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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

New Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics approved for fall 2020...

New Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics

New Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics approved for fall 2020...

We had a mini-reunion of UNC linguists in June in Mountain View, CA. Misha Becker met with alums Emily Moeng, Ph.D., 2018, and Nolan Danley, BA, 2016, who now work at Google...

Linguistics at Google

We had a mini-reunion of UNC linguists in June in Mountain View, CA. Misha Becker met with alums Emily Moeng, Ph.D., 2018, and Nolan Danley, BA, 2016, who now work at Google...

Upcoming Events

March

20

UNC Linguistics Spring Colloquium 2021

09:30 am – 05:45 pm, zoom – virtual

June

7

Heritage Language Research Institute

9:45 am – 6:00 pm, TBA –

Featured Alumni

Duna Gylfadottir

BA, Double Major in Linguistics and Romance Languages, Spanish
2011

Elena Lenis-Zuluaga

BA in Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics, Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences
2018

Hugo Salgado

MA
2014