Rising Stars


Madison Liotta

With the rise of technology comes the ability to reach and communicate with more and more people and, above all, share knowledge. Given this, there are more opportunities than ever to study understudied languages and other kinds of linguistic diversity and share that information with others. Over the past year, I’ve been able to work on two linguistics projects in different subfields, and I believe parts of both can be combined to further the work done in the field of linguistics. One project is working to study an understudied language, and the other is sharing recordings of speech with the greater research community through Open Science Framework. Last Spring, I started working with...

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Paola Campos

When I think about the future of linguistics, two things come to my mind. The first one, an unquestionable path traced by the actual technological necessities and, the second one, a path that I believe some of us, linguists, try to avoid sometimes given the difficulty of its study. In other words: there is a path that I think is definitive and will develop itself –even if I am not part of it– and another which I wish more of us could set a foot on: social implications of language.

Over the past decades, linguistic studies have risen noticeably. Particularly, we can see how computational linguistics have played a central role on the development of new technologies which are related to language processing. To give an example, we can talk about those related to automatic translation. Given the actual situation and the problematics that have come with the raise of the pandemic of COVID-19, I am sure that areas such as cognitive linguistics and computational linguistics will have a major part in...

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Hortensia Barrios

As a sociolinguist, I see that there is a transformation in the way people use languages to address changes. We are all finding ourselves in a world which we were not trained for – regardless of place of birth, race or preferences. We are all being forced to revisit ways of communicating in societies that have been for a long time multicultural and diverse, but that are now facing significant and rapid changes that include interconnectedness, changes in dynamics of nation-state and other international actors, and more importantly, minorities raising their voice and claiming spaces that for years were seized.

People are becoming more aware and starting to have a better understanding of the significance language has in...

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Nick Bednar

One of the most important emerging topics in language science and linguistics is only adjacent to the field, a consequence of its existence more than a part of its own domain: public outreach and education.

Linguistics is becoming increasingly important to the public and the interests of those otherwise uninvolved. As we continue to develop new ways to interact with technology using natural language, as we continue to challenge the ideas of what language ought to be like, and as we continue to see more modern examples of language contact and change alongside globalization and new avenues of communication, good outreach will cement itself as a primary objective for linguists. Language should be studied for its own sake, of course, and not all future research need concern itself with social issues or the public eye. Yet it will be increasingly difficult to separate this aspect from the field itself. Linguistics can and should ...

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