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Program Name: Department of Linguistics
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Institution: University of Michigan
Address: 440 Lorch Hall
611 Tappan Street
City: Ann Arbor
Zip/Postal Code: 48109-1220
State/Province: MI
Country: USA
Application Deadline: December 15
Contact Person: Prof. Patrice Beddor, Chair

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Phone: 734-764-0353
Fax: 734-936-3406
Linguistic Subfield(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Linguistic Theories
Philosophy of Language
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Language has a central role in human interactions and activities, and as a result the field of linguistics is situated at the intersection of the humanities and social and behavioral sciences. Throughout our 60-year history as a Program and Department, Linguistics at Michigan has maintained an approach to the study of language that capitalizes on this intersection. Faculty and students explore language structure, history, knowledge, behavior and use. Faculty research aims to integrate these diverse approaches to language in ways that engender new modes of linguistic inquiry and new research domains. Our graduate program focuses on linguistics as a cognitive and social science, providing strong theoretical grounding in these approaches to the discipline. Our undergraduate program contributes to a broad-based education in the liberal arts and sciences, and takes an analytical approach to language that can be applied to many fields.

The Department of Linguistics is an interdisciplinary department connected to several other departments, but with its own full-time faculty, Ph.D. degree, and undergraduate major in Linguistics. Faculty from other departments participate, including: languages and literatures (Asian, English, Germanic, Near Eastern, Romance, and Slavic), the departments of Anthropology, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Psychology, and the English Language Institute.
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