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Department of Linguistics Student Organization

Since its founding in the year 2000 by a coalition of linguistics graduate students, GLOSS (Graduate Linguists of Oregon Student Society) has pursued a threefold mission of providing for the academic, professional and social development of its members. Our activities focus on the promotion of linguistic research and events at the University of Oregon in general, the provision for professional representation of graduate linguists and undergraduate linguistics majors, and the fostering of a welcoming atmosphere for the broader UO linguistics community. Membership in GLOSS is open to all members of the UO community.

With an expanding membership base and growing support from the Department of Linguistics, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO), Yamada Language Center and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the scale of GLOSS activities has grown steadily. An overview of our activities, responsibilities and accomplishments to date:

  • Linguistics Colloquium: GLOSS organizes weekly colloquia. GLOSS members who wish to gain experience organizing for conferences are able to design a particular colloquium series according to a theme. Recent themes have included Functional Phonology, Language Acquisition, and Cognitive Linguistics. Recent invited speakers have included Chigusa Kurumada (University of Rochester), Adam Ussishkin and Andy Wedel (University of Arizona), Sameer ud Dowla Khan (Reed College), David Hargreaves (Western Oregon University), and Keith Johnson (University of California Berkeley).  See our blog here for descriptions and abstracts from the 2015-16 colloquium series.
  • Workshops: In association with the colloquium series, GLOSS organizes additional workshops with our invited speakers, such as a recent workshop on auditory masked priming with Adam Ussishkin of the University of Arizona.
  • The Tom Givón Library: Following Professor Givón’s retirement to Emeritus status, GLOSS successfully lobbied for a large contribution of his personal library to form the cornerstone of a Linguistics Department Library. The library has been catalogued by Linguistics staff members.
  • GLOSS is committed to community outreach. Each spring we host an Endangered Languages Night event which serves both to educate the broader community about language diversity, and to raise money for scholarships to the Northwest Indian Language Institute’s Summer Institute for teacher training. In 2010 we sponsored a 5K run to raise money; since 2011 we have organized gatherings in the UO Longhouse in which graduate students in our department presented stories about their fieldwork on Endangered Languages.
  • Yearly incoming graduate student orientation
  • Representation on non-evaluative faculty meetings
  • Beer for Linguists! …”every” Friday, or when we’re feeling up to it…

2107-18 GLOSS Officers
Co-Chairs: Xuan Guan, Jill Potratz
Treasurer:  Jeff Kallay
Colloquium co-organizers:  Anita Kemp, Kaylynn Gunter
Social coordinator:  Charlie Farrington
Social media specialist:  To Be Determined
Representative at faculty meetings:  Nate Severance
Fundraiser:  To Be Determined
Listserve administrator:  Amy Smolek
Offices coordinators:  To Be Determined
GTFF Stewards:  Nate Severance, Matt Stave