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Language is Everywhere: Institutionalizing a Grassroots Language Science Community

An Invited Lecture in the Series on Language Sciences Across Disciplines
Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:00pm
Orchard View Room, Discovery Building, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Speaker and Affiliation: 
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
I will discuss lessons learned from turning a grassroots research community into an institutional priority. Over the past 15 years we have built an interdisciplinary community at the University of Maryland that now spans around 200 language scientists in 17 academic units, from special education to electrical engineering. The effort started small, and for a long time it flew under the institutional radar. Growth and institutionalization have created many opportunities and also some challenges. Initiatives in education and partnerships have greatly benefited research. There is a growing realization that language is a grand challenge that can achieve a much higher profile if expertise is pooled across fields that have traditionally had only limited contact.


Eric Raimy, raimy@wisc.edu
Department of Linguistics and Language Institute