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  • CLASP V, a multidisciplinary conference, has selected Rebeca Martínez Gómez to give the Student Plenary for her submission entitled, “Linguistic Styles and Visual Information: The Effect of Stereotype Congruence on Social Meanings”, which won the Best Graduate Student Paper in Cognition, Language and Social Practice.  The conference takes place September 15 – 17 in Boulder, Colorado.  Felicitaciones, Rebeca!
  • Professor William Croft has been named a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.  Fellows are selected on the basis of their professional integrity and for research that has exhibited sustained excellence and has had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community.  Congratulations Bill!
  • Associate Professor Naomi Shin has just returned from Lyon, France where she gave a presentation about her research on the acquisition of variable morphosyntax at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language.
  • Associate Professor Barbara Shaffer presented her research on deixis and gesture spaces in signed languages at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Tartu, Estonia.
  • Lecturer Christena Griffin was a participant at this year’s American Sign Language Teachers Association annual conference in Salt Lake City.  The theme of the conference was ASL Elevated!
  • Welcome back to Associate Professor Caroline Smith, who presented a talk on “Articulatory correlates of French and English metrical structure: Influences on L1 and L2” at Phonetics & Phonology in Europe in Köln, Germany.
  • Professor Bill Croft presented a talk on Event causation and force dynamics in argument structure constructions at the Linguistic Perspectives on Causation conference held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Congratulations to Rosa Vallejos who has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in Linguistics and in Spanish & Portuguese.
  • Associate Professors Naomi Shin and Barbara Shaffer with collaborator Jill Morford were among 10 UNM scientists selected for the 2017 Women in Stem Awards distributed by Advance at UNM, a five-year National Science Foundation-funded project that aims to boost women and minorities in STEM at the University of New Mexico.
  • UNM will confer upon Mrs. Cora McKenna of Nambé Pueblo the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) for her language revitalization work in collaboration with Professor Melissa Axelrod.  The degree will be conferred at the University Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13 at 9am in WisePies Arena (The Pit), with an additional recognition at the Department of Linguistics Convocation on Saturday, May 13 at 1pm in Keller Hall.
  • Graduate student Andrés Sabogal, who recently returned from completing fieldwork on Wayuunaiki in Columbia, has been selected for the prestigious Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Keiko Beers who was awarded a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for her study of language obsolescence and language change in Tohono O’odham.
  • Congratulations to undergraduate Linguistics Major Shelby Zubia, who was selected for the third cohort of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.  Shelby’s research on language revitalization will be mentored by Lecturer Dawn Nordquist.
  • Linguistics & English Departments jointly host seminar Friday, April 21, 1pm to 4pm in the Waters Room of Zimmerman Library on Jobs Outside the Professoriate  as part of a NEH Next Generation grant awarded to UNM to explore Career Diversity for PhDs in the Humanities.
  • Check out this story about Associate Professor Rosa Vallejos who was the Featured Linguist on the Linguist List, the official blog of the Linguistic Society of America!
  • Professor Ana Celia Zentella spoke to standing-room-only crowd of both university and community members on February 17, 2017 as the keynote of Language Diversity Awareness Week.  Our appreciation goes out to the HDLS leadership, students and faculty who contributed to a week of stimulating presentations.
  • Professor Bill Croft awarded a Teaching Allocation Grant by the Center for Teaching Excellence to develop an online tool to teach students how to graphically analyze sentence structure.
  • Welcome back to Professor Barbara Shaffer, returning from a sabbatical which allowed her to make significant progress on a book with co-author Terry Janzen of the University of Manitoba entitled Intersubjectivity in Interpretation: A Cognitive View of Interpreter-Mediated Discourse, forthcoming in the John Benjamins Human Cognitive Processing series.
  • Professor Melissa Axelrod honored with Ken Hale Award at the 2017 meeting of the Linguistic Society of America on January 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas
  • Professor Emerita Joan Bybee named Collitz professor of the 2017 Linguistic Institute.


HDLS 12th Biennial Conference

12th - 14th November 2016

News Archives


  • Record year for student funding: 1 Mellon, 3 Bilinskis and 3 LAII Fellowships awarded to Linguistics graduate students.
  • Professor Emerita Joan Bybee elected Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society
  • Linguistics collaborates with Spanish & Portuguese, FLL, and GES to establish a Humanities Working Group investigating "Stories of Migration: Conceptions of Home and Place"




  • 11/25/2013: Adjunct Professor Ian Maddieson has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.