About Haj Ross
John Robert "Haj" Ross is a poet and linguist whose contributions to linguistics are significant over his 50 year career. At MIT from 1966–1985, he worked with great thinkers and friends like George Lakoff, James D. McCawley, and Paul Postal. Ross played a central role in the development of syntactic theory, making a huge impact with his 1967 MIT dissertation, which established the importance of syntactic islands. Ross coined many new terms describing syntactic phenomena that are now common linguistic parlance including: copula switch, Do-Gobbling, freeze(s), squib, squishes, and syntactic islands among many others. The UNT College of Information is excited to share that Dr. John ‘Haj’ Ross has been designated Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus by the UNT Board of Regents. This designation honors his dedication to the University of North Texas, his prolific research endeavors, and his impact on the students that he taught.
Haj Ross’s students commonly reflect on how he has changed their lives through his classes – he is loved by students, faculty, and friends alike. Over his career, he has amassed over 5,000 “squibs,” short descriptions of linguistic data that resist standard theoretical analysis. The Squibber Scholarship is for students who excel and revel in the art and science of the Squib. Help us honor Haj Ross and his significant contributions to linguistics by making a donation to the Squibber Scholarship today!
How To Donate
To honor John Robert "Haj" Ross, you can make a donation to the Haj Ross Squibber Scholarship.
If you donate $30.00 or more, you will receive a special t-shirt with artwork and prose by Haj himself.
How to Apply
If you are a UNT Linguistics student, you can apply through the Eagle Scholarship Portal under the MyUNT portal when the application period opens.