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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


Oct 31

Caitlin Fausey
Psychology Department
Title:  TBA
Time:  3:00-5:00
Place:  100 Agate Hall


Nov 7

Zhuo Jing-Schmidt
East Asian Languages and Literature
Title: TBA
Time:  3:00-5:00
Place:  100 Agate Hall


Nov 14

Cynthia Vakareliyska
Linguistics Department
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Time:  3:00-5:00
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.