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Friday Colloquium Series

About the Friday Colloquium

The UNC Linguistics Friday Colloquium series (not to be confused with the annual Spring Colloquium) serves three purposes:

  • a place for UNC graduate students and faculty to present current work for feedback and discussion in a friendly, supportive atmosphere
  • an opportunity for our department to host talks by speakers from other UNC departments or elsewhere
  • a venue for professional-development workshops for linguistics graduate students

All events are 3:30–4:30 or 5:00 pm, and are held in Smith Building 107 unless otherwise indicated. If anyone is interested in giving a Friday Colloquium talk, please contact the current organizer, David Mora-Marín (

Friday Colloquium Schedule — Spring 2020

FridaySpeaker(s)Title of Lecture/Workshop
1/10No talk
1/17David, Katya, etc.Linguistics Outreach Group Meeting
1/24Dr. Stefen FrischBrown Bag talk at NCSU: Competence is Performance: Bridging the Gap between Language Sound Structure and Speech
1/31Prof. Misha BeckerGraduate Student Development Workshop: Abstract Writing and Finding Funding
2/7Grad studentsLGSA Meeting
2/14David Mora-MarínThe *k(') > *ch(') Shift in Greater Tzeltalan (Mayan) Languages
2/21Heather MayoThe Dialectal Origins of Borgarmålet
2/28Margaret BenderThe New Voice of God: Linguistic, Cultural, and Theological Implications of Translating the Bible into Cherokee
3/27Tiffany JudyTBA
4/3Jonathan HennerReading the Signs: Performative Hearingness in this Era of Language Assessment
4/17No FLC
4/24Katya PertsovaTBA

Friday Colloquium Schedule — Fall 2019

FridaySpeaker(s)Title of Lecture/Workshop
8/30No talk
9/6No talk
9/13David Mora-MarínIzapan Writing: Yet Another Undeciphered Mesoamerican Script
9/20Interest meeting for Linguistics Outreach Group
9/27Elliott Moreton et al.Personal statements and cover letters for PhD programs and private sector employment
10/4No talk
10/11Important non-FLC event: Difficult Discourse workshop in Hyde Hall University Room, 1:00-5:00 pm
10/25Tristan Bavol and Victoria JohnstonDivergent Principles of Numeral Formation in P'urhepecha
11/1Jen SmithStatistics workshop: Interactions
11/8Peter BaumgartnerApplied NLP: Lessons from the Field
11/15Yunchuan ChenAn experimental approach to the L2 acquisition of the head noun phrase in Japanese relative clauses
11/22Adam AlbrightSpeakers avoid saying improbable words, but not exceptional words