Department of English

Language & Linguistics

The intersection of linguistics and literature has long been a productive area of study in the U.T. English department. A focus on the language of literature in its historical and present-day varieties provides the basis for a profound engagement with both canonical and marginalized texts. Graduate courses regularly include Linguistics and Literary Criticism (Henkel), English Prosody, Lexicography (Kimball), Pidgins and Creoles (Hancock), and various courses in the dialectology and sociolinguistics of English (Hancock, Henkel, Kimball, Hinrichs).

The program also typically offers a two-year rotation of courses in the history of the English language: Old English (Blockley, Kimball), Middle English (Kaulbach), Renaissance English (Blockley, Hancock), and British and American English in the 18th and 19th centuries (Hancock). Graduate students are also encouraged to take courses in the highly rated Linguistics department.


  • Blockley, Mary E.
  • Hancock, Ian F.
  • Henkel, Jacqueline M.
  • Hinrichs, Lars
  • Kaulbach, Ernest N.
  • Kimball, Sara
To view the faculty profiles, please visit the Language and Linguistics faculty listing.

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1164