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.

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. The CLS fosters research and activities that reach across a very broad group of disciplines. Some of its primary disciplines are Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Music Theory, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, and Philosophy, covering a wide research focus and range of interests. It's strength is in its diversity, its breath and the quality of our connections, collaborations and research. The CLS has been in existence for over 20 years; it 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.

Ash Asudeh
Director, Center for Language Sciences

Recent News

Scott Grimm
October 2, 2018

Professor Grimm Nominated for Carnegie Fellowship

Professor Scott Grimm (Linguistics, Rochester) has been nominated by the University of Rochester for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.

Ehsan Hoque
August 30, 2018

Professor Hoque Wins NSF CAREER Award

Professor Ehsan Hoque from the Department of Computer Science has won an NSF Early Career Development award for work on a virtual assistant for conducting meetings. Professor Hoque is also the Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in Data Science.

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Ash Asudeh
July 1, 2018

New Director, Center for Language Sciences

Ash Asudeh has taken over the directorship of CLS from Greg Carlson, who retired from the University of Rochester at the end of June, 2018. Asudeh joined the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester on July 1. He came to the UR from appointments at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford and the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. His research interests include semantics, syntax, pragmatics, cognitive science, linguistic theories and grammatical architecture, and the intersection of language, logic and computation. He is currently working on a monograph, with Dr. Gianluca Giorgolo, called Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory. It will be published by Oxford University Press.

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.