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New Course in Anthropological Linguistics

In the Fall of 2020, the Linguistics Program will offer a new 497 (Special Topics) course on Anthropological Linguistics, which has not been taught in the Program before.

The course description for the new course is as follows: "As one of the universal tools of humanity, language is a means of discovering both the diversity and universality found in humanity. This course is designed to help the student appreciate linguistic diversity, both for diversity's sake alone and for what it tells us about the possibilities of human language and human culture. In this course, we will investigate how languages and cultures interact and affect each other.  This involves understanding the theory in both the linguistic and anthropological sciences, as well as its application in the linguistic-anthropology interface. A secondary goal of the course is exposure to a wide variety of languages and cultures."

Please join us if you are interested!

Dr. Rena Torres Cacoullos named LSA Fellow

Dr. Rena Torres Cacoullos, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Penn State University Park, has been named a Fellow of the Linguistics Society of America in the Class of 2020.

Dr. Rena Torres Cacoullos, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Penn State University Park, has been named a Fellow of the Linguistics Society of America in the Class of 2020.  LSA Fellows are scholars who, in the estimation of their peers, have made distinguished contributions to the discipline of linguistics through sustained effort over the course of their career.

This is a great honor.  Congratulations, Dr. Torres Cacoullos!

Dr. Giuli Diussias received 2019 Faculty Scholar medal

Dr. Giuli Diussias, Professor of Spanish, Linguistics and Psychology, was awarded the 2019 Faculty Scholar Medal for her outstanding research accomplishments.

Dr. Giuli Diussias, Professor of Spanish, Linguistics and Psychology, was awarded the 2019 Faculty Scholar Medal for her outstanding research accomplishments.  She was one of five Penn State faculty members so honored in 2019.  More information on her work and this honor can be found here: https://news.psu.edu/story/565313/2019/04/02/academics/five-receive-faculty-scholar-medals-research-scholarship-and-arts

Linguistics and African Studies students present their travel experiences

Seven Linguistics and African studies students spent most of the month of May 2018 traveling in Benin, West Africa as part of a course on Language in Africa, taught by linguistics professor Deborah Morton.  As part of the trip, the students prepared a project on multilingualism in Beninese cultures, and also helped with supporting the development of the minority Anii language through creating videos of traditional cultural and linguistic activities. 

One of the videos they helped create (about a children’s game): 

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The students presented about their experiences to the Center for Language Science on September 28, 2018.  They highlighted the value of experiencing other cultures and lifestyles for themselves, and also how the trip complemented what they had studied in their course.