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).

New Faculty 2016
We welcome our new faculty members: Byron Ahn, Laura Kalin, and Florian Lionnet.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
Location: TBD
Sun, Nov 13, 2016, 2:00 pm
Location: 209 Scheide Caldwell House
Wed, Nov 16, 2016, 4:30 pm
Location: 1-S-5 Green Hall
Thu, Nov 17, 2016, 6:00 pm

Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of Universal Language

Location: Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 2:00 pm
Location: 209 Scheide Caldwell House
Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 7:00 pm
Location: Black Box Theatre, Wilson College
Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 4:30 pm

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


Student Funding Opportunities
The Program in Linguistics is pleased to announce funding for undergraduate research and scholarly travel in linguistics

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

Kelly 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


Program in Linguistics
Contact: Yolanda Sullivan
1-S-19 Green Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
fax: 609-258-6866