Undergrad Students

Josephine Holubkov wins Babel Young Writers' Competition

Linguistics major Josephine Holubkov ‘24 has won Babel magazine’s Young Writers’ Competition. Josephine is a member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project and has served as NACLO chair of the Yale Undergraduate Linguistics Society. As described on its website, “Babel is the quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format”.

Sign of the times

Noah Macey (Linguistics ‘09) reports on a new pilot American Sign Language (ASL) program at Yale, with courses taught by Jessica Tanner. The pilot program begins in the spring, when the university will offer two ASL classes through the Linguistics Department, which petitioned the Language Study Committee last spring for the course’s approval.

Pama-Nyungan lab members publish paper on forced alignment

Members of the Pama-Nyungan lab recently published a write-up of their results on forced alignment algorithms. Their paper on “A Robin Hood approach to forced alignment: English-trained algorithms and their use on Australian languages” was recently published in the proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. They show that for some purposes, English-trained models can be used without crucial loss of accuracy.

North American Computational Linguistics Open competition (NACLO) at Yale

This year again, for the 6th consecutive year, the Linguistics Department has invited middle and high school students to hone their analytical skills while working on linguistic problems and training for the NACLO competition. We have done so by hosting training sessions for NACLO, on Sunday afternoons, led by a group of our undergraduate students (Andrew Benz, David Gold, Chloe Gonzalez, Helena Lyng-Olsen and Kento Tanaka), with the help of two faculty members (Jason Shaw and Raffaella Zanuttini).

Second annual "grammar boot camp" for advanced undergraduates accepting applications

The Department of Linguistics is happy to announce that Claire Bowern and the Historical and Pama-Nyungan Lab will be hosting a second annual ‘grammar boot camp’ in July 2016. Over the course of four weeks, participants will work collaboratively to produce a sketch grammar of an Australian Aboriginal language, using an extensive database of field notes and recordings. 

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