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The Department of Linguistics studies language as a natural phenomenon. It focuses on grammar, the social context of language variation, the physics and perception of speech sounds, the properties of language evolution, and the automated processing of speech and language by computers. In addition to its various degree programs, the Department fosters the study and preservation of northwest Indigenous languages and American Sign Language through teaching and research to bolster such marginalized languages.

Degrees offered:  Bachelor of Arts, General Linguistics and Romance Linguistics; Master of Science, Computational Linguistics; PhD, Linguistics.