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Linguistics Events


Personal Statements for PhD Programs and Applications for Non-Academic Positions

September 27, 2019, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Smith Building, 107

This Friday, September 27, 2019, our Friday Linguistics Colloquium will consist of a professional development workshop for graduate students. The workshop will be led by Professors Elliott Moreton and Jennifer Smith.

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Difficult Discourse

October 11, 2019, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hyde Hall, University Room

This event will feature talks by five scholars in complementary areas, linguistics, communication, rhetoric, library science, and sociology, about their research on these and related topics, as well as a panel discussion with additional expert faculty from UNC.

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Colloquium Talk

October 25, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Smith Building, 107

Graduate students Tristan Bavol and Victoria Johnston will present on "Divergent Principles of Numeral Formation in P’urhepecha" at 3:30 pm in 107 Smith Building.

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Colloquium Talk

November 22, 2019, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Smith Building, 107

Professor Adam Albright from MIT will give a talk in our Friday colloquium series on November. Professor Albright's research interests span Phonology, Morphology, Language Acquisition, and Computational Linguistics.

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Language Exchange

February 7, 2020, 05:30 pm – 07:30 pm
Imbibe, 108 Henderson St.

Presented by the Linguistic Graduate Student Association and Imbibe! Come by and grab a sticker or two to represent the language(s) you want to practice, stick 'em on, and get to talking!

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Spring Colloquium (CANCELLED)

March 21, 2020, 09:30 am – 05:45 pm
Carolina Union, 3411

Hosted by the Linguistics Graduate Student Association every spring. Fellow linguists are invited from all over to present and discuss current topics of interest in the field in an all-day conference.

UPDATE: This event has been CANCELLED due to the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

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Computational Linguistics seminar: Kristen Summers

September 15, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
via Zoom,

Kristen Summers, a leading Data Scientist at IBM, will speak to the Computational Linguistics Certificate participants about her current work.

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Computational Linguistics seminar: Stacy Joines

October 6, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
via Zoom,

Stacy Joines, an IBM Fellow with Garage Solutions Engineering at IBM, will speak to the Computational Linguistics Certificate participants about her current work.

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Computational Linguistics seminar: Peter Baumgartner

October 20, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
via Zoom,

Peter Baumgartner, a Data Scientist at RTI International will speak to the Computational Linguistics Certificate program participants about his current work.

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Computational Linguistics seminar: James Jushchuk

November 10, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
via Zoom,

James Jushchuk, who covers UNC for the IBM RTP University Programs team, will speak to the Computational Linguistics Certificate program participants about his current work and opportunities with IBM.

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End-of-semester Virtual Social Hour

December 2, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
via Zoom,

Let's celebrate having survived this ultra-challenging semester! For faculty and students in linguistics, and friends and family members are welcome too.

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Spanish as a Heritage Language Lecture Series: Dr. Jim Michnowitz

February 3, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via zoom,

Dr. Jim Michnowicz, Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, North Carolina State University

Spanish in North Carolina - Insights into Heritage Spanish/El español en Carolina del Norte - perspectivas sobre el español de herencia.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

The lecture will take place over zoom.

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Spanish as a Heritage Language Lecture Series: Dr. Kim Potowski

February 17, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
zoom, virtual

Dr. Kim Potowski, Professor of Spanish, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Apples and Oranges: Best Approaches in Working with Spanish Heritage Speakers
This lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

The lecture will take place over zoom.

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Annie Chen

March 2, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via Zoom,

Dr. Chen, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington, will speak to the Computational Linguistics Certificate seminar about her current research. In her talk, "Studying the Language of Psychological and Social Processes in Social Media and Personal Communications: Examples from Biomedical Informatics and Digital Humanities Research", Dr. Chen will talk about two of her on-going projects. One project concerns prediction of substance use stigma in social media text, and the other is about extraction of person mentions in a corpus of personal diaries from 19th century Ottoman Iraq.

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UNC Linguistics Spring Colloquium 2021

March 20, 2021, 09:30 am – 05:45 pm
zoom, virtual

UNC Linguistics Spring Colloquium 2021 will be held Saturday, March 20th via Zoom with
Dr. Natalie Schilling (Georgetown University) and Dr. Kate Lindsey (Boston University), as keynote speakers. The Linguistics Department is now accepting abstracts for the Colloquium. Click here for more information.

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Julia Kuznetsova

March 23, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via Zoom,

Julia Kuznetsova, a Data Scientist at Sharecare, will speak about searching for jobs in NLP. The title of her talk is "You know what you know: Top NLP techniques essential for NLP job search."

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Henk Harkema

April 6, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via Zoom,

Dr. Henk Harkema, an NLP/AI Research Engineer, will give a talk entitled "Computational Linguistics and NLP: Highlights from a Career in Academia & Industry".

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Snigdha Chaturvedi

April 13, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via Zoom,

Dr. Snigdha Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak about her on-going research projects on computational linguistics.

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Doug Schepers

April 20, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
via Zoom,

Doug Schepers, software developer and founder of Fizz Studio, will talk about data visualization and his current projects.

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Heritage Language Research Institute

June 7, 2021, 9:45 am – 6:00 pm
TBA,

Together with Duke university and UCLA's National Heritage Language Resource Center, we will be co-hosting the Thirteenth Heritage Language Research Institute, June 7-10, 2021. The theme of this year's Institute is language similarity and language distance in bilingual/heritage language situations. We are accepting abstracts for poster presentations. For more information, and to submit an abstract, please see the event webpage.

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Welcome Gathering

August 19, 2021, 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
tent, outside Smith

The Department will host an informal welcome/welcome back gathering for Linguistics grad students, faculty and staff. The event will be held outdoors under the tent next to the Smith Building.
Participants are required to wear masks.

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Linguistics Grad Student Orientation

August 20, 2021, 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Smith, 107

This orientation introduces our new MA students to the department and the graduate program. Led by Prof. Elliott Moreton (Director of Graduate Studies), new students have an opportunity to meet the faculty and returning grad students, and to get an overview of the program and expectations. This orientation is intended for ALL graduate students. Returning students are encouraged to share their experiences and advice with incoming students.

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Welcome Social Gathering Event

August 25, 2021, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
tent outside Smith,

We will hold a welcome social gathering event for Linguistics majors, minors, and interested students on Wed Aug 25 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm in the music tent outside of Smith Building. Last year was a challenging one for many of us and some of you have never met your professors and fellow classmates in person! We hope that you can make it to this gathering to informally hang out and chat with other linguistics students. It will also be a chance to ask any questions you have about the program, courses, or the BA/MA

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Colin Raffel

September 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
TBA, Zoom, https://unc.zoom.us/j/92325365003?pwd=SnpSUDlOZWZUYiswTHpia0k1NnpFUT09

Prof. Colin Raffel (UNC Department of Computer Science) will speak about his recent work on large language models. Please join us!

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Sujatha Perepa

September 29, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Zoom, https://unc.zoom.us/j/98224758677?pwd=NWZYV2IrM1BsYXJQY2N0NDQwbFZFZz09

Sujatha Perepa, Distinguished Engineer and expert in AI and Machine Learning at IBM, will speak about her current projects involving fairness and bias in machine learning, and about multilingual chatbots.

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Damir Cavar

October 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Zoom, https://unc.zoom.us/j/94032978680?pwd=OWNZcXVQVkV1azVLQUZsSUhWZkRVQT09

Prof. Damir Cavar, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and affiliated faculty with Data Science and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, will speak about his current NLP projects.

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Computational Linguistics Seminar: Peter Baumgartner and Kirsty Weitzel

December 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Zoom, https://unc.zoom.us/j/98173161520?pwd=YzdCRk1nWEluSHZWaDNydjVCWHVMUT09

Peter Baumgartner and Kirsty Weitzel, Data Scientists at RTI International, will speak about their project on developing a chatbot to assist victims of burglary.

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