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University of Oregon

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    Department of Linguistics
    161 Straub Hall
    1290 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1290

    Phone: (541) 346-3906 Fax: (541) 346-5961


Prof. Scott DeLancey

Department Head
Department of Linguistics

Upcoming Events


May 29

Holly Lakey
Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon
Title:  To be determined
Time:  3:00-5:00
Place:  245 Straub

NoWPhon Conference

Jun 4Jun 5

The Linguistics Department is hosting the NW Phonetics Conference.

The Oregon New Empirical Field Methods (ONEFM) Workshop

Jun 12Jun 13

The Linguistics Department is hosting the Empirical Field Methods Workshop.

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The field of linguistics is the study of the patterns of sound, grammar, and meaning in languages, with the ultimate goal of explaining why those patterns take the form that they do. An important part of linguistics is to explain phenomena which are found in many or even all languages, but the ultimate goal is to understand the principles by which all linguistic structure arises.

The Department of Linguistics at Oregon is committed to the empirical study of linguistic structure, through experimental research, description of undocumented languages, analysis of variation within and across languages, and reconstruction of the history and development of languages of the world. Most Ph.D. dissertation research at Oregon is in either language description and documentation— usually work on describing undocumented languages —or experimental research in areas including laboratory phonology, discourse studies, and semantics.