We acknowledge with respect the Myaamia, Illinois, and Potawatomi people on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded land we work and whose historical relationships with that land continue to this day.
Founded in the mid-1930s, 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.
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.
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 Department of Linguistics' Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where we value difference, in all of its forms, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and national origin. The University’s Diversity and Inclusion website highlights efforts being made across all branches of the University to promote inclusion and diversity amongst members of the University and Hyde Park communities. In addition, Student Disability Services, Student Support Services, the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs all provide resources and assistance to students, faculty, and staff.