Skip to Content
University of Oregon

    Contact Information

    Department of Linguistics
    124 Agate Hall
    1290 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1290

    Phone: (541) 346-3906 Fax: (541) 346-5961
    Email: lcampbe@uoregon.edu

Spotlight

Prof. Scott DeLancey

Department Head
Department of Linguistics
American English Institute

Website

Upcoming Events

Yasuhiro Shirai

Apr 18

Colloquium
Yasuhiro Shirai
University of Pittsburgh
Topic:  Current State of the Aspect Hypothesis
Time:  3:00-5:00
Place:   Room 106 Knight Library (Browsing Room)

Walt Wolfram

Apr 25

Colloquium
Walt Wolfram
North Carolina State University
Topic:  To be determined
3:00-5:00, 100 Agate Hall

Doris Payne

May 2

Colloquium
Doris Payne
University of Oregon
Topic:  To be determined
3:00-5:00, 100 Agate Hall

View all events

Welcome

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.