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We offer degrees in Linguistics as well as many research opportunities for undergraduates
Information on our cross-disciplinary PhD program and our three MA programs.
Our research investigates the structure, complexity and diversity of human languages.
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.Learn more about LDD
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.Learn more about Dean Runner
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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.Learn More
May 26, 2020
Linguistics faculty Asia Pietraszko’s paper The coming apart of case and focus in Bantu, has b ...
January 17, 2020
Linguistics professor and CLS director Ash Asudeh has an article called Grammar and Meaning in the n ...
December 23, 2019
Linguistics faculty Asia Pietraszko’s paper with co-author Karlos Arregi (The University of Ch ...
December 17, 2019
Nadine Grimm invited to give colloquium talk: Grammatical tone in Bantu: Insights from Gyeli, H ...
December 11, 2019
NaP2019 – Number and plurality: cross-linguistic variation in the nominal domain (University o ...
November 1, 2019
Aaron Steven White receives DARPA grant for Decompositional Schema Induction and Prediction.
October 26, 2019
Aaron Steven White and Ellise Moon gave a talk titled The source of nonfinite temporal interpre ...
October 24, 2019
Joyce McDonough, in collaboration with Jalon Begay, gave invited talk at Haskins Laboratories titled ...
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