Workshop in General Linguistics (WiGL)

Undergraduate Linguistics major Eleanor Sand presents her research at WiGL 17, 2023 (Photo by Miranda Vescio)

The UW-Madison Linguistics Student Organization has sponsored the Workshop in General Linguistics (WiGL) most years every spring since 2003. WiGL is a workshop run by students and for students, and is open to presentations by undergraduate or graduate students in any area of linguistics. The proceedings are published online in the LSO Working Papers in Linguistics.

Upcoming WiGL

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WiGL 19 will be held in Spring of 2025.

Stay tuned for more details!

Past WiGLs

Audience members at WIGL 5 (2007)

WiGL 5 (2007)

Click on the workshop title to see a schedule of talks.

(The list here includes everything we were able to reconstruct from our records – if anyone out there has past programs with any of the missing information, we would love to hear from you at!)

WiGL 18 (2024) – keynote speakers: Julia Goetze “Going with the flow: Aligning Professional Development with Disciplinary Currents in (Applied) Linguistics” and Robert Hawkins “Approaching language through cognitive science” – news feature

WiGL 17 (2023) – keynote speakers: Ryan Henke “Developing your research: Lessons from graduate school” and Laura Horton “Where do research questions come from? Tracing the development of a research agenda” – news feature

WIGL 16 (2019) – invited speaker: Caroline Niziolek “Language Made Audible: How Speech Acoustics Reflect Communicative Goals”

WIGL 15 (2018)

WIGL 14 (2017) – invited speaker: Grant Armstrong “‘To be NP’ or ‘not to be NP’: what can and cannot be a nominal predicate in Yucatec Maya”

WIGL 13 (2016) – invited speaker: Joshua Raclaw “Producing claims of epistemic rights and access through no prefaced utterances in English conversation”

WIGL 12 (2015) – invited speaker: David Salo “The Diachrony of Imagination”

WIGL 11 (2014) – invited speakers: Tom Purnell, Eric Raimy, and Joe Salmons “Hypermodularity and Wisconsin English”

WIGL 10 (2012) – invited speakers: Monica Macaulay, Rand Valentine

WIGL 9 (2011) – invited speaker: Rebecca Shields “Multiple scrambling and Relativized Minimality”

WIGL 8 (2010) – invited speakers: Joe Salmons, Hamid Ouali

WIGL 7 (2009) – invited speaker: Kier Moulton

WIGL 6 (2008) – invited speaker: Yafei Li “The minimalist LF is a tranquil LF”

WIGL 5 (2007) – invited speaker: Mürvet Enç “Event structure, boundaries, and temporal modifiers”

WIGL 4 (2006) – invited speaker: Marianne Milligan “The Need for Language Specific Constraints: Evidence from Menominee prosodic structure”

WIGL 3 (2005) – invited speaker: Monica Macaulay “On Prominence Hierarchies: The Case of Algonquian”

WIGL 2 (2004) – invited speaker: Tom Purnell “Repair Operation Hierarchies in Bantu Tonology”

WIGL 1 (2003) – invited speaker: Vivian Lin “QR: A or A’?”

WiGL 18 (2024) – Photo credit: David Daum

Scenes from WiGL 2023