The Department of Linguistics offers a BA degree through the Liberal Studies Program, and also the MA (Plan A, thesis, Plan B, non-thesis, and Plan C, examination options) and PhD degrees. The faculty represent a variety of theoretical viewpoints with various faculty members especially well qualified to direct research on languages of the Pacific and parts of Asia and the Americas. Fields of special competence include descriptive and comparative linguistics, general linguistic theory, language contact and variation, ethnolinguistics, language development, and language data processing. In addition, the department faculty and faculty in cooperating departments such as Asian Languages and Literature, English, English as a Second Language, European Languages and Literature, and Indo-Pacific Languages supervise work in applied linguistics.
Research may include studies of language use in education, law, or other institutions of society; social and cultural influences on language acquisition and use; bilingualism, multilingualism, foreign accent, translation; and the interrelations of language and literacy.
The department supports Working Papers of Linguistics, and edits Oceanic Linguistics, both internationally distributed.
Linguistics materials in Asian, Slavic or Pacific languages are funded by the respective area collections. Materials in the areas of language disorders, neurology, artificial intelligence, linguistic data processing, mathematical linguistics, and electronic data processing are obtained on the approval plans and housed in the Science and Technology unit.
The Tsuzaki/Reinecke Creole Collection, housed in Special Collections, is a catalogued collection of materials of special interest to pidgin/creole scholars as well as to sociolinguists and ethnolinguists.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Ross Christensen