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Berkeley linguists @ RaAM14

May 18, 2021

The 14th annual conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM14), hosted by the University of Vilnius and taking place online from June 23 to 26, 2021, will feature the following presentations by Berkeley linguists:

Congrats, all!

Linguistics events this week (May 14-21, 2021)

May 14, 2021

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

DE-ILR Micro-Grants for Materials available

May 12, 2021

The Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization invites applications for a new grant program that offers up to $250 to cover the cost of developing language materials for revitalization efforts. Grants will be awarded three times a year. The program is reimbursement-based; grantees must provide receipts and documentation for expenses up to the award amount.

This new grant program is open to all Berkeley students (undergraduate and graduate) who are working in language revitalization and seek reimbursement-based support up to $250 for teaching and other revitalization materials, with priority for funding to members of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Examples of eligible costs include photocopies, flashcards, art materials, books, games, digital tools, and other items used in language activities.

Funds can be requested for expenses from Jan. 2020 onward. Applications are due on May 21, 2021 for this first round.

Questions can be directed to Beth Piatote at

Kane receives 2021-2022 Mentored Research Award

May 11, 2021

Congratulations to Aurora Martinez Kane, who has received the 2021-2022 Mentored Research Award from the Graduate Division! More information on the fellowship is available here. Her research mentor on the award is Isaac Bleaman.

Nunberg bequest to the LSA

May 10, 2021

The Linguistic Society of America has just announced the following news related to Geoffrey Nunberg, who passed away last year:

The LSA is honored to be the recipient of a major bequest from the estate of the late LSA member Geoff Nunberg (1945-2020). The bequest was made to the LSA's General Fund, and will be used to support the basic mission of the Society: to advance the scientific study of language and its applications. We thank him for his generosity in remembering the LSA in his estate planning.

Geoff first joined the LSA in 1970, eventually becoming a Life Member. He was the recipient of the LSA's Linguistics, Language and the Public Award in 2001, and an annual contributor to the LSA's Leadership Circle donor program.

Geoff was an adjunct full professor in the School of Information at the University of California Berkeley. Until 2001, he was a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, working on the development of linguistic technologies. He also taught at UCLA, the University of Rome, and the University of Naples.

Learn more about the LSA's planned giving program here:

Read the In Memoriam notice published by the LSA last year.