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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.

Marissa Barlaz and Eunhee Kim receive an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017

Congratulations to Marissa Barlaz and Eunhee Kim (Linguistics) for receiving an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant! According to the National Science Foundation, "these awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question." These awards reflect greatly on the students and their faculty advisors.

Farewell/retirement reception for Marina Terkourafi and Jennifer Cole

Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016

LING/SLATE Job Search Workshop

Published: Tue, 15 Nov 2016

Click here to view the slides from the SLATE/LING Job Search Workshop that took place on November 14th.

Darren Tanner selected as LEAP scholar for AY16-18

Published: Sat, 05 Nov 2016

Congratulations to Darren Tanner for his selection as the LEAP (Lincoln Excellence Assistant Professors) Scholar for AY16-18, a new program in LAS designed to recognize excellence among assistant professors.

Schedule for Symposium in honor of Braj B. Kachru (Taking place Nov. 18th, 2016)

Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016

The symposium will be taking place Friday, November 18, 2016
Room 314A, Illini Union, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Please click here to view the event schedule.

Nyssa Bulkes receives award for best student poster at this year’s Mental Lexicon Conference!

Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016

Congratulations to grad student Nyssa Bulkes, who just received the award for best student poster at this year’s Mental Lexicon Conference! She was presenting her eye tracking work on anticipation, word recognition, and idiom comprehension in L1 and L2 speakers.

Announcement – Memorial Service for Professor Braj Kachru

Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016

Announcement –  Memorial  Service for Professor Braj Kachru


Professor Braj Kachru passed away on July 29, 2016 at the age of 84. People from around the world have paid tributes to his prodigious accomplishments and contributions to the department, university, the field of linguistics, English, and India studies, as well as his qualities as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and builder of institutions.

The Department of Linguistics, in cooperation with the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is organizing a memorial service – a celebration of his life -- and symposium in honor of Prof. Kachru at Urbana on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016.

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Room 210, Illini Union and will include tributes from administrators, colleagues, friends and family, and it will be followed by a reception. A one-day academic symposium focused on the contributions and impact of Prof. Kachru will be held on Friday, November 18. Details of this event will be announced shortly.


Contacts: James Yoon (, Rakesh Bhatt(,Rajeshwari Pandharipande ( Department of Linguistics: 271-333-3563 

Lasersohn talk at Harvard

Published: Sun, 09 Oct 2016

Peter Lasersohn gave a talk titled "Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence from Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox" to the Harvard Linguistics Circle, October 7, 2016.

Ha Ram (Hanna) Kim receives Best Presentation Award at MwALT conference!

Published: Sun, 02 Oct 2016

Congratulations to Ha Ram (Hannah) Kim, a graduate student at the Linguistics department, on receiving the Best Presentation Award at the annual conference for the Midwestern Association of Language Testers (MwALT) this year!

GALANA 7 - Closing remarks

Published: Sun, 11 Sep 2016

The GALANA-7 organizers would like to thank all of the conference participants and student volunteers for making this a great conference!


GALANA 7 speakers

GALANA 7 Invited Speakers

You can click here to visit the GALANA website.

Lasersohn talk in Edinburgh

Published: Thu, 08 Sep 2016

Peter Lasersohn was a keynote speaker at the 21st Sinn und Bedeutung semantics conference, held at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, September 4-6, 2016. His talk was titled "Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence from Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox."  Sinn und Bedeutung 21