International linguistics conference welcomes speakers from 20 countries

The Department of Linguistics is hosting the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL) Saturday and Sunday Nov. 13-14, virtually on Zoom. Registration is free and open to the public. The conference will feature speakers from six continents and 20 countries. 

Speakers include:  

Peter Jenks, University of California Berkeley 

Jenks is an associate professor in the Linguistics Department. He teaches courses on syntax, semantics, typology, and fieldwork. He also worked for several years on MORO, an endangered Kordofanian language spoken in some parts of Sudan. 

Jason Brown, University of Auckland, Fresno State alumnus and 2020 Dean’s Medalist 

Brown works as the associate academic dean and associate professor at the University of Auckland. He earned a master’s degree in linguistics from California State University, Fresno in 2002 and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of British Columbia in 2008 where he also spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow.

Tomas Riad, Stockholm University and the Swedish Academy

Riad is a professor of Nordic languages in the Swedish language and multilingualism department. He received his doctorate from Stockholm University. Riad is also a violinist, trained at the Royal College of Music in London and has worked as a full-time musician. He is currently working on a project concerned with literarisation. 

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