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University of Oregon

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    Department of Linguistics
    124 Agate 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
American English Institute


Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense

Oct 3

Hema Sirsa
Dissertation Title: First Language and Sociolinguistic Influences on the Sound Patterns of Indian English
Time:  3:00
Place:  Leona Tyler Conference Room, 111A Susan Campbell Hall
Dissertation Defense is Free and Open to the Public



Oct 10

Scott DeLancey 
Linguistics Department
University of Oregon
Title:  Sociopragmatic effects in “hierarchical” verb agreement systems in Tibeto-Burman
Time:  3:00-5:00
Place:  100 Agate Hall



Oct 17

Amina Mettouchi
Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique
Currently visiting UC at Santa Barbara
Title:  TBA
Time: 3:00-5:00
Place: 100 Agate Hall

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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.