Chair: Dr. Jennifer Cramer
Faculty in the Linguistics Department are interested in the general question "what is human language?" We may examine a variety of very different languages, or we may focus our attention on specific details of a single language. We examine the structural properties of language, such as grammar and pronunciation, as well as the social, cultural, psychological, and physical aspects of language use. Linguistics is commonly considered to be one of the cognitive sciences, bridging between the humanities and the social sciences. The field of Linguistics also maintains important links with research in Speech Technology, Education, Communication Disorders, Language Pedagogy, and Communication.