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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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Latest University Information on COVID-19

Latest University Information on COVID-19

George Mason University is committed to protecting the health of its community. Its resources include up-to-date plans and procedures, identification of student health services clinics, and attention to its study-abroad programs.

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Q&A with Graduate Liz Pratt

Q&A with Graduate Liz Pratt

Liz Pratt is the 2018 winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student in Linguistics award. The following is a short Q&A about her time here at Mason.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Dr. Brian Hsu joins Linguistics faculty for 2016-2017

Dr. Brian Hsu joins Linguistics faculty for 2016-2017

Brian Hsu received his Ph.D in Linguistics at the University of Southern California in the summer of 2016. His research focuses on the sources of word order variation and on the interfaces of syntax and phonology. His dissertation work in theoretical syntax investigates the pronunciation of head movement chains, second position effects, and cross-linguistic variation in the realization of functional projections. His research has also examined the relationship between the domains of phonological processes and morpho-syntactic structures. Before teaching linguistics at George Mason, he was a French language instructor during his graduate studies.

Charlie Jones In Memoriam 1952-2016

Charlie Jones In Memoriam 1952-2016

Professer Charlie Jones, our colleague, teacher, and friend, died suddenly on 5 April 2016. The Program in Linguistics and George Mason University is establishing a memorial fund for a Linguistic Graduate student Scholarship. Please contribute in memory of Charlie. See more for details:

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Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award Accolades

Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award

Congratulations to Doug on being awarded one of the "Teachers of Distinction " at George Mason. This recognizes his commitment to teaching and mentoring our linguistics students. He will be recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Celebration of Teaching Excellence on Monday, April 11, from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts

Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract Accolades

Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract

Linguistics PhD student Aseel Alammar was recently awarded the Best Abstract Award from the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference in Linguistics at the University of Georgia. She presented her paper : Second Language Perception of Word Segmentation, in October 2015.

A new paper by Tuuli Morrill, et. al. in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review Publications

A new paper by Tuuli Morrill, et. al. in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

During lexical access, listeners use both signal-based and knowledge-based cues, and information from the linguistic context can affect the perception of acoustic speech information. Recent findings suggest that the various cues used in lexical access are implemented with flexibility and may be affected by information from the larger speech context. We conducted 2 experiments to examine effects of a signal-based cue (distal speech rate) and a knowledge-based cue (linguistic structure) on lexical perception. In Experiment 1, we manipulated distal speech rate in utterances where an acoustically ambiguous critical word was either obligatory for the utterance to be syntactically well formed (e.g., Conner knew that bread and butter (are) both in the pantry) or optional (e.g., Don must see the harbor (or) boats). In Experiment 2, we examined identical target utterances as in Experiment 1 but changed the distribution of linguistic structures in the fillers. The results of the 2 experiments demonstrate that speech rate and linguistic knowledge about critical word obligatoriness can both influence speech perception. In addition, it is possible to alter the strength of a signal-based cue by changing information in the speech environment. These results provide support for models of word segmentation that include flexible weighting of signal-based and knowledge-based cues.

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GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate Headlines

GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate

Do you want to teach ESL to adults? If you are on a busy schedule, you can now earn a TESL Certificate at George Mason University completely online! Learn more about this fully-accredited graduate certificate program. Learn more here: http://masononline.gmu.edu/programs/teslgraduatecertificate/

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Speech Accent Archive featured on BuzzFeed In The Media

Speech Accent Archive featured on BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed has created an online quiz to have you guess the native language of various english talkers. They used exclusive samples from the archive to do it. Take the quiz yourself: http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliafurlan/so-uh-where-are-you-from

Q & A with Graduate Aseel Alammar

Q & A with Graduate Aseel Alammar

Aseel, an MA Linguistics and TESL Certificate student, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Linguistics and the Robert Karlson Prize for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Calling All Alumni: The English Alumni Society Wants You!

Interested in joining the English Alumni Society? The English Department Outreach Committee needs your help! To create the best programs possible, alumni of any English department program are invited to complete a very brief outreach questionnaire. Your feedback will help us greatly!

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Creator of Klingon Language to address GMU Linguistics Club

Creator of Klingon Language to address GMU Linguistics Club

The Klingon language, which began as a few lines of dialogue in the first Star Trek movie, has grown to be what the Guinness Book of World Records once dubbed the world’s “largest fictional language.” This talk will review the origins of the language, why its grammar and vocabulary developed the way they did, and how it fares in the “real world.” 20 March 2014 | 7:30pm | Performing Arts Tier 3

Linguists Useful in Brand-naming Industry In The Media

Linguists Useful in Brand-naming Industry

The 3 October issue of The New Yorker magazine includes a piece by John Colapinto that describes how brand names are created. In it, he notes how brand-naming firm Lexicon includes linguists in its formula for success.

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The Guardian Touts Linguistic Archive In The Media

The Guardian Touts Linguistic Archive

The British newspaper The Guardian praises the Speech Accent Archive in an article that includes an interview with its founder and administrator, Mason professor Steven Weinberger.

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Speech Accent Archive Named Outstanding Reference Site

Speech Accent Archive Named Outstanding Reference Site

The Speech Accent Archive of George Mason University has been named one of 30 outstanding web sites for reference information. This recognition comes from MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Congratulations to the faculty, students, and native speakers who have contributed to the site.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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<em>NY Times</em> Names Mason's Speech Accent Archive No. 1 In The Media

NY Times Names Mason's Speech Accent Archive No. 1

In this article in The New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan describes the speech accents of cast members of MTV's The Jersey Shore. Heffernan points to Mason's Speech Accent Archive as the web's most useful source.

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More than a Decade Later, Accent Archive Continues to Grow

More than a Decade Later, Accent Archive Continues to Grow

Professor Steven Weinberger’s 1999 class project has grown into one of the world’s most heralded and visited language databases. The Speech Accent Archive is an online database that has 1,111 different audio samples that explore languages from across the globe.

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