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Event Series

A variety of event series offered annually focus on specific topics and areas of specialization within the program, highlighting speakers who are experts in their field and providing opportunities for students in the Ph.D. and M.A. programs to enhance their academic and professional skills.

The CUNY Linguistics Colloquium is a series of lectures on any topic of linguistic inquiry given by specialists in their fields. The talks appeal to a broad audience of linguistics students and faculty. Speakers typically feature an introduction in which their specific subject matter is situated in the context of linguistic research. They outline the background of the specific proposal(s) thereby allowing non-specialists to maximally benefit.

Talks are held on select Thursday afternoons from 4:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and include a question-and-answer session.

See upcoming Linguistics Colloquia

Download the Spring 2022 schedule (PDF)

The Professional Development Series focuses on a variety of skills needed to have a successful career in Linguistics. Guest speakers – faculty, students, or non-academics – will be invited to provide expertise on both practical and theoretical matters.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Written Materials (creating a CV; writing research statements, cover letters, conference abstracts; paper writing skills)
  • Linguistics Research Methods (introductions to empirical methods that can be used in linguistics and psycholinguistics studies; meant for students already interested in a certain methodology, but all students are encouraged to attend to learn about these methodologies and potential applications in their future careers)
  • Technical Skills (discussions of statistical methods and programs; database and other analyses software),
  • General Career Topics (preparing for the academic job market; making the most of conferences and conference presentations; research ethics and the IRB; issues of diversity and inclusivity in careers; finding good mentors and advisors)

Students are invited to suggest specific topics and speakers for future sessions.

Professional Development sessions are held on select Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and always include time for questions and discussion. Students are encouraged to bring their own materials to relevant lectures for direct feedback.

Contact Dr. Suzanne van der Feest for more information.

View upcoming Professional Development sessions

Sociolinguistics Lunches are a series of talks on sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics given by students, faculty, and visiting scholars usually from local institutions.

Three talks are held each semester, on select Fridays from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The format includes ample time for discussion and is an excellent venue for presenting on-going research or research in preparation for publication. All are welcome.

Students and faculty of the Linguistics Program are welcome to present their work at the Sociolinguistics Lunch. For more information or to suggest a speaker contact Cecelia CutlerMichael Newman or Miki Makihara.

View upcoming Sociolinguistics Lunches

Or download the Spring 2022 schedule (PDF)

The Connecting Innovative Research in CUNY Linguistics (CIRCL) series is designed for students and faculty to share research ideas and get useful feedback in a supportive and stimulating environment.

CIRCL meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. View upcoming CIRCL events.

Please note these events are intended for current students and faculty of the Linguistics Program only.

The CUNY Computational Linguistics Lecture Series hosts talks by external experts in computational linguistics, including speech and natural language processing.

Talks are held on select Friday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. and are approximately one hour, including a question-and-answer session.

Linguistics Announcements

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Prof. Cece Cutler co-organized a seminar at the Inter University Centre in Dubrovnik

Prof. Cece Cutler co-organized a seminar on multilingual, multilectal, and multiscriptal writing at the Inter University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 20-24, 2022.  She gave a talk entitled "Spelling norms and orality: writing the New York City Accent on YouTube".

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Jun 22, 2022

Prof. Cutler co-organized a panel on language activism

Prof. Cutler co-organized a panel on language activism at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 in Ghent, Belgium, July 13-16, 2022 .  She will give a talk entitled "Labelling ethnolects: challenges and potentials in light of the “principle of error correction”.

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Linguistics Graduates 2020-2022

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 graduates!

PhD: Boram Kim, Susana Huidobro, Chaya Nove, SeJin Oh, and Jennifer Seale

MA: Kelsey Bourque, Matthew Kadish, Jonathan I. Manczur, Lara Novic, William Oliver, Yuying Ren, Yulia Spektor, Natalia Tyulina, and Brynne Wilkinson

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