Department of Linguistics Mission Statement

The field of linguistics is concerned with the study of human language as a universal part of human knowledge and behavior and as a ubiquitous aspect of social structure, as well as with the description of languages in all their typological variety.

The mission of the Linguistics Department at Indiana University is to pursue research on language in all its facets and to train graduate students for positions in academia and industry through its research-oriented program. At the undergraduate level, we train linguistics majors to become language professionals and, more generally,we aim to contribute to the breadth of education of other students in the arts and sciences by engaging them in analytical and social approaches to language in all its diverse manifestations.

The department faculty have research specializations in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, African linguistics, computational linguistics, and language acquisition. The department offers BA, MA and Ph.D. degrees in general linguistics, and also has specific concentrations focused on African languages and linguistics and computational linguistics.