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.
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
Professor MaryAnn Christison publishes a new book for Routledge/Taylor & Francis with Jodi Crandall, her colleague from the University of Maryland.
Congratulations to Taylor Anne Barriuso who received one of ten student awards for her paper presentation at this years Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference in Calgary
Eve Olson was selected for participation in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in Fall 2016
Andrew Bayles, Aaron Kaplan and Abby Kaplan publish in Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
Associate Professor Johanna Watzinger-Tharp publishes in The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
Faculty Member Shannon Barrios publishes in "Frontiers in Psychology"