Linguistics is devoted to the scientific study of language. The central goal of the discipline is to provide a theoretical account of the human cognitive capacity that underlies language production and comprehension. As one of the world's leading programs, the Linguistics department at USC is at the forefront of scientific progress in the study of language. The Linguistics department conducts research in diverse fields — syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics, sometimes in collaboration with other programs in USC such as Psychology, Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Neuroscience.



Congratulations to USC alumnus Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge) for being elected an honorary member of the Linguistic Society of America:


Barbara Tomaszewicz (PhD 2015) has won a highly competitive Junior XPrag fellowship and will begin a Post-doctoral appointment at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Professor Louis Goldstein has been awarded a Raubenheimer Award, USC Dornsife's highest honor for faculty members, which recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.




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