Archive for the ‘Alums’ Category

MacArthur Creativity Award for a Stanford Ling-connected nonprofit

FrameWorks Institute, where Julie Sweetland (Ph.D. 2006) is Director of Learning, has been chosen as one of nine organizations around the world to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The “organizational genius grant award,” which was announced February 5, recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants. As the MacArthur announcement puts it,

“FrameWorks has pioneered an approach to communications it calls Strategic Frame Analysis, which yields clear and actionable insights into how the framing of issues affects people’s sense of efficacy, urgency, and appraisal of public solutions. The approach integrates the cross-disciplinary work of anthropologists, linguists, political scientists, and sociologists who research public attitudes through surveys, in-depth and “man on the street” interviews, media analysis, and expert study groups. From this deep and broad set of inputs, it produces communications and framing materials designed to help the public understand complicated issues through comprehensible metaphors and examples.”

Julie received her PhD from the department in 2006 with a dissertation titled Teaching writing in the African American classroom: A sociolinguistic approach, directed by John Rickford.

Congratulations, Julie!

Tyler Schnoebelen Featured in NY Times

Stanford department alum Tyler Schnoebelen was recently featured in the NY Times Style Section article on the Word of the Year. Read all about it here!

Hideki Zamma Honored

Sesquikudos to former visiting scholar (during 2009-2010) Hideki Zamma, who has just received two prestigious awards:

Other prominent linguists who have received the Ichikawa prize include Haruo Kubozono and Naoki Fukui.

This is for the published version of his 2012 Ph.D. thesis Patterns and Categories in English Suffixation and Stress Placement: A Theoretical and Quantitative Study – “a remarkable contribution to the study of English word stress that goes beyond earlier work in accounting for quantitative patterns in the English lexicon”, as Arto summarizes.