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