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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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Linguistics 2020-2021 Peer Advisor

Meet our new undergraduate peer advisor, Cameron Greenop! This coming year, Cameron will be working with linguistics students to help plan their courses, get involved in research, begin a conversation about studying abroad, and connect with faculty.

Throughout the school year, Cameron will be hosting different academic programs for linguistics students to attend; we encourage everyone to take advantage of this resource! More details on these events will be posted right here, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, if you have questions for Cameron, contact him at to schedule an appointment.

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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

Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory

September 21, 2020

Ash Asudeh, professor of linguistics and director of the Center for Language Sciences at the Univers ...

In Solidarity with Scholar Strike

September 8, 2020

We invite the University of Rochester community to join the Frederick Douglass Institute for African ...

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.

Fall 2020 Featured Course

LING 204/404
History of Linguistic Thought

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Instructor: Professor Ash Asudeh
Day, time: Mondays/Wednesdays, 3:25-4:40 p.m.

This course delves into core linguistic ideas throughout history, examining how different cultures and periods have regarded language.

Fall 2020 Featured Course

LING 270/470
Preserving diversity in language and culture

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Instructor: Professor Nadine Grimm
Day, time: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Are you interested in fieldwork, research with communities, and methodology in fieldwork data collection and management? LING 270/470 may be just the class you're looking for! This interdisciplinary class is designed for any student in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in spoken language data and how to make it useful outside of their own discipline.

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Center for Language Sciences

The Center for Language Sciences (CLS) 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 covering a wide research focus and range of interests. It's 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.

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