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Is This Linguistics Program Right for You?

Linguistics is a broad discipline at the intersection of the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and it is important to have some sense of the field before beginning your graduate studies.

Every graduate program is different: some programs are more theoretical, while others are more applied; some programs are large, others very small; some programs will offer expertise in the precise languages you may be interested in, while others will not. For these reasons, and many more, we urge you to consider the following questions before applying to our program.

  1. Are you primarily interested in our program in Computational Linguistics
  2. Are you primarily interested in one of our areas of specialization, such as: bilingualism and multilingualism; endangered languages; first language acquisition; historical linguistics; linguistic typology; morphology; neurolinguistics; phonetics and laboratory phonology; phonology; psycholinguistics; second language acquisition; semantics; sentence processing; sociolinguistics; syntax?
  3. Are you interested in a program where theoretical, experimental, descriptive, community and educational applications of linguistics are well represented? 
  4. Are you interested in studying with one of our internationally re-known and widely published faculty members
  5. Are you interested in the structure, use, or history of Australian Aboriginal languages, Austronesian languages, Basque, Indo-European languages, Native American languages, or Pidgin and Creole languages? 
  6. Are you someone with significant background in linguistics who want to get to know our program better? Explore our website, participate in our annual Open House, or contact us at for additional information.
  7. Are you someone with very little background in linguistics, wondering what the field is about? Check out the resources below:




  • Bloomfield, Leonard. 1933. Language. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Deutscher, Guy. 2010.  Through the looking glass: Why the world looks different in other languages. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company.
  • Robins, R. H. 1967. A short history of linguistics. Longman Linguistics Library.
  • Sapir, Edward. 1921. Language: An introduction to the study of speech. New York: Harcourt, Brace and co.


Online encyclopedia of the world’s languages

  • The Ethnologue:  a comprensive list of the world’s languages with basic data including geographical distribution, number of speakers, genetic affiliation, and references for each entry