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Mandana Seyfeddinipur to lecture at July 12 SIL colloquium

SIL International invites the community to attend a lecture by Mandana Seyfeddinipur from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in Gamble Hall, room 7. Seyfeddinipur is affiliated with the School of Oriental and African Studies at University College, London. Her talk is titled “Gestures and Language Documentation: A Case Study of a Persian Gesture.” — [...]

Timothy Pasch to lecture at June 13 SIL colloquium

SIL International invites the community to attend a lecture by Timothy Pasch, associate professor in the Communication Program, from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in Gamble Hall, room 5. Pasch will speak about “Computer-Mediated Communicative and Mobile Application Strategies for Endangered Language Learning in Children.” – Kathy Hansen, SIL, 777.0575, kathy.hansen@UND.edu.

SIL colloquium will feature Stuart Thiessen July 26

Stuart Thiessen will present his findings on “A Grammar of SignWriting” at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in 300 Merrifield Hall. He holds a master’s in Linguistics from UND, and has presented on SignWriting and deaf languages at several workshops in the U.S. and internationally. Thiessen’s research stems from a long interest in writing systems, [...]

Stephen and Cathy Marlett featured in National Geographic

Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) professor Stephen Marlett and his wife Cathy, like Cathy’s parents before them, have worked for decades among the Seri people of Mexico. The Marletts’ work recently was featured prominently, including several pages of photographs, in an article about the world’s vanishing languages in the current issue of National Geographic, both [...]

Linguistics colloquium will feature Albert Bickford July 19

Albert Bickford will present “Adapting EGIDS for Signed Languages” at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in 300 Merrifield Hall. The Expanded Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (EGIDS) is used to measure the vitality of a language, or conversely, the degree to which it is endangered. It was originally developed for spoken, not signed, languages. However, there [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Cathy Marlett July 12

Cathy Marlett will present “A Seri Ethnography of Mollusks” at 8 p.m. Thursday, July12, in 300 Merrifield Hall. Through ethnography, Marlett explores the linguistic issues of naming and classification. While working on a simple list of shell names in the Seri language (Mexico), Marlett was allowed to enter into a fascinating linguistic and cultural world [...]

SIL colloquia will feature Keren Rice July 2 and 5

Keren Rice, president of the Linguistic Society of America, will be speaking Monday, July 2, on “Ethics in Fieldwork,” and again Thursday, July 5, on “Relationship of Linguistic Theory to Fieldwork.” Both presentations will be at 8 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall. Rice is a full professor at the University of Toronto, where she holds [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Kevin Sparks June 28

Banker-linguist Kevin Sparks will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in 300 Merrifield Hall on analysis of the US Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 from a linguistic perspective, examining the persuasive and often manipulative communication between bankers and politicians. From a Relevance Theoretic framework, he illustrates the cognitive and communicative forces at play in utterances [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Keren Rice July 2 and July 5

Keren Rice, president of the Linguistic Society of America, will speak Monday, July 2, on “Ethics in Fieldwork,” and again Thursday, July 5, on “Relationship of Linguistic Theory to Fieldwork.” Both presentations will be at 8 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall. Rice is a professor at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Beverly Staley June 21

Beverly Staley will present her findings on discourse patterns utilized in Irish Sign Language (ISL) at 8 p.m. June 21, in 300 Merrifield Hall. She holds a master’s in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and has experience teaching translation principles, survey, and work with sign language translation projects in nine countries. [...]

SIL colloquium will feature John Clifton June 14

John Clifton will present his findings on “Colonialism, Nationalism and Language Vitality in Azerbaijan” at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in 300 Merrifield Hall. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. Clifton examines the linguistic competition between languages in Azerbaijan, tracing the relationships between multilingualism and language shift on one hand, and colonization [...]

Summer Institute of Linguistics celebrates 60 years of language training excellence

“It was UND’s idea to start this program here,” said Albert Bickford, director of the UND-SIL. “The SIL program here is accredited–not all SIL programs are–and all of the courses carry UND course numbers and are approved by curriculum committees.” Bickford, who came to UND as a student in 1978 and was a teaching assistant [...]

SIL colloquium will feature John M. Clifton June 23

Professor John M. Clifton will discuss “Dialects, Orthography, and Society” during the next Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) colloquium at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in Gamble Hall, room 5. Clifton proposes that orthography should be considered primarily a social, not linguistic, phenomenon by examining four case studies from Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh. In the situations described, orthography [...]

William Croft to lecture on semantics and cognition at special SIL colloquium

William Croft, professor of linguistics at the University of New Mexico, will present two special lectures on social cognition and spatial semantics as part of the colloquium series offered by the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Professor Croft’s interests lie in the areas of meaning and understanding in language, and in the diversity of languages of [...]