Minor Declaration Meeting and Social!

Informational session and pizza social for students interested in minoring in Linguistics

Thursday, February 6th
 Greene 317
 4:00 – 5:30PM

Grab a slice and get info on: Minor Requirements, Honors, Grants, Research Opportunities, Grad Schools, Jobs,
 Reference Letters . . .

What do I need to know?
How do I go about it?
Meet the faculty and current students
Learn about the opportunities available to you!


OPEN HOUSE FLYER linguistics

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Why Verbal Tee-Ups Like ‘To Be Honest’ Often Signal Insincerity

Why verbal tee-ups like 'to be honest' often signal insincerity

“Tee-ups have probably been around as long as language, experts say. They  seem to be used with equal frequency by men and women, although there  aren’t major studies of the issue. Their use may be increasing as a  result of social media, where people use phrases such as “I am thinking  that…” or “As far as I know…” both to avoid committing to a definitive  position and to manage the impression they make in print.”



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2014 Spring Colloquium – Department of Linguistics

Colloquium update. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will be putting on a colloquium in March.

The keynote speaker will be Gregory Ward (Northwestern University).

The Call for Papers is open, check the UNC Linguistics Department for information on the deadline for abstracts.

2014 Spring Colloquium
Date: Saturday, March 22nd, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: TBA,  UNC-Chapel Hill
Keynote Speaker: Gregory Ward (Northwestern University)

via 2014 Spring Colloquium – Department of Linguistics.

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Upcoming talk by Clancy Clements (Indiana U)

clementsClancy Clements, a linguist from Indiana University, will give a talk on Friday, October 18 at 4:00 in Greene 145.

The title is:

How the brain constructs grammar (without a tutor): evidence from some Portuguese- and Spanish-lexified contact varieties

One of the things the brain does very well is recognize patterns. It is also sensitive to input and input frequency in creating the patterns. In this presentation, I show how frequency of occurrence of nominal and verbal forms in discourse can be determined, and how this form frequency, along with the perceptual salience of such forms, can serve to predict form selection in the language acquisition/creation process, and account for the restructuring found in immigrant and creole languages. The data are taken from a representative sample of Portuguese- and Spanish-based language- contact varieties.

Clancy Clements LING talk (flyer)

You can find more information about Clancy on his webpage:


I hope to see all of you on the 18th!


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