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What is Linguistics?

How does language work? What is its structure, in sentences, words and sounds or signs? How do we learn it? How do we use it to communicate? How does it change over time?

Linguistics is the science of human language. From the individual level to the social, language permeates our experiences and human interactions. Language enables us to communicate with people around us, to listen to our neighbors, and we learn new languages to cross boundaries, to forge new connections both locally and on a global scale.

At Carolina we provide students with the tools to analyze the languages of the world and the languages and dialects spoken in our state. We offer courses in formal grammar, sentence structure, sound patterns and meaning, computational linguistics, language acquisition and sociolinguistics, and more. We offer an Undergraduate Major and Minor, an MA in Linguistics, and students can pursue a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics in conjunction with Romance Studies.

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Latest News

UNC will co-host the National Heritage Language Research Institute this June...

Heritage Language Research Institute

UNC will co-host the National Heritage Language Research Institute this June...

Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics now accepting applications...

Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics

Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics now accepting applications...

Upcoming Events

April

20

Computational Linguistics Seminar: Doug Schepers

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, via Zoom –

June

7

Heritage Language Research Institute

9:45 am – 6:00 pm, TBA –

Featured Alumni

Christina Boyle (Fea)

BA in Linguistics and Communication Studies, Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences
2016

Alex Fine

BA in Linguistics, Minor in German
2006

Chelsea Carter

BA in Linguistics with Minors in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Hispanic Studies
2018