Linguistic Anthropology studies language. More broadly, it studies communication in the context of human social and cultural diversity, past and present. Linguistic Anthropology seeks to understand the social and cultural foundations of language itself, while exploring how social and cultural formations are grounded in linguistic practices. Linguistic anthropologists study the ways in which people negotiate, contest, and reproduce cultural forms and social relations through language and the ways in which language provides insights into the nature and evolution of culture and human society.
Faculty interests include linguistic theory and its application to the analysis of Native American languages in both North America and Latin America, language documentation, preservation, and education.