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Linguistics Research Center

About the LRC

The Linguistics Research Center (LRC) is an organized research unit in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. A compact brochure serving as a well-rounded but brief introduction to the LRC is available online at: LRC Brochure. More detailed information is available via links below.

The LRC offices are located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL) building on the main campus of the University, at the corner of Speedway and 21st St. For detailed location and contact information, see: Contacting the LRC.

The LRC was founded by Dr. Winfred P. Lehmann, who served as Director until his death in August 2007. For information about him and current staff members, including links to their home pages with curricula vitae, see: LRC Staff.

The LRC recognizes Associates -- university professors and other researchers who contribute content and/or advice to the Center -- in three categories: (1) individuals, other than current staff members, who have authored content for this website; (2) members of the former advisory board for the Indo-European Documentation Center within the LRC; and (3) others who in the recent past worked as staff members at, or who actively contributed efforts on behalf of, the LRC. For lists of these Associates, with links to their home pages when available, see: LRC Associates.

LRC staff members and the organization itself have published extensively, including dozens of books, hundreds of journal articles, technical reports, Indo-European language lessons and other shorter works, and many reviews of & online indexes to publications. For pointers to lists of publications, which include significant texts found online on this website, see: LRC Publications.

Much of our publication effort results in web pages containing books, indices, and other texts in and about Indo-European languages and linguistics; these works are provided for the benefit of the scholarly community, and are often of substantial size. For a listing, see: Online Texts.

As one of its major aims in a university setting, the LRC has trained computational and other linguists who have gone on to occupy important positions in academia, industry, and government throughout the world. University students and professional staff are prominent among these individuals but, in addition, the Center has hosted and educated visiting scholars from abroad, including Europe, India, Japan, and the People's Republic of China.

Since its founding, virtually all projects at the LRC have involved processing human language with the aid of computers; computational linguistics, as the field is called, has proven to be an ideal approach to documenting & researching languages of the past & present, and to developing & testing linguistic theory. The principal activities of the Center at present focus on Indo-European languages and comprise historical study, lexicography, and bibliography; staff members engage in several independent but often complementary projects in these fields using a variety of computer software. For a list of current and very recent projects, with links to their areas on this website, see: LRC Projects.

The LRC has what is now a fairly long history of research and development, dating back to its founding in 1961. For an historical perspective on R&D activities at the Center, including projects of the past leading up to the present, see: LRC History.

Research and development at the LRC has been sponsored by various institutions, corporations, and individuals. At the risk of inadvertently omitting some sponsors, in which case we sincerely apologize, we list those associated with at least the major projects of the past & present in: LRC Sponsors.

Links across the top of this and every page on the LRC website, under the banner, lead to the LRC home page, to extensive content developed by the major projects pursued at the Center, and to a SiteMap that presents a 3-level outline of our website. Other links lead to the websites of the University of Texas and the College of Liberal Arts.