10th Biennial High Desert Linguistics Conference
The High Desert Linguistics Society is proud to host the 10th Biennial High Desert Linguistics Society Conference at UNM, November 1-3, 2012. We are particularly pleased to welcome our keynote speakers: Beth Levin, Paul Dudis and Jane Hill.
The High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS) is the graduate student association of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Linguistics Department. The purpose of HDLS is to promote the exchange of ideas among students pursuing higher education in linguistics and related disciplines. The theme of this year’s conference is cognition, culture and discourse in signed, spoken and indigenous languages.
Our conference serves as a platform for raising awareness among academics concerning Spanish linguistics, signed languages in Deaf communities, linguistic anthropology, endangered languages in indigenous communities and educational linguistics — both local and global. This exchange of ideas can help build a bridge between communities, linguists, and language activists. We have been successful in achieving this goal in the past, partly due to our association with UNM’s Department of Linguistics. Our linguistics department has gained recognition for conducting quality research in Native American linguistics, typology, signed language linguistics, and cognitive-functional approaches to the study of human language.
The Steven Menefee Graduate Fund for Indigenous Language Revitalization
Steven Menefee was a doctoral student in linguistics, focusing on revitalization and documentation of indigenous languages.
Before he passed away on June 30, 2010, he worked to set up a scholarship fund for graduate students studying
linguistics at University of New Mexico.
Steven’s family and the University of New Mexico Foundation have established
“The Steven Menefee Graduate Fund for Indigenous Language Revitalization” in honor of Steven’s
scholarly passion for preserving at-risk indigenous languages.
To give to this fund, please make checks payable to the UNM Foundation, indicate “The Steven Menefee Graduate Fund”
on the memo line, and mail to the attention of Jeff MacNutt at:
Joseph H. Greenberg Endowed Research Fellowship
The Department of Linguistics at The University of New Mexico is proud to announce the Joseph H. Greenberg Fellowship, endowed by a generous bequest from the late Selma Greenberg. The fellowship will provide a stipend and a part-time research assistantship to an outstanding doctoral student for three years. The department will provide a further year of support through a full-time teaching assistantship. The fellowship and the teaching assistantship will also provide six to nine hours of graduate tuition each fall and spring semester, as well as graduate health insurance coverage.
All new applicants to the Ph.D. program in Linguistics at UNM will be considered; there is no separate fellowship application form. Applications to the Ph.D. program in Linguistics at UNM are welcomed from students with an MA degree in Linguistics or the equivalent. The department specializes in functionalist linguistics, Native American language documentation and revitalization (especially Navajo and other indigenous languages of the American Southwest), and signed language linguistics. Applications must be submitted by December 15th for consideration for the Greenberg Fellowship. For application information, please go here, email email@example.com, or contact the Department of Linguistics at (505)-277-6353.
Robert Young Endowed Scholarship
Robert W. Young (May, 28, 1912 - February 20, 2007), professor emeritus of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico, was an American linguist known for his work on the Navajo language. With Navajo scholar William Morgan, Young compiled the monumental The Navajo Language: A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary, a dictionary accompanied by a 400-page grammar "sketch". Young, Morgan and Sally Midgette also produced the Analytical Lexicon of Navajo. In July 1996, Robert Young was honored, along with William Morgan, in the Navajo Nation Council Chambers for his work on the Navajo language.
The Robert Young Endowed Scholarship, established in 1997 by Judy and Garland Bills, supports students in the Department of Linguistics who are engaged in the study of Native American linguistics. Please visit our Development page and make your contribution to this worthy scholarship.
Phyllis Perrin Wilcox Endowed Scholarship
We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Phyllis Perrin Wilcox Endowed Scholarship for students in the Signed Language Interpreting Program. The scholarship fund was established with a generous pledge from a donor to match all funds contributed before June 30, 2007, up to $5000.
Please visit our Development page and make your contribution to this worthy scholarship. We are delighted that we are able to make this award to deserving young students in the interpreting program, and thus contribute to meeting New Mexico's growing need for signed language interpreters.
SILS conference, May 2011
See the home page of the 18th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (SILS) for information about this event that was organized by Lingistics Department faculty and students.
The French Connection
Learn about how undergraduate honors students in the Department of Linguistics are helping faculty and other students to study the historical connections between American Sign Language and French Sign Language.
Career Opportunities in Linguistics