University of Rochester
  • Fieldwork
    Language documentation of Gyeli (a Bantu language of Cameroon) with Mangome David, Professor Nadine Grimm (Linguistics), and Bimbvoung Emmanuel Calvin
  • Classroom
    Farai Mutonhori teaching Ndebele to the Linguistics Senior Seminar 2016
  • Linguistics Syntax Workshop
    A linguistics syntax workshop meets in Lattimore Hall.
  • Touch Screen Game
    University of Rochester Brain and Cognitive Sciences PhD student Sarah Davis conducts experiments on probability learning using a touch screen game.
  • Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab
    The Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab in the Department of Linguistics allows student to conduct research in language processing and acquisition.

Recent News

September 21, 2020

Enriched Meanings: Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory

Ash Asudeh, professor of linguistics and director of the Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester, has a new book that just came out!


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June 3, 2020

The Carney Lab announces new stand-alone, platform-independent GUI for UR-EAR (University of Rochester- Envisioning Auditory Response)

The acoustic signal is vastly different from the auditory signal. How does the auditory system represent speech sounds? This stand-alone, platform-independent GUI for UR-EAR (University of Rochester-Envisioning Auditory Response) provides visualizations of population responses of auditory-nerve (AN) and inferior colliculus (IC) model neurons.

Includes zip files of MATLAB source code and standalone executables for visualizing population response of auditory neurons.

Carney Lab

May 29, 2020

Bushong accepts tenure-track position

CLS student Wednesday Bushong has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Hartford, to begin this fall. Congratulations, Wednesday!

May 29, 2020

New work by current CLS students and recent alumni

Xie, X. and and Jaeger, T. F. 2020. Comparing non-native and native speech: Are L2 productions more variable? The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(5), 3320-3347.

Fedzechkina, M., and Jaeger, T. F. 2019. Production efficiency can cause grammatical change: Learners deviate from the input to better balance efficiency against robust message transmission. Cognition.

Schepens, J., van Hout, R., and Jaeger, T. F. 2019. Big data suggest strong constraints of phonological similarity on adult language learning. Cognition.

Bushong, W. and Jaeger, T. F. 2019. Dynamic re-weighting of acoustic and contextual cues in spoken word recognition. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(2), EL135-EL140.

Yan, S. and Jaeger, T. F. 2019. Early context effects on event-related potentials over natural inputs. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.

Liu, L. and Jaeger, T. F. 2019. Talker-specific pronunciation or speech error? Discounting (or not) atypical pronunciations during speech perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human perception and performance.

May 26, 2020

Pietraszko paper to be published

Linguistics faculty Asia Pietraszko’s paper The coming apart of case and focus in Bantu, has been accepted into the journal, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, for publication.

Links: Prepublication draft

What is CLS?

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The Center for Language Sciences 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. Some of its primary disciplines are linguistics, psychology, philosophy, computer science, data science, psychology, cognitive science, music theory, neuroscience, and engineering, covering a wide research focus and range of interests. CLS is 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. Our strength is in our diversity, our breadth, and the quality of our connections, collaborations and research.

Ash Asudeh
Director, Center for Language Sciences

Opportunties for Graduate Students

Eye Tracking Lab

Graduate degrees at the Masters and PhD levels are available through individual departments. The CLS serves as a platform to support interdepartmental PhD degrees that focus on interdisciplinary work and training. These interdepartmental degrees have primary department, where a student is admitted and affiliated, and secondary department in another CLS related field. 

Learn more about Doctoral and Masters programs in the departments associated with the CLS.