The Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon has a strong commitment to empirically grounded research with a fundamental interest in the nature of language. We study how language is used and how this use impacts language learning, processing, and structure over historical and developmental time. Given these research interests, we are also invested in the practical and interdisciplinary aspects of language and its use; that is, in its teaching, maintenance, revitalization, normal and disordered acquisition, loss, its social impact, and inter-relation with social structures and institutions.
Our research takes place across several labs on campus and in communities around the world. Please visit individual faculty member webpages for more information. Departmental laborotories include the Discourse Lab, the Language Revitalization Lab, and a constellation of laboratories we refer to as the Spoken Language Research Laboratories (SLRL). We are also affiliated with two major research centers: the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) and the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI).
Professor Spike Gildea
Professor Vsevolod (Volya) Kapatsinski
Professor Tyler Kendall