 19, 2013

Cynthia Vakareliyska

August 24, 2013. “Shared orthographic patterns in the Curzon and Vratsa gospels”, presented paper at XVth International Congress of Slavists, in Minsk, Belarus.

August 23, 2013. “Electronic collation of medieval Slavic and Greek calendars of saints:  Identifying calendar traditions and families”, presented paper at XVth International Congress of Slavists, in Minsk, Belarus .

2013.  Kapatsinski, Vsevolod and Cynthia M. Vakareliyska, “[N[N]] compounds in Russian: A growing family of constructions,” Constructions and Frames 5(1): 69–87 (2013).

2013. “Shared orthographic patterns in the Curzon and Vratsa Gospels,” in: Michael S. Flier & Christina E. Bethin (eds.), American Contributions to the 15th International Congress of Slavists, Bloomington, IN: Slavica 45-62 (2013).


September 17, 2013

2013-2014 Colloquium

Oct. 11     Edward Vajda, Western Washington University
Handouts: Vajda – VestigialDYmorphology
Vajda Shaman-2010-Vajda
Vajda 2010 Ket Shamanism Shaman
Vajda Yeniseian Derivation
Oct. 18     Eric Pederson, University of Oregon
Presentation:  Pederson Power Point Presentation
Oct. 25    Melissa Redford, University of Oregon
Nov. 1     Volya Kapatsinski, University of Oregon
Paper: Kapasinski article
Nov. 8     Melissa Baese-Berk, University of Oregon
Nov. 15   Lise Menn, University of Colorado
Handout:  Menn Handout
Nov. 22   Eric Pakulak, Brain Development Lab, University of Oregon
Nov. 29   No Colloquium
Dec. 6      Cancelled–Mokaya Bosire , University of Oregon

Jan. 17    Julie Sykes, Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon
Jan. 24    Mokaya Bosire, University of Oregon
Paper: Bosire Paper
Jan. 31    Spike Gildea, University of Oregon
Feb.   7    No colloquium this week
Feb. 14    Janne Underriner, Judith Fernandes, Robert Elliot; Joana Jansen, Jerome Viles; Northwest Indian Languages Institute, University of Oregon.  Abstract: NILI
Feb.  21   Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, University of British Columbia
Feb.  28   Linda Konnerth, Dissertation Defense, University of Oregon
Mar.   7    Roberto Zariquiey of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and University of California at Berkeley

Mar. 20  Carmen Llamas and Dom Watt, University of York
Apr. 9      Maurizio Generre, University of Naples
Apr. 18   Yasuhiro Shirai, University of Pittsburgh
Apr. 25   Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University
May 2      Doris Payne, University of Oregon
May 9      Tyler Kendall, University of Oregon
May 16    Joana Jansen, Northwest Indian Languages Institute, University of Oregon
Handout: Jansen Handout
May 23    Hugh J. Paterson III, SIL International and University of North Dakota
Handout: Paterson Handout
May 30    Cancelled — Russ Tomlin, University of Oregon
Jun. 6      Russ Tomlin, University of Oregon
Jun. 9      Joaquin Romero Gallego, Universitat Rovira i Virgili


April 8, 2013

Tyler Kendall

March 8, 2013.  Book Published.  Speech Rate, Pause and Sociolinguistics Variation: Studies in Corpus Sociophonetics, March 2013, Palgrave Macmillan.  Link to book

Volya Kapatsinski

2013.  Kapatsinski, V., & C. Vakareliyska. 2013. [N[N]] compounds in Russian: A growing family of constructions. Constructions & Frames, 5(1), 73-91.

2013. Stave, M., A. Smolek, & V. Kapatsinski. 2013. Inductive bias against stem changes as perseveration: Experimental evidence for an articulatory approach to output-output faithfulness. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 35, 3454-59.

2013. Kapatsinski, V. 2013. Conspiring to mean: Experimental and computational evidence for a usage-based harmonic approach to morphonology. Language, 89(1), 110-48. Link to paper

Selected presentations:
2013. Kapatsinski, V. 2013. Biases in learning morphophonology and their implications for language change. Keynote address. 11th Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics, Columbus, OH, October 12.

2013. Kapatsinski, V. 2013. Sound change and hierarchical inference: Clarifying predictions of usage-based theory. Poster presented at Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, September 12-14.

2013. Kapatsinski, V. 2013. Morphological schema induction by means of conditional inference trees. Paper presented at the 19th International Congress of Linguists (Workshop on Theoretical and Computational Morphology), Geneva, Switzerland, July 22-27.

2013. Kapatsinski., V., M. Stave, & A. Smolek. 2013. Judgment and production data in morphophonology: Converging sources of evidence. Paper presented at Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, September 12-14.


Scott DeLancey

2013.     Verb agreement suffixes in Mizo-Kuki-Chin. In: G. Hyslop, S. Morey and M. Post, eds., Northeast Indian Linguistics V, 138-150. Delhi: Cambridge University Press.
2013.     The history of postverbal agreement in Kuki-Chin. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 6:1-17.
2012.     Still mirative after all these years. Linguistic Typology 16.3: 529-564. 

Conference presentations:
2013.     Second person verb forms in Tibeto-Burman. Invited keynote addresss, 46th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
2013.     Morphological Comparisons Within the “North-East India” Branch of Tibeto-Burman. 19th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra.
2013.     Argument indexation (verb agreement) in Kuki-Chin. 46th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

December 2012.  In Northeast India  he gave a series of lectures on Functional Syntax and fieldwork at Gauhati University in Guwahati, Assam, and on Tibeto-Burman linguistics in Manipur University in Imphal, Manipur.  He also visited several tribal communities in Manipur where he collected preliminary data on several “Old Kuki” languages, and consulted with community leaders and language activists about plans for community-based language maintenance and development programs.

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