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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

Marc Garellek joins the department as an Assistant Professor in Phonetics, starting July 1, 2013. 

Rachel Mayberry has been awarded 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 has a received 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) have been awarded a five-year R01 research grant from the NIH (NICHD) on Linguistic Processes in Sentence Comprehension and Reading.

Roger Levy has received 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"


American International
Morphology Meeting 2
November 8-10, 2013
Click here for details.


Feb 2-3, 2014, 2:00PM
AP&M 4301
Lessons from "Anomalies":
Systemic Motivation in Grammar
Farrell Ackerman, UCSD

Fall Quarter

October 18, 2013

Our department celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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 Linguistics

Temporary Lecturer in Arabic

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Former graduate student Kathryn Davidson just started her new position as a postdoctoral associate in Cognitive Science at Yale University.

Congratulations to Hope Morgan, who is one of three winners of the Linguistic Society of America's Student Abstract Awards this year, for her paper "The Emergence of Syntax in Kenyan Sign Language: Constituent Order and Space".

Leslie Lee successfully defended his dissertation Event Structure and Grammatical Patterns: Resultative Constructions on September 6, 2013. Congratulations Leslie.

Klinton Bicknell (PhD 2011) has accepted two positions - a Center for Language Sciences postdoctoral position in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Univerisity of Rochester (June 2013 - March 2014) and a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University beginning March 2014. 

Naja Ferjan Ramirez successfully defended her dissertation, Acquiring a First Language in Adolescence. Behaviorial and Neuroimaging Studies in American Sign Language. She has accepted a post-doctoral research position with Patricia Kuhl, co-director of The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington.

Eric Bakovic and Sharon Rose have both been promoted to Full Professor, effective July 1. 

Professor Emeritus David Perlmutter has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lisa Rosenfelt successfully defended her dissertation, Rethinking the functional significance of Early Negativity: Investigations in the language/sensory-motor interface. She is now a post-doctoral researcher in the Vision, Action, Cognition Lab at the Université Paris 7.

John Moore has been appointed the new Provost of Muir College at UCSD. 

Scott Seyfarth has received a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Studies Institute grant to conduct research at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in summer, 2013, AND a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Sharon Rose has received a KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) Visiting Professor fellowship for 2013-14 to be held at Leiden University. 

Roger Levy has received a Stanford University Center for Advanced Study in the Behaviorial Sciences fellowship for 2013-14

Lucien Carroll has been awarded a UCMexus dissertation grant for his project "Ixpantepec Nieves Mixtec Word Prosodic Phonology"