09/19/2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $3.7 million in awards as a part of a joint 

09/05/2013

Ray Jackendoff, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and Seth Merrin professor of philosophy at Tufts University, was named the 2014 recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize on Aug. 2.

08/28/2013

A Google+ Hangout series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities explores the connections between the STEM fields and the Humanities.  These discussions are an important way to engage White House officials and Members of Congress in humanities issues.

08/13/2013

An NPR report discusses how “the skills of aspiring linguists … are coveted by employers looking for talent in this increasingly important field.

08/02/2013

A new report from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) spotlights research conducted under the auspices of the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program.

07/31/2013

There are about 7,000 languages in the world, and half of them could disappear by the end of the century.

07/25/2013

An article in the MIT news describes the type of work undertaken by many linguists in the field today. Read about graduate student Rafael Nonato’s travels to the fringes of the Amazon rainforest to explore the Brazilian native language of the Kĩsêdjê.

07/22/2013

On July 31, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee considered a 49 percent ($71 million) cut to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

07/16/2013

Tech companies are increasingly relying on linguists to ensure that their search engines produce robust results.  A recent New York Times article explores this phenomenon and discusses how linguists in industry are contributing to cutting-edge technology. 

06/19/2013

The Heart of the Matter, a report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, is intended to advance a dialogue on the importance of the humanities and social sciences to the future of our nation.

06/12/2013

The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will highlight language diversity as a vital part of our human heritage.

06/07/2013

North Carolina State University graduate student Joshua Katz was looking for an idea for his end-of-year statistics project  when he came across interesting linguistics data from Dr. Bert Vaux of Cambridge University.

05/29/2013

A group of Moscow researchers have collected recordings of a unique Russian dialect spoken by a handful of elderly people in Alaska, isolated for more than a century from modern Russian.  There are 20 people, all over the age of 75, living in the Alaskan village of Ninilchik who speak the pe

04/16/2013

LSA member Patricia L. Irwin, a linguist who recently completed her PhD at New York University, has been awarded a New Faculty Fellowship in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

04/12/2013

A new study conducted by linguists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults.  The study also applied the same statistical analysis on data from one of the most fam

03/20/2013

In a statement issued by the American Political Science Association, the amendment was characterized as "a devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation (NSF)." The political science budget at NSF is part of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SB

03/12/2013

In a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rita Izsak urged world governments to "take significant and urgent efforts to protect both minority communities and their language heritage." In her report to the UN Human Rights Council, Izsak says that "Languag

03/08/2013

View LSA Member and Columbia University linguist John McWhorter give a talk at the 2013 TED Conference in New York, where he makes the case for texting as a brand new way of usi

03/08/2013

According to the Associated Press, linguists say they have determined that a unique sign language, possibly dating back to the 1800s or earlier, is being used in Hawaii, marking the first time in 80 years a previously unknown language — spoken or signed — has been documented in the U.S.

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