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The Department of Linguistics is a diverse and vibrant academic community dedicated to the scientific study of language in all its aspects. Linguistics has existed as an interdisciplinary, degree-granting academic program at the University of Georgia for over 30 years, and became an independent department in July 2017. We offer degrees at the A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. level.

What is Linguistics?

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Linguists are interested in language itself, as a complex product of the human mind, and in the ways that language is acquired, how it is used in society, and how it changes over time. The Linguistic Society of America provides useful information about studying linguistics and linguistics as a profession.

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Your donations to the Department of Linguistics will support research and travel opportunities for students and faculty and other initiatives to enhance students' education in linguistics. Please consider joining other friends and alumni who have shown their support by making a gift to our fund. We greatly appreciate your contributions to the success of our programs!  


Our Graduate Program

Linguistics at the University of Georgia is interdisciplinary by nature. In addition to core faculty who have appointments in the Department of Linguistics, a large number of affiliated faculty members are housed in other departments. All faculty teach linguistics courses, mentor students, and conduct research in various subfields of linguistics. 

Our graduate program provides both a strong grounding in core areas of linguistics as well as the opportunity for specialization within the broad areas of

  • phonetics and phonology
  • syntax, semantics, and morphology
  • pragmatics and discourse analysis
  • computational and corpus linguistics
  • sociolinguistics and language variation
  • historical (Indo-European) linguistics
  • language acquisition

For additional information about the research/teaching interests of our faculty, see our Areas of Interest page.

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Ph.D. Student

Jean's primary linguistic interests pertain to Second Language Acquisition (English-Portuguese) and Syntax. He has a BA in English Studies (Anglophone Linguistics, Literature, and TESOL) from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), and teaching certificates from the University of Oregon…

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