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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, its structure and its diversity, how children learn it and how adults produce and understand it, how social practices shape and are shaped by it.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder is a major center of interdisciplinary research in cognitive-functional linguistics. It offers a range of research programs targeting properties of spoken language.


The Department's orientation is empirical: its approach to the structure and use of language confronts theory with first-hand observations. Analysis of video and audio data (typically conversational data), acoustic measurements of speech, computational modeling and statistical analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation and fieldwork in local communities and abroad all contribute to this enterprise.


In the summer of 2011, the Department hosted the 2011 Linguistic Institute, an international biennial summer school co-sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America.


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Linguistics News and Events


CU Doctoral Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellow Jena Hwang Wins Cognitive Science Society Prize


Martha Palmer elected Fellow of Association for Computational Linguistics


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CU Linguistics professor Rebecca Scarborough wins 2014 Provost Faculty Achievement Award


CU Linguistics professor Zygmunt Frajzyngier gives Paris lecture series as LABEX international chair



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