Linguistics Alumni Newsletter, Winter 2018

Message from the chair | Fall in Gordy, networking in January

We would love to have more experienced alumni come back and talk about your work experiences and help with networking or resume review. And we would also love to see our recent grads come back and network to help get your careers moving. It will be brisk in Athens at that time, but you always know that there will be plenty of warmth for you in Gordy.

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Faculty news

Bell and Moran talk a load of tripe in Italy

Dr. David Bell and Dr. Theresa Moran discussed United Cattle Products' marketing of tripe in England, and the Italian adherence to nose-to-tail eating and sustainable agricultural practices championed at Spannocchia.

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Thompson becomes first foreigner to fire flintlock musket in annual Japanese festival

On a weekend in early October, Dr. Christopher S. Thompson became the first foreigner to fire a flintlock musket as a full participant and member of the Miyamachi Teppōtai.

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Tao presents usage-based linguistics research in China

Dr. Liang Tao delivered two lectures in Beijing, China—acknowledgement of her major contribution to the field of usage-based linguistic studies.

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Not just a box of spaghetti | Bell and Moran do research at Academia Barilla

You may be more familiar with the name of Barilla from the pasta aisle of your local supermarket. But what brought Dr. David Bell and Dr. Theresa Moran was the collection of 5,000 historical menus in the Barilla Gastronomic Library.

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Mourning the loss of Dr. Richard McGinn

The Linguistics Department mourns the loss of Dr. Richard "Dick" McGinn, 78, who passed away on March 26. As a teacher, professor, mentor and scholar, he lived with compassion, humility and humor, encouragement, and patience.

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Cho puts her passion for language intonation into practice

New visiting assistant professor Dr. Christine Moon Cho earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Oxford and is teaching an array of linguistics courses.

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One island at a time, Bikowski collaborates across Indonesia

For Dr. Dawn Bikowski, a trip to Indonesia was a chance to give plenary and workshop presentations, meet with alumni, and make new connections.

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Komiyama teaches at CSU Sacramento, fondly recalls life in Athens

As a graduate student at Ohio University, Reiko Komiyama lived in a basement studio of a house on Ohio Avenue, right across from East Elementary School, where she worked teaching ESL.

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Oestrike teaches about entrepreneurship in art of craft brewing course

This fall, students in a new course are learning about the craft brewery movement, specifically in Athens, from alumnus Art Oestrike, owner of local brewery Jackie O's.
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Swartz reaches out to help OHIO Chinese language students

Ohio University alumnus Riley Swartz — 苏锐理 in Chinese — recently sent an email to the Chinese language students, inviting them to learn more about the U.S. Critical Language Scholarship.
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Upcoming events

Join us at the Alumni-Student Networking Reception

Join fellow Linguistics students, faculty, and alumni at the College of Arts & Sciences’ third-annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at
Career corner

Apply now for online TEFL, TESOL programs this summer

Take all four courses in summer 2019. Ohio teachers can earn the TESOL endorsement, and the Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate is open to all.

Linguistics in action: English language internship at East Elementary

In a recently redesigned partnership between the Linguistics Department and Athens City Schools, both undergraduate and graduate students — who have some teaching experience or a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate — now have the opportunity to intern at area public schools.
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Teach English in the cloud forest: A new practicum and internship opportunity

Linguistics and the Food Studies theme announced the addition of undergraduate and graduate internship and practicum opportunities teaching English in Yunguilla, Ecuador.
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Students studying Japanese take advantage of corporate, exchange opportunities

“I can honestly say the Ohio University Japanese program provided all of the skills needed to enter a niche career market and be seen as a necessary resource for numerous Japanese companies," said alumnus Jack Clancy.
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