Congratulations to Aleks Tomic, PhD student in Linguistics working under the supervision of Edith Kaan and Jorge Valdés Kroff, whose NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, “Effects of code-switching on emotional processing”, has been recommended for funding. The project examines the effect of code switching on the emotional reactivity to taboo words.

Dr. Eleonora Rossi will give a flash talk at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle, Washington, February 13-16.

Let’s talk! Bilingualism as One-Health approach to understand neurocognitive and social plasticity

The ability to communicate is a ubiquitous experience for humans, from childhood to older age. Societies are increasingly multilingual and mobile, with most of the world’s population speaking more than one language and migrating/living in different countries. At the same time, most societies are aging. In the US, by 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18. While bilingualism, and second language learning have been shown to promote neural protection across the life-span and have been demonstrated to positively increase personal social networks, and decrease indexes of social isolation, a new understanding of multilingualism and multiculturalism is still lacking. In this Flash Talk, I will bring forward the transformative idea that bilingualism should be considered as an integral aspect of the human health capital. I propose that bilingualism and biculturalism should be considered as neural and social modulators under the One-Health framework which promotes cross-disciplinary views for human health. This new understanding will likely transform social norms of living in aging multilingual/multicultural societies, and will foster cross-disciplinary conversation among scientists, education professionals, industry, and policy makers towards a vision of tomorrow’s earth in which everyone can benefit from lifelong cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication.

The department will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Austin Cary Forest Campus, Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 5-9pm. Please join us for food, music, and half a century’s worth of memories and people.

D. Gary Miller (1942–2019), renowned Indo-Europeanist and theoretical linguist, has died at the age of 76. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Gary Miller attended Moravian College as an undergraduate. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1969, with a dissertation entitled Studies in Some Forms of the Genitive Singular in Indo-European. He subsequently taught at the University of Illinois and McGill, for one year each, followed by an academic career of 40 years at the University of Florida. He retired at the University of Colorado in 2011.

Gary Miller’s knowledge and interests were as broad as they were deep. Among his many publications are a dozen books that attest to the truly extraordinary range of his expertise: Homer and the Ionian Epic Tradition (1982, Innsbruck), Improvisation, Typology, Culture, and ‘The New Orthodoxy’: How Oral is Homer? (1982, University Press of America), Complex Verb Formation (1993, Benjamins), Ancient Scripts and Phonological Knowledge (1994, Benjamins), Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change (2002, OUP), Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English and Their Indo-European Ancestry(2006, rev. 2012, OUP), Language Change and Linguistic Theory, 2 vols. (2010, OUP), External Influences on English: From Its Beginnings to the Renaissance (2012, OUP), Ancient Greek Dialects and Early Authors: Introduction to the Dialect Mixture in Homer, with Notes on Lyric and Herodotus (2014, de Gruyter), English Lexicogenesis (2014, OUP).

Gary Miller’s major contribution to Germanic linguistics is his 700-page book entitled The Oxford Gothic Grammar (2019, OUP) a monumental achievement of scholarship that will excite and enlighten scholars and researchers for generations to come.

In addition to his remarkable academic achievements, Gary Miller was an accomplished cook. In 2019 he self-published a cook book entitled Christmas Elegance. As a wonderful friend and a tireless and generous teacher and mentor, Gary is grieved by many students and colleagues around the world. He is survived by his loving wife Judith, daughter Blair, and son Scott.


CalPoly Pomona undergraduate Beverly Cotter completed UF’s Summer Research at Florida (SURF) program, under the supervision of Dr. Eleonora Rossi and Linguistics graduate student Megan Nakamura. The program included the production of a video describing the experience

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus D. Gary Miller on the publication of The Oxford Gothic Grammar (Oxford University Press, 2019). The grammar is the most comprehensive since the 1800s, with discussions of all aspects of Gothic grammar, including syntax.

Dr. Jessica Coon (McGill University) will talk about fieldwork, Universal Grammar, and her consulting work for the movie “Arrival”. The talk takes place in Turlington L011 on Thursday, April 4, at 4pm.

The 5th Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting will be held April 5-6, 2019 at the University of Florida. Talks take place from 1-6pm on Friday and 10:15am-6pm on Saturday in the Keene Faculty Center. There is a conference dinner on Saturday at 6:30, also in the Keene Faculty Center. The meeting is sponsored by the Departments of Linguistics and Anthropology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UF Office of Sponsored Research. Please visit the conference website.

Dr. Fiona McLaughlin, Professor of Linguistics and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has been awarded an NEH fellowship for the academic year 2019-2020. She will be investigating Trans-Saharan Literacies, Writing across the Desert. For more information see here and here.

Graduating Linguistics majors were recognized at the CLAS Student Recognition Ceremony in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on December 15, 2018. The ceremony featured a student speaker, alumni speaker, and remarks from Associate Dean Joe Spillane and Dean David Richardson. The webcast of the ceremony can be viewed here.