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The Department of Linguistics offers students to explore the fascinating and thought-provoking fields of theoretical, experimental and field linguistics. Faculty members work closely with students in a collegial and collaborative atmosphere. The program focuses on both the intricacies of language itself as well as how language changes over time and influences human and societal behavior.

The department is internationally recognized for the quality of its research, and its PhD program is ranked as one of the best in the country. Students can pursue a wide range of focuses depending on what areas they’re most enthusiastic about, including phonology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, prosody, field linguistics, typology, historical linguistics, and morphology.

“The department is its people, and there have always been great people here, and a remarkable degree of collegiality..."
— Barbara H. Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy