Office: Room 10303, 5057 Woodward; 313-577-8642
Director: Ljiljana Progovac

Linguistics is devoted to the scientific study of language structure and use. The Linguistics Program at Wayne State offers an interdisciplinary approach to this field, permitting students to explore a wide range of topics and issues in language research. The program is administered by a director and an advisory committee of participating faculty who regularly teach courses for the program. The core linguistics courses are offered on a regular basis. Elective courses are offered in the following areas: (a) linguistics and a language; (b) language structure; (c) language variation and change; (d) language acquisition and processing; and (e) sociolinguistics and discourse/pragmatics.

Training in linguistics prepares students for advanced work in linguistic research, as well as for employment in teaching English and foreign languages; computer systems (especially natural language processing); broadcasting, mass media and journalism; publishing and editing; translation; international business; intercultural communication and negotiation; law; and generally any profession requiring the precise use or analysis of speech or writing.