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Richard P. Meier, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

Welcome to Linguistics!

UT's Department of Linguistics is committed to teaching and research in linguistics, the scientific and humanistic study of human language. Our research examines form and meaning in a wide variety of the world's languages, including signed and spoken languages. We study language as part of the biological, cognitive, and cultural endowment of our species. We use computational techniques to probe the structure of human languages. We design experiments to understand how children learn language. And we describe and document highly-endangered languages, especially indigenous languages of the Americas. For more information about us, follow this link.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students in the Linguistics Department are busy studying what the presence of loan words indicates about the subsistence patterns of Amazonian natives; researching the intelligibility of speech; helping with experimental studies in the phonology of stress and duration; working on studies in child language development, in studies of deaf children with apparent disorders affecting sign language development, and helping with studies on the linguistics of ASL.  You may be surprised to hear that graduate students are not the only ones doing these things.  Many undergraduates are involved in exciting and cutting edge research projects in a wide variety of linguistic fields.  And if you are an undergrad with an interest in linguistics, you could be doing research, too. For more information, follow this link.


Katrin Erk Awarded NSF Grant in Natural Language Processing


Project combines formal logic and probabilistic models to understand language.

Cindy Blanco Awarded Dissertation Fellowship by American Association of University Women

AAUW fellowship will support her dissertation on the perception of foreign accents.

NSF Grant to Prof. John Beavers

Project Investigates the Meanings of Verbs Across Languages

New NSF Award to Prof. David Beaver

Grant Supports Collaborative, Crosslinguistic Project on the “Question Under Discussion”

Hans Kamp Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Honor Recognizes His Distinguished Career in Semantics and the Philosophy of Language

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