Research & Facilities
Research and Facilities
The Department of Linguistics pursues a large and diverse research program, in areas as varied as formal grammatical theory, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, computational linguistics, laboratory phonology, conversation analysis, and many other areas. Research is conducted on languages from a variety of families and regions; the department includes specialists in South Asian Languages, African Languages, East Asian Languages, Spanish, Arabic, Mayan and others — not to mention English.
Interdisciplinary connections form an important part of our research profile, and much of our work is performed in collaboration with other faculty from the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Beckman Institute, and other units on campus.
Laboratory facilities include the well-equipped Phonetics and Phonology Lab, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab, Electrophysiology and Language Processing Lab, and Discourse, Social Interaction and Translation Lab, as well as the Speech Prosody and Speech Dynamics Labs at the Beckman Institute. The department maintains two small libraries: the Kahane Linguistics Research Room and the TESL Library.
The Department of Linguistics regularly hosts conferences at which linguistic research is presented, including our own student-run Illinois Language and Linguistics Society. The weekly Department Seminar, held Thursdays at 4:00, serves as a forum for presentation of current research by department faculty and graduate students, linguists from other departments, and outside speakers. Several more informal reading and discussion groups are also in operation.
Our working papers, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, serves as a publication outlet for recent research by University of Illinois linguists, and also publishes proceedings of conferences hosted by the department. Recent dissertations and theses by our students are available through Illinois IDEALS.