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Linguistics

UD students study Linguistics

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Think linguists just speak lots of languages?  Think again.  Linguists are scientists who study language.  Language is one of the most complex cognitive tasks that humans engage in, yet it is used effortlessly and subconsciously and is acquired by infants with no formal instruction.  How can you effortlessly speak and understand, without even being aware of what you are doing? As a student of linguistics you will explore the answers to this question and many others.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Phonology and Phonetics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Endangered Languages

CAREER OPTIONS  

  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Disorders
  • Library/Information Science
  • Interpreter
  • Language Teacher
  • Publishing
  • Film and Television
  • Government

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Law School
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science

What’s special about this program?

As a student of linguistics, you will learn the formal properties of language: sound systems, how words and sentences are put together and how meaning is computed from the parts. You will explore the diversity of languages across the globe and learn about their historical development (did you know that English and Sanskrit are descended from a single language spoken 6,000 years ago in Asia?). You will also explore how infants acquire language, how language is represented in the brain and used in real time and how language is used in social contexts.

Get Involved

Undergraduate Research

The Phonology/Phonetics Lab

The Experimental Psycholinguistics Lab

Child’s Play, Learning, and Development Lab

The Language and Cognition Lab

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

LING101

Introduction to Linguistics

 

LING202

Science of Language

 

MATH113  

Contemporary Mathematics or higher

 

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Elective Courses

 

CGSC170  

Introduction to Cognitive Science

 

LING403

Introduction to Phonology

 

LING404

Structure of Language

 

LING480

Sociolinguistics

 

PHIL205

Logic

 

 

University Breadth Course

 

  Elective Courses
LING418

Meaning and Language Use

 

 

LING Elective Courses

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

University Multicultural Course

 

 

Discovery Learning Experience

 

  Study Abroad
CGSC485

Seminar in Cognitive Science

 

LING 490

Philosophy of Language

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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This major is eligible for the following programs:

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