The Department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo offers training in a broad range of sub-disciplines of linguistics. Students benefit from the faculty’s research specializations in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, as well as language typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical and contact linguistics. Areas of particular strength are:
- Syntactic theory (non-movement-based models, especially Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, Construction Grammar, and Basic Linguistic Theory);
- Semantics, including lexical/conceptual and formal approaches, and pragmatics;
- Field-based language documentation and description (particularly of languages of the Americas, Africa, and New Guinea);
- Syntactic and semantic typology;
- Psycholinguistics (including corpus-based, experimental, and computational modeling research).
The department has long championed approaches to the study of language that are data-driven and informed by diverse theoretical perspectives under a broad Cognitive Science umbrella. The origins of the department trace back to the Department of Linguistics and Anthropology, founded in 1956 under the chairmanship of Henry Lee Smith. In 1964, Linguistics became a separate program, and in 1969 it became an independent department, under David Hays.
Mark Diamond Research funds awarded to Luis Ulloa and Yu Li
Congratulations to PhD students Luis Ulloa and Yu Li, who have been awarded MDRF grants to support their research.
LSA Fellowship to Dana Glantz
Linguistics undergraduate student Dana Glantz has been awarded a Linguistic Institute Fellowship, to attend the upcoming 2017 LSA Institute. Congratulations!
Award to Thomas St. Pierre
PhD Student Thomas St Pierre has just been received a Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations!
Award to Erika Bellingham
Congratulations to PhD Student Erika Bellingham, who won one of only four student bursaries to present her paper at the International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2017) Read More »
Congratulations to Dawei Jin
Ph.D. Alumnus Dawei Jin is now a lecturer in Shanghai Jiao Yong University, China. Congratulations!