Linguistics and Cognitive Science News and Events


Rejection Collection Celebration: Come celebrate our rejections (from our Department's rejection collection) with frozen yogurt and festivities! Friday, 5/6/22, 3:00-4:00 PM, Edmunds Courtyard Table. 

LGCS Sr. Thesis Presentations and Reception: Come and hear the LGCS seniors present their senior thesis posters and celebrate with a reception. Friday, 4/29/22, 3:00-5:00PM, Lincoln/Edmunds Courtyard. 

Spring Open House: Current and interested LGCS students are invited to come learn about the majors, chat with department liaisons, ask the faculty about fall courses, and more! 4/14/22, 4:00-5:00 PM, LGCS Suite. 

Spring Social: Join us for Yogurtland and fun conversations! Tuesday, 3/22/22, 4:00-5:00 PM. Lincoln/Edmunds Courtyard. 

Sunset Celebration: Join the LGCS liaisons and celebrate the end of midtems! Enjoy desserts, crafts, and more. Thursday, 3/10/22, 5:00PM-Sunset, Edmunds Courtyard Table.

Valentine's Day Celebration: Celebrate with us; My Delight Cupcakery cupcakes will be available! 4/14/22, 4:00-5:00 PM, Edmunds Courtyard Table. 

LGCS T-Shirts for Sale: Purchase your LGCS T-Shirt for $5. Sizes S-2XL are available with Elizabeth in Edmunds 212, cash only. 


Holiday Celebration: Join LGCS for a Holiday Celebration filled with hot chocolate, Creme pastries, and gingerbread house making! Wednesday, 12/15/21, 9:30-10:30 AM, Edmunds Courtyard Table. 

Games and Goodies: The LGCS liaisons invite LGCS juniors and seniors for an afternoon of snacks and lawn games! Friday, 11/19/21, 2:00-4:00 PM, Elm Tree Lawn (Scripps).  

Fall Open House: Current and interested students are invited to join us for refreshments as we discuss SP22 courses and the majors. Thursday, 11/11/21, 4:30-5:30 PM, Lincoln/Edmunds Courtyard. 

Tasty Treats: LGCS students are invited to an afternoon filled with Some Crust cookies and coloring! Friday, 10/29/21, 3:00-3:00 PM, Edmunds Courtyard table. 

Underclassmen Event: First-years and sophomores considering Linguistics or Cognitive Science are welcome to Join the LGCS liaisons for a crafting night. Snacks will be provided! Tuesday, 10/5/21, 4:30-5:30 PM, Marston Quad near Bid Bridges. 

Trivia Night: Join the LGCS liaisons for a trivia night including prizes! Thursday, 9/23/21, 4:30-6:00 PM, Edmunds 101.

Ice Cream Social: Join the LGCS faculty and staff for Bert and Rocky's ice cream! Tuesday, 9/7/21, 4:15-5:15 PM, Lincoln/Edmunds Courtyard. 


Talk: The Unintended Revelations of One Medieval Bulgarian Scribe By Prof. Vrinda Subhalaxmi Chidambaram (University of California, Riverside) January 30, 2020 11:30AM. Lunch will be provided. 20 spaces available, to RSVP please contact Elizabeth at


Holiday Hullabaloo All current and interested LGCS students are welcome. December 11, 2019 4:15PM – 5:45PM Edmunds 211

Talk: Unpacking the Paradox of Spanish in Miami: Demographic Change, Sociolinguistic Perception, and the Impossibility of Bilingual Education By Prof. Phillip M. Carter. November 12, 2019 4:15pm Edmunds 114

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, gave an invited talk, "I-Language and Interspeaker Variation in a Refugee Community" at Princeton University on November 6.

Colloquium talk: Corpus linguist Prof. Stefan Gries—UC Santa Barbara, prolific author, founding editor, Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory—visits LGCS for a talk on psycholinguistic case studies with corpus methods. November 5, 2019 4:15PM Edmunds 101

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, was selected as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. Recent fellows were named in the September issue of the APS Observer.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published "Phonology Counts" in Radical: A Journal of Phonology, volume 1, pages 1-62 on September 25.

Graduate School Information Session for current LGCS students. September 23, 2019 4:15PM – 5:30PM Edmunds 217

Professor Nicole Holliday Talk: How black should a black president sound?: Sociophonetic variation in the speech of Barack Obama September 11, 2019 4:15PM – 5:15PM Lincoln 1125

Department Welcome Back Lunch All current and interested LGCS students are welcome. September 11, 2019 12:00PM – 1:00PM Edmunds 211

Professor Nicole Holliday On Academic Minute Podcast: Talks About How We Interpret Voices

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Andrew Conway, professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), received a 2019 BLAIS Challenge grant to conduct a research project titled "An Investigation of Rationality in Older Adults" on August 13. The BLAIS Foundation is a CGU endowment devoted to the promotion and support of academic cooperation between CGU and the undergraduate Claremont Colleges. The award of $23,333 will be used to support undergraduate and graduate research assistants and collect preliminary data for an external funding application.

Megan Zirnstein, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published a paper titled, "What is the Source of Bilingual Cross-Language Activation in Deaf Bilinguals?" in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education in August.

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, presented a co-authored poster titled “Does Recalling Emotional Memories Change Older Adults' Speech?” at the 13th biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) in Cape Cod from June 6-9.

Robin Melnick, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, presented a paper, "Priming vs. Inhibition of Optional Infinitival 'to'," coauthored with Tom Wasow of Stanford, at the workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics at the annual conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Minneapolis on June 7.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, presented a paper, "Comparing Analyses of Yoruba Vowel Harmony," at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on May 23.