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Did you know that:
The University of Michigan offered the Western Hemisphere’s first intensive English-as-a-Foreign-Language course on a university campus? The English Language Institute was founded in 1941, and in the seventy years since, the ELI has grown into a model of English-language teaching and research.
The Linguistic Institute typically brings 500-600 linguists together for intensive discussion, classes, workshops and other activities.
The University of Michigan hosted the Linguistic Institute 18 times between 1936 and 1973.
You'll encounter many heavy hitters in the field of the Linguistics (and related fields) at the Institute. Previous instructors include Leonard Bloomfield, Edward Sapir, and Einar Haugen (also some living luminaries as well).
Sally Thomason is well known for her doodle art. She created the wolverine mascot for the Institute. You can find her at the Institute by looking for the person doodling during lectures and events.
The LSA Summer Institute was in Ann Arbor for the last time in 1973.
The University of Michigan houses the largest collection of papyrus in the Western Hemisphere? Located in the Hatcher Library, the Papyrus Collection contains more 16,000 papyrus fragments.
Keren Rice received a Molson prize for her work on language preservation in Canada. She also served as the 2012 president of the Linguistic Society
Amy Hemmeter, one of our Institute staff members, put together this pinboard for the Institute
Janet Pierrehumbert and Jennifer Hay just received the first ever grant to a linguistics project from the John Templeton Foundation for a project to study the development of the lexicon while playing engaged in computer games. Janet's Institute course will showcase some of the early work on this project.
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