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Emeriti: (Professors) Clara N. Bush, Shirley Brice Heath, William R. Leben, Elizabeth C. Traugott

Chair: Thomas A. Wasow

Professors: Joan Bresnan, Eve V. Clark, Penelope Eckert, Martin Kay, Paul Kiparsky, Beth Levin (on leave), Stanley Peters, John R. Rickford, Ivan A. Sag, Thomas A. Wasow

Associate Professors: Daniel Jurafsky, Christopher Manning

Assistant Professors: Arto Anttila (on leave), Meghan Sumner

Senior Lecturers: Philip L. Hubbard, Beverley J. McChesney

Visiting Professor: Arnold Zwicky

Acting Assistant Professors: Asya Pereltsvaig, Uli Sauerland

Consulting Professors: Ronald Kaplan, Lauri Karttunen, Annie Zaenen

Consulting Associate Professors: Jared Bernstein, Cleo Condoravdi

Affiliated Faculty: Herbert H. Clark, James A. Fox, Kenji Hakuta, Miyako Inoue, Yoshiko Matsumoto, Orrin W. Robinson III, Richard D. Schupbach, Chao Fen Sun

Department Offices: Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460

Mail Code: 94305-2150

Phone: (650) 723-4284


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Courses offered by the Department of Linguistics have the subject code LINGUIST, and are listed in the "Linguistics [LINGUIST] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Linguistics concerns itself with the fundamental questions of what language is and how it is related to the other human faculties. In answering these questions, linguists consider language as a cultural, social, and psychological phenomenon and seek to determine what is unique in languages, what is universal, how language is acquired, and how it changes. Linguistics is, therefore, one of the cognitive sciences; it provides a link between the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, and hearing and speech sciences.

The department offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas central to linguistic theory and analysis. Many of them deal with the analysis of structural patterns in the different components that make up language, including sounds (phonetics and phonology), meanings (semantics and pragmatics), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and the way they vary and change over time. Other courses integrate the analysis of linguistic structure with phenomena that directly concern other disciplines. These include courses in computational linguistics, language acquisition, the philosophy of language, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics.

A variety of open forums provide for the discussion of linguistic issues, including colloquia and regularly scheduled workshops in child language, computational linguistics, phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, and syntax. Faculty and visiting scholars in the department and the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), whose members are computer scientists, linguists, philosophers, and psychologists, participate extensively in the activities of the department.

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