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13 students graduated from the USM Linguistics program in May 2014.  Here faculty are congratulating students at commencement.
13 students graduated from the USM Linguistics program in May 2014. Here faculty are congratulating students at commencement.
Conor McDonough Quinn, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, was named to the Portland Press Herald's 2013 list of "Ten Mainers to be Thankful For".
Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler will present on Gallaudet University's graduate program and a lecture that will discuss the following questions: how learning a sign language as an L2 different from learning it as an L1? How is second language learning in a new modality different from the more typical case of learning a second language in the same modality as your first one?  Monday, November 4th from 12-2:30p in 133 Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus
Join us to meet visiting professor from Linguistics Department at Gallaudet University, Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler. She will give an overview of the Gallaudet Linguistics Graduate program, research projects, and give a lecture on "Learning ASL as a 2nd Language." Monday, November 4th from 12-2:30p in 133 Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus.
Dana McDaniel and Cheri Lozoraitis [Linguistics Major, graduated in 2012] were authors on a paper that was published in a Speech & Language journal: [McKee, C., McDaniel, D., Garrett, M. F., Lozoraitis, C., and Mutterperl, M. S. (2013) Articulation rate: Effects of age, fluency, and syntactic structure. Revista de logopedia, foniatría y audiología, 33, 55-63.]
11 Participants from Maine went to Seabeck, Washington [an hour south from Seattle], to participant in a one week volunteer experience interpreting and guiding Deaf-Blind individuals at a retreat. After several courses of training offered here by Deaf-Blind and Deaf trainers, students have been serving as guides since the inception of Independence Without Fear program two years ago.
Two students, Sean Fletcher and Erik Van Till, who took the Field Methods course this past spring, have developed a Nicaraguan Sign Language Grammar book and are currently working with Deaf teachers in Nicaragua.
Dana McDaniel creates an alien language movie made for DVD: "AE: Apocalypse Earth."
Lauren Chisholm presented "Relative Syntactic Weight and Atypical of-genitive Construction Choice" at GLEEFUL2013
Dr. Conor McDonough Quinn, documentary linguist and adjunct faculty member in Linguistics, spoke at TEDxDirigo on overcoming barriers to language acquisition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6vVIdQBd0?rel=0
Two linguistics students are participating in a Campus Ventures commercialization project that is aimed at applying computational linguistic tools to the improvement of software requirements engineering.

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