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What Linguistics Is and What Linguists Do...
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 by:
- conducting cutting-edge research on language structure, acquisition, and processing
- preparing students to achieve personal and professional goals equipped with the knowledge and skills developed through the study of linguistics.
Our Specializations and Interests
In the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah, our faculty specialize in:
- theoretical syntax and semantics
- theoretical phonology
- second language acquisition
- second language phonology
Our faculty also have interests in historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. We offer undergraduate, MA, and PhD degrees, as well as a computational linguistics certificate and a TESOL certificate.
About the Department
Linguistics provides the intellectual satisfaction of learning how human language works, while at the same time developing the analytical skills necessary to be highly competitive on the job market. Students in linguistics learn how to analyze languages and develop crucial skills for today’s job market: reasoning, critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and written and verbal communication.
Graduates of our program have been admitted to some of the top graduate programs in linguistics and other fields and found careers in ESL instruction, language analysis, and computational linguistics.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF LinguisticsGet Involved
Mohammed Al-Ariqy has been selected for the 2023-2024 UofU University Teaching Assistantship (UTA).
He will work on designing and teaching a 'Structure of Arabic Language' course for the linguistics department during this academic year. Congratulations to Mohammed and his graduate mentor Aaron Kaplan on this great achievement!
The Department of Linguistics to present 3 posters at this year's meeting of the Human Sentence Processing Conference (HSP 2023)
Members of the Mathematics of Language and Cognition Lab will present three posters: - Cassandra Jacobs (U. of Buffalo), Aniello De Santo, Loïc Grobol (U. Paris Nanterre). "Online and offline processing in zeugma constructions is insensitive to argument order" - Matteo Fiorini, Jillian Chang (Great Neck South High School), Aniello De Santo. " A Minimalist Parsing Analysis of Subject/Object Asymmetries in Basque Relative Clauses" - Daniel Del Valle and Aniello De Santo. "A Minimalist approach to the processing of postverbal subjects in French relative clauses"
Melissa Mendelson Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Project
The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Melissa Mendelson of the University of Utah for an 11-week English Language Specialist project focusing on teacher training in L2 Methodology virtually for teachers in Türkiye. Mendelson is part of a select group, as her project is one of approximately 240 that the English Language Specialist Program supports each year.
Undergraduate Research With Dr. Aniello De Santo
2 presentations by undergraduate students participating in UROP and UCUR.