Linguistics Program at the University of Virginia
Language is central to virtually all human activity. Indeed, many argue that language was the single most important factor in the differentiation of the human species from other hominids. Linguists study language as a specialized communicative system with its own distinctive principles of structure and patterning. Apart from the traditional subfields of phonology (the patterning of speech sounds), morphology (word-building processes), and syntax (rules of phrase and sentence formation), there are the interdisciplinary research areas with connections to philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and literature. These include semantics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and linguistic anthropology.
A B.A. or M.A. in linguistics permits a student to explore both the independent and interdisciplinary aspects of human language. Courses focus on the analysis of language both at a given point in time and as it changes over time, and cover diverse contemporary approaches to data.
Please browse the following sections for information about the Linguistics Program:
If you have questions about the Linguistics Program, please contact the director, Prof. Lise Dobrin.
The University of Virginia offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The courses counted toward the Certificate can simultaneously count toward the B.A. or M.A. Programs in Linguistics. For more information on the TESOL Certificate, click here.
- The Linguistics Program is pleased to announce that we will again be offering our study abroad intensive summer course in Acoustic Phonetics in Ghent, Belgium. The course, LING 5409, Acoustic Phonetics (.pdf, 401KB), is offered for 3 credits. THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT THE PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5, AT 5:00 PM IN THE BROOKS HALL 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM.
- Save the date! The Linguistics Program will be hosting a public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Davis (U Tennessee). Prof. Davis will be discussing his research on the continuing use of American Indian Sign Language in Native American communities today. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 10, at 4pm, location TBA. This event is cosponsored by the ASL Program.
- The Virginia Linguistics Club (VLC) is a forum and network for students interested in the questions of linguistics or related disciplines like cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, and computer science. The club holds regular meetings and seeks to build bonds between linguistics majors and graduate students to enrich their educational experience. To find out more about the VLC, contact club president Luke Gessler.
- The UVa Linguistic Anthropology Seminar is an informal, interdisciplinary venue for presentations of work in progress by faculty, students, and visiting scholars in linguistic anthropology, linguistics, and related fields. To volunteer a talk or propose a discussion topic, contact Prof. Lise Dobrin.