The XIII Columbia School Linguistics Conference is TBD at the moment. Please check back at a later date.
The XII Columbia School Linguistics Conference was held at Columbia University, February 14-16, 2015. Download the conference program here.
X Columbia School Linguistics Conference, Rutgers University.
X Columbia School Linguistics Conference, Rutgers University with invited speakers Flora Klein-Andreu from Stony Brook University and Andrea Tyler from Georgetown University.
IX Columbia School Conference co-sponsored by and held at the School of Education of The City College of New York, with invited speakers Elizabeth C. Traugott of Stanford University, and Yishai Tobin of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
VIII Columbia School Conference, held in 2004 at The City College of New York, with invited speaker Betty Birner of Northern Illinois University. Co-sponsored by the School of Education at CCNY, this conference featured a special session on linguistics in education.
VII Columbia School Conference, held in 2002 at Columbia University and co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages, with invited speakers Melissa Bowerman, Joan Bybee, and Alan Huffman. The Fifth and Sixth Conferences were held at Rutgers University in 1997 and 1999, respectively.
Earlier conferences were held at Columbia University (1989), the University of Virginia (1991), and Rutgers University (1993, 1995).
There have been seven Institutes for the Study of Form, Meaning, and Human Behavior in Language. The Seventh Institute was held August 19-21,2014, at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Click here for more information.
The Society’s Sixth Institute was held June 11-14 at Copenhagen University (CU), organized by Tanya Karoli Christensen, member of the faculty at the LANCHART Center there. The Institute provided the first opportunity for intense contact between CS and Danish functional linguistics and other lines of Danish scholarship. Joseph Davis and Wallis Reid gave a guest lecture on “Foundational issues and points of contact between CS and Danish functionalism.” Ricardo Otheguy gave a guest lecture on “The ideas of William Diver considered from a sociolinguistic perspective.” Christensen gave a presentation titled “On category and variation.” Otheguy and Nancy Stern gave a presentation on “The English Control System.” Wallis Reid gave a guest lecture on “The place of polysemy within a sign-based framework.” Davis and Stern conducted master classes with three graduate students. Danish linguists and graduate students participating included: Marie Herget Christensen (CU), Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen (CU), Anne Fabricius (Roskilde Univ.), Lars Heltoft (Roskilde Univ.), FransGregersen (director, LANCHART), Peter Harder (CU), Lisbeth Falster Jakobsen (CU), Sune Sønderberg Mortensen (CU), Jeffrey Parrott (LANCHART), Kathrine Thisted Petersen (Aarhus Univ.), Nicolai Pharao (LANCHART), Jann Scheuer (CU), and Anne Lise Siversen (CU). There was considerable time available for discussion of analytical and theoretical points, and the clear consensus was that the meetings were greatly beneficial all around. (Not to forget the charms of the City of Copenhagen!) Thanks to all who participated, especially to Tanya Christensen for organizing the events and for her hospitality.
The Fifth Institute was held January 18-21, 2010 at The City College of New York, organized jointly by Alan Huffman and Joseph Davis. Wallis Reid, Betsy Rodriguez-Bachiller, and Nancy Stern served as faculty. Participants worked in-depth with authentic texts on several grammatical systems of English.
The Fourth Institute, held June 26 to July 1, 2005, took the form of a writing retreat in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, with free time for writing and informal interaction as well as more formal seminar slots for each participant.
The Third Institute, held on June 17-27, 2002, again at City College, concentrated on linguistics in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It included an intensive course on Linguistics and the Grammar of English, co-taught by Alan Huffman and Joseph Davis, as well as seminars on relevant topics by: Charlene Crupi, Richard Epstein, Wendy Gavis, Ricardo Otheguy, and Nancy Stern. This institute was co-sponsored by the City College School of Education.
The Second Institute was held in June and July 1998 at Kean University. It featured courses on: Introduction to Columbia School Linguistics, by Joseph Davis; Historical Linguistics, by Alan Huffman; and Applied Linguistics, by Betsy Rodriguez-Bachiller. There were also presentations and seminars on a variety of topics by: Ellen Contini-Morava, Barbara Goldberg, Robert Kirsner, Ricardo Otheguy, Wallis Reid, Nancy Stern, and Yishai Tobin.
The first, in June 1996, was held at the City College of New York. Its activities included three standing seminars: one on the Foundations of Linguistics and the Grammar of English, led by Alan Huffman; another on Phonology, led by Joseph Davis; and one on Columbia School as Radical Functionalism, led by Ricardo Otheguy. There were also daily seminars on ongoing research projects. The Institute was supported in part by a generous grant from the estate of William Diver, obtained from his heirs and facilitated by the executors of his academic estate.
Since its inception, the Society has sponsored numerous seminars devoted to a range of linguistic topics, both theoretical and applied, welcoming projects at every level of development, from the defining of a problem to the fine-tuning of a write-up. The seminars carry on a tradition established in the 1960s in the Linguistics Department at Columbia University for the preparation of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations under the guidance of Professor William Diver. They now typically take place on Friday mornings at Columbia University.
The Columbia University Seminars bring together professors and other experts, from Columbia and elsewhere, who gather to work on problems that cross disciplinary and departmental boundaries. The Seminars have the additional purpose of linking Columbia with the intellectual resources of the surrounding communities. Since their founding by Frank Tannenbaum in 1944, the University Seminars have provided a means of exchanging, recording, validating and responding to new ideas. As independent entities, the Seminars encourage dialogue and intellectual risks in a culture that is open, innovative, and collaborative, placing them among the best contributions that the University makes to the intellectual community and to the society at large.
A series of special seminars began in 2006 and has featured speakers including Ellen Contini-Morava (University of Virginia), Robert S. Kirsner (UCLA), Nancy Stern (The City College of New York), and Zhuo Jing-Schmidt (University of Cologne), Juliette Blevins (CUNY Graduate Center), Alan Timberlake (Columbia University), David Zubin (Buffalo), Boris Gasparov (Columbia), and Bob de Jonge (Groningen).
For more information, please send e-mail to the seminar coordinator at the following address: email@example.com
Electronic Discussion List
The Columbia School of Linguistics is a group of linguists developing the theoretical framework originally established by the late William Diver. Language is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its communicative function and by the characteristics of its human users. Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms as an interaction between hypothesized linguistic meanings and pragmatic and functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and iconicity. Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and paradigmatic distribution of phonological units within signals, also drawing on both communicative function and human physiological and psychological characteristics.
The Columbia School Linguistic Society maintains an electronic discussion list, CSLing, that facilitates scholarly discussion by email. For more information or to subscribe, please send a message by email to Betsy Rodríguez-Bachiller: firstname.lastname@example.org