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Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science

The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware is both a Ph.D. granting department of linguistics and the home of cognitive science at the University of Delaware. It is one of the few linguistics departments with a generative orientation that emphasizes field work and the study and documentation of endangered and under-described languages. The department also combines innovative theoretical work in linguistics with cutting edge research in language acquisition, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics.

The department has a strong interest in the role of language and linguistics in Cognitive Science, but interests of the faculty extend beyond language to such topics as the philosophy of mind and spatial cognition. The department offers an interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Cognitive Science with three tracks: Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Speech Pathology, and a M.A. degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. An unusual feature of the program is our combined B.S. and M.A. option, which provides a unified program leading, upon graduation, to the award of a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a M.A. degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. 

The department's PhD program in Linguistics ranks among the top Linguistics PhD programs in the United States according to the 2010 survey results released by the National Research Council. Please read the department's response and the UDaily article

PhD student Adam Jardine presents at the bi-annual Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, College Park!

Adam Jardine presented a talk titled "Learning tiers for long-distance phonotactics" last week at the bi-annual Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also presented a poster titled "Learning Opaque Maps" co-authored UD Linguistics alum, Dr. Jane Chandlee and Professor Jeffrey Heinz.

PhD students Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Taylor Miller, Amanda Payne, Nadya Pincus, Justin Rill, and Mai Ha Vu present at the annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America!

At the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held in Portland, Oregon last week, several PhD students presented their research.

Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Professor Irene Vogel, Nadya Pincus, and Taylor Miller gave a talk titled "Acquisition of creaky voice."

Taylor Miller, Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Nadya Pincus, and Professor Irene Vogel presented a poster titled "The effect of focus on phonation in Northern Vietnamese tones."

Amanda Payne presented a poster titled "The Universality ofAdverb Movement Restrictions."

Nadya Pincus, Angeliki Athanasopoulou, Taylor Miller, and Professor Irene Vogel. "The reliability of various phonation measurements."

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