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Linguistics Students Investigating What Fictional Languages In Pop Culture Can Teach Us About Human Communication

Analiese Beeler and Carter Smith, UNT undergraduate linguistics majors, are using computational methods and statistical modeling to compare the constructed languages — including Dothraki in Game of Thrones, Klingon in Star Trek, and Quenya in Lord of the Rings — with natural languages such as Dutch, English, and German that evolved over millennia.

What are the implications of this work? Read the Research and Innovation article

Eagles Take Flight: Dillon Shumaker

Eagles Take Flight celebrates the College of Information's most recent graduates as they embark upon their new careers.

Dillon Shumaker, B.A. Linguistics '22, is accepted into the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Dillon was chosen as UNT Great Grad last fall when he graduated. Later he was notified that he had been accepted into the JET program, which was his goal! In July, Dillon will travel to Hyogo Prefecture to start his assistant teaching assignment in August.

Shobhana Chelliah Delivers Keynote on Language Documentation

Dr. Shobhana Chelliah Delivers Keynote at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) Summer School on Language Documentation

Earlier this May, Dr. Shobhana Chelliah briefed summer school participants about the grave situation that India’s tribal and minor languages face and called upon the scholars to document, preserve, and work towards the revival of such languages.

Accomplished Alumni: Kristopher Geda

Kristopher graduated from UNT’s Department of Linguistics with an M.A. in Linguistics and a TESOL Graduate Academic Certificate in 2007 and then went on to a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013. At that time, he also finished two Graduate Academic Certificates (Women’s Studies and East Asian Studies). He tells me that he was really interested in Sociolinguistics and had the chance to do some research in that field and teach classes on the subject along with other Linguistics classes.

Accomplished Alumni: Darrin Miller

Darrin had always felt connected to languages; he had taken Spanish and German, done well, and enjoyed it. In 2014 he took Intro to Linguistics with a visiting professor and loved it so much that he changed his major to Linguistics. After graduating with his MA, he worked at Uhaul while also contracting his annotation skills out to companies like Appen, Lionbridge, TELUS International, and DefinedCrowd, an AI marketplace, eventually making the switch to full-time contracting.

Dr. Ross designated Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus

Dr. Haj Ross retired from the University of North Texas and has been designated Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus by the UNT Board of Regents. College of Information has started a scholarship in his name to honor him, the students he impacted and future students. Please support the scholarship so that Linguistics students will be reminded of his illustrious career at UNT. Donate to the Haj Ross Squibber Scholarship (