Second Language Learning in Industry: From Linguistics to Duolingo

Thursday, March 26, 2020 (All day) to Friday, March 27, 2020 (All day)
UI campus
Exact locations TBA
Iowa City, IA 52242

Bozena Pajak, Head of Learning Scientist at Duolingo, will give a public talk on her work on second language acquisition in tech on Thursday, March 26th at 4:00 pm in 315 Phillips Hall, followed by a roundtable discussion with the DeLTA Center at 9:00 am on Friday, March 27 in 101 Spence Labs. All are welcome at both events. 

She will also conduct a Q&A about her work at the intersection of second language acquisition, experimental linguistics, and the tech industry with interested graduate students on Friday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. in 612 Phillips Hall. The event will include lunch, so please RSVP by February 14 by e-mailing

Dr. Pajak has a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego and has published extensively in top-ranking linguistics journals. 

Co-sponsored by Heritage Grammars and Processing Lab, Multilingual Syntax Lab, DeLTA, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Linguistics, and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Linguistics in advance at 319-335-2923.