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Linguistics

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About the Major

Linguistics majors study language from multiple perspectives. They analyze words and the structure of languages; how speech is used in ordinary conversation; dialects; how children acquire languages; how adults acquire a second language; and the relationships of language to gender, the brain and the use of computers.

Linguists analyze and contribute to mass communication, they testify about language meaning and use in the courtroom, and they analyze natural language processing. Linguists also teach non-native speakers to speak, read, write and comprehend English and other languages.

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Possible Careers for this Major

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Any CLAS major may prepare you for admission to professional schools such as medical school, vet school, law school, etc.

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  • Journalist
  • Lexicographer
  • Linguist
  • Speech Recognition Technologist
  • Technical Writer
  • Test Developer
  • Translator
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Dialect Coach
  • Educator
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
  • Field Researcher
  • Foreign Service Officer
Cool Courses You Might Take
  • Brain and Language: Introduction to brain and language research; covers brain imaging techniques, auditory perception, semantic representation, language acquisition, among other topics (LIN 4790).
  • Second Language Acquisition: How adults and children acquire a second language, and the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psycholinguistic, and other factors affecting this (LIN 4721).
  • Sounds of Human Language: The study of all sounds of the world’s languages; you will learn how to produce these sounds, and how to transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet (LIN 3201).
  • Structure of Human Language: How words and sentences are formed in the world’s languages, and the similarities and differences among languages in this respect (LIN 3460).
  • For more course descriptions, please visit the course descriptions page in the Undergraduate catalog
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