News & Events



  • The Navajo Language Program invites you to attend a special lunch and presentations by Indigenous Language Scholars titled Indigenous Language is Life. The event takes place Wednesday, November 6 from noon to 3pm at the UNM Hibben Center.
  • 2019 is the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages! One of many events in honor of the year is a Perspectives conference at Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Invited speaker Assistant Professor Melvatha Chee will contribute to the conference celebration of indigenous languages and indigenous perspectives.
  • Congratulations to Professor Emerita Melissa Axelrod who was awarded an NSF Grant, titled A Community-Based Re-Analysis of Narratives in Jicarilla Apache. Together with Dr. Veronica Tiller and a team of native-speaking Jicarilla Apache elders, the investigators will develop new transcriptions and translations of Jicarilla Apache texts gathered in the 1890s to 1930s by James R. Mooney, Pliny A. Goddard, and others.
  • Welcome back to the many UNM linguists who presented papers at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Nishinomiya, Japan, including Professor Emeritus Bill Croft, Alumnus Dr. Terry Janzen, Professor Barbara Shaffer, Alumna Dr. Laura Hirrel, PhD Student Motomi Kajatani, and Professor Sherman Wilcox.
  • Professor Caroline Smith, PhD Student Daejin Kim and Alumna Dr. Shelece Easterday traveled down under to present their research at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Melbourne, Australia August 5 – 9, 2019.
  • Dr. Sherman Wilcox will give a talk entitled “Pointing and Placing in Signed Language Discourse” at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan on August 3, 2019. Following the talk, Dr. Wilcox will conduct a workshop on sign linguistics for deaf researchers.
  • The Association for Linguistic Typology recently announced that Shelece Easterday is this year’s recipient of their Joseph Greenberg Award for the best piece of typological research embodied in a doctoral dissertation or equivalent. Shelece graduated from UNM Linguistics in 2017, receiving a distinction for her dissertation entitled "Highly Complex Syllable Structure: A Typological Study of its Phonological Characteristics and Diachronic Development.” A revised version of this will be published later this summer by Language Science Press, in the series Studies in Laboratory Phonology.  Shelece is currently a post-doc at the Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage in Lyon, France. Congratulations, Shelece!
  • Roadrunner Undergraduate Linguistics Society Outreach Committee presented "Challenging Linguistic Prejudice" workshop for the 1st annual NM Youth Celebrate Diversity Conference (April 6, 2019) 
  • The Alumni Association selected Assistant Professor Christian Koops for the Faculty Teaching Award for 2019! Congratulations Professor Koops!
  • Joan Esse Wilson, a Ph.D. student in Linguistics (with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Sciences), is in the news for her work with Dr. Claudia Tesche, a Professor in the Department of Psychology, on Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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  • 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




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