Texas Tech University

News from the Linguistics Program

The Department of English has announced that undergraduate Andrea Muru is the co-winner of the J.T. McCutcheon Award for her essay, "A Comparative Analysis of Auxiliary Verbs in Standard American English and Standard British English."  She wrote this essay in Dr. Kim's ENGL 3373 Modern English syntax class in Summer 2007.

TTU was present at the 2008 Linguistic Society of America meeting, held in Chicago.  Dr. Min-Joo Kim and Nathan Jahnke co-presented a talk on "Conventional implicature and utterance final even."

Graduate students Jared Hoover, Nathan Jahnke, and Kristen Jones and faculty Min-Joo Kim all presented papers in September 2007 at the Linguistic Association of the Southwest Conference.

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst, Professor of English and Faculty Assistant to the President, has been selected for membership on the Executive Board of the Texas Women in Higher Education. Texas Women in Higher Education is the state branch of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education. The Office of Women in Higher Education seeks to identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education and to provide them with skills needed for leadership positions.

Dr. Min-Joo Kim has published "Formal Linking in Internally Headed Relatives," in the journal Natural Language Semantics.

Kristen Jones, who is earning her MA in linguistics, earned the 2007 President's Award for Diversity and Equity, for her work on the ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative.  She has volunteered as a head tutor for the last year, and as a tutor for the six months preceding that.  Also earning the President's Award for Diversity and Equity was Raymond Baeza, a graduating senior who worked on the ESL Initiative during 2006-7. 

Crystal Ramirez received the Student Academic Citizenship Award from the Texas Tech Association of Parents. Crystal worked as a tutor in theESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative during summer 2006, and then continued as a head tutor during the Fall 2006 semester.

Dr. Mary Jane Hurst received the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award given by the Texas Tech Association of Parents.  Dr. Hurst's accomplishments include spearheading Texas Tech's successful Phi Beta Kappa application, serving as President and Executive Director of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO), and developing the new Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

Nathan Jahnke was awarded the 2006 Honors College Academic Excellence Award for his coursework as part of the ESL/Literacy Service-Learning Initiative.