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Brad Miller to join Proctor & Gamble as the HR Manager.

Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Brad Miller finished his PhD and will be moving to Cincinnati, OH, to join Proctor & Gamble as the HR Manager.

Farzad Karimzad accepts assistant professor position at Salisbury University

Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Farzad Karimzad has been offered and accepted a position as an assistant professor in applied linguistics at Salisbury University, MD, starting Fall 2017.

Lydia Catedral awarded the 2017 Douglas A. Kibbee prize

Published: Thu, 20 Apr 2017

The price is awarded to the receipient of an SLCL Dissertation Completion Fellowship whose dissertation project is judged by the School's Executive Committee to be the most outstanding. The Douglas A. Kibbee Prize was created by the colleagues, friends, and students of Professor Kibbee in honor of his distinguished career and service as the first Director of the School, and on the occasion of his retirement, in December 2010.

FASL-26 (Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics) at UIUC | May 19-21

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 2017

The 26th annual meeting of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL-26) conference will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 19-21, 2017. It will feature a special session on the Acquisition and Processing of Slavic Languages. The conference program is now available online, at:

FASL-26 is made possible by support from the National Science Foundation (BCS 1651183), the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Departments of Linguistics, Spanish & Portuguese, and Slavic Languages & Literatures, the SLATE Program, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

Registration is FREE to all Illinois faculty and students; if you plan to attend, do please pre-register, so that we have an approximate head-count. Pre-registration is available online at until April 30. On-site registration will also be available.

The invited speakers for the main session are Stephanie Harves (New York University) and Darya Kavitskaya (UC Berkeley).

The invited speakers for the special session on Acquisition and Processing of Slavic languages are Alexandra Perovic (University College London), Irina Sekerina (CUNY - College of Staten Island) and Natalia Slioussar (Higher School of Economics, Moscow).

SLATE/LING workshop on publishing in academic journals

Published: Thu, 13 Apr 2017

Prof. Ionin and Prof. Bowles' workshop took place April 12th, 5-7pm at 161 Noyes labs

Click here to view the slides from the workshop 

The 10th Heritage Language Summer Institute will be taking place at UIUC (May 22-25)

Published: Sun, 02 Apr 2017

The summer institute will be taking place May 22-25,  at Illini Union Room 314A

Click the link below for more details:

Story on College of LAS website about growth of the Arabic studies minor at U. of I.

Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017

To read the full article, click on:

Amy Reyes awarded 3 year NSF graduate research fellowship.

Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017

Congratulations to Amalia (Amy) Reyes has been awarded the prestigious 3-yr NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Congratulations to Amy and to her advisor, Darren.

FLAS fellowship recipient for Summer 17 and/or AY17-18.

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017

Congratulations to the Linguistics department students who have received FLAS fellowships:


Angelica Wozniak (AY17-18 FLAS for Arabic) - undergrad student, double major in LING and SPHS

Madeline Kopija (CGS AY17-18 FLAS for Korean) – Undergrad student

Pamela Kline (CLACS Summer 17 FLAS for Quechua) – MATESL student

Zainab Hermes (CGS AY17-18 FLAS for Turkish) – LING PhD student

NSF summer research assistantship for Sarah Johnson

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017

We are appy to share with you the good news that Sarah Johnson has been offered a summer research internship (through the NSF Graduate Research Internship Program) to conduct phonetics/phonology research on indigenous languages of the Americas at the Smithsonian.

Congratulations to Sarah and to her advisor, Ryan.

Girju and students receive best paper runner up award at the 2017 IEEE ICSC

Published: Mon, 06 Mar 2017

 The paper "Identifying Medications that Patients Stopped Taking in Online Health Forums" written by Roxana Girju and her students, Tony Gao (undergraduate, Linguistics) and Jason Cho (graduate, Computer Science) was awarded the best paper runner up at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE ICSC), San Diego, CA. 2017.
Recent Publications:
J. Cho, T. Gao, R. Girju, "Identifying Medications that Patients Stopped Taking in Online Health Forums", the 11th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE ICSC) (, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, San Diego, CA. 2017.
Patients may stop taking medications after a certain point for various reasons, such as severe side effects, prohibitive costs, or ineffective treatments. Being able to analyze the reason patients stop taking medications is very important to medical practitioners, for example, who can come up with new treatment plans, prescribe different medication if there are side effects. In this paper, we focus on online health forums and define the problem as a binary classification task (i.e., if a patient has stopped taking a medication or not). We chose to focus on health forums here since these are the platforms usually patients go to ask for support online. We propose linguistics features of various complexity and present an in-depth analysis of the results which give us new insights into the task at hand.

New Arabic courses featured in Daily Illini

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 2017

The Feb. 13 edition of the Daily Illini included a feature story on the growth of the Arabic Studies program on campus, including the recent addition of five new courses, involving Arabic, history and comparative & world literature.  Dr. Eman Saadah, director and coordinator of Arabic, was interviewed for the story:

Nyssa Bulkes accepts postdoctoral position at University of Arizona

Published: Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Congratulations to grad student Nyssa Bulkes, who has just officially accepted a job offer to start as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona in the lab of Vicky Lai (, where she will be working on projects related to the neurocognition of meaning in figurative language.

Silvina Montrul appointed as a Center for Advanced Study Associate

Published: Mon, 30 Jan 2017

Congratulations to  Silvina Montrul on her recent appointment as a Center for Advanced Study Associate for one semester during academic year 2017-2018.  Professor Montrul will be working on her research project entitled Native Speakers, Interrupted: Agents of Change in Heritage Languages. 

Lydia Catedral wins 2017 AAAL Graduate Student Award

Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017

Lydia has been selected as a Graduate Student Award recipient at the 2017 AAAL meeting. The award (also won in the past by Kate Lyons) recognizes the best proposals submitted by graduate students. Congratulations to Lydia and her advisor, Rakesh.