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.

Department Notice on Covid-19

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Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the newly identified coronavirus (COVID‑19). The University of Georgia continues to provide updates on operations, instruction and facilities to the campus community.

Here is the latest news:

  • The University of Georgia has transitioned to online instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. In addition, Maymester and Summer course offerings will be online.
  • In addition, the University has temporarily moved to telework options for those staff members who can conduct their job duties remotely.
  • Resources for online teaching and learning are available for faculty and students.
  • The University community will receive updates via email, the University of Georgia home page and this website.

At this time, all Department of Linguistics staff will continue to work remotely and can be reached via email. All Linguistics courses will be moved to online instruction. Campus visits and tours are suspended.