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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

Romance Department August Colloquium 8/31

Caitlin Smith joins the Department of Linguistics

Linguistics Welcomes Dr. Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith joins the Department of Linguistics

Upcoming & Recent Events

November

15

Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Jamie Arguello

3:30pm – 4:30pm, Peabody – 2094

October

27

Computational Linguistics Seminar: Dr. Aniello De Santo

3:30pm – 4:30pm, via Zoom – https://unc.zoom.us/j/98285410654?pwd=VkdSSUJPeUZSMXlseUlDMHRhZlM0dz09

Latest Posts

Mike Terry to teach at the 2023 LSA Summer Institute

 

Brian Hsu receives University Teaching Award

 

Jamilläh Rodriguez in Linguistic Discovery

 

Katya Pertsova in Morphology

 

Featured Alumni

Metta Crouse

MA
2016

Emily Moeng

PhD
2018

Kyla McConnell

BA in Hispanic Linguistics and German Literature and Culture
2014