Linguistics Undergraduate Accolades

Our undergraduate students are as usual up to lots of good and interesting things! Here are a few note- and applause-worthy updates from undergrads:

  • Evelyn Anton recently received a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Her research project will focus on learning novel words in two dialects. Evelyn is a double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics.
  • Martino Mangano received the Kaplan Award in LGBTQ+ Studies, from the Center for Research on Gender and Women. As part of the award, Martino will have an opportunity to present his independent study project at a Gender and Women’s Studies colloquium in the Fall. The project uses methods of corpus and sociolinguistics to investigate recent trends in both Irish Gaelic and English-language LGBTQ+ terminology within Irish media. Martino will also be starting graduate school in Linguistics at the University of Colorado-Boulder next year.
  • Luke Piechowski is entering the new Master’s in World Language Education program at UW-Madison this summer.
  • Griffin Sherry received a generous Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship to study Italian language and culture at UW-Madison next year.
  • We also had several undergraduate students present their original research at the 2024 Undergraduate Symposium in April. B Cadigan (Journalism and Linguistics) presented “CACTI OR CACTUSES? EXPLORING RULE GENERALIZATION IN ENGLISH PLURALS,” and Renee Chao (Linguistics and Chinese) co-presented “THE ACCENT COLLECTIVE.” Even non-majors were getting on the action, with students Andrew Dirkse (Biocore) and Isobelle Parker (English) presenting research originating in their Ling 303: Historical Linguistics course, “HOW STRONG WAS THE (LINGUISTIC) PRESCRIPTION? INFLUENCES OF INHERITED ACCENTS ON TRANSATLANTIC SPEECH” with mentor Joe Salmons.

Incredibly proud of these and all of our students – congratulations everyone!