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June 15, 2006

Student linguists converge on MSU for national meeting June 22-25

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The work of graduate students in linguistics and languages will be the focus of a four-day meeting sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America from June 22-25 on Michigan State University’s campus.

More than three dozen students will present papers on a diverse range of subjects, from verb-copying construction in Mandarin Chinese to the linguistic innovations of music recording artist Snoop Dogg. MSU graduate students will chair all sessions.

Plenary panels designed to help students prepare to be career linguists will address the following topics: professional ethics, grant writing, getting published, finding a job and the future of linguistics.

Guest speakers include Sally McConnell-Ginet, the organization’s president and professor of linguistics, Cornell University; Chris Kennedy, associate professor of linguistics, University of Chicago; and Norma Mendoza-Denton, assistant professor of linguistic anthropology, University of Arizona.  

“The summer meeting represents the Linguistic Society of America’s commitment to supporting the interests and needs of graduate students,” says Wendy K. Wilkins, professor of linguistics. “Participation in the conference gives graduate students an opportunity to share research findings in a professional environment as well as to network with leaders in the field.” 

The group is the largest linguistic society in the world, with more than 5,000 individual and library members. Its primary mission is to advance the scientific study of language.

The conference is open to registrants. Fees will be waived for media.

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