Linguistics is the scientific study of language. We seek to understand the structure
of language, how it is learned, how it changes over time, how it interacts with the
world, how it is represented in the mind, and how humans produce and understand language.
Our work informs a wide variety of human concerns: education (foreign-language teaching,
the way to approach standard and non-standard languages in the classroom), technology
(speech recognition, artificial intelligence), health care (diagnosis and treatment
of language disorders), language's place in a diverse society (the role of multilingualism,
protections for endangered and minority dialects and languages), and the legal system
(interpreting legal language and the significance of linguistic evidence).
For more information, we encourage you to listen to Episode 2 of the Humanities podcast, where Aaron Kaplan, assistant professor of Linguistics, answers all of these questions.
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah is committed to advancing
the understanding of human language in the service of local, national, and global
communities. We accomplish this (1) by conducting cutting-edge research on language
structure, acquisition, and processing and (2) by preparing students to achieve personal
and professional goals equipped with the knowledge and skills developed through the
study of linguistics.
Our specilizations and interests
In the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah, our faculty specialize