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Exploring language's complexity and structure

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Combining humanistic and scientific concerns

What is Linguistics?

Collaborating across departments and disciplines

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Major & Minor

We offer degrees in Linguistics as well as many research opportunities for undergraduates

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Graduate Studies

Information on our cross-disciplinary PhD program and our three MA programs. 

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Research

Our research investigates the structure, complexity and diversity of human languages.

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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.

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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.

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Why Linguistics?

Linguistics workshop

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.

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Recent News

International Conference on LD&C 2019

February 6, 2019

The 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), Connecting Comm ...

Scott Grimm: Invited to talk at Tübingen

October 16, 2018

Scott Grimm has been invited to talk at the workshop "Challenges to Compositionality: Mismatches bet ...

Aaron White: Invited talk at Stanford

October 12, 2018

Aaron White presents the Linguistics Colloquium on "Distribution, Inference, and Event Structure", i ...

Scott Grimm nominated for Carnegie Fellowship

October 2, 2018

Scott Grimm has been nominated by the University of Rochester for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Progra ...

Kapner enriches Rochester community through linguistics

September 30, 2018

Senior Julianne Kapner has always been fascinated by language. When she was 4 years old and a family ...

Scott Grimm Published in Language

September 1, 2018

Scott Grimm's article, "Grammatical Number and the Scale of Individuation" has been published in the ...

Ash Asudeh Joins the Department of Linguistics

July 1, 2018

Ash Asudeh is our newest faculty member. He comes to the University of Rochester from the Faculty of ...

5 linguistics students named Fulbright semifinalists

March 8, 2018

Five undergraduates from the Department of Linguistics are semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Stude ...


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