At Rochester, cross-disciplinary, collaborative research is strongly encouraged. The linguistics faculty are grounded in the traditional fields of formal linguistics, employing theoretical, computational, and empirical methodologies to examine data and topics in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, laboratory phonology, and morphology in collaboration with faculty and students in allied fields.

Our principal allied departments are brain and cognitive sciences, computer science, and philosophy, but we also have strong connections in related departments, such as biomedical engineering and departments at the Eastman School of Music. We are also a core member of Rochester’s Center for Language Sciences, which provides research, training, and collaboration opportunities for students and faculty involved in language research.

Linguistics graduate students are housed in the Department of Linguistics as their primary affiliation. Our graduate students are provided with office space in Lattimore Hall and they have access to lab space there. The department houses a phonetics lab, an eye-tracking lab, a quantitative semantics lab, a computational linguistics lab, and a language documentation lab. These labs provide space for student and faculty research.

The Graduate Programs in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester offers graduate studies at the PhD and MA levels in the following areas: