Linguistics students learn to ‘Act Like a Teacher’ (video)

Linguistics Colloquium Fall 2019

Thursdays 1230-145, Peters Business Room 390 

Aug 29      ‘Subordination and nominalization in Chukchansi Yokuts’
                  Brian Agbayani & John Boyle
                  California State University Fresno                                   
Sept 12      ‘Linguistics in the tech industry’
                  Brian Moran, class of 2016

Sept 27      ‘Linguistics in public schools: Roles of speech-language pathologists’
FRIDAY     Wakana Pardo, class of 2005 & Amie Visser   
                  Sanger Unified
Oct 3         ‘On multiple cleft constructions in Japanese’
                  Toru Ishii & Brian Agbayani
                  Meiji University & California State University Fresno
Oct 17       ‘The lost geminates of Siouan’
                  John Boyle
                  California State University Fresno
Oct 31       ‘Resurrecting Hidatsa geminates’
                  John Boyle, Zachary Metzler & John Simonian
                  California State University Fresno
Nov 14      ‘Tense and aspect in animal cognition’
                  Chris Golston
                  California State University Fresno
Nov 15-17 WECOL

Dec 5        TBA

Washington Monthly ranks Fresno State among the best

Washington Monthly magazine announced that Fresno State placed No. 24 out of 395 public and private colleges on its annual list of top national universities.

This is the fourth straight year Fresno State has ranked among the top 25 and the second consecutive year at No. 24. The University was selected alongside six Ivy League institutions, six University of California campuses, MIT and top-ranked Stanford University on the list. 

2019 WECOL (Western Conference on Linguistics): Call for papers

The Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL) is an international conference on any aspect of theoretical or descriptive linguistics. WECOL 2019 will be held November 15-17 at California State University, Fresno. Conference.

TESOL graduate program partnered with Agriland Farming Company in Chowchilla  

In Spring 2019 Agriland Farming Company in Chowchilla hired one of our TESOL graduate students, Crystal Enqiquez, to teach ESL to some of their immigrant workers. They also agreed to partner with our grad students in  LING 244 Curriculum Design and Assessment (taught by Dr. Jaydene Elvin, our TESOL Coordinator) so that they could develop a curriculum that specifically meet the needs of the employees at Agriland. The final curriculum was presented to both the owner and HR director at Agriland, where it was very well received.  

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    TESL graduate students at AgriLand
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    TESL graduate students at AgriLand
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    Graduate student, Crystal Enqiquez, teaching immigrant works at AgriLand 

STARTALK 2019 summer Chinese program at Fresno State

(June 24th-July 12th, open to 3rd to 8th grade students)

STARTALK is a NSA sponsored summer language program that aims to promote the critical languages critical to our nation's security. Our summer program titled "Going Places" is a 3 week half day Chinese program that will be held from June 24th-July 12th. It is open to 3rd to 8th grade students.

Early registration begins mid-April and ends May 10th. The extended registration deadline will be on Sat. June 1st. We will be accepting until we are full. Parents and guardians interested in the program can contact the program director Li Mann at  


Linguistics students present at conferences around the world

lng students present


2018 Study Abroad in Shanghai

Our Study Abroad program in Shanghai was a big success! Students were immersed in the Chinese language and culture in the biggest city of China, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). They made friends with local Chinese students, toured the best of China's traditional architecture and gardens, museums, and galleries, and witnessed the amazing development of China's modernization. Check out some pictures and testimonies here:

2018 WECOL (Western Conference on Linguistics): Call for papers

The Department of Linguistics at California State University Fresno will be hosting the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), November 30- December 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (with 10 minutes for discussion) or poster presentations on any aspects of theoretical, experimental, documentary, or computational linguistics.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references. The format of the abstract should follow the guidelines below:

  • Title centered at top of page, in bold, in sentence case.
  • Including word count at the end of the abstract.
  • Anonymous: authors’ names and affiliations should not be indicated anywhere on the abstract pages.
  • Filename: lastname_firstname.pdf

Abstracts should be uploaded to EASY CHAIR SITE:

The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Key dates of the conference:

July 16 Abstract Submission Ope
Sept 2 Abstract Deadline
Oct 15 Abstract Notification
Nov 30-Dec 2 Conference


Linguistics receives StarTalk grant to teach Chinese to school children

Chinese learning


Linguistics Department research helps preserve endangered languages


Research studies across campus apply to real-world issues


Linguistics students rise to Bold Ideas challenge

ESL class

New forensic linguistics textbook is the first of its kind

Dr. Gerald R. McMenamin, a professor emeritus from the Department of Linguistics at Fresno State, has written a course book that is the first of its kind.

Jerry McMenamin

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