About UCSC Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz is known for marrying careful, detailed empirical examination of particular languages with rigorous theoretical analysis to advance the understanding of human linguistic ability. The department has strengths in morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax, training its students in a range of computational, experimental, and fieldwork methodologies. It offers two undergraduate majors, in linguistics and language studies, as well as graduate programs (MA and PhD) in theoretical and experimental linguistics, preparing students for careers in research, teaching, and industry.

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Linguistics Highlights

Jason Merchant: One of five recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Student Alumni Award

NSF Grant Supports Linguistics Research at UCSC through SPOT Project

Faculty Recruitment for 2 Ladder Rank Positions:
(1) Semantic Theory/Formal Pragmatics
(2) Syntactic Theory

Link to pdf for Ladder Rank Recruitment

Linguistics Department: Lecture Pool (Ongoing)

LRC Guest Seminars in 2018-19:
Fall 2018:  Professor Ur Shlonsky, University of Geneve
Spring 2019:  Professor Gorka Elordieta, University of the Basque Country

For more highlights, check out What's Happening at Santa Cruz (WHASC), the department's weekly newlsetter.

Linguistics Conferences

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC)
will take place on May 31, 2019. Link to past LURC conferences.

Linguistics at Santa Cruz (LASC) conference took place on March 9, 2019.  Link to past LASC conferences.

Semantics-Pragmatics Conference took place on October 27, 2018.

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