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Congratulations to our inaugural class of Sapir Scholars: Kate Christensen, Elsa Carlson, Hillel Steinmetz, and Aliya Slayton! The Sapir Scholars are accomplished and dedicated undergraduates studying linguistics who seek to develop their research skills by working closely with advanced graduate students and faculty mentors on ongoing projects. The scholarship is named after the great linguist Edward Sapir, who taught at the University of Chicago in the 1920's. Please joing us in congratulating our inaugural Sapir Scholars!

About the Department of Linguistics:

Founded in the mid-1930's, the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago is the oldest linguistics department in the United States.

We are theory-oriented with a deep empirical interest in languages. One of the outstanding characteristics of this department is our commitment to a wide range of approaches to the study of language. Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental study is encouraged, and students regularly work with faculty in several other departments.

Graduate students are expected to become active researchers as soon as possible after their arrival here. Many students come with strong undergraduate training in linguistics, or with a Master's degree; others come with strong training in fields such as philosophy, mathematics, or a particular language or language group.

The faculty are involved in synchronic and diachronic research on languages from around the world. These varied interests are reflected in the range of topics of the dissertations that have been written in the Department.