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Language Matters

Language Matters is a language-research consortium at Syracuse University, which promotes, highlights, and disseminates language-based research and creates new synergies by bringing individuals and communities into regular scholarly conversations around language research and teaching.

What we do

The language one speaks shapes one’s personality, delineates identity, and embeds each person in a specific community. To inquire about language is to investigate human beings and the inherent properties that define their past, present, and future. By consciously reflecting upon words and where they position us, we expand our worldview and open our minds and hearts, fostering more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive communities.



Spring 2020 Recitation in Mandarin (posted: 11-02-2019)

New for Spring 2020, Recitation in Mandarin in LIN 201: The Nature and Structure of Language.
(read more at LAC)

Performance Proposals Application (posted: 11-01-2019)

Application and information for Spring 2020 Performance Proposals now available on PICS website. $500 Award for selected performances. Deadline for proposal: December 6 (scripts due in spring 2020). Information workshops: November 14, 15, 18, 21.

New Course for Spring 2020: Exploring Digital Humanities (posted: 10-31-2019)

New course for spring 2020 using Italian as a case study: LIT 300/ITA 300 - "Exploring Digital Humanities." Contact for more information.

Syracuse University Represented at CLAC Consortium Summit (posted: 10-28-2019)

Syracuse University represented at the CLAC Consortium Summit at the University of Chicago.
(read more at LAC)

Fall 2019 Recitation in Spanish (posted: 08-08-2019)

Recitation in Spanish in LIN 201, The Nature and Structure of Language for Fall 2019.
(read more at LAC)

Launch and Symposium (posted: 05-22-2019)

View the schedule for the recently completed Language Matters Launch and Symposium

Languaging Across the Curriculum (LAC)

How can studying in multiple languages improve communication, reduce prejudices, and promote inclusivity?

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CUSE Speaks

How do diverse linguistic groups affect the shaping of languages and the health of individuals and the community?

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Comfort Zones: Language and Human Security

How can analyzing language enhance national and global approaches to migration, healthcare, criminology, or cybersecurity?

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PICs: Performing Identities Across Cultures

How might artistic performances break down cultural and linguistic barriers and help with conflict resolution?

Read more Digitally Open Borders

How can creating digitally open borders revolutionize language learning, improve global communication, broaden cultural sensitivities, and strengthen international partnerships?

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