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Linguistics Advisory Faculty
Linguistics Advisory Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our linguistics advisory faculty.
Academic Program in Linguistics
Academic Program in Linguistics
Our academic offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and engage your desire to learn.  READ MORE about the Academic Program in Linguistics
Language is something frequently taken for granted. But where did it come from? How does it develop? How has it changed? How will it continue to evolve? The study of language can reveal much about human society and individuals and how it has developed. 

About Linguistics

Together we focus on the rigorous study of language from the perspectives of several contributing disciplines: the study of a specific language or language group in its contemporary condition or historical development; classical philology; philosophy; psychology and neuroscience; acoustic analysis; and computer science.

As a linguistics student, you will encounter a wide variety of methodologies including careful data collection and classification, rigorous philosophical analysis, sociological surveys, psychological experiments, ethnographic and ethnolinguistic methodologies, and the writing of computer programs to analyze and interpret language data.
We utilize these methodologies in our exploration of the following themes:
  • The sounds of language
  • Word structure and etymology
  • Styles and dialects
  • Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of language
  • Language acquisition by children and adults
  • Language in society
  • Language and culture, historical development and language families
  • Language and mind
  • Language and the brain
  • Language processing by computers
  • Psychological perspectives on language

Studying in the Program

Our program offers you the opportunity to pursue a minor in linguistics.

Program Contacts

Director: Yukari Hirata
Administrative assistant: Leialoha Mara (
Office: 9B Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7808
Fax: 315-228-7176