About Us

Our programs seek to educate our students and the wider world about the nature, structure, and function of language, one of the most important defining properties of humankind. Because the study of language falls at the crossroads of several disciplines (psychology, social science, cognitive science, philosophy, literary and cultural studies, education, and computer science), it is by nature interdisciplinary, and succeeds best when it integrates a variety of perspectives.

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Recent News

decorative objectTake ARAB 330 (Arabic Culture) online this summer.  Learn more the culture of the Arabic-speaking peoples as reflected in language, history, politics, religion, and media.

60 minutesProfessor Zheng-sheng Zhang was featured on 60 minutes for the segment, "Chinese migrants are the fastest growing group crossing into US from Mexico."  He also wrote an opinion piece about the experience for the San Diego Union Tribune.

hands reaching up, colored with different flags from around worldAssociate Professor Dris Soulaimani is investigating Berber historical manuscripts written in Arabic script thanks to a Fulbright in Morocco for the academic year. 

NewsletterCheck out the latest edition of our newsletter, Distinctive Features. Inside you will find information on faculty, curricula, and events.



Important Resources

The Linguistics Student Association (LSA) introduces students to the study of language and is open to all majors.  Members have the opportunity to connect with linguistics professionals and attend events on campus.

The Linguistic Society of America asserts its collective support for Black members of our community — students, colleagues, family, friends and neighbors. 

Pending funding, tutoring is offered each semester for students enrolled in certain Linguistics courses.