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.
Sarah has just accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of English language learner education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
Congratulations to Josephine Holubkov for qualifying for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) invitational round!
Eve Olson is a graduating senior getting her degrees in Honors Linguistics and Middle East Studies.
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!