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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.

We are currently seeking to hire an Assistant Professor specializing in Experimental Linguistics/Psycholinguistics

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.

Department Notice on Covid-19

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The University of Georgia continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to monitor COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our campus community.

The University of Georgia resumed in-person classes and other events and activities on campus in Fall 2021. Given the current high rates of infection in Georgia, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask in campus buildings.

The CDC has recently updated its recommendations regarding quarantine and isolation. The scientific evidence shows that vaccines are safe and effective, reducing your risk of contracting COVID or getting severely ill. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not yet done so, and to get a booster shot if you are eligible. The University Health Center (UHC) has plenty of vaccine in stock, and you can click on UHC’s patient portal if you would like to schedule an appointment. 

Please remember that all members of the UGA community are required to report positive test results through DawgCheck.

For the latest campus information on COVID-19, please visit the UGA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.

At this time, the Department of Linguistics office is open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday. You can reach us at 706-542-5099,, or

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Support Linguistics at UGA

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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