• Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department

The UCSD Department of Linguistics is unique among leading doctoral programs. Three traits in particular contribute to its distinctive character and define its educational philosophy. 

First, the faculty conduct research and offer in-depth instruction in both theoretical and empirical/experimental approaches to language. Students find their training in these perspectives to be both educationally beneficial and advantageous in seeking employment and conducting their professional careers.

Second, the program emphasizes the study of diverse languages, for their own sake as well as for the empirical testing of theoretical claims. The faculty have research interests in, and conduct fieldwork on, typologically varied languages, both spoken and sign languages. Graduate students receive training in field methods. Theoretical courses emphasize cross-linguistic generalizations and the analysis of a range of languages.

Third, the department is an active and integral part of the cognitive science and neuroscience communities at UCSD, which rank among the world's finest. For example, most Linguistics faculty also have appointments in the Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program, which many Linguistics students participate in. Faculty and students engage in a spectrum of experimental research that encompasses phonetics, signed languages, psycholinguistics, event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and computational modeling.

Welcome Dr. Eva Wittenberg

We are extremely happy to announce that Dr. Eva Wittenberg is joining our department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wittenberg's research interests combine linguistic theory, conceptual representation, and psycholinguistic methodologies in a broadly crosslinguistic perspective.

Dr. Wittenberg received her Ph.D. in 2014 from  Potsdam University in Germany and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Language at UC San Diego for the past year and a half. Welcome, Eva!

Spring 2016

Monday, March 28th, 2-3:30pm, AP&M 4301
Sally McConnell-Ginet (Cornell)

Monday, April 11th, 2-3:30pm, AP&M 4301
Jaye Padgett (U.C. Santa Cruz)

Monday, April 25th, 2-3:30pm, AP&M 4301
Michael Diercks (Pomona U.)

Monday, May 9th, 2-3:30pm, AP&M 4301
Will Bennett (Rhodes University)

Monday, May 16th, 2-3:30pm, AP&M 4301
Matt Gordon (U.C. Santa Barbara)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2:30-4pm, AP&M 4301
David Reitter (Penn State)

Center for Research in Language Talks every Tues. 4pm CSB 280


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Department of Linguistics
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0108
Tel 858-822-2711
FAX 858-534-4789

Campus Location:

Applied Physics and Mathematics Building (AP&M)
Muir College Campus

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Grant Goodall featured on CBS news

Linguistics alumnus David Peterson and Professor Grant Goodall's undergraduate class on "The linguistics of invented languages" (LIGN 5) were featured in a CBS News story about how Hollywood uses invented languages in movies to create authenticity.

Professor Goodall also gave a TED talk on invented languages at UC San Diego.

David Peterson appears on the Daily Show

Linguistics alumnus David Peterson appeared on "The Daily Show" and is this year's UC San Diego Emerging Alumni winner.

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