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Linguistic Diversity Across the LifespanGraduate Research Traineeship Program



The Center for Language Science (CLS) is offering a new Ph.D. training opportunity for graduate students in the following programs:

The goal of the LinDiv graduate training program is to educate a new generation of experts in human-technology interaction who can bridge the gap between human linguistic diversity and technological linguistic illiteracy. Course work for the LinDiv program will start in Fall 2022, and current first-year and second-year graduate students in the above-listed programs are eligible to apply. NSF funding is limited to students holding U.S. citizenship or residency; a limited number of internally-funded fellowships are available for international students.

LinDiv provides a two-year training to students, including a one-year fellowship which includes tuition and stipend. LinDiv students cap their course work with a summer internship—also covered by the fellowship—with academic or private sector extramural partners to support careers bridging linguistics and technology. The two-year program culminates in a new graduate certificate ‘Linguistic Diversity and Technology.’ LinDiv training can be completed without significant delay to the student’s primary degree program and is compatible with the dual-title Ph.D. in Language Science.

LinDiv will train students in the skills and knowledge to successfully function in transdisciplinary teams, equip them with professional development skills to function effectively in a modern and inclusive workforce, and prepare them for a wide range of career paths in the US and abroad. LinDiv trainees will advance and empower diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Program Timeline

Year 1
Fall: Basic Cross-Disciplinary Course (3 credits)
Spring: Professional Development and Language Technology
Year-long: “Linguistics Meets Technology” colloquia
Year 2
Fall: Advanced Cross-Disciplinary Course (3 credits)
Spring: Transdisciplinary Team Research Project (Final Project)
Year-long: “Linguistics Meets Technology” colloquia
Year 3
Cross-cohort Mentoring and Teaching
Year-long: “Linguistics Meets Technology” colloquia

Example Coursework

Basic Cross-Disciplinary Courses

For Language Science Students

  • CSE 582: Natural Language Processing
  • IST 597: Foundations of Deep Learning
  • LDT 577: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • IST 597: Principles of Machine Learning

For Non-Language Science Students

Advanced Cross-Disciplinary Courses

For Language Science Students

For Non-Language Science Students

Final Project

Students form into transdisciplinary teams (3-4 students) to address a tractable goal and produce a clear product (e.g., a design project, pilot application, or research study) focused on integrating language science and human-technology interaction, in the context of linguistic diversity. This will be done by taking LING 597: Transdisciplinary Team Research Project. Some example projects include:

  • Speech technology and smart voice assistants: Improve accessibility and usefulness for linguistically diverse language users
  • Education: Human-technology interaction and inclusion of linguistically diverse students
  • Life-long Language Learning technology: Grow the use of technology for language acquisition later in life