Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Who says you can’t expose yourself to some great knowledge over the summer? As a student who has recently added linguistics as a minor, I am extremely excited to get the word out about the 37th Annual Conference of the Poetics And Linguistics Association (PALA 2017) that will be taking place right here on WCU’s campus from July 19 to July 22.

According to Assistant Professor of Linguistics Eirini Panagiotidou, this a top-notch “international conference that will feature 108 presenters from 22 countries.” The events will go on all day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Professors who have agreed to deliver plenary lectures include: Professor Margaret Freeman from Myrifield Institute, Professor Anne Furlong from University of Prince Edward Island, Professor Patrick C. Hogan from University of Connecticut, Professor David Hoover from New York University and Professor Dan McIntyre from University of Huddersfield.

As a linguistics minor, I can tell you that this is an exceptional treat. West Chester University is highly known for its world-class English department, and its linguistics professors are incredible.

The university will be offering a summer school on digital humanities, and WCU students are free to register for it! For more information on the conference, visit:

If you are interested in volunteering at this conference, you may also contact Professor Eirini Panagiotidou at

Samantha Mineroff is a third-year student majoring in English writings track with minors in linguistics and creative writing. She can be reached at

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