University of Rochester
  • Fieldwork
    Language documentation of Gyeli (a Bantu language of Cameroon) with Mangome David, Professor Nadine Grimm (Linguistics), and Bimbvoung Emmanuel Calvin
  • Classroom
    Farai Mutonhori teaching Ndebele to the Linguistics Senior Seminar 2016
  • Linguistics Syntax Workshop
    A linguistics syntax workshop meets in Lattimore Hall.
  • Touch Screen Game
    University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences PhD student Sarah Davis conducts experiments on probability learning using a touch screen game.
  • Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab
    The Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab in the Department of Linguistics allows student to conduct research in language processing and acquisition.

Recent News

December 7, 2021

Upcoming Event: JamesFest

JamesFest, a retirement celebration for Professor James Allen, will be held on Friday, December, 10, 2021.

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June 2, 2021

CLS member Nadine Grimm has a new book out

A grammar of Gyeli offers a grammatical description of the Ngòló variety of Gyeli, an endangered Bantu (A80) language spoken by 4,000-5,000 "Pygmy" hunter-gatherers in southern Cameroon. It is couched in a form-to-function approach and covers all levels of language, ranging from Gyeli phonology to its information structure and complex clauses. In 2019, the grammar received the Pāṇini Award by the Association for Linguistic Typology.

May 3, 2021

Call for Working Papers

We are soliciting contributions for Volume 9 of University of Rochester Working Papers in the Language Sciences (URWPLS). URWPLS is published by MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

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March 22, 2021

Deep artificial neural networks reveal a distributed cortical network encoding propositional sentence-level meaning

CLS members Scott Grimm and Rajeev Raizada have are co-authors on a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience. The paper provides evidence that "sentence-level information [about meaning] is encoded throughout a cortical network, rather than in a single region”.

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What is CLS?

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The Center for Language Sciences is an umbrella organization at the University of Rochester that brings together faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who conduct research on any aspect of human language as a vehicle for active interdisciplinary work. CLS fosters research and activities that reach across a very broad group of disciplines. Some of its primary disciplines are linguistics, psychology, philosophy, computer science, data science, psychology, cognitive science, music theory, neuroscience, and engineering, covering a wide research focus and range of interests. CLS is a continually evolving organization with a history of serving as a platform for training students and postdocs in interdisciplinary research and enhancing collaborations among members. Our strength is in our diversity, our breadth, and the quality of our connections, collaborations and research.

Ash Asudeh
Director, Center for Language Sciences

Opportunties for Graduate Students

Eye Tracking Lab

Graduate degrees at the Masters and PhD levels are available through individual departments. The CLS serves as a platform to support interdepartmental PhD degrees that focus on interdisciplinary work and training. These interdepartmental degrees have primary department, where a student is admitted and affiliated, and secondary department in another CLS related field. 

Learn more about Doctoral and Masters programs in the departments associated with the CLS.