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If you are still interested in learning more about the symposium, please email us at mnlinguisticssymposium@gmail.com.

The Minnesota Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium is dedicated to promoting the study of linguistics by undergraduates in Minnesota and surrounding states by sharing exemplary undergraduate research and fostering a dialogue between students of linguistics and other language-related topics across various institutions.

In 2013, the first symposium was hosted by St. Olaf College on Saturday, April 13th (See directions below). Registration began at 9:00 AM.

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Farmer

PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley

I graduated from Macalester College in 2008 with a degree in Linguistics. I am now a PhD candidate in my fifth year at the University of California, Berkeley. My major interest is in the documentation of endangered languages of the Amazon basin. I have done research on Muniche, an isolate that at the time of my fieldwork had three remaining speakers, and on Máíjɨ̠̀kì (Orejón), an endangered Western Turkanoan language of Peru. I am currently writing my thesis on noun classification in Máíjɨ̠̀kì.

Words of Advice from a Recent Linguistics Graduate

In this talk I will offer practical advice to linguists at various stages in their undergraduate careers, from those who have just declared a major, to those writing theses and thinking about applying for jobs or graduate school. I will stress the importance of venturing out of one's intellectual and linguistic comfort zone, of developing and pursuing an original research question, and of collaborating with colleagues both within and outside of linguistics. I will tell tales of my own adventures as an undergraduate, a linguistic fieldworker and a graduate student, outlining along the way what I think I did right and what I would have done differently if given the chance.

Invited Speaker: Dustin Alfonso Chacón

PhD student, University of Maryland

Panel: Being a Linguist

You know you are interested in language and its many facets, but do you know what is involved in Being a Linguist? We've assembled a panel with people from different backgrounds to talk about the paths a linguist can take, the diversity of linguistics and related fields, and things undergraduates should be doing to prepare themselves for those paths. Here are our panelists:

  • Ettien Koffi, St. Cloud State
  • Blake Howald, Thomson Reuters
  • Jeremy Loebach, St. Olaf
  • Julia Strand, Carleton
  • Cati Fortin, Carleton
  • Serguei Pakhomov, University of Minnesota


9:00 - 9:45: Check-in
10:00 -11:00: Opening remarks and keynote address
11:10 - 11:40: Individual talks, session 1
11:50 - 12:20: Individual talks, session 2
12:30 - 1:15: Lunch (provided)
1:15 - 2:00: Poster session
2:10 - 3:00: Panel: Being a Linguist
3:10 - 4:00: Invited speaker and closing remarks
4:10 - 5:00: Reception


    If you have any questions, please see our FAQ or contact us at mnlinguisticssymposium@gmail.com.

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    Getting Here

    The 2013 symposium was held in Regents Hall at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

    Street address:
    1520 St. Olaf Avenue
    Northfield, MN  55057

    Map: (Click on the map for driving directions to campus)

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    Parking is available behind Regents Hall and throughout campus. You may park in any spot marked "Faculty/Staff/Visitor Parking." No permit is required.

    Car pools:
    We are arranging car pools by the location submitted using our registration form.