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End-of-year Congratulations!

As the academic year comes to a close, the Linguistics Program wants to give a shout out to those continuing and incoming graduate students who have won awards, honors, and recognition for their teaching and research this year. It is an inspiring list! Congratulations to all and Happy Summer!

The Linguistics Program welcomes two new faculty members!

Where are our most recent alumni

Drew Crosby, PhD, 2023, Lecturer, Korea University Archie Crowley, PhD, 2023, Assistant Professor, Elon University John (Spud) McCullough, PhD, 2023, Lexicographer, Oxford University Press Lesley Smith, PhD, 2023, Researcher, Duolingo Kanan Luce, PhD, 2023, Fellow, US Presidential Management

Congratulations to our new PhD Graduates!

Congratulations to our new MA Graduates!

Congratulations to PhD students Paige Pinkston and Anyssa (AJ) Murphy

who were awarded the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Joy Peltier

who was awarded the Excel grant for Liberal Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Congratulations to PhD student Cheng Xiao

who was awarded an NSF DDRI grant (2023-2025)

Congratulations to PhD student Samantha Martin

who was awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

A Warm Welcome to Assistant Professor Joy Peltier

The Linguistics Program is excited to welcome Dr. Joy Peltier as an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics. Dr. Peltier, who received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, conducts research on language in contact and in context. Her specific interests lie in high-contact and minority language varieties, such as Creoles, and she has examined pragmatic elements, such as pragmatic markers.

Hosting the 5th biennial conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-5)

The University of South Carolina is hosting the 5th biennial conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA-5), to be held from November 4-6, 2022. The conference venue is the Conference Center in the Close Hipp Building. See the conference web site for more details:

Plenary Addresses at LSA, NWAV, and SECOL

Professor Tracey Weldon has been invited to give plenary talks at NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) in October 2021, the LSA (Linguistic Society of America) Annual Meeting in January 2022, and the 89th SECOL (Southeastern Conference on Linguistics) in the spring of 2022.

Two McCausland Faculty Fellows

Professors Amanda Dalola and Sherina Feliciano-Santos have been selected as 2021 McCausland Faculty Fellows.

Books by our Linguistics faculty in 2021

Three books by our Linguistics Faculty have been published books in 2021: Sherina Feliciano-Santos' A Contested Caribbean Indigeneity: Language, Social Practice, and Identity within Puerto Rican Taíno Activism (Rutgers University Press), Tracey Weldon's Middle-Class African American English (Cambridge University Press), and Paul Malovrh's Advancedness in Second Language Spanish: Definitions, Challenges, and Possibilities (John Benjamins, co-edited with Mandy Menke).

Graduate Student Awards in 2021-2022

Our outstanding graduate students have received numerous awards during the 2021-2022 academic year. Ph.D. student Archie Crowley was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant; Ph.D. student Lesley Smith was awarded a 2021 Duolingo Research Grant; Ph.D. students Archie Crowley and John (Spud) McCullough were awarded a David G. Ellison Fellowship in Southern Studies; Ph.D. student Sarah Wilson was awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation merit scholarship; Ph.D. students Drew Crosby and Archie Crowley were each awarded a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship; Ph.D. student Archie Crowley was awarded a C.C. Royal Fellowship from the Graduate School.

Graduate Student Awards in 2020-2021

Ph.D. student Ruthanne Hughes was awarded a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship. Four Ph.D. students (Samantha Martin, John (Spud) McCullough, Angelina Rubina, Lesley Smith) were each awarded a SPARC grant sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

TEDxUofSC speaker: Archie Crowley

Linguistics PhD student Archie Crowley was selected as a TEDxUofSC 2020 speaker. Their talk, which was streamed live to the greater Columbia and universitiy communities on October 21, provides a historical and cultural perspective to language, gender, and identity.

Distinguished Professor of the Year: Amit Almor

Amit Almor has been selected as the 2020 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year, the most prestigious award presented annually to an outstanding teacher of undergraduate studies. His name will be engraved on a permanent plaque at the Thomas Cooper Library. You can read more about his approach to teaching that earned him this honor.

Paul Reed on SC Dialects

Paul Reed, UofSC Alumnus discusses dialects in South Carolina

Dubinsky on Dad Jokes

Stan Dubinsky provided his insights on the the language of "dad jokes" in Ashley Fetters' article in The Atlantic (September 25, 2018).

Davies and Dubinsky Collaborate on Book

Professors Stanley Dubinsky (University of South Carolina) and William Davies (University of Iowa) will publish Language Conflict and Language Rights: Ethnolinguistic Perspectives on Human Conflict, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. The book explores the many ways in which language is the primary vehicle for personal, ethnic, and national identity.

Who's Heading to Tuscaloosa?

Paul Reed (2016, PhD) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama.

A Bilinski Fellow in the Program

Linguistics doctoral student Chris Farina has been awarded a Bilinski Fellowship for the 2016-2017 year. Congratulations!

An Outstanding Dissertation

Helen (Olena) Aydarova received an Outstanding Dissertation Award at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of our MA program.

Granted! A Bilingual Education Study

Congratulations to Jennifer Reynolds who, for her proposal "Adapting the video-cued multivocal method to pilot a study of bilingual education in 4K/Primary school education within a multi-sited transnational migratory circuit," was awarded a grant under the one of the Provost's Social Sciences Grant Program! Well done, Jennifer!


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