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August 11, 2016

Asian Studies Symposium

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The Second Annual Asian Studies Program Fall Faculty Symposium is taking place Thursday, September 15th 2016, from 10am to 3pm, at 107 Capen Hall. The theme is Language, Discourse, & Culture in Asia.


July 7, 2016

Postdoc to Alice Mitchell

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UB alumna Alice Mitchell has been offered a postdoc at the University of Bristol. She will be joining Dr. Fiona Jordan’ excd.lab to study children’s acquisition of kinship concepts. Congratulations!

Scholarship to Saima Hafeez

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Congratulations to PhD candidate Saima Hafeez, for being awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the coming academic year.

May 25, 2016

Teaching award to Kuo-Chan Sun

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Alumnus Kuo-Chan Sun, now Faculty Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, was awarded the Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities.

May 23, 2016

Tsan Huang

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Dear all,

It is with a very very heavy heart that we must share with you the news that our esteemed colleague and friend Tsan Huang passed away. Tsan’s dedication to the department, her students, and linguistics in the face of adversity was awe inspiring; her love of teaching, her relentless pursuit of knowledge, her mentoring of so many, her kindness and humanity, inspirational. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for having lost her. Our lives will be for ever better for having known and worked with Tsan.

We invite students and colleagues to share their memories of Tsan on our tribute page.

~ Jean-Pierre Koenig

May 5, 2016

Hot off the press

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Congratulations to alumni Hiroto Uchihara, Ameyo Awuku and Robert K. Painter, for having their work published as a book:


April 19, 2016

Mark Diamond Research Fellowship to Xiaole Sun

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Congratulations to PhD student Xiaole Sun, who has been awarded a Mark Diamond Research Fellowship in support of her dissertation project on ‘The Perception of Tones in Nanjing Chinese’.

April 18, 2016

College Of Arts And Sciences Dissertation Fellowship

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Sang-Hee Park, who has been awarded a CAS Dissertation Fellowship. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences. The award will allow Sang-Hee to focus
on completing her dissertation.

March 30, 2016

Look who’s talking @ WSCLA 21

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Congratulations to PhD Student Richard Hatcher Jr, who is presenting a paper at the 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (April 1-3), at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. His paper is entitled “Using Focus Particles in Determining Focus in Oneida”.

March 11, 2016

NSF grant for Yen-Ting Lin

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Yen-Ting Lin has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by
the National Science Foundation. Congratulations!

Excellence in Teaching Award for Katharina Pabst

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Congratulations to PhD student Katharina Pabst, who just won one of the College of Arts and Science’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards. Well done Katharina!

December 20, 2015

Look who’s talking @ LSA

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Next year’s LSA Annual Meeting features many students, alumni, and faculty from our department:


  • Alice Mitchell (alumna) “Documenting taboo-motivated lexical variation in an avoidance register of Datooga”.
  • Jeff Good “Documenting multilingual practices in the Lower Fungom region of Cameroon”.
  • Katharine T. Donelson “Audience design and the selection of spatial frames of reference in Tseltal Maya and English”.
  • Yen-Tin Lin “Spatial frames of reference in bilingual minds: a test case in Taiwan”.
  • Randi E. Moore “Spatial reference frames in Isthmus Zapotec: variation within a large-scale sample”


  • Christian Dicanio and colleagues present a paper about the “Acoustic realization of a distinctive, frequent glottal stop: the Arapaho example”.
  • Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, Yen-Tin Lin, Jesse Lovegren (alumnus), Randi E. Moore and colleagues are presenting a paper titled “Reference frames in language and thought: beyond Mesoamerica”.
  • Gabriele Pérez Báez (alumna) will present a paper on “Meronymy and analogy in spatial frames of reference use”

Some of the above are featured in the symposium “Language, culture, and cognition in spatial reference”, organized by our very own Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Katharine T. Donelson, and Randi E. Moore.

December 16, 2015

Outstanding PhD Dissertation award to Alice Mitchell

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We are proud to announce that Alice Mitchell is the recipient of UB’s Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award, which is presented each year to the single best UB doctoral dissertation of the year. Her dissertation is entitled “Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga”, and investigates sociolinguistic practices in Datooga, a Southern Nilotic language spoken in northern and central TanzaniaCongratulations Alice, well done!

September 23, 2015

Congratulations to Dawei Jin

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Congratulations to PhD. student Dawei Jin for his paper “Coherence relation and clause linkage: towards a discourse approach to adjunct islands in Chinese” which has just appeared in the Studies in Language Journal (John Benjamins), volume 39, number 2, 2015.

September 10, 2015

Fifth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages

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The Fifth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016) will be held in Buffalo, NY, from Tuesday May 24 – Friday May 27, 2016. The special theme of this year’s symposium is “Tone in the brain and the world: Bridging linguistic and psychological perspectives.”

August 16, 2015

Postdoc to Alice Mitchell @ University of Hamburg

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Congratulations to Alice Mitchell who has just filed her dissertation entitled “Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga”. She will be starting a two-year Humboldt Fellowship for postdoctoral research in the Fall at the University of Hamburg in Germany.

July 31, 2015

UB Linguistics in the News

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The Buffalo Law Journal features an interview with Attorney Agnes Wilewicz, a UB Linguistics alumna (BA 2007), which explains how language and linguistics are important for how the law is interpreted and practiced. Her passion for linguistics, reading, and language analysis led her to pursue a career in Law, and more recently, to become a member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.

July 13, 2015

NSF Grant to Jürgen Bohnemeyer

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The NSF has awarded Professor Jürgen Bohnemeyer (PI) a grant of $331,213  for support of the project entitled “Causality Across Languages”. Congratulations!

May 31, 2015

MDRF grant to Anastasia Stepanova

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Anastasia Stepanova, who has been awarded a Mark Diamond Research Fund grant to support her fieldwork on Udmurt as part of her dissertation research.

May 26, 2015

Postdoc to Jennifer Wilson @ University of Virginia

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Our warmest congratulations go out to Ph.D. student Jennifer Wilson (currently funded by a doctoral fellowship awarded by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) who has just accepted a two-year postdoc funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, at the University of Virginia. She will be working under Professor Lise Dobrin.

May 16, 2015

Look who’s talking @ MWE Workshop at NAACL

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Ph.D. student Aron Marvel and Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig are presenting their research on “Event Categorization beyond Verb Senses” at The 11th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2015), to be held on June 4th. This workshop is collocated with the NAACL 2015 conference. Congratulations!

April 20, 2015

NSF Grant to Matthew Dryer and Lea Brown

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The NSF has awarded Professor Matthew Dryer (PI) and Lea Brown a $299,570 grant for their project entitled “Typological and historical discovery through language documentation of Walman, Srenge, Aro, and Eho, four critically endangered languages.” Congratulations!

April 16, 2015

College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Dawei Jin, who has been awarded a CAS Dissertation Fellowship. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences. The award will allow Dawei to focus
on finishing his dissertation in the Fall.

April 15, 2015

AAUW International fellowship to Saima Hafeez

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Congratulations to alumna Saima Hafeez (MA), who has been awarded an International Fellowship by the prestigious and highly competitive American Association of University Women (AAUW).  This year, the AAUW is awarding 241 fellowships and grants to women in the United States and around the globe.  Saima will be joining our Ph.D. program this Fall. Congratulations!

February 28, 2015

LSA Fellowship to Katharina Pabst

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Katharina Pabst, who has been awarded a fellowship covering the tuition cost for the 2015 LSA Institute at the University of Chicago.

February 4, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa inductions

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Lauren Lerner, Emily Spina, Kira White (majors in Linguistics) and Sarah Beimel (major in German) were just offered membership to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa. The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Our warmest congratulations to them!

November 24, 2014

Look who’s talking @ BLS

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Sang-Hee Park, who will be presenting her paper “Coherence, Conventional Implicature and Relativization in Korean” at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, in February 7-8, 2015.

October 21, 2014

Breana M. Limina hired by the U.S. Department of State

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Congratulations to alumna Breana M. Limina, who was just hired as a diplomatic personnel by the U.S. Department of State and has become a Chinese Mandarin Consular Adjudicator working for the American Foreign Service in China. As part of her Minor, Breana completed her first-year Chinese at UB in the Spring of 2009, then continued her second-year Chinese in the UB Summer 2009 Program in Beijing. In 2010, she worked in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, as one of the only two New York State student ambassadors for the US Pavilion.  In 2012, Breana applied to “the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program”, and earned a fully-funded scholarship to the summer language institute for U.S. university students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

September 18, 2014

Look who’s talking @ LSA

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The upcoming LSA conference will feature three talks and two posters from UB members (five of which are students). Congratulations to everyone! See the rest of the program here.


  • Xia Lu, “Probabilistic Graphical Modeling of Linguistic Universals”
  • Karl Reza Sarvestani, “Prenasalized consonants” as clusters: evidence from Miao speech errors”
  • Cristin Kalinowski & Jeff Good, “Grammatical coding by depotentiation: Evidence from African focus constructions”


  • Dawei Jin, “Coherence Relation from a crosslinguistic perspective: The case in Chinese”
  • Yen-Ting Lin, “Evidence of Language Contact: Data from SOURCE Prepositional Phrases in Taiwanese Southern Min”


July 6, 2014

Look who’s talking

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July 3, 2014

NSF Grant to Professor Jeff Good

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Professor Jeff Good‘s project “Language Documentation, Field-work Training Models, and Computational Tools for Understanding Linguistic Stability and Change” (with Co-PI Professor Jan Chomicki) has  just been awarded a grant of$406,186 by NSF. Congratulations!

NSF Grant to Alice Mitchell

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Ph.D. student Alice Mitchell has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by the National Science Foundation for her work entitled “Linguistic avoidance and social relations“. Congratulations!

NSF Grant to Katharine Donelson

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Ph.D. student Katharine Donelson was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant by the National Science Foundation for her work entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: On Space in Conversation: Coordinating Perspectives in Spatial Reference“. Congratulations!

April 29, 2014

College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowships

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Congratulations to Ph.D. students Alice Mitchell and Yoshihiko Asao, who have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences.

April 20, 2014

PhD Fellowship to Randi Tucker

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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Randi Tucker, who has been awarded a $6,000 Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship. The UB Humanities Institute only awards only four of these each year. 

April 15, 2014

NSF Grant To Timothy Tilbe

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Ph.D. student Timothy Tilbe was awarded a $12,000 Dissertation Improvement Grant by the NSF for his  work on  Zapotec and Tseltal, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: A cross-linguistic study of the cognitive representation of part-whole structures in Mesoamerican languages“.

February 9, 2014

Tutorial on video data in language and gesture research

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On May 10-11 the Department of Linguistics is hosting a practical tutorial on all aspects of work with video data in the language sciences, with an emphasis on fieldwork and gesture studies. Instructor: Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur (ELDP, SOAS).

January 30, 2014

Look who’s talking @ Max Planck Institute

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Professors Jürgen BohnemeyerKarin Michelson and Jean-Pierre Koenig are invited speakers at the Workshop on Information Structure in Head-Marking Languages, held at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on March 28-29, 2014. Also presenting at the workshop is graduate student Cristin Kalinowski.

January 23, 2014

Workshop on Social and Cultural Approaches to Language

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On March 8th 2014 the Department of Linguistics  is hosting a workshop on linguistic and anthropological methods of language study, organized by Professor Cala Zubair. It will take place at 280 Park Hall between  9am and 5pm, and will consist of talks by two keynote anthropologists (9am-noon), Michael Lempert (University of Michigan) and Luke Fleming (University of Montreal), and  a workshop for students’ works in progress (1-5pm).

January 16, 2014


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Congratulations to graduate students Eunkyung Yi and Hongmo Kang, whose posters were accepted for presentation at the upcoming CUNY Conference at The Ohio State University in March. Their posters are entitled, respectively: “Word order typology and discourse expectation” and “Pragmatic fit and the processing of Korean honorifics”.

December 5, 2013

21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

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The 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2014) – the yearly conference on HPSG  –  will take place between the 27th and the 29th of August 2014, at the University at Buffalo. On the 27th there is a collocated Workshop on understudied languages and syntactic theory.

November 10, 2013

Look who’s talking @ LSA

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The upcoming 2014 LSA conference in Minneapolis will feature several presentations by UB students:

  • Jennifer Wilson (talk: ‘Morpheme position conditioned by lexical category’)
  • Yoshihiko Asao (poster: ‘Autologistic regression in Linguistic Typology’)
  • Dawei Jin (poster: ‘A pragmatic approach to parasitic gap construction in Chinese’)

Congratulations to all!

October 13, 2013

Andreas Brocher contributes to special edition of Lingua

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Ph.D. student Andreas Brocher has been invited to publish a paper in a special edition of Lingua. The title of the special edition will be ‘New Topics in Polysemy’.

August 29, 2013

NSF Grant To Randi Tucker

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Ph.D. student Randi Tucker was awarded a $14,903 Dissertation Improvement Grant by the NSF for her work on the documentation of Zapotec, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Documentation of Diidxa za (ZAI) spatial language“.

August 20, 2013

Postdoc at Georgetown University to Hiroto Uchihara

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Alumnus Hiroto Uchihara has accepted a one-year postdoc position in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  He will be working with Dr. Mark Sicoli on an NSF project titled “Preserving and Enhancing Access to the Survey of Zapotec and Chatino Languages“. Congratulations!

April 22, 2013

Postdoc at Cologne to Andreas Brocher

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Ph.D. student Andreas Brocher has accepted a renewable two year pre-/post-doc position in the Linguistics Department at the University of Cologne, Germany. Congratulations!

April 18, 2013

College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowships

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Congratulations to Ph.D. students Adam Sposato and Hiroto Uchihara, who have been awarded CAS Dissertation Fellowships. Only 15 such fellowships were granted across the entire College of Arts and Sciences.

March 25, 2013

Nineteenth Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference

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The Nineteenth Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-19) – the yearly conference of the Society for Germanic Linguistics – will take place between the 26th and the 27th of April, at the University at Buffalo.

March 20, 2013

Excellence in Teaching Award

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Ph. D. student Alice Mitchell will receive from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award. The ceremony takes place this Friday at 3 p.m, in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts. Congratulations Alice!

March 8, 2013

NSF Grant To Adam Sposato

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Ph. D. student Adam Sposato has been awarded a $9,790 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the NSF, for his research on Xong, a Miao-Yao Language of Hunan Province, China.

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