It is our pleasure to welcome incoming Assistant Professor Kyle Mahowald to UCSB’s Department of Linguistics this coming fall.

The Department of Linguistics at UCSB is delighted to report that Professor Lal Zimman has been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor

Brendon Yoder (UCSB and SIL International)
Thursday, 4 June 2020
3:30 - 4:30
Zoom room

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach course(s) in Linguistics for any upcoming openings.

Date: May 22, 2020 - May 23, 2020
Call Deadline: Friday, February 8th at 6:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Victoria Melgarejo, 2018 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, with Linguistics faculty
Tascam in Taiwan
Tequio Skills Group
Atayal patterns
Kanakanavu Song

Welcome to UCSB Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara stands at the forefront of several converging trends in the field of linguistics, thanks to a series of key decisions made when the department was founded in 1989. UCSB Linguistics was created to realize a vision of linguistics as a field that would seek explanations for language as a fundamental human activity, through an understanding of how languages are used by their speakers. From the beginning, the department committed itself to maintaining a sharp focus on the theoretical and methodological tools that would be needed to realize this vision, and to developing a broad empirical base for the work via a typologically diverse sampling of the world’s languages. As more and more researchers across all fields of linguistics are seeking well-motivated explanations and firmly grounded empirical evidence for claims about the nature of language, UCSB’s longstanding leadership in this enterprise puts the department at the cutting edge of linguistic scholarship, developing ideas and methods that are critical for moving the field of linguistics into a new era.


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