On December 9th, PhD Candidates Tzu-Yun Tung and Dominique Canning presented their work at our final colloquium of the Fall semester. 


The Graduate Student Colloquium was followed by a gathering to celebrate the ending of the term, as well as Marlyse Baptista’s 15 years with the University of Michigan. 

Marlyse has accepted a faculty position at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania where she will be a President's Distinguished Professor of Linguistics starting next year. Marlyse will also be actively engaged with MindCore, UPenn Cognitive Science Center.

Marlyse Baptista has been a dear friend and colleague, and outstanding teacher and mentor to many of us, Michigan Linguistics students and faculty.  She joined UofM as Associate Professor of Linguistics and Afroamerican & African Studies in 2007, after spending nearly a decade at the University of Georgia. She was promoted to Professor of Linguistics in 2011 and was awarded the Uriel Weinreich Collegiate Professor of Linguistics in 2019 for the importance and impact of her scholarship. She has held affiliations with the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science and the Department of Afroamerican and African studies.(DAAS). Marlyse has become one of the world’s leading researchers in Creole linguistics and language contact research. She has also been a primary catalyst for more diverse and inclusive environments in all professional communities in which she participates, including our department. As examples of her standing and prominent reputation in the field, she was the elected President of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics for two years, and has now been elected to become the next Vice-President/President of  the Linguistic Society of America.

We will of course greatly miss having Marlyse as a terrific member of our department community.In her words, “once a wolverine, always a wolverine”.