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Partee Awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal

January 27, 2020

Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita Barbara Partee has been awarded the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for her "foundational contributions that synthesize insights from linguistics, philosophy, logic, and psychology to understand how words and sentences combine to express meaning in human language," by the Franklin Institute.

TESOL certificate to launch in spring 2020

October 22, 2019

The Linguistics Department, in collaboration with the ESL Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures now offers a 15-credit Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or...

CSAAL hosts Summer Dialect Research Program

August 20, 2019

The Center for the Study of African American Language recently hosted the Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP), co-directed by Lisa Green (Linguistics) and Brendan O'Connor (Information and...

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What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. 

Linguists are interested in language for its own sake, as a complex product of the human mind. They are also interested in how language develops in children, how it changes over time, and how it is used in human society.

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