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Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Linguists investigate the sounds, structures, and meanings present in human language.

Linguists ask questions like:

  • What are the possible structures of words and sentences in languages?
  • What sounds are common in languages?
  • Where did language come from?
  • How do children learn language?
  • How is language processed in the brain?
  • How do a speaker's gender, race, and social status affect their language use?
  • What universals can we find across languages?
  • How do language and culture affect each other?
  • How can we best preserve endangered languages for future generations?

The study of linguistics and language science at Wheaton takes many forms. Interested students take courses like Global Englishes; make connections with courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; attend linguistics talks at Wheaton and nearby colleges and universities; participate in summer and study-abroad programs in linguistics; and work with professors on research projects (like this one).

If you're interested in the scientific study of language, take a look at the links on this page--or contact one of the affiliated faculty!

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