The Linguistics Department at KU offers a full range of degrees: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. The first linguistics courses at KU were offered in 1957. In 1968, Linguistics became a department and was authorized to offer a Ph.D. degree. Today, the unique strength of the Linguistics department is the systematic pairing of theoretical and experimental investigations of linguistic knowledge. Its nucleus of full-time faculty members in Linguistics, plus several actively involved faculty members in other departments, serves a student body of about 35 graduate students, 80 undergraduate majors, and many non-majors taking introductory and intermediate courses each semester.

Areas of special strength in the graduate program include Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, First and Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Semantics, and Indigenous Languages. The department also cooperates with other departments, such as Speech-Language-Hearing, Child Language, Indigenous Nations Studies, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology.


Linguistics Colloquy Schedule

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Faculty & Graduate Student Publications  

(Abstracts & Publication Links)

2020

  • Chien, Y-F., Yang, X, Fiorentino, R., & Sereno, J.A. (2020). The role of the surface and underlying forms when processing tonal alternations in Mandarin Chinese: A mismatch negativity study. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 11, #646, 1-17.
  • Cho, S., Jongman, A., Wang, Y., & Sereno, J.A. (2020). Multi-modal cross-linguistic perception of fricatives in clear speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), 2609-2624. 
  • Dmitrieva, O., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J.A. (2020). The effect of instructed second language learning on the acoustic properties of first language speech. Languages, 5(4), 44-77. 
  • Duncan, P.T. & Torrence, H. (2020). Headless relatives in Meꞌphaa from Iliatenco. In I. Caponigro, H. Torrence, & R. Zavala, (eds.), Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Feroce, N., Fiorentino, R., Covey, L., and Gabriele, A. (2020). Neural evidence for the processing of referential ambiguity and referential failure in Spanish. In D. Pascual y Cabo & I. Elola (eds.), Current Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 153-174. John Benjamins.
  • Fiorentino, R. (2020). “Brain imaging online” KU CTE Special Issue: Engaging Ideas for Flexible Teaching
  • Gabriele, A. (2020). Microvariation and transfer in L2 and L3 Acquisition. (Commentary on Westergaard, 2019 keynote article). Second Language Research, 1-5. 
  • Garg, S., Hamarneh, G., Jongman, A., Sereno, J.A., & Wang, Y. (2020). ADFAC: Automatic detection of facial articulatory features. MethodsX, 7, 101006, 1-12.  
  • Jongman, A. and Sereno, J.A. (2020). Obituary: Wendy Herd (1973-2020). Acoustics Today. Winter, 16(4), 93.
  • Jongman, A., & Tremblay, A. (2020). Word prosody in L2. In C. Gussenhoven & A. Chen (eds.), The Oxford handbook of language prosody (pp. 594–604). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • McKenzie, A. and Punske, J. (2020). Language development during interstellar travel. Acta Futura: Journal of the Advance Concepts Team, European Space Agency 12: 123-132. 
  • Pham. C., Covey, L., Gabriele, A., Aldosari, S., and Fiorentino, R. (2020). Examining individual differences and island sensitivity. Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics 5(1), 94. 
  • Redmon, C., Leung, K., Wang, Y., McMurray, B., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J.A. (2020). Cross-linguistic perception of clearly spoken English tense and lax vowels based on auditory, visual, and auditory-visual information. Journal of Phonetics, 81. 
  • Reetz, H., & Jongman, A. (2020). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell Publishers (316 pages). [The Chinese translation of this book was published in March 2019].
  • Tang, W. and Zhang, J. (2020). The effects of era and perceptual distinctiveness on Japanese loanword adaptation. In Shoichi Iwasaki, Susan Strauss, Shin Fukuda, Sun-Ah Jun, Sung-Ock Sohn, and Kie Zuraw (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol. 26. CSLI, Stanford University, CA.
  • Tupper, P., Leung, K., Wang, Y., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J.A. (2020). Characterizing the distinctive acoustic cues of Mandarin tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147, 2570-2580.
  • Wang, Y., Sereno, J.A., & Jongman, A. (2020). Multi-modal perception of tone. In H-M. Liu, F-M. Tsao, and P. Li (Eds.), Speech Perception, Production, and Acquisition: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Chinese Languages. Springer series on Chinese Language Learning Sciences, Ch.8 (159-173). 
  • Yan, H., Chien, Y-F., & Zhang, J. (2020). Priming the representation left-dominant sandhi words: a Shanghai dialect case study. Language and Speech, 63(2), 362-380.
  • Yates, Y. & Gluckman, J. (2020). Voice Reversals and Syntactic Structure: Evidence from Hittite. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 5(1): 120. 1-39. 
  • Zhang, J., San D., & Chen Y. (2020). Chinese and Siberia. In Carlos Gussenhoven and Aoju Chen (eds.), The Oxford handbook of language prosody, 332-343. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

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Graduate Student Presentations

  • Bates, J. (2017). The Essential Role of Indigenous Languages in Identifying Language Universals: The Case of Mayan Person-Making. Talk presented at the Graduate Research Symposium at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Bates, J. (2017).  The effect of a diminutive on Tseltal Person Marking, One Possessor: Two Agreements? Talk presented at the 50th Anniversary of KU Linguistics at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Bates, J. (2017). Multiple Exponence in Oxchuc Tseltal. Talk presented at the​ Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA) VIII at University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX. More>>
  • Chien, Y-F., Fiorentino, R., Yang, X., & Sereno, J. (2016). Surface phonetic or underlying phonological representations: A mismatch negativity study of Mandarin tone assimilation. Poster presented at the 5th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan. Honolulu, HI. More>>
  • Cho, S., Jongman, A., Wang, Y., & Sereno, J. A. (2017). Effects of clear speech and language background on multimodal perception of English fricatives. 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), New Orleans, Louisiana. More>>
  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). "Investigating island sensitivity in the processing of wh- dependencies: An ERP study." Poster presented at 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. MIT. More>>
  • Covey, L., Girolamo, T., Siew, C., Weyers, I., Yang, X., Vogt-Woodin, A., Coughlin, C., & Minai, U. (2017). Examining the role of pragmatics during children's comprehension of only: An eye-tracking study. Poster presented at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA. More>>
  • Covey, L., Fiorentino, R., & Gabriele, A. (2018). Individual differences in the processing of wh-dependencies by native speakers and L2 learners: An ERP investigation. Talk presented in colloquium: “Event-related potentials and SLA: Brainwaves reveal new insights about individual differences in second language learning and processing,” organized by Sarah Grey & Harriet Bowden. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2018. Chicago, IL. More>>
More Presentations
  • Covey, L., Girolamo, T., Siew, C., Weyers, I., Yang, X., Vogt-Woodin, A., Coughlin, C., & Minai, U. (2017). Examining the role of pragmatics during children's comprehension of only: An eye-tracking study. Poster presented at 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA. More>>
  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Tracking the dynamics of wh- dependency resolution inside and outside of islands: An ERP investigation. Poster presented at 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Baltimore, MD. More>>
  • Doherty, J-P. (2017). Pieces of the Periphery. Kansas Linguistics Colloquy Series: Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Duncan, P. T. (2017). When a language is consistently ergative (& how it gets that way). Department of Linguistics Colloquy. Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Duncan, P. T., & Torrence, H. (2017). Verbal complementizers and the Indirect Agree relation in Ibibio. 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Austin, TX. More>>
  • Feroce, N., Covey, L., Fiorentino, R., & Gabriele, A. (2017). Examining individual differences in the processing of referential dependencies in Spanish: An ERP investigation. Poster presented at 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Baltimore, MD. More>>
  • Gabriele, A., Covey, L., Feroce, N., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Individual differences in the processing of pronominal ambiguity in English and Spanish: An ERP investigation. Poster presented at Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. Georgetown University. More>>
  • Kummer, D. (2017). A ton of planks in plankton: Examining morpho-orthographic decomposition in the early stages of complex word processing. Poster presented at KU Graduate Research Competition: Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Kummer, D. (2017). Developing constructed language morphology. Guest lecture presented at Wichita State University: Wichita, KS. More>>
  • Li, M. (2017). Sibilant place contrast: Perception, production, typology, and sound change. Spring 2017 Kansas Linguistics Colloquy Series: Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Li, M., & Zhang, J. (2017). The neutralization of dental and palatal sibilants: a sound change in progress in Xiangtan Chinese. Poster presented at The 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America: Austin, TX. More>>
  • Nakata, K. (2017). Explicit learning of Japanese mimetics using voicing, gemination, and reduplication rules. Presentation at the 2017 Annual Spring Conference of American Association of Japanese Teacher (AATJ): Toronto, Canada. More>>
  • Qin, Z. (2017). How native listeners and adult second-language learners of Chinese process tones in recognition of Chinese spoken words: an eye-tracking study. Department of Linguistics Colloquy and Child Language Proseminar: Lawrence KS. More>>
  • Redmon, C., Jongman, A., & Zhang, J. (2017). Distributional factors in Telugu sibilant production. Poster presented at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America: New Orleans, LA. More>>
  • Redmon, C., & Sangma, T. (2018). On the importance of machine-readable lexicons in the study of South Asian phonologies: Demonstrations from a 16,000-word database of Garo. Paper presented at Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages 8: Wichita, KS. More>>
  • Sereno, J. A. (2017). Vibrations to representations: Issues in speech processing. Invited talk at the 42nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference (AIC), Sereno Symposium, Breckenridge, Colorado. More>>
  • Tremblay, A. (forthcoming, May 2018). The functional weight of suprasegmental cues in the native language predicts spoken word recognition in a second language. Plenary lecture given at the Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cogntive Sciences of Language 2018. Hanyang University. South Korea. More>>
  • Tremblay, A. (2017). Learning to use intonational cues in the segmentation of French speech. Conference of the Société dos études supérieures du Département d'Etudes francaises. University of Toronto. More>>
  • Yang, X., Fiorentino, R., & Minai, U. (2017). Context-dependent Meaning Computation: The Role of Question Under Discussion and Individual Differences in Scalar Implicature. Invited presentation at the Child Language Proseminar. Lawrence, KS. More>>
  • Yang, X., Fiorentino, R., & Minai, U. (2017). The role of individual differences in the context-dependent interpretation of ’some’. Poster presented at the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Cambridge, MA. More>>
  • Yang, J. H., Kim, J. A., Lee, J. M., & Kim, J. H. (2017). The effects of script difference on L2 lexical processing of Korean-English bilinguals. Presentation given at the 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference. Honolulu, HI. More>>
  • Zhang, Y., Leung, K., Wang, Y., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J. A. (2017). Audio-visual perception of Mandarin tone in clear speech. 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), New Orleans, Louisiana. More>>
     

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