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An inherently interdisciplinary field, linguistics faculty and students collaborate with researchers in departments across university campus. Learn more >

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Did you Know?

  • Professor Greg Carlson has made seminal contributions in semantics and psycholinguistics. He is also the editor of Language, the official journal of the Linguistic Society of America, the largest professional linguistics organization in the world.

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  • According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (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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  • All our classes involve hands-on approaches to learning linguistics. Often students undertake and complete research projects in our classes.

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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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