What is Linguistics?Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. A growing and exciting field, it has links to diverse fields including cognitive psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, artificial intelligence, sociology, language teaching, anthropology, and education. Linguistics is a key component of the emerging field of cognitive science, the study of the structure and functioning of human cognitive processes. Read more »
What can you do with a Linguistics degree?The real answer is “just about anything!” While the majority of graduates in linguistics go on to work in linguistics or a related field (computer science, education, speech pathology, journalism, editing), many also find jobs in areas outside of the field, for example, working in middle management for a large fortune 500 firm, or going to law school. Because linguistics focuses on the analysis of language at many different levels, students completing the program have the ability to think abstractly, along with exceptional analytic skills. Learn More »
Puzzle of the DayWhat do the words caucus, chipmunk, and Massachusetts have in common?
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They are all borrowed from Amerindian languages. Caucus is thought by many to be borrowed from the Algonquian word cau´-cau-as´u meaning ‘to talk’; chipmunk is probably from Ojibwa atSitamo’n/ meaning ‘red squirrel’, and Massachusetts is from the Massachusett language (an extinct Algonquian language) and means ‘at the big hill’. Languages often borrow words from another language when they encounter new concepts and names for things.