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.
Look who’s talking @ Summer LSA Institute
Jürgen Bohnemeyer will be teaching a course entitled “Typology of Spatial Representation” at the 2017 Summer Linguistics Institute, which is taking place in Lexington KY Read More »
Look who’s talking @ BLS 43
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Hao Sun, who will be presenting a paper entitled “There are more valence alternations than the ditransitive” (co-authored with Professor Jean-Pierre Read More »
Mark Diamond Research Fund awards to Holly Keily and Derry Moore
Congratulations to PhD students Holly Keily and Derry Moore for each receiving a Mark Diamond Research Fund award, which will support their dissertation studies.
Look who is talking @ PACLIC 30
PhD student Sang-Hee Park is giving a talk entitled “Towards a QUD-Based Analysis of English Gapping Constructions” at the 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Read More »
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 »