Linguists put language under the microscope in order to study aspects of this uniquely human ability. We explore the structure of language, how language is represented and processed in the mind, how language is acquired by children and adults, and how it is used in context—all with the goal of understanding the human mind.
In the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah, our faculty specialize in theoretical syntax and semantics, phonology, and second language phonology. Our faculty also have interests in historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and second language pedagogy. We offer undergraduate, MA, and PhD degrees, as well as a TESOL certificate.
The Department of Linguistics presents a PhD Dissertation Defense by Jin Bi. Bilingualism and Cognitive Control: A Comparison of Sequential and Simultaneous Bilinguals.
Congratulations to Professor MaryAnn Christison on her new book with Cambridge University Press.
Congratulations to Cate Showalter for passing the PhD comprehensive exam!
Taylor Anne Barriuso awarded Language Learning Dissertation Grant
Congratulations to Cole Brendel for passing his comp exams!
Professor Johanna Watzinger-Tharp publishes co-edited volume with Per Urlaub
Congratulations to Taylor Anne Barriuso on passing her PhD comp exams!
Professor Benjamin Slade recently published "Virtual meatspace: Word formation and deformation in cyberpunk discussions" in De Gruyter Mouton.
Aaron Kaplan, professor of linguistics, recently published an article in Cambridge University Press titled Local optionality with partial orders.
Kristie Durham, a former graduate student, and Rachel Hayes-Harb, Associate Professor, recently published an article