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).
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.
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, sociolinguistics, and second language pedagogy. We offer undergraduate, MA, and PhD degrees, as well as a TESOL certificate.