Graduate students Daniel Puthawala and Clint Awai won the 2019 Linguistics Department Teaching Award for excellent teaching by graduate students.
Congratulations to faculty members Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Björn Köhnlein, and Becca Morley, who were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Further congratulations to Michael White and Judith Tonhauser, who were promoted to full Professor!
Faculty member Cynthia Clopper was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to explore geographic mobility, lexical processing dynamics, and perceptual adaptation to linguistic variation.
Faculty member Micha Elsner was awarded a Google Research Award for his work on cognitively inspired deep Bayesian neural networks for unsupervised speech recognition.
Linguistics students Victora Paxton, Noah Diewald, Frances Dillon and Stephanie Antetomaso (not pictured) were honored for receiving FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowships.
Graduate students Noah Diewald and Stephanie Antetomaso, along with undergraduate Victora Paxton, were awarded an academic year 2019-2020 FLAS Fellowship to study Ecuadorian Kichwa at Ohio State.
Noah Diewald was also awarded a summer 2019 FLAS Fellowship to study Wao Tededo with the Andes & Amazon Field School in Ecuador.
Victora Paxton has been working with faculty member Brian Joseph on introducing a linguistics elective course at a local high school in Spring 2020.
Brian Joseph was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society. The APS is the oldest learned society in the US, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. Brian will join a small number of member linguists, including Noam Chomsky, Eric Hamp, Henry Hoenigswald, Keren Rice, Michael Silverstein, and Calvert Watkins.
Graduate student Nandi Sims was awarded a Migration, Mobility, and Immobility Project Graduate Grant for her research on social group affiliation and language variation in a multi-ethnic Miami middle school.
Graduate student Shawntel Barreiro was awarded a Migration, Mobility, and Immobility Project Graduate Grant for her research on Salvadoran lexical accommodation towards Mexican Spanish and its effects on the construction of Salvadoran-diasporic identity.
Michael White, Professor of linguistics, has received a three-year, $2.4 million Collaborative Research award from Facebook to further his research on neural natural language generation.
Graduate student Nandi Sims has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement award for her work on language, race, and identity among ethnically diverse youths in Miami.
Graduate student Nanjiang Jiang and faculty member Marie-Catherine de Marneffe’s paper entitled, "Do you know that Florence is packed with visitors? Evaluating state-of-the-art models of speaker commitment” won Best Short Paper at the ACL 2019 Annual Meeting. It was one of three papers to receive a best paper award out of 660 accepted papers total.
The Center for Slavic and East European Studies received a university partnership grant from the Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, to strengthen teaching and research collaborations between OSU and Serbian institutions. As part of the partnership grant, faculty member Andrea Sims will receive research funding for a pilot study about Serbian cognitive processing of word structure.
Cynthia Clopper was appointed chair of the department in July and will serve a four-year term.