About UCSC Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz aims to advance the understanding of human linguistic ability through the empirical examination of particular languages. The department is renowned for its strengths in phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax, as well as for connecting these disciplines to one another and to morphology, phonetics, and pragmatics. Faculty and students deploy a range of computational, experimental, and fieldwork methodologies in their research. The department offers two undergraduate majors, in linguistics and language studies, as well as two graduate degrees (MA and PhD), preparing students for careers in research, teaching, and industry.

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Linguistics Events

Humanists in Tech Alumni Panel - March 6, 2024
Jake Vincent (PhD 2021) and Lily Ng (BA 2014) will be part of the alumni panel.

COLLOQUIA for Winter 2024: 

  • Tuesday, February 20 @ 11:40am
    Room: HUM 1 - 210
    Caroline Andrews, University of Zurich
  • Thursday, February 22 @ 11:40am
    Room: HUM 1 - 210
    Jed Pizarro-Guevara, University of Massachusetts
  • Tuesday, February 27 @ 11:40am
    Room: HUM 1 - 210
    Dustin Chacón, University of Georgia

Departmental Kudos:

  • Congratulations to Maya Wax Cavallaro (Linguistics, Syllables in Our Minds: Evidence from a Learning Experiment), one of our Humanities Division preliminary round Grad Slam winners who will go on to compete in the campus competition. Please come cheer for them at the Grad Slam on March 2nd.
  • Associate Professor Maziar Toosarvandani published a journal article titled “The interpretation and grammatical representation of animacy” in the December issue of Language.
  • Matt Wagers, a Professor of Linguistics, along with a team of co-PIs including Pranav Anand, Mark Amengual, Ryan Bennett, Josefina Bittar, Roumyana Pancheva, Christian Ruvalcaba, Amanda Rysling, and Maziar Toosarvandani, has been awarded the Office of Research Seed Funding for Center-scale Initiatives for their proposal titled "The Comparative Language Sciences Center (CLaS)."

For more events, check out the department blog What's Happening at Santa Cruz (WHASC) and the department events calendar.

Information for Undergraduates

Both in-person and remote advising are available.

Remote advising:

Remote advising is available by video (through Zoom) during regular drop-in office hours:

or by appointment (email ling@ucsc.edu to set up an appointment).

Please see the current drop-in advising schedule for in-person advising hours. The Undergraduate Advisor’s office is in the Stevenson Academic Building, Room 241. Please wear a mask for in-person meetings. If you prefer to meet without a mask, please choose a Zoom meeting.

See Student Health Center site for COVID protocol: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/covid19-students.html

Email a peer advisor! lingpeer@ucsc.edu

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