November 17, 2010

Bake Sale: Wed. Nov 24

Our last bake sale of the semester will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 9 - 4:30 in the Clearihue lobby.  As always, funds raised will go towards our scholarship fund.
Baked goods can be dropped off at the table from 9 am onwards.  If you can sit at the table, please go to to sign up for a time.  You are expected to be at the table for all of the times that you sign up for.

Also...there are still tickets available for the big end-of-semester party!  They will be on sale at the bakesale, so come on by and get a ticket ($7 each).

November 15, 2010

Events Happening This Week

Thursday, Nov. 18: 
Linguistics Department Research Forum from 11:30 to 12:50 in Elliott 061 (access to Elliott Lecture Hall is from the entrance closest to Cornett/Totem Poles/MacLaurin, 061 is downstairs). Talk titles (10 minutes per talk) are given below.

Adam Steffanick: ``L2 Japanese Verb-Form Transformation''

Matt Richards: ``Computational Tools for Exploring Classificatory Verb Systems''

Li-Shih Huang and Nicholas Travers: ``News from the field: Current applied linguistics research activities''

Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins: ``What's a Nxa'amxcin Word?''

Hua Lin and Charles Chen: ``Is there a perceptual hierarchy for English speakers perceiving
Mandarin tones?''

Martha McGinnis: ``Interactions of Movement and Binding''

Games Afternoon: 2:30-4:30 in the SUB, B024.

Friday, Nov. 19:
Meeting:  Clearihue C111 from 3:30 - 4:00.  This will be the last meeting of the semester. 

Applying to Grad School in Linguistics Workshop: 4:00 - 5:00 in Clearihue C111.

October 26, 2010

Bake Sale! Wednesday, Oct. 27!

There will be a bake sale on Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the Clearihue Lobby.  All monies raised will go towards our scholarship fund.
Please drop off any baked goods to sell at the table at 9:30 am or later.
For those who signed up for a shift at the table but don't remember what time they signed up for, the schedule is here:

Tickets for the End-Of-Semester Party will also be sold at the bake sale.  The party is on Dec. 3 and tickets are $7 each.  Come by to get a ticket or more information. 

Hope to see you all there!

October 20, 2010

Linguistics Colloquium: Friday, Oct. 22

Dr. Dan Silverman will be the speaker at Friday's colloquium.  His talk is titled "Alternation not segmentation."  The colloquium is from 3:30-5 in Clearihue C112.

October 15, 2010

Meeting - Friday, Oct. 15

There will be an Underlings meeting on Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 in Cle A207.

Linguistics Circle Colloquium Series: Dr. Molly Babel (Oct. 15 @ 3:30 p.m., CLE C112)

Dr. Molly Babel, UBC
Title: Phonetic imitation as a window into speech perception

Date: Friday, October 15, 2010

Time: 3:30 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.

Location: Clearihue Building C112

Abstract and Bio:

September 29, 2010

Language-Games: Thursday, Sept. 30 SUB B024

Language-games on Thursday, Sept. 30 will be in the SUB, room B024, from 2:30 until 4:30.

September 22, 2010

Games Afternoons!

Our weekly language-games afternoons start on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the SUB, B110b from 2:30-4:30. 

Below is a list of all dates and rooms for this semester's games afternoons.

Sept 23, SUBB110b
Sept 30, SUBB024
Oct 7, SUB B100b
Oct 14,  SUB B100b
Oct 21, SUB B110b
Oct 28, SUB B110b
Nov 4, SUB B110b
Nov 11, canceled for Reading Break
Nov 18, SUB B024
Nov 25, SUB B024

September 14, 2010

Linguistics Colloquium - Friday Sept. 17 at 3:30pm

The first Lingustics Circle Colloquium for the fall term is on Friday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 pm in Clearihue C112.  The speaker is Dr. Jason Rothman from the University of Florida.  The title of his talk is "L1 attrition and input quality consequences for heritage speaker competence outcomes."  To see his abstract and bio, visit
To see an up-to-date listing of the Linguistics colloquium events, visit the UVic Events Calendar (

September 12, 2010

Vote: Games afternoon time

A poll has been set up to pick a time for our weekly language-games afternoons.  Please choose which time(s) you'd like.  Go to: to see the poll.  Please vote as soon as possible so we can get our games started!

September 7, 2010

Underlings meeting - Friday, September 10

The first Underlings meeting for the fall semester will be on Friday Sept. 10, 2010, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Clearihue Building A207.
At this meeting, we'll vote in our executive for the year and brainstorm events so we can create a budget request.  If you would like to be on the executive, please come to the meeting!  We need a chair, secretary, and treasurer.  Bring ideas for fun Underlings events, too! 

April 7, 2010

2010 Grad Photo

2010 Grad Photo
Who: any students in the Class of 2010 (convocating this coming June or November)
When: Friday (Apr.9), 11:30am
Where: meet at CleC108, photo will be in Clearihue courtyard
Dress: casual / whatever makes you happy (it's not formal or anything like that)

March 19, 2010

Lansdowne Lecture Series

Dr Sandra Chung (UC Santa Cruz), this year's Lansdowne Lecturer for linguistics, will be presenting three talks next week:

Tuesday Mar.23
7:00-9:00pm, HHB 105
“How Universal Are Parts of Speech?"

Thursday Mar.25
11:30am-12:50pm, HHB 110
“Sound System and Writing System Clash”

Thursday Mar.25
3:30-5:00pm, CleA304
“The Syntax and Semantics of Chamorro Possessors”

Call for Papers: Speculative Grammarian

Speculative Grammarian, the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics, is seeking submissions! SpecGram is full of clever and witty articles on a wide range of linguistics topics and you could be the next illustrious author to be published! You can find all the details here:, or check out the latest issue to get inspired.

February 23, 2010

Important Linguistics News

Tomorrow, Wednesday Feb.24, there will be a presentation by Dr. John Archibald, one of the candidates for Dean of Humanities. Dr. Archibald is currently Head of Linguistics at the University of Calgary, and if he were elected Dean at UVic he would be joining our department as well. His talk will be from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Cornett B108, and it would be great to have students there.

Next Monday, Mar.1, there will be an opportunity for students to take part in the Academic Program Review of the Linguistics department. This is your chance to talk to outside reviewers about all the things you love and not-so-much love about the program -- what courses you like, what you wish we had, thoughts on research, the faculty... anything at all. This will be from 4-5pm in the Linguistics Seminar Room in Clearihue D-wing.

Also, save these dates:

We're planning a undergrad/grad/faculty/staff coffee house for the afternoon of Friday Mar.26. We'll be celebrating the fast approaching end of the semester and school year, and would also like to invite all you talented linguists to entertain us! Sing, dance, tell a joke, rap, do some bad magic tricks, whatever you'd like! Email me if you might be interested in such a thing. We may also be joined by the Lansdowne Lecturer, who will be visiting that week.

Movie afternoon will be Tuesday Mar.30 at 2:30pm. The movie to be afternooned is yet to be decided.

Year-end party! Friday Apr. 9. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

February 8, 2010

Meeting this Friday

We'll be meeting this Friday, Feb.12, at 2:30pm to discuss plans for the rest of the semester. Location TBD.

February 3, 2010

Vote: T-shirt designs

Here are the three submissions for t-shirt designs. Please choose which one you'd like. We may offer the old tree design by special order if you missed out the last two years and still want one.

Note that once we've picked the design, colour options and any other details can be adjusted as necessary.

The poll is here:
Please vote as soon as possible so we can get printing!

January 26, 2010

Bake Sale Wednesday Feb.3

We're having a bake sale next Wednesday, Feb.3, from 9:15 to 3-ish in the Clearihue lobby to raise funds for the Underlings scholarship. Please bring some goodies if you can, and if you have an hour or two to spare, sign up to watch the table here:

We'll also be selling Valentine's cards, which we're making next Tuesday, Feb.2, in SUB B025 at 2:30pm (in lieu of the language games afternoon).

January 12, 2010

Tuesday language games

Tuesday afternoon language games returns today! We will meet every Tuesday in the SUB B025* from 2:30-4:30pm.

*Note that on Feb.23 and Mar.23 we will meet in B110b. There will be no meeting during reading break (Feb.16).