The Department of Linguistics offers instruction in linguistics leading to a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts in one of two options (general linguistics and applied linguistics) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Linguistics.

The primary aim of linguistics as a science is to study the use and organization of human language in coding and communicating knowledge. The undergraduate program offers instruction in the nature of human language, the structural variety of individual languages, and the methodology of conducting a linguistic investigation. Although linguists may study specific details of many languages, they do so to gain insight into the properties and processes common to all languages. Such common features may in turn reflect universals of human cognitive, cultural, and social organization.

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  • Appendices to "Is Greenberg's "Macro-Carib" viable?" 

    Gildea, Spike; Payne, Doris L., 1952- (Boletím Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, 2008)
    Abstract of the published paper from which the posted appendices are takenː In his landmark work Language in the Americas, Greenberg (1987) proposed that Macro-Carib was one of the major low-level stocks of South America, ...
  • Panare language sound recordings 

    Payne, Thomas Edward, 1951-; Payne, Doris L., 1952- (Thomas Edward Payne, 1989)
    Sound recordings of speakers of Panare (a native South American language of the Cariban language family) conversing and reciting indigenous stories between 1985 and 1989 in the town of Caicara del Orinoco, Venezuela.
  • Yagua language sound recordings 

    Payne, Thomas Edward, 1951-; Payne, Doris L., 1952- (Thomas Edward Payne, 1983)
    Sound recordings of speakers of Yagua (a native South American language of the Peba-Yaguan language family) reciting Yagua stories, between 1981 and 1983, in various locations in Ucayali and Loreto states in Peru.