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.
Josephine Holubkov, a student at West High School, placed 23rd out of 160 participants in this year’s North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) invitational round.
Congratulations to Taylor Anne Barriuso and Shannon Barrios whose article "The role of phonological distributional information on the acquisition of L2 allophones" has been published in the Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference.
Congratulations to the graduate students who completed their M.A. degree this year!
Congratulations to the 24 Linguistics Undergraduate Students who completed their B.A. degree this year!
Undergraduate student Luke Tuttle will be interning at Ohio State University this summer conducting research on language acquisition and language comprehension.