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Department of Linguistics

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Why study linguistics?

Because language is a window into the mind. Linguistics provides an understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society.

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers a broad range of courses that provide a basic understanding of human language and communication. Linguistics courses examine features of language that underlie the human capacity to express concepts and communicate ideas. They address the connections between language, brain, culture, mind, and history.

Why study linguistics?

Because language is a window into the mind. Linguistics provides an understanding of the human capacity to acquire, perceive, and produce language and of language’s role in contemporary society.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Linguistics offers the full range of degrees (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.). Its nucleus of full-time faculty members in linguistics, plus several actively involved faculty members in other departments, serves a student body of about 35 graduate students, 90 undergraduate majors, and many nonmajors taking introductory and intermediate courses each semester.

Areas of special strength in the graduate program include

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Syntax and morphology
  • First- and second-language acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics

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