Fresno State alum wins on Jeopardy!

~ By Lisa Maria Boyles, communications specialist for the College of Arts and Humanities UPDATE, June 22, 2017: Peter Guekguezian’s impressive winning streak on Jeopardy! came to an end last night. But he left with $46,800 in winnings for his four days on the popular ABC game show. Guekguezian, 30, earned his master’s degree in […]

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Linguistics team heads to Montana

Linguistics department heading to do field work in Montana.

From left: Diamond Henderson, John Simonian, Professors Chris Golston and John Boyle, Deanna Davis, Trevor Driscoll headed out to Montana last week to do some native language preservation field work at the Crow Summer Institute in Little Big Horn. We will have a full story when they return in three weeks.

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Linguistics students rise to Bold Ideas challenge

ESL class at Fresno Adult School

~ By Lisa Maria Boyles, communications specialist for the College of Arts and Humanities As part of President Joseph I. Castro’s “Bold Ideas Challenge Project,” Fresno State dedicated funds to support the Touch the Community Competition, a community service competition engaging student teams that are addressing significant community challenges. Across the University, eight teams – […]

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Hmong Language Association offers workshop

The Hmong Language Association will offer a  one-day workshop – “Sharing Experiences of Teaching and Knowledge of the Hmong Language and Culture.”  The free workshop will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in McLane Room 161. “We wish to bring more knowledge and skills in the teaching of Hmong language, culture, literature, […]

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Linguistics Colloquium Feb. 23

W. Tecumseh Fitch and Miguel Oliveira Jr.

Miguel Oliveira Jr. (Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil) and W. Tecumseh Fitch  (University of Vienna, Austria) will discuss “Visual Pattern Perception in Hunter-Gatherers, Illiterates and Undergraduates” on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the next presentation of the Linguistics Department colloquium. Artificial grammar learning has been extensively used to explore the pattern-perception abilities of animals and both […]

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Helping Revitalize Endangered Native Languages

Pictured above: Brian Moran, right, with Martha Birdbear, one of the Hidatsa speakers in North Dakota. UPDATE, Aug. 20, 2016: From KVPR’s “Valley Edition”: Linguistics professors and students at Fresno State are hard at work on a mammoth task – saving the language of the Chukchansi tribe of Mono Indians. One thing makes their task especially […]

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More than 100 students enroll in new Hmong minor

~ By Lisa Maria Boyles For the first time, students at Fresno State can earn a minor in Hmong language studies through the Linguistics Department in the College of Arts and Humanities. Over 100 students are enrolled in Hmong minor courses for fall 2016. Fresno has the second-largest Hmong population in the United States. More […]

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