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  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department
  • Welcome to the Linguistics Department

The UCSD Department of Linguistics is unique among leading doctoral programs. Three traits in particular contribute to its distinctive character and define its educational philosophy. 

First, the faculty conduct research and offer in-depth instruction in both theoretical and empirical/experimental approaches to language. Students find their training in these perspectives to be both educationally beneficial and advantageous in seeking employment and conducting their professional careers.

Second, the program emphasizes the study of diverse languages, for their own sake as well as for the empirical testing of theoretical claims. The faculty have research interests in, and conduct fieldwork on, typologically varied languages. Graduate students received training in field methods. Theoretical courses emphasize cross-linguistic generalizations and the analysis of a range of languages.

Third, the department is an active and integral part of the cognitive science and neuroscience communities at UCSD, which rank among the world's finest. For example, most Linguistics faculty also have appointments in the Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program, which many Linguistics students participate in. Faculty and students engage in a spectrum of experimental research that encompasses phonetics, signed languages, psycholinguistics, event-related brain potentials (ERPs), and computational modeling.

Grants and other news

Rachel Mayberry holds a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD) to investigate Age of acquisition effects on sign language development and brain processing

Gabriela Caballero holds a 30 month grant from the National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Program for her research project "A reference grammar of Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara)." 

Roger Levy and Keith Rayner (UCSD Psychology) hold a five-year R01 research grant from the NIH (NICHD) on Linguistic Processes in Sentence Comprehension and Reading.

Roger Levy holds a 5-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation for his project "Rational Language Processing with Uncertain and Noisy Input"

Summer 2014


CRL Talks
Center for Research in Language






Language Creation Symposium

KPBS video about the Hollywood Linguistics event is here. (Starts at 18:39)

KPBS web article about the Hollywood Linguistics event is here.


Department of Linguistics
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0108
Tel 858-822-2711
FAX 858-534-4789

Campus Location:

Applied Physics and Mathematics Building (AP&M)
Muir College Campus

Campus Directions

Job Openings:

Temporary Lecturer in Arabic

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Leslie Lee (PhD 2013) has accepted a Lecturer position in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National Unviersity of Singapore. 

Ivano Caponigro has received a Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University for 2014-2015 and a Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2015.

Dan Michel successfully defended his dissertation, Individual cognitive measures and working memory accounts of syntactic island phenomena, in June, 2014

Lara Hochstein successfully defended her dissertation, Epistemic reasoning and implicature computation in typically-developing children and individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, in June, 2014.