Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars 2014

The Department of Linguistics is offering two sessions of the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars, a week-long event designed for high school students interested in the study of language on OSU’s main campus from Sunday (7/6)-Friday (7/11) and Sunday (7/13)-Friday (7/18). The cost is $695, which covers instruction, materials, housing and meals. Commuter option is available. Apply by May 30. For more information, contact Julia McGory at

Science Museum Educators Overseas Study Program

This fall a team from the Hubei Science and Technology Museum (HSTM) will come to OSU for the HSTM Core Talent Training Program. The program is part of OSU’s Global Gateway and is directed by Kathy Trundle (lead), Donna Farland-Smith and me. In addition to taking courses with OSU faculty, HSTM scholars will be matched with science museum professionals at COSI for mentoring and hands-on experiences in the science center.

Language Pod at COSI awarded Engagement Impact Grant

The Science of Language: Using Language Sciences to Promote Science Education at COSI‘ (PI Shari Speer) has been awarded a 2013 Engagement Impact Grant in the amount of $60,000. The College of Arts and Sciences will contribute an additional $30,000. The project has four goals: (1) to conduct research in the language sciences, (2) to educate the public about how human language works and about the scientific process more generally, (3) to encourage OSU students to participate in research programs and consider careers in science education, and (4) to inspire future scientists –perhaps even future scientists of language.

Language Pod Course featured by Digital First

Language Pod iPadDigital First has done a feature on the Buckeye Language Network’s Language Pod at COSI and the Language Pod Course (aka EDUTL/LING/PSYC 5700 Training in Informal Science Outreach). The feature focuses on our use of iPads to engage COSI visitors with linguistic research in hands-on ways that get them thinking about how language works and how our brains process language.

Work-in-progress session at NCTEAR 2013

OSU hosts NCTEAR this year. My Second Language and Literacy Lab (SL3) group have a work-in-progress session on Saturday, February 16, 1:45-3:15 in Arps 100. In our session, ‘Multiple Perspectives on Talk around Storybook Read-alouds in a Kindergarten Classroom’, we discuss our collaborative work on 23 read alouds NCTEAR smallrecorded in a Kindergarten classroom in a charter school that serves primarily the children of Somali refugees who have resettled in Central Ohio. Sirad Shirdon, Se Jeong Yang, Tanti Sari, and Ani Pujiastuti will present their analyses, each having taken a different analytic approach to the read aloud data. We will then discuss our efforts to integrate these different insights into read alouds as key sites for constructing meaning and developing cultural/linguistic minority children’s familiarity and facility with English language and literacy practices.

Language research in Labs in Life pod at COSI

The Buckeye Language Network is currently operating a research lab at COSI. The Language Pod has state of the art equipment including computers, sound-recording equipment, cameras, and an ASL eye-tracker. We are IRB-approved to collect data from the adult and child visitors at the museum. The BLN hosted a workshop on September 21, 2012 to inform and members of the BLN and other OSU faculty members who are working on language about how they can use the pod. Information from the workshop is available on the BLN website. Read more about the Language Pod and the associated Language Pod Course on informal science education, which I will teach in Spring 2013. The Pod is also on Facebook.

Somali Studies for Educators website is live!

At long last, the Somali Studies for Educators website went live in late February. The site grew out of a 2009 teachers’ workshop held in Columbus, Ohio, which was initiated by The Ohio State University. Somali Studies for Educators offers many resources, including workshop syllabi, a growing list of online resources, and selected video clips from the 2009 workshop. These clips are organized into themes: identity, arts, family, education, language, and global cross-currents. We are still cleaning up a bit after the site’s migration from the development server, so please forgive any glitches.

Summer Linguistic Institute for Young Scholars 2012

The Department of Linguistics is holding its fourth Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars. Two one-week sessions are held on OSU’s main campus during July 2012. SLIYS promotes language study in all aspects by cultivating a deeper appreciation of language similarities and differences. Our aim is to provide high school students with greater linguistic awareness and understanding, with the ability to think critically about language, and with a deeper appreciation for all aspects of language and language study. SLIYS ’12 is open to high school students who are interested in foreign languages.

BLN panel on getting a job outside of the RI university

The Buckeye Language Network is hosting a panel discussion on “Everything you wanted to know about getting a job OUTSIDE of an R1 university but were afraid to ask” on Friday, October 21st, 11 am to 2 pm, in Psychology 35. Our panelists are

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to so we know how much food to have.

Teachers Workshop Project presentation at ASA meeting

On Friday, November 19th, I will present with Laura Joseph (Center for African Studies) on our Teachers Workshop Project at the 2010 African Studies Association meeting; This year’s theme is African Diaspora and Diasporas in Africa. Our paper ‘Collaborative Development of a K12 Teacher Workshop on Somali History, Language, and Culture’ is part of a panel I organized on Research, Outreach & Engagement with Somali Refugee Communities in the U.S.. Over the course of a year we developed the workshop in collaboration with sponsoring agencies; Somali Studies scholars; local school district teachers and administrators; and local Somali artists, educators, students, and community organizers. Our paper critically traces the developmental trajectory of the workshop as well as its digital documentation and dissemination in DVD and wiki formats. We conclude with a brief discussion of how we envision future iterations of the workshop, including integration of the DVDs and expansion of the website.