WiGL 18

Photo credits: David Daum

The 18th Workshop in General Linguistics (WiGL) took place at UW-Madison Friday-Saturday 4/12-4/13, and was a great success!

(WiGL) is a student conference which has been organized by the Linguistics Student Organization (LSO) annually since 2003. The workshop provides a platform for graduate (and undergraduate!) students in linguistics to present and share their research.

This year, the conference featured two keynote presentations from invited speakers: Julia GoetzeGoing with the flow: Aligning Professional Development with Disciplinary Currents in (Applied) Linguistics,” and Robert HawkinsApproaching language through cognitive science.”

Online keynote presentation by Professor Robert Hawkins

A new component debuted this year: online interactive workshops. Daniel Quigley, UW-Madison Linguistics major alum currently pursing graduate school at UW-Milwaukee, led a workshop in “Getting Started with LaTeX,” and Hyun Bae of UW-Madison led “ChatGPT as a Research Assistant for Experimental Linguistics.”

The workshop included four sessions of paper presentations, spread over Friday and Saturday, and included presenters from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, University of Michigan, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Stonybrook University, University of California-Santa Cruz, New York University, and University of Montreal.

There was also a separate Poster session on Saturday afternoon, which included six posters, including some from undergraduate research projects.

Undergraduate Linguistics major B Cadigan presenting research at the WiGL 18 poster session.

The workshop also featured many opportunities for participants to socialize and network, including meals and a reception dinner.

Lunch break at WiGL 18

As part of the event, the LSO also distributed free donated linguistics books to participants at the WiGL book fair.

Many thanks to the hardworking and innovative organizing committee, and to all the volunteers for putting together such a wonderful event!

Linguistics PhD student Rachyl Hietpas organizing the refreshment table

WiGL 18 was funded in part by an Associated Students of Madison viewpoint neutral grant.

WiGL continues to grow and prosper – see you again next year!

Photographs for this story were taken by talented photographer and Linguistics major David Daum – thank you David!