Linguistics at USC

The USC Department of Linguistics enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence in the scientific study of language. For over thirty years, its faculty has regularly made fundamental contributions to the advancement of theoretical linguistics, with research primarily carried out in five major subfields of formal linguistics: phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax. The department has 20 core faculty, 35-40 graduate students, and around 70 undergraduates engaged in a range of linguistics majors, including computational linguistics, linguistics and cognitive science, and linguistics and philosophy.

See below for weekly, upcoming events and lab meetings.

Departmental Blog

Please visit SCling Wrap, our weekly department news digest, for the latest!

Upcoming Events

MON, FEB 26

USiL Meeting

6:00pm – 8:00pm
GFS 330

Come catch up, hang out, study, and chat with linguistics students!

Contact & Visit

Chair: Andrew Simpson

USC Department of Linguistics
3601 Watt Way, Grace Ford Salvatori Hall 301
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1693

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Email: andrew.simpson@usc.edu

Phone: (213) 740-2986

Department Achievements

Congratulations to Jun Lyu, who has taken up a tenure-track assistant professor position in Linguistics in Beijing University.

Congratulations to Audrey Li on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Linguistic Society of Taiwan, 2023.

Congratulations to Jesse Storbeck who has accepted a position as a post-doctoral researcher in the Language Learning Lab at Boston College, starting January 2023.

Congratulations to Yifan Yang (USC Linguistics PhD 2022) who has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the School of Foreign Languages at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Congratulations to Sarah Hye-yeon Lee (PhD 2022, now a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania), who has been awarded the Gibson-Fedorenko Young Scholar Prize for her presentation at the 2022 Conference on Human Language Processing.  Sarah’s presentation, entitled “Where do you think the ball is?: Using webcam-based eye-tracking to investigate mental representations of object locations in transfer-of-possession events,” is based on research funded by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation.

A Festschrift has just been published by John Benjamins, to honor Audrey Li‘s career of critical achievements in the field of Chinese syntax.

Many congratulations to  Mythili Menon (PhD 2016), now Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Program at Wichita State University, who has just been awarded an NSF grant (PI) with computer scientist Murtuza Jadliwala (co-PI) to study linguistic models of social engineering attacks on refugee populations.

Many congratulations to Elsi Kaiser, who has been selected as a recipient of the General Education Teaching Award.

Congratulations to Luismi Toquero Perez, who has been selected for a General Education Graduate Assistant Award for his excellent teaching in the GE Program.

Congratulations to Betul Erbasi, who has accepted a full-time position with Amazon as a Knowledge Engineer.

Many congratulations to Stephanie Shih, who has received a Raubenheimer Award, one of USC Dornsife’s highest faculty honors recognising excellence in research and teaching.

Many congratulations to Guillermo Ruiz, the Linguistics Office Manager, who was selected by Dean Amber Miller for an Outstanding Dornsife Staff Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Sarah Hye-yeon Lee who defended her dissertation in December 2021 and is starting an NSF post-doctoral research position at the University of Pennsylvania, working on event structure in language and cognition.

Congratulations to Miran Oh, who has accepted and begun a position as a Voice Building Engineer, for Siri Text-to-Speech, Apple Inc.  Miran also received the 2021-2022 Stetson Award from the Acoustical Society of America.

Congratulations to Sarah Harper who has taken up a postdoctoral scholar position in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

The USC Phonetics Laboratory was well-represented at the recent Acoustical Society of America Meeting with presentations from Dani ByrdLouis GoldsteinSarah HarperHaley HsuCynthia Lee (alum), Yijing LuMiran Oh, and Shri Narayanan.

Congratulations to Hayeun Jang (Ph.D. USC 2020) on her appointment as an Assistant Professor at Busan University of Foreign Studies.

Congratulations to Saurov Syed (Ph.D. USC 2017) who recently received tenure at the University of Auckland Department of Linguistics.