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College to Host Linguistics Scholar

College to Host Linguistics Scholar

Dr. John Ross
March 29, 2011 – The Collin College Distinguished Speaker Series will welcome one of the foremost linguistics scholars in the world.

Dr. John “Haj” Ross will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Yale University. His postgraduate work included studying in Germany before earning his master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ross earned his doctorate in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His dissertation, “Constraints on Variables,” was supervised by Noam Chomsky.

From 1966-85, Dr. Ross was a professor in the MIT Department of Linguistics. From 1988-92, he was a visiting professor in the Departamento de Lingüística of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He has also taught in Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Tunisia and Sweden. Since 1994, he has been teaching at the University of North Texas. He has done research in linguistics in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, phonology and phonetic symbolism.  In addition, he has been working to establish a bridge linking poetics and linguistics.

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