The reading and discussion groups are informal venues where Linguistics faculty and students meet to present research, practice talks, exchange feedback, and discuss research in the field together. Check out the links below to learn more about our reading and discussion groups, when we meet, who are involved, and so on.
In our claSSi group, we discuss and present work related to syntax and semantics, mostly from a formal perspective, although not exclusively. Membership is open to whomever is interested in syntax and semantics. As the group stands, we have faculty and students from both the Linguistics Department and the Spanish & Portuguese Department.
The experimental linguistics group is a forum for graduate students (as well as any interested undergraduate students, faculty, or visitors) to present research or lead discussions in any area of experimental linguistics including (but not limited to) experimental approaches to second language acquisition and bilingualism, experimental syntax and semantics, and psycholinguistics. Group members can present work in progress or research proposals, give practice talks for conferences or oral exams, or lead discussion of a relevant reading.
LSD is a discussion forum for students involved in and passionate about sociolinguistics!
The LTRG has a long history at UIUC, with a tradition of meetings to discuss articles and issues pertaining to second language testing and assessment. Also occasionally featured are conference-paper practice sessions and talks by visiting language testing scholars. LTRG is by design and intent a graduate student-focused collective.
F3 [ɛf.θɹiʲ] is a weekly reading and presentation group. Faculty and students discuss topics of current interest to the field and periodically present their own research in an informal setting.
Organized in the early 2000’s, the Social Dynamics of Language Variation and Change reading group/HRI seminar provides a meeting space for faculty and graduate students to read, discuss, and analyze the latest research in sociolinguistics. Participants also present their research to the group, often in preparation for conference presentations. The SDLVC regularly hosts workshops and guest speakers to talk about new technologies and emerging methodologies in linguistic study.
The Computational Linguistics Reading Group at UIUC meet weekly to discuss seminal works in computational linguistics and natural language processing, learn about state-of-the-art models, and go over useful tutorials in the field.