Dear Alumni and Friends,
Some of the most important changes taking place in linguistics today are a deepening understanding of human cognitive abilities, stronger reliance on models of natural language in computer science, and better awareness of the place of language in matters of social justice and equality. Michigan's Linguistics Department is committed to integrating these multiple approaches to linguistic inquiry. We are committed as well to an undergraduate curriculum centered on making the results of research in these areas accessible while at the same time providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience conducting and presenting their own original research projects. Our graduate program attracts the very best students applying to linguistics graduate programs; it is through our graduate students that we are able to link linguistics as it is practiced today to the linguistics of the future.
Over the years, your generosity has supported many of our research and teaching endeavors. Your continued generosity is extraordinarily important if we are to create and take advantage of new opportunities, and to provide key resources to students and faculty.
We welcome as well your news! Each year a number of you write messages or letters, or drop by when you're in town, and we always enjoy hearing from you. If you're interested in updating us with your current information, please contact me or our staff (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or call us at 734.764.0353.
On behalf of my colleagues and our students and staff, I thank you for your continued interest in Michigan Linguistics.
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Chair