Linguistic Institute Fellows Announced
The LSA and the 2013 Linguistic Institute at the University of Michigan have awarded seventy-five Fellowships to attend the Institute, including the Bloch Fellowship, the James McCawley Fellowship, the Dictionary Society of North America Fellowship, and ten Rackham Diversity Allies Fellowships. Congratulations to the awardees and to the nearly 350 deserving candidates who applied for fellowships.
2013 Bloch Fellow: Troy Messick
The Bloch Fellowship is the most prestigious award offered to the graduate students planning to attend the institute, awarded to the "most promising applicant." The Bloch Fellow serves as a full voting member of the LSA Executive Committee, and leads the LSA Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (COSIAC). Messick received his B.A. from the University of Michigan with a double major in Linguistics and Psychology and is currently in the second year of his doctoral program at University of Connecticut, with an expected graduation date of Spring 2016. Professionally, he plans to continue researching and teaching as a professor after graduation. Messick "hopes to use this fellowship and the summer school to learn about different views and approaches to the study of language. Linguistics is a very interdisciplinary field. I hope that through learning about these other approaches that I am able to better communicate with language researchers from different fields, and that I can perhaps help other young researchers in linguistics do the same."
2013 McCawley Fellow: Haoze Li
The James McCawley Fellowship is made possible through contributions to the James McCawley Memorial Fund, established in 1999. It is awarded to a promising graduate student from an Asian country. Li graduated from Hunan University, China with a B.A. in English. He is currently a second-year PhD student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, from which he also earned an M.Phil degree in 2011. In accepting the fellowship, Li remarked, "My long term goal is to contribute to the theories of questions and focus. I have been investigating the forms and interpretations of different interrogative constructions (wh, yes-no, and alternative questions) and how they interact with different types of foci. I thank James D. McCawley for telling me almost everything that linguists have always wanted to know about logic so I am no longer ashamed to ask for more now."
2013 Dictionary Society of North America Fellow: Erin Vobornik
This fellowship provides $1700 tuition for the most promising student who enrolls in the course Lexicography in Natural Language Processing. Vobornick's BA is in French and she is currently in her second year of graduate school at Northern Illinois University. According to Vobornik, "my professional goals are to use my love of linguistics to help others. I am interested in dictionary compilation for under-represented languages. These dictionaries do not only function as a corpus for other researchers, but also as a medium through which a language community can see its own language as important globally. This fellowship allows me to learn key skills that will help me achieve my goals and contribute to open-sharing of information."