Major & Minor
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
- A Syntactic Side of Word Formation
Asia Pietraszko, University of Connecticut
- The meaning of an exception
Dustin Chacón, University of Minnesota
Adam Singerman, University of Chicago
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
February 6, 2019
The 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), Connecting Comm ...
October 16, 2018
Scott Grimm has been invited to talk at the workshop "Challenges to Compositionality: Mismatches bet ...
October 12, 2018
Aaron White presents the Linguistics Colloquium on "Distribution, Inference, and Event Structure", i ...
October 2, 2018
Scott Grimm has been nominated by the University of Rochester for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Progra ...
September 30, 2018
Senior Julianne Kapner has always been fascinated by language. When she was 4 years old and a family ...
September 1, 2018
Scott Grimm's article, "Grammatical Number and the Scale of Individuation" has been published in the ...
July 1, 2018
Ash Asudeh is our newest faculty member. He comes to the University of Rochester from the Faculty of ...
March 8, 2018
Five undergraduates from the Department of Linguistics are semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Stude ...
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