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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


Sep 17, 2:30 pm

New International Graduate Student Panel
Sponsored by:  Graduate School
Time:  2:30
Place:  110 Willamette Hall
Info:  Experienced graduate students answer questions about graduate school



Sep 17, 3:30 pm

International Graduate Student Social
Sponsored by:  Graduate School
Time:  3:30
Place: Willamette Hall Atrium
Info: Meet other graduate students



Sep 18, 11:00 am

International Graduate Student Orientation Information
Sponsored by: Graduate School
Time:  11:00am
Place 110 Fenton
Info: Topics include health insurance, visa requirements, your student bill. Incoming GTFs can sign up for SPEAK test

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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.