Accent Discrimination: Invisible Source of Social Bias

November 29, 2018

Professor Tej Bhatia's recent article, “Accent, intelligibility, mental health, and trauma,”  was recently featured on Syracuse University news and is available here.  

Tej Bhatia

Tej Bhatia


2018 LLL Outstanding Faculty Research Achievment Award

October 23, 2018

Thanks to the generous endowment established by Dr. Harold G. and Mrs. Barbara Jones, the LLL Faculty Outstanding Research Award was established in 2015. This award is to be presented each year to any deserving facuty member of the LLL department. To be considered, candidates for the award submit a single piece of published research, the one that in their judgment represents the best work they have published in the last five years. An ad hoc committee of three members selects the awardee. The award is presented at a reception with a presentation of the research by the award recipient. Each recipient receives $5,000 in research funds.


Professor Erika Haber, award recipient, (left) Professor Stefano Giannini, Chair (center) and Professor Emeritus Harold G. Jones (right)

16th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

September 27, 2018

Human rights and social justice issues are explored through an international selection of documentaries and dramatic features. Featured screenings include: The Sentence, On Her Shoulder, Call Her Gand, I Dream in Another Language, White Sun. Screening times and locations vary. Click here for more information.

For a complete schedule and additional details as they develop, visit

Symposium: Demographic Aging in Japan and Beyond: Lessons from the World’s Most Aged Society

September 22, 2018

Demographic aging is one of the major policy challenges that advanced industrial countries face today. Improvements in longevity and low fertility rates have dramatically changed the demographic structures of wealthy democracies.  Not only is the number of those older than 65 increasing, but the number of those older than 80 is on a rapid rise. At the same time, family size is shrinking, thereby reducing the ability of family members to look after one another.  How can individuals, families, communities and governments cope with this massive societal change?

Japan is an important country for studies of demographic aging as it is the most aged society in the world.  Japanese demographic aging provides us with a glimpse of our not-so-distant demographic future.  More than one in four residents in Japan are 65 years-old or older.  Japan’s median age was 46.38 in 2015—almost 10 years older than the US. What makes the Japanese experience even more astounding is its speed of aging. The shift in the demographic structure happened in a much shorter time in Japan than in the US or Northern European countries. Other East Asian countries are following the Japanese pattern. What explains this accelerated process of aging? Is it possible to offset or reverse the “aging” trends?  What can we learn from Japan’s demographic trajectory? These questions concern those of us living in the US as well. The US currently fares much better than Japan, but, as the baby boomers continue to age, any significant reductions in immigration or any drop in fertility rates could “super-age” the US as well.  

The experience of Japan, the “most aged” society, allows us to understand the causes and effects of demographic aging. Japan shows us what can or cannot slow down the demographic aging process: The slower the process, the easier it is to prepare for it.  Gender equality policies, work and family reconciliation policies, and pro-immigration policies are all known to alleviate demographic pressures.  These policies, however, require citizens' support and institutional adjustments.  On all these accounts, Japan has long lagged behind the other OECD countries.  However, the looming demographic crisis is also exerting a lot of pressures on Japan to change. The aim of this symposium is two-fold.  First, it seeks to understand the severity of Japan’s demographic problems and the adequacy of its responses. Second, it places Japan in a broader comparative context to understand the process of demographic aging and its consequences. 


10:00-10:30 am  Welcome and Introduction—Professors Gail Bulman and Brian Hurley, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University

10:30-11:20 am  Sawako Shirahase, Professor of Sociology, Vice President, Tokyo University 

Presentation: “Persisting Gender Gap in the Most Aged Society Japan”

Japan is the first Asian society to have achieved industrialization in the 1960s; currently, however, it is the most aged society in the world. The percentage of those aged 65 years and older is 27.7 percent, according to the Statistics Bureau of Japan in 2017. Japan also has a high gender gap, particularly in the labor market. In this presentation, I discuss how the substantial gender gap has persisted, regardless of the drastic changes in the economic and demographic structures, which are almost similar to the U.S. and Europe. I will also present preliminary results of the two aspects of gender gap in the between- and within-families.

(Discussant: Professor Yingyi Ma, Sociology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University) 

11:20-12:10 pm  Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Director of the Reischauer Institute, Harvard University

Presentation: "Japan’s Demographic Dilemma: A Comparative Perspective"

Japan has experienced birth rates below the population-replacement level for over a quarter-century. Other countries in East Asia and in Europe have since joined this trend, although social change and government policies have recently helped a number of countries experience some recovery. In Japan’s case, high gender inequality and a web of institutions that support gender-role specialization make it very difficult for women to balance work and family. Even with government policies to encourage childbearing, it is unlikely that the Japanese birth rate will increase unless gender equality improves.

(Discussant: Professor Yingyi Ma, Sociology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)

12:10-1:20pm  Lunch Break

1:20-2:10 pm  Ito Peng, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy, Department of Sociology, and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto 

Presentation: "Japanese Exceptionalism: Care and Migration Policy Challenges in Cultural and Historical Institutional Perspective"

Against the backdrop of population ageing, rising global demand for care and labour shortages, Japan seems to defy dominant East Asian (and global) patterns of increasing use of foreign migrant domestic and care workers by restraining its intake of foreign domestic and care workers to a minimum. Instead, it has opted to expand social care through the expansion of public childcare and the introduction of universal long-term care insurance, and has redoubled efforts to encourage native-born women and resident foreigners to work in the care sector. Why is Japan so seemingly resistant to accepting foreign domestic and care workers, and how sustainable is the current policy of minimum foreign worker intake? This talk explains Japanese immigration policy exceptionality from cultural, and historical institutional perspectives and discusses future challenges as the government tries to deal with the labor shortages while keeping immigration to the minimum.

(Discussant: Professor George Kallander, History, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)

2:10pm-3:00pm  Merril Silverstein, Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging, Maxwell School and Falk College, Syracuse University

Presentation: “Filial Eldercare Norms in Japan and China: Intersections with Institutional and Community-Based Care”

This presentation examines how elder-care norms—expectations that adult children will provide for the needs of older adults—are sensitive to the development of formal care services in Japan and China.  By most measures, traditional forms of filial piety have weakened in both countries, as indicated by declining rates of intergenerational coresidence and increased use of formal services.  Nationally representative surveys of older adults in both countries are used to investigate how care preferences of older adults are associated with the growing availability of alternatives to family care. Given the development of long-term care policies in Japan, economic development in China, and smaller family size in both countries, results of several analyses reveal the consequences of defamilization and professionalization of eldercare, a trend which increasingly represents the preferred choice of older adults in each nation.

(Discussant: Professor George Kallander, History, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)

3:00-3:45pm  Roundtable Discussions with the Panelists

(Moderator: Professor Margarita Estévez-Abe, Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University)

3:45pm-4:00pm  Closing Remarks -- Professor Margarita Estévez-Abe, Political Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University


Co-sponsored by:

Japan Foundation

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

East Asia Program

Syracuse University Office of Research

College of Arts and Sciences

Aging Studies Institute

Center for European Studies

Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Asian/Asian American Studies Program

Humanities Center

International Relations Program

Department of Political Science

Women’s and Gender Studies

Professors Everly, Giannini and von Tippelskirch Awarded CUSE Grant

Professors Everly, Giannini and von Tippelskirch Awarded CUSE Grant

May 4, 2018

Congratulations to Professors Everly, Giannini and von Tippelskirch for their award of the 2-year CUSE Innovative and interdisciplinary Research Grant for the project titled: Centers, Margins, Boundaries - Geocritical Approaches to Representations of Exile, Diaspora, and Migration in Modern Literatures

A collaboration by Professors Kathy Everly, Stefano Giannini, and Karina von Tippelskirch, this project brings together research on the literary representation of displacement, migration, diasporic and expatriate existences from German, Italian and Spanish studies. The focus is on the political experience that Germany, Italy and Spain share under fascist dictatorships and writers who opposed authoritarian systems connects the work of the research group members. The project analyzes the exiles’ voices of dissent. Their specificity allows them to look back at Europe and to provide a critical stance and a unique perspective, seldom heard in their home countries. For more information regarding the CUSE Grant...

Students in Russian honored at Chancellor's Reception

May 3, 2018

Russian students Nick Rogers (Boren Scholarship), Jade Rhoads (Pickering; Critical Languages Scholarship), Professor Erika Haber, and Molly Bolan (Critical Languages Scholarship) at the Chancellor's Reception on 3 May 2018 honoring students who have participated in nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. Read Jade’s article here....

Podcast with Tej Bhatia on the connection between Linguistics and Health Care

Tej Bhatia, PhD (photo by Jim Howe)

March 22, 2018

Professor Tej Bhatia shares his latest conversation on the connection between Linguistics and Health Care. Read more....


Road to Oz Leads to Russia

February 6, 2018
A new book by Erika Haber, associate professor of Russian language, literature and culture in the College of Arts and Sciences, examines the circumstances behind Volkov’s work and compares the contexts and details of the two versions of the perennially popular tale. “Oz Behind the Iron Curtain: Aleksandr Volkov and His ‘Magic Land’ Series” (University Press of Mississippi)  Read more.....

Native Speaker Will Bring Life to Ghanaian Language in Linguistics Class

December 7, 2017

Assistant Professor Christopher Green is providing a unique spring semester course to students interested in exploring the linguistic makeup of a major language of Ghana, with the help of a native speaker.

The best way to learn the intricacies of a foreign language is through the words of a native speaker. Assistant Professor Christopher Green is making that happen for students who want to explore a particular African language in his spring semester course, “Field Methods in Linguistics.”

Green will be assisted by Maxwell School alumnus Andy Semabia G’10, a native speaker of Ewe, a major language of Ghana, who will be a language consultant and participate in each class—a unique opportunity for students.

“The main idea is to give students some exposure to something outside of their comfort zone. This will open students’ eyes to a completely different language family, and the culture that goes along with it,” Green says. “We learn a lot about culture through language and how people express different topics. It’s not often you get to sit with a native speaker to ask questions about a language you’ve never heard of before.”  Read more...

That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs in Post-WWII Japanese Culture

October 28, 2017

Keiko Ogura: That Day Now 

That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs in Post-WWII Japanese Culture 

Saturday, October 28th, 9:00am-6:00pm 

Location: Slocum Hall Auditorium, Syracuse University School of Architecture, Syracuse, New York

That day on August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb attacked Hiroshima, three days later Nagasaki,

and changed the world ever after. Hiroshima survivor Keiko Ogura comes to Syracuse University to

participate in a series of events in October 2017. Ms. Ogura will deliver a keynote speech at this

interdisciplinary and international symposium.

LLL Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award

October 23, 2017

Thanks to a generous endowment established by Dr. Harold G. and Mrs. Barbara Jones, the LLL Faculty Outstanding Research Award was established in 2015.  This award is to be presented each year to any deserving faculty member of the LLL department.  To be considered, candidates for the award submit a single piece of "published research," the one that in their judgment represents the best work they have published in the last five years. An ad hoc committee of three members selects the awardee.  The award is presented at a reception with a presentation of the research by the award recipient.  Each recipient receives $5,000 in research funds. 

    Ken Frieden Award  Professor Myrna García Calderón   Professor Alejandro Garcia Reidy

Professors Ken Frieden, (left) Myrna García Calderón (center) and Alejandro Garcia Reidy (right) received the LLL Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Syracuse Shines on Linguistics' World Stage

October 12, 2017

Representatives from 35 countries converged at Syracuse to celebrate the life and legacy of linguist Braj Kachru at the 22nd annual conference of the International Association for World Englishes.

Click here for the full article. 

22nd International Conference: IAWE

June 30, 2017

Save the date! IAWE 2017 will be held at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA, from June 30 - July 2, 2017. The theme is "The Local and Global Contexts of World Englishes".

For more information, visit the Conference's Website.

We would like to welcome you the 22nd IAWE Conference, held at Syracuse University.  SU is a fitting location given the topic of the conference:  the conference will feature lectures and workshops on a broad, interdisciplinary array of topics, including the sub-themes Information Studies, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Linguistic and Cognitive Sciences to International Business, English, Composition and Rhetoric, Media, Global Affairs and Policy Studies.  SU is fortunate to have a diverse and vibrant community of students and faculty, with over 20% of its student body being international, and we are excited to host such a globally-focused event.  We look forward to seeing you here in Syracuse, NY!

The Language of Success

June 23, 2017

Rick Cieri ’17, Andrew Scheuer G’17 will teach English abroad through Fulbright U.S. Student Program.   Read more...

University Shines at Statewide TESOL Conference

November 15, 2016

Syracuse University was front and center at the 46th annual New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL) Conference, recently held at Crowne Plaza Syracuse.

Dozens of students and faculty members, mostly from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (LLL) in the College of Arts and Sciences, participated in the weekend program, involving some 500 attendees and 170 presenters.

The NYS TESOL Conference was last held in Syracuse in 2004. Organizer Maureen Edmonds says this year’s event, whose theme was "Collaboration in the Classroom and Beyond," exceeded all expectations.

Read the full article at AS News.

Professors Receive Awards from Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor

November 15, 2016

Professors Gail Bulman, Myrna García-Calderón, and Alicia Ríos will receive from the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor an award for their LELACS(Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies)/Global Literatures and Cultures Working Group to organize two events: A spring 2016 LELACS conference on "Transatlantic Studies, Local and Global Readings" and (with Tomoko Walter) a lecture by Joanne Bernardi on “Re-envisioning Japan through Digital Humanities.”  Total amount: $4,000.

Professor Secures Funding for Grant

October 27, 2016

With the help of several colleagues, Professor Laura Lisnyczyj secured the funding for a grant from the Institute of International Education in the amount of $65,680, which will be used to host a five-day orientation for 65 new Fulbright FLTAs.

Professor Tej K. Bhatia Receives Grant

September 12, 2016

Professor Tej K. Bhatia has received grant from Kungl Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundeti Uppsala And Indo-Iranska Founde, Sweden. Project:Francois-Marie de Tours Workshop, Uppsala University, Sweden. Amount: $4000.

Linguistics Degree Launched Academic Career for Vincent Chanethom G'06

Vincent Chanehom G'06

April 22, 2016

Before Vincent Chanethom G '06 came to Syracuse University, he studied English literature and civilization in his native France. While completing a master's degree, he also taught French as a foreign language at a private language institute. That led to his secret aspiration: to become a linguist. At Syracuse, he earned a master's degree in linguistics, and later earned a PhD in linguistics from New York University. He spent the last four years as a French lecturer at Princeton University and this fall will join George Mason University in Virginia as an assistant professor.

Chanethom speaks English, French, Laotian, Thai, and German. He has fond memories of working as a teaching assistant in Syracuse's French program and socializing in the graduate student lounge. "Syracuse University was for me not only a place where I developed academically, but also a place where I forged lifelong friendships," he says.

As Chanethom begins a new chapter, he shared his memories about life at Syracuse.

What was your favorite thing about attending Syracuse University?

I enjoyed the tremendous support I received from both faculty members and staff in my program, as well as from other students. I particularly enjoyed being part of university-sponsored social groups on campus, which were inclusive to all and made me feel welcome. They provided me with a nurturing environment where I was able to grow not only as an academic, but also as a person. 

Is there a member of the faculty that had a significant influence on your career?

Jaklin Kornfilt, Anthony Lewis, Marie Louise Edwards, and Arsalan Kahnemuyipour have been particularly instrumental in my training as a future scholar. I owe them a wealth of gratitude for helping me achieve my professional goals.

What’s the best way to spend free time as a SU student?

Most of my free time was spent with friends, Americans and from around the world, with whom I enjoyed sharing our common interests, as well as our diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.

What are some off-campus activities you enjoyed?

I liked traveling and discovering the areas surrounding Syracuse, such as The Finger Lakes, Ithaca, and Niagara Falls.

What do you do when you aren't working?

I became quite a food lover and have been trying new restaurants on a regular basis in order to discover as many different cuisines as possible. 

What research are you working on?

I am currently working on publishing my dissertation on the phonetic acquisition of French-English bilingual children, but have also been involved in a research project with colleagues at the University of Puerto Rico to examine the acquisition of French in formal classroom settings.

How did Syracuse University help you to achieve your goals and aspirations?

I acquired the necessary work habits and strategies to succeed in a graduate program, including time management, critical thinking, and tenacity. 

Read the original story at AS News.

Professor Tej K. Bhatia as Guest Speaker

March 7, 2016

Professor Tej K. Bhatia was the Guest Speaker at the event 'Welcoming Announcement and Reception for Michele G. Wheatly, Vice Chancellor and Provost Designate'.

Professor Tej K. Bhatia Nominated as Featured Speaker

March 2, 2016

Professor Tej K. Bhatia was nominated as Featured Speaker for 45th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education. March 2-5, 2016. Hilton Chicago, Chicago. He addressed on topic: How to Empower Rural India? Emerging New Partnerships and Literacies.

Alisa Weinstein Selected to Receive Award

February 15, 2016

Alisa Weinstein, a PhD student in Anthropology and AY 2015-16 Hindi FLAS Fellow has been selected to receive a Fulbright-Nehru student research award for India for 2016-17 and a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) for her dissertation research project, Tailor Made in India: clothing local and global bodies in Jaipur. Alisa will also continue Hindi study at AIIS in Jaipur.

Professor Jaklin Kornfilt Receives Award

February 1, 2016

Professor Jaklin Kornfilt will receive from the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor an award for organizing an international conference on DP versus NP structure. Co-PIs: John Whitman (Cornell); Jeffrey Runner (Rochester). Amount: $2,500.