The Linguistics Department at KU offers a full range of degrees: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. The first linguistics courses at KU were offered in 1957. In 1968, Linguistics became a department and was authorized to offer a Ph.D. degree. Today, the unique strength of the Linguistics department is the systematic pairing of theoretical and experimental investigations of linguistic knowledge. Its nucleus of full-time faculty members in Linguistics, plus several actively involved faculty members in other departments, serves a student body of about 35 graduate students, 80 undergraduate majors, and many non-majors taking introductory and intermediate courses each semester.

Areas of special strength in the graduate program include Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, First and Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, and Neurolinguistics. The department also cooperates with other departments, such as Speech-Language-Hearing, Child Language, Indigenous Nations Studies, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology.


Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship

The Linguistics Department has been awarded the university's most prestigious graduate award, a Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend plus tuition and required fees for five years of doctoral study. All Ph.D. applicants to the program will be automatically considered for the award. For more information please see the Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship Announcement.



Linguistics Colloquy Schedule

(Thursdays at 4pm in Blake 206)

March 24 : Caitlin Coughlin (Linguistics, KU)
March 31 : Hanbo Yan (Linguistics, KU)
April 14 :  Isaac Gould (Linguistics, KU)
April 28 : Maite Martínez García (Linguistics, KU)
May 5 : Presentations by Linguistics students in the honors program and REP program

Spring 2016 Colloquy Schedule

Recent Publications

  • Examining visible articulatory features in clear and plain speech.
    Lisa Y.w. Tang, Beverly Hannah, Allard Jongman, Joan Sereno, Yue Wang, and Ghassan Hamarneh, Speech Communications. More»
  • What comes after /f/? Prediction in speech derives from data-explanatory processes.
    Bob McMurray and Allard Jongman. Psychological Science. More»
  • Cross-modal priming differences between native and nonnative Spanish speakers. 
    Wendy Herd, Joan Sereno, & Allard Jongman. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics More»
  • Acquisition and use of linguistic knowledge: scrambling in child Japanese as a test case.
    Minai, Utako; Isobe, Miwa & Okabe, Reiko. Journal of Psycholinguistics Research. More»
  • Acoustic evidence for diachronic sound change in Korean prosody: A comparative study of the Seoul and South Kyungsang dialects.
    Hyunjung Lee and Allard Jongman. Journal of PhoneticsMore»
  • The relative contribution of segments and intonation to the perception of foreign-accented speech.
    Joan Sereno, Lynn Lammers, and Allard Jongman. Applied Psycholinguistics. More»
  • Morphological decomposition in de-adjectival nominals in Japanese: Masked and overt priming evidence.
    Robert Fiorentino, Yuka Naito-Billen, and Utako Minai. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. More»

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