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Our Expertise

Our core faculty members have expertise in phonetics and phonology (the physical sounds of language); the processes of learning a first or second language; sociolinguistics (the effects of society and culture on the way languages are used); and teaching English as a second language.

We emphasize the importance of linguistics in understanding present and past societies; using descriptive methods to understand how language is used; and applying language theory to actual situations. But we also emphasize an atmosphere of cooperation, dedicated to bringing out the best in our students and our colleagues.

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Read more about our faculty and we think you’ll agree that the combination of scholarship and real-world experience that they bring to the Department of Linguistics makes it the ideal place to begin or expand a career in the field.