What to Expect


What you can expect to learn

SLIYS is a condensed (and more fun) version of the Introduction to Linguistics (Ling 2000) course taught at OSU. SLIYS coursework will provide hands-on linguistics experience that self-study or normal classroom work cannot. Our program includes both experimental and fieldwork components. The experimental component consists of participating in and discussing the design and implementation of current and recently completed experiments conducted by members of the Linguistics Department. The fieldwork component consists of meeting with a native speaker of an unfamiliar language and attempting to discover facts about that language. Both components are designed to give the scholars an opportunity to engage in the study of language like a working linguist. 

Your week at SLIYS

SLIYS is many scholars' first taste of the college experience. Currently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of classes are held in a virtual format within American universities, and SLIYS will be no different. Instruction will take place between 12pm and 5pm EDT. Ample breaks will be included throughout the afternoon. Lectures and group activities take place during the first three hours of SLIYS, and these are followed by small group work with speakers on unknown languages. These languages change each year, but have included varieties of Chinese, German, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Korean, Japanese, and Mexican Spanish. 

2020 Schedule

This is a sample schedule from a previous year of our online program. We are constantly working to improve the SLIYS experience and each year brings new activities, so your schedule will be different.


12:00-1:15 Topic - Allophones, Phonemes, and Accents 

1:15-1:45 Break, get a snack, recharge mental (and laptop) batteries

1:45 - 3:15 Topic - Rule-Based Phonology

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Elicitation Sessions 1 & 2  [Language Consultation]

Home Lab: TBD


12:00-1:05 Topic - Phonology - Phonotactics and Loan Word Adaptation

1:05-1:20 Break

1:20-2:50 Topic - Historical Phonology

Zoom Location: TBA

2:50-3:00 Break & transition to elicitations

3:00-5:00 Elicitation Sessions 1 & 2  [Language Consultation]

Home Lab: TBD


12:00-1:05 Topic - Language Learning and the problem of Zipf

1:05-1:20  Break

1:20-2:50 Topic - Pronoun Syntax, Transitivity

2:50-3:00  Break & transition to elicitations

3:00-5:00 Elicitation Sessions 1 & 2  [Language Consultation]

Home Lab: TBD


12:00-1:05 Topic - Deixis

1:05-1:20  Break

1:20-2:50 Visiting Guest Lectures - Mark Okrand / Walt Wolfram

2:50-3:00  Break & transition to elicitations

3:00-5:00 Elicitation Sessions 1 & 2  [Language Consultation]​​​​​​​

Home Lab: TBA


12:00-1:05 Panel Discussion with OSU Faculty

1:05-1:20  Break

1:20-2:50 Presentation Prep Time

2:50-3:00  Break & transition to presentations

3:00-5:00  Presentations