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.
Second Annual Asian Studies Program Fall Faculty Symposium
The Second Annual Asian Studies Program Fall Faculty Symposium is taking place Thursday, September 15th 2016, from 10am to 3pm, at 107 Capen Hall. The theme is Language, Discourse, Read More »
Postdoc to Alice Mitchell
UB alumna Alice Mitchell has been offered a postdoc at the University of Bristol. She will be joining Dr. Fiona Jordan’ excd.lab to study children’s acquisition of kinship concepts. Read More »
Scholarship to Saima Hafeez
Congratulations to PhD candidate Saima Hafeez, for being awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the coming academic year.
Teaching award to Kuo-Chan Sun
Alumnus Kuo-Chan Sun, now Faculty Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, was awarded the Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Read More »
Dear all, It is with a very very heavy heart that we must share with you the news that our esteemed colleague and friend Tsan Read More »