College rankings put Fresno State among the top best in the nation

Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine, announced today that Fresno State ranked No. 26 out of 389 private and public universities for best serving the country in the areas of social mobility, research and civic engagement.

For the fifth straight year, Fresno State is the only California State University in the top 30, along with six Ivy League institutions, seven University of California campuses, MIT and top-ranked Stanford University.

2019 MA Student of Distinction Trevor Driscoll heads to MIT

In April of 2019, Trevor Driscoll was recognized at Arts in Motion as a Masters Student of Distinction from the Department of Linguistics. 

Wanting to continue his education, he applied to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was accepted to both programs — two of the top schools for Linguistics in the world according to Top Universities

He will be attending MIT, pursuing his interest in theoretical phonology. 

Free Spanish course at Fresno State helps medical workers communicate with patients amid COVID-19

Fresno State students help police decode secret language used by inmate

Fresno State ranked #3 nationally for advancing economic opportunity for low-income students

Linguistics students learn to ‘Act Like a Teacher’ (video)

Department of Linguistics


Spring 2020

Thursdays 1230-145

Peters 390


Jan 30              ‘Towards a non-recursive prosodic hierarchy’

                        (preparation for OCP17, Warsaw)    

                        Chris Golston

                        California State University Fresno


Feb 13             ‘A description of the Hidatsa obstruent system’

John Boyle, Zach Metzler, John Simonian & Fatemeh Samavati

                        Linguistics, California State University Fresno


Feb 27             ‘Cracking codes with phonology’

                        Zach Metzler

                        Linguistics, California State University Fresno

                        PB 192,the fancy room


March 12         ‘Thematic roles in animal cognition’

                        Chris Golston

                        Linguistics, California State University Fresno


March 26         ‘tba’

                        Vadim Keyser

                        Philosophy, California State University Fresno


April 16           ‘Chukchansi modality’

                        John Lyon

                        Linguistics, California State University Fresno


April 30           ‘Teaching credentials for linguistics majors and the Ling-curious’

                        Cheryl Chan and Jaydene Elvin

                        American English Institue & Linguistics, CSU Fresno


Washington Monthly ranks Fresno State among the best

Washington Monthly magazine announced that Fresno State placed No. 24 out of 395 public and private colleges on its annual list of top national universities.

This is the fourth straight year Fresno State has ranked among the top 25 and the second consecutive year at No. 24. The University was selected alongside six Ivy League institutions, six University of California campuses, MIT and top-ranked Stanford University on the list. 

2019 WECOL (Western Conference on Linguistics): Call for papers

The Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL) is an international conference on any aspect of theoretical or descriptive linguistics. WECOL 2019 will be held November 15-17 at California State University, Fresno. Conference.

TESOL graduate program partnered with Agriland Farming Company in Chowchilla  

In Spring 2019 Agriland Farming Company in Chowchilla hired one of our TESOL graduate students, Crystal Enqiquez, to teach ESL to some of their immigrant workers. They also agreed to partner with our grad students in  LING 244 Curriculum Design and Assessment (taught by Dr. Jaydene Elvin, our TESOL Coordinator) so that they could develop a curriculum that specifically meet the needs of the employees at Agriland. The final curriculum was presented to both the owner and HR director at Agriland, where it was very well received.  

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    TESL graduate students at AgriLand
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    TESL graduate students at AgriLand
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    Graduate student, Crystal Enqiquez, teaching immigrant works at AgriLand 

STARTALK 2019 summer Chinese program at Fresno State

(June 24th-July 12th, open to 3rd to 8th grade students)

STARTALK is a NSA sponsored summer language program that aims to promote the critical languages critical to our nation's security. Our summer program titled "Going Places" is a 3 week half day Chinese program that will be held from June 24th-July 12th. It is open to 3rd to 8th grade students.

Early registration begins mid-April and ends May 10th. The extended registration deadline will be on Sat. June 1st. We will be accepting until we are full. Parents and guardians interested in the program can contact the program director Li Mann at  


Linguistics students present at conferences around the world

lng students present


2018 Study Abroad in Shanghai

Our Study Abroad program in Shanghai was a big success! Students were immersed in the Chinese language and culture in the biggest city of China, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). They made friends with local Chinese students, toured the best of China's traditional architecture and gardens, museums, and galleries, and witnessed the amazing development of China's modernization. Check out some pictures and testimonies here:

2018 WECOL (Western Conference on Linguistics): Call for papers

The Department of Linguistics at California State University Fresno will be hosting the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), November 30- December 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (with 10 minutes for discussion) or poster presentations on any aspects of theoretical, experimental, documentary, or computational linguistics.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references. The format of the abstract should follow the guidelines below:

  • Title centered at top of page, in bold, in sentence case.
  • Including word count at the end of the abstract.
  • Anonymous: authors’ names and affiliations should not be indicated anywhere on the abstract pages.
  • Filename: lastname_firstname.pdf

Abstracts should be uploaded to EASY CHAIR SITE:

The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Key dates of the conference:

July 16 Abstract Submission Ope
Sept 2 Abstract Deadline
Oct 15 Abstract Notification
Nov 30-Dec 2 Conference


Linguistics receives StarTalk grant to teach Chinese to school children

Chinese learning


Linguistics Department research helps preserve endangered languages


Research studies across campus apply to real-world issues


Linguistics students rise to Bold Ideas challenge

ESL class

New forensic linguistics textbook is the first of its kind

Dr. Gerald R. McMenamin, a professor emeritus from the Department of Linguistics at Fresno State, has written a course book that is the first of its kind.

Jerry McMenamin

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