The Program in Linguistics

Linguistics studies human language — in particular, the properties all languages share, and the ways that individual languages can differ. Linguists investigate the grammatical principles and processes that determine the structure of human languages, their evolution over time, and their psychological underpinnings. The areas of linguistics include phonology (the sound patterns of language), morphology (the internal structure of words), syntax (the internal structure of sentences), and semantics (the meaning of words and sentences). In addition to these basic areas, the Program in Linguistics offers courses in historical linguistics, language universals, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. Students with a particular interest in language and linguistics can pursue a Certificate in Linguistics, or in special cases may apply to the University to be an Independent Concentrator in Linguistics. For more information, see the Undergraduate Announcement (link is external).

Upcoming Events

4:30 pm Wed, Oct 5, 2016
Location: 1-S-5 Green Hall
4:30 pm Wed, Dec 7, 2016

What do people use humor for?  The answers are many and very much the same for deaf people as for hearing.

Location: 1-S-5 Green Hall


The Senior Thesis Prize in Linguistics recognizes the best senior thesis written and defended by a Linguistics Independent Concentrator.  This year we awarded the prize to co-winners

Kelley M. Rafey “Grammar Rules: Grammarians and the Jilted Genre of Grammar Books”
Nicholas R. Tippenhauer, Jr. “The Shape of Infants’ Abstract Rule Learning: Agency and Communicative Signals”

North American Computational Linguistic Olympiad at Princeton

Video feature: American Sign Language at Princeton

Joshua Katz gave a faculty lecture for Freshman Families Weekend on the subject, "Language on the Verge" 

Ronan O'Brien is the Overall Winner in the linguistics category of The Undergraduate Awards 

The New Yorker article about  Professor Joshua Katz lecturing to high-school Latin teachers

Article by Maya Rosen '17 in the PIttsburgh Post-Gazette

Princeton Professor Joshua
Katz holds Linguistics Seminars at Phillips Exeter Academy

Rebecca Smaha '14 receives Fulbright Scholarship.

David Abugaber '14 has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


Program in Linguistics
Contact: Yolanda Sullivan
206 Scheide Caldwell House
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
fax: 609-258-6866