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.
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 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"
Center for Research in Language
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
Applied Physics and Mathematics Building (AP&M)
Muir College Campus