Department of Linguistics


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Cognitive Science Talk: Dr. Kenneth Norman
January 13, 2015 • 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Dr. Noah Goodman
January 23, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Linguistics Colloquium Series: Dr. Giuli Dussias
February 20, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Why Linguistics? First-Year Focus

Welcome first-years! Interested in majoring in Linguistics? Please read on!

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Faculty Search

Alexis Wellwood has accepted the offer of a faculty position and will be joining the Department of Linguistics as Assistant Professor in academic year 2014-2015.


The Northwestern Linguistics Department was founded in 1965 through the efforts of an interdisciplinary committee that included representatives of African Studies, Anthropology, German, Industrial Engineering, Psychology, and Spanish. Since its inception, it has emphasized an integrated approach to both cognitive and social aspects of language. Likewise, it has a long tradition of integrating formal analysis with innovative empirical investigations. The department now offers an undergraduate major, an M.A. degree, and a Ph.D. degree. Its distinctive strengths include laboratory phonology, semantics, and pragmatics. Active cooperation with many other departments provides students with a broad range of interdisciplinary opportunities in speech science, cognitive science, and complex systems.

Recent Photos

Linguistics graduate students Julie Matsubara and Jeremy Needle are talking to undergrads at Major-Minor Fair, September 19, 2013

Undergrads, grads, faculty and staff at back-to-school undergratuate mixer on 10/05/2012

Group of students in Spoken English for Non-Native Speakers course

Running subject experiments in the Recording Studio at Speech Perception Laboratory.

Graduate Students Lunch Colloquium

Tutoring session at the English Language Program

At the Faculty Meeting

Linguistics Labs; Swift Hall and Cresap Laboratory

Speech Perception Laboratory and Recording Studio

Meaning and Syntax Laboratory

Eye Tracking Experiment

Linguistics is sweet

In class with Ann Bradlow and undergraduate students

Major/Minor Fair. Graduate student Jeremy Needle explains to undergraduate student what linguistics is.

Undergrads Mixer October 18th