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City Tech Hosts the Columbia School Linguistic Society's Seventh Institute on the Study of Form, Meaning, and Human Behavior in Language

The Columbia School Linguistic Society is holding its Seventh Institute for the Study of Form, Meaning, and Human Behavior in Language from August 19-21, 2014, at City Tech (New York City College of Technology), Downtown Brooklyn, 300 Jay Street, in the Grace Gallery, Namm Hall, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme of the 2014 Institute is "The Teaching of Introductory Linguistics."

2014 Institute Speakers:

Mary Carpenter teaches linguistics at City College-CUNY (CCNY) and Long Island University (LIU) in addition to TESOL methods courses at New York University, CCNY and LIU. Integrating theory and practice has directed her interest in applied linguistics. Her experiences as a public school teacher, college instructor, supervisor of foreign language and second language student teachers, Peace Corps Volunteer, cooperate trainer, and professional development specialist have fostered a need to look at authentic language use, demands and application.

Presentation: "Capturing the Relevancy of Linguistics in a Social Media World."

Robert A. Leonard, PhD, is Professor of Linguistics, founding Director of the Graduate Program in Forensic Linguistics, and founding Director of the Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment and Strategic Analysis at Hofstra University. He also runs the Forensic Linguistics Death Penalty Innocence Project.

Leonard's role in the emerging new specialty of forensic linguistics was the centerpiece of a 2012 New Yorker article. In that specialty, Leonard's clients have included Apple, Inc., the Prime Minister of Canada, Facebook, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, special units of the British and Canadian police, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Lenonard was recruited to Quantico by the FBI's BAU–the Behavioral Analysis Unit (chronicled on TV's Criminal Minds)–to train their agents in forensic linguistic techniques, and advise on their Communicated Threat Assessment Database (CTAD).

Presentation: "The Teaching of Forensic Linguistics."

Ellen Contini-Morava is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1983, with William Diver as her dissertation advisor. She also worked with Erica García. Her research mostly focused on Swahili, first the tense-aspect-modality system, which was the topic of her book, Discourse Pragmatics and Semantic Categorization: The Case of Negation and Tense Aspect, with Special Reference to Swahili (de Gruyter, 1989). More recently she has been collaborating with her colleague Eve Danziger on a study of the determiner system of Mopan, a Mayan language spoken in Belize and Guatemala.

Presentation: "Teaching about 'Design Features' of Language, from Communicative and Human Factor Perspectives."

Alan Huffman is Professor of Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center and of Linguistics and College English as a Second Language in the English department at City Tech. He received his PhD in 1985 from Columbia University, under the mentorship of William Diver, and received the Edward Sapir Award in Linguistics from the New York Academy of Sciences in 1986. He is the author of two books: The Categories of Grammar: French lui and le (John Benjamins, 1997) and, with Joseph Davis, Language: Communication and Human Behavior, The Linguistic Essays of William Diver (Brill, 2012), and of many articles and conference presentations on Columbia School theory and analysis. He was co-founder and first president of the Columbia School Linguistic Society. He devised and teaches a course titled "Instrumental Linguistic Meaning and Columbia-School Grammar" at the Graduate Center and City Tech's first linguistics course, "Language, Culture and Society."

Presentation: Dr. Huffman will introduce the topics of teaching introductory linguistics and phonetics and will offer as well a mini-course on writing systems.

Wallis Reid received his PhD in Linguistics from Columbia University in 1979 and taught linguistics and language education at Rutgers University for 33 years, retiring in 2010. His book Verb and Noun Number in English: a Functional Explanation (Longman, 1991) argues for a semantic account of grammatical agreement. His latest publication is "The Communicative Function of English Verb Number" in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (2011).

Presentation: "Designing a Columbia School General Linguistics Course."

Rachel Varra is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College-CUNY, where she has taught "Linguistics for Educators" and "Grammar and Its Pedagogy." She has also taught undergraduate linguistics at Queens College in New York and English in Egypt and Spain. She earned her PhD in Linguistics in 2013 from the Graduate Center-CUNY. Her research focuses on language change and contact and Spanish in the U.S.

Presentation: "How WAC Can Make You (and your students) Happy."

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