• Eighth Annual Taleghani committee and 2018 Fellow Alyeh Mehin Jafarabadi.

  • Dr. Natasha Warner at the Tucson Festival of Books

  • Linguistics Department at the Tucson Festival of Books

  • Linguistics Department at the Tucson Festival of Books

  • World-renowned Linguist Noam Chomsky Joins Faculty at University of Arizona
  • " Current and former UA linguists Jeff Punske, Samantha Wray, Amy LaCross, Nick Kloehn, Adam King, Shiloh Drake and Adam Ussishkin at the University of Kentucky for the Workshop on Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition, funded by NSF grant to Andrea Sims (OSU) and Adam Ussishkin"

  • "Mutsun community members and tribal chair Val Lopez in San Juan Bautista, California, with UA linguist Natasha Warner, learning to use the new Mutsun dictionary. Picture by Frank Perez."

  • "Mutsun community members in San Juan Bautista, California, with UA linguist Natasha Warner, learning to use the new Mutsun dictionary. Picture by Frank Perez".

  • "Mutsun community members in San Juan Bautista, California, with UA linguist Natahsa Warner, learning to use the new Mutsun dictionary. Picture by Frank Perez".


    "Andrew Carnie, Diane Ohala, Mike Hammond, Muriel Fisher and Andrea Fulgham in Scotland on the way to research sites in Bangor, Wales, and Skye, Scotland."

  • The department celebrates the Spring 2017 graduates with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees across ANLI, NAMA, HLT, and the Linguistics Ph.D. programs.

  • The last session of the elicitation class with Daban Mamood, the Sorani language consultant.


    Massumeh Farhad gave the Department of Linguistics' 7th Annual Teleghani Lecture on "When Paintings Speak: The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp and Its Inscriptions"

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  • Rebecca Sheley, a student in Diane Ohala's Intro to Linguistics class, participating in PhD student Sam Johnston's ultrasound demonstration.
    (Full news item)

  • Graduate students Rachel Brown, Leah Rice, Stanley Donahoo and Shannon Grippando at the Core dEEG Skills course run by EGI in Summer 2015.
    (Full news item)

  • PhD student Keisha Josephs and her colleague Sheldon Noel are helping to support revitalization efforts for the Lokono language in Guyana.
    Check out the article on the Guyana Chronicle (link) for more details!
    Photo Credit: The Guyana Chronicle Online

  • Dane Bell putting an EEG net on Rachel Brown for an experiment.
    Check out the Daily Wildcat article on some of the department's recent research here.
    (Photo credit: Zi Yang Lai, The Daily Wildcat)

  • Ryan Smith, Stanley Donahoo, Megan Figueroa and Skye Anderson at the LSA's 2015 Linguistic Summer Institute. More information on the institute here.

  • Aildi students playing a lenape game.

  • Aildi students playing morphology game.

  • Muriel Fisher describing traditional fishing in the bay at Gleann Dàil, Isle of Skye to Ian Clayton. Click here for more info about the field work.

  • Congratulations to our Spring 2015 graduates! More information here.

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    Congrats to Joshua Meyer and Melodie Yen who are recipients of the NSF graduate fellowship! More info here!
    Photo courtesy of LSA website.

  • 5th International Conference on Maltese Linguistics

    Congratulations to Adam Ussishkin, Andy Wedel, Samantha Wray, and Shiloh Drake, who have all had papers accepted to the upcoming 5th International Conference on Maltese Linguistics. More information on the June 24-26 conference at the University of Torino in Italy can be found here.

  • "The Science of Language" summer camp was held by the Department of Linguistics from June 1-5, 2015. Click here for more information!

  • Maria Florez Leyva doing transcription of Hiaki audio files.

  • Spring 2015 graduate Patricia Ogunmola working on an independent study with Dr. Diane Ohala.

  • Robert Henderson meeting with the members of Kaqchikel Cholchi', the governing body of the Kaqchikel language.

  • Graduate students Shiloh Drake and Noah Nelson at Tucson Festival of Books on March 16, 2014. Visitors to our exhibit used a finger-tapper to see that language is left-lateralized. 

  • Dr. Robert Henderson

    Robert Henderson to join the UA Linguistics Department in Fall 2015! For more information click here!

Welcome to the Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona offers undergraduate and graduate programs in linguistics and human language technology. Our faculty has research specializations in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and biolinguistics, represented by diverse interests in a variety of languages. We also offer unique programs in Native American linguistics. The department trains students for careers in teaching, research, and industry, and is equipped with a variety of laboratory facilities.


Undergrad Program Guide

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Futures in Linguistics

Graduate Programs

Linguistics News

  • Congratulations to the following award winners this semester. Shannon Grippando won three. They are: Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant ($750), Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institue Dissertation Grant ($2,000) and... read more
  •   Isabel Makay with her committee members, Dr. Andrew Carnie, Dr. Simin Karimi, Dr. Robert Henderson and Dr. Heidi Harley. Congratulations on passing your Comprehensive Oral Exam.
  • Professor McKee has been elected to the Chair Line for AAAS’s Section Z (Linguistics and Language Sciences). The term includes roles as Chair Elect (2018-2019), Chair (2019-2020), and Retiring Chair (2020-2021).

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Contact Us

Location of Department:
Communications Building
Room 109
The University of Arizona

General Information: 
Marian Wiseley
Phone: (520) 621-6897
Fax: (520) 626-9014

Mailing Address: 
Department of Linguistics      
P.O. Box 210025
The University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721USA

Deparment Head: 
Dr. Natasha Warner
Email: nwarner@email.arizona.edu

Director of Graduate Studies: 
Dr. Janet Nicol
Email: nicol@email.arizona.edu

Graduate Program: 
Stephanie Amado
Email: samado@email.arizona.edu

Undergraduate Program: 
Dr. Diane Ohala
Email:  ling.ugadv@gmail.com