Linguistics

Office: Room 10303, 5057 Woodward; 313-577-8642
Director: Ljiljana Progovac
http://www.clas.wayne.edu/linguistics

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.