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Did you Know?

  • Languages are grouped into sets of related languages called 'language families'. There are approximately 320-350 distinct language families in the world.

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  • At the time of European contact, there were 3 language families in Europe (Indo-European, Uralic, and Basque, an isolate), and over 30 in North America.

  • According to UNESCO, it is estimated that half of the 6,000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of the 21st century.

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  • 94% of the languages in the world are spoken by 6% of its population.

  • The most biologically diverse places in the world tend to be the most linguistically diverse.

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Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world, yet close to half are expected to become extinct by the end of the 21st century. When a language is lost, so is the culture of the people who spoke it. Linguistics faculty travel the world to study, transcribe, and analyze languages.

Why Linguistics?

The department provides students at all levels rigorous training in skills that are highly viable in our rapidly changing society. They learn how to use analytic and theoretical tools, work in collaborative environments, and collect and organize complex research data. They also gain a deep appreciation and understanding of the value of a culturally and linguistically diverse environment. Upon graduation, students pursue careers in a variety of wide ranging fields, from law to forensics to library science.

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