Undergraduate Research in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics offers undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in investigation of the interplay of sound, form and meaning that underlie the complex structures of human language. Our department emphasizes a balance of theoretical and empirical work that encourages the use of first-hand evidence and gives our students the ability to understand, challenge and defend theoretical claims. 


Linguistics provides different types of opportunities for students to engage in research with a faculty mentor. Through research students acquire first hand experience in linguistic research while developing important skills such as critical thinking, information gathering and processing, and effective communication.  These opportunities may include independent studies, special topic reading groups, working in the Lattimore Eyetracking Lab or the Phonetics Lab on current research projects.  These  are collaborations between faculty and students which provide a forum for faculty to work on a one-on-one basis with students outside the classroom.  



Opportunities for Students:

Students who are interested in getting involved in research with faculty are advised to take linguistics classes and talk to their professors. All our classes involve hands on approaches to learning linguistics, often students undertake and complete research projects in our classes. These class projects are one of the best ways to get to know your professors and to become involved in research. The following are some of the opportunities available to linguistics students. 

  • Summer Positions
  • TA and RA Positions
  • Independent Studies
  • In-class Conference Papers
  • Cooperatives with other programs