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Exploring language's complexity and structure

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Combining humanistic and scientific concerns

What is Linguistics?

Collaborating across departments and disciplines

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Major & Minor

We offer degrees in Linguistics as well as many research opportunities for undergraduates

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Graduate Studies

Information on our cross-disciplinary PhD program and our three MA programs. 

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Our research investigates the structure, complexity and diversity of human languages.

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The Year of Indigenous Languages

The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The goal is to raise awareness of the world's Indigenous languages, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also in recognition of the important contributions these communities make to our world’s rich cultural diversity. Rochester's Language Documentation and Description (LDD) master's program trains linguists to work with communities around the globe to help them document their languages and cultures.

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Jeffrey Runner, professor and dean

The Department of Linguistics is proud to announce that Professor Jeffrey Runner has been named dean of the College. In this role, he oversees the academic and cocurricular programs for undergraduates in Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University. “I’m interested in enriching students’ classroom experience by increasing opportunities for independent research, community-based learning, and international experience,” he says.

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Why Linguistics?

Linguistics workshop

Linguistics training provides students with skills that are important in a rapidly changing society. They learn how to use analytic and theoretical tools, work in collaborative environments, and collect, document, and organize complex research data on human language. They also gain a deep appreciation and understanding of the value of a culturally and linguistically diverse environment.

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Recent News

Pietraszko—The coming apart of case and focus in Bantu

May 26, 2020

Linguistics faculty Asia Pietraszko’s paper The coming apart of case and focus in Bantu, has b ...

Asudeh on Grammar and Meaning

January 17, 2020

Linguistics professor and CLS director Ash Asudeh has an article called Grammar and Meaning in the n ...

Pietraszko Paper Accepted for Publication

December 23, 2019

Linguistics faculty Asia Pietraszko’s paper with co-author Karlos Arregi (The University of Ch ...

Grimm Colloquium Talk

December 17, 2019

Nadine Grimm invited to give colloquium talk: Grammatical tone in Bantu: Insights from Gyeli, H ...

Scott Grimm and Peter Guekguezian: Plurality and Determinancy in Western Armenian

December 11, 2019

NaP2019 – Number and plurality: cross-linguistic variation in the nominal domain (University o ...

White Receives DARPA Grant

November 1, 2019

Aaron Steven White receives DARPA grant for Decompositional Schema Induction and Prediction.

Talk at MIT

October 26, 2019

Aaron Steven White and Ellise Moon gave a talk titled The source of nonfinite temporal interpre ...

Invited Talk at Haskins Laboratories

October 24, 2019

Joyce McDonough, in collaboration with Jalon Begay, gave invited talk at Haskins Laboratories titled ...

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