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SIL linguistics colloquium will feature Steve Marlett June 11

Steve Marlett will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in 300 Merrifield Hall on the topic “How we spent our winter un-vacations.” This will be a photograph-rich and story-rich report on the videotaping-literacy-grammar project that he and his wife Cathy did in northwestern Mexico during that past two years, in the Seri language area. [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Adam Baker July 24

Adam Baker will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Gamble Hall 3, on the question, “What If There Are No Segments?” In this colloquium, Baker will attempt a serious answer to a silly question. What if speech is not, after all, a sequence of phonetic segments? What if, rather, words are indivisible articulations? [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Vanessa Jones July 17

Vanessa Jones will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in Gamble Hall, room 3, on “Numeral Incorporation in American Sign Language.” Numeral incorporation in American Sign Language is a compounding process combining a numeral and a base forming a fully formed sign. Traditionally, numeral incorporation has been viewed as a process of combining a [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Shureka Nyawalo July 10

Shureka Nyawalo will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in Gamble Hall, room 3, on “Class Size, Interpersonal Relationships, and Foreign Language Anxiety.” Many students feel apprehensive when learning a foreign language, especially when it comes to oral production. Could the very presence of the other students in the class help alleviate these stressful [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Sarah Eberle July 3

Sarah Eberle will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Gamble Hall 1, on “Locative Expressions in Signed Languages: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison.” She explores the issue of whether sign languages organize locative expressions similarly to spoken languages. Eberle builds on the work of Melissa Bowerman and colleagues, who found that spoken languages organize the [...]

SIL Linguistics Colloquium will feature Kim Porter June 26

Kim Porter will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in Gamble Hall 1, on “Oral History as Community Service.” Using illustrations from oral history projects that she and her students have conducted, she will discuss what oral history is; how it uncovers the experiences, language, and culture of the community; and how it fits [...]

Keith Slater to lecture July 25 at SIL colloquium

SIL International invites the community to attend its final lecture for the summer, presented by Keith Slater from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Gamble Hall, room 5. Slater teaches at the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND, where he is also an adjunct graduate faculty member. Slater, who is interested in historical [...]

Keith Snider to lecture at July 18 SIL colloquium

SIL International invites the community to attend a lecture by Keith Snider from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in Gamble Hall, room 5. Snider, who is affiliated with the SIL Linguistics Program at UND, is a worldwide consultant on tone languages. He will be speaking on Tone contrast: The problem with ‘minimal pairs.’ [...]

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,

SIL colloquium series begins June 6 with John Clifton

Summer Institute of Languages International invites the community to attend a lecture by John Clifton, director of Graduate Studies for Linguistics at UND, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in Gamble Hall, room 5. Clifton will speak on the unusual occurrence of a Myanmar (formerly Burma) language, Mro Khimi, as having more typical African tonal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]