|Department of Linguistics|
|Institution:||University of Delaware|
|Address:||42 E. Delaware Ave.|
|Contact Person:||Fred Adams, Dr. , Chair|
Philosophy of Language
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|Program Size:||Medium (11-25 students)|
The Dept. of Linguistics of the University of Delaware would like to announce a new emphasis in its graduate program. The Department studies human language as a component of the mind/brain. The faculty and students in the department bring together two approaches to the understanding of how
human language works:
*Experimental research on first and second language acquisition in infants, children, and adults, language processing in adults and children, and the neural and genetic bases of language and its relation to other mental processes. The department is especially strong in first language acquisition, which is a major area of research for three members of the Department and a secondary research area for two more, making Delaware one
of the strongest departments in the country in language acquisition.
*Comparative research on the diversity and uniformity of the languages of the world from Malay to Mohawk, Japanese to Javanese, Arabic to American Sign Language, Turkish to Tuscan Italian, focusing on the core areas of descriptive and theoretical linguistics (syntax, semantics, phonology,
phonetics and morphology) and on similarities and differences among languages in language acquisition and processing. Cross-linguistic comparison complements experimental research in examining language as a component of the mind/brain.
These two approaches are inter-related. Traditional linguistic field work is supplemented by experimental studies of language acquisition and processing of endangered and less studied languages.
In addition to the Doctoral program in linguistics, the Department of Linguistics, in cooperation with the Program in Cognitive Science, is the academic home of an M.A. track in Cognitive Science offered as an option in the M.A. in Cognitive Science and Linguistics.
Linguistics and Cognitive Science research at Delaware are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the University of Delaware Research Foundation. Research projects currently include Traditional Jambi Malay (conducted in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and the structure of Passamaquoddy.
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Mostly teaching assistantships; some fellowships and research assistantships. Stipends are competitive and are rising while cost of living is lower than in major metropolitan areas.
Where IS Delaware? Delaware ins the second smallest state in the U.S. It is located on the East Coast half way between New York and Washington, D.C. The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware, located about 50 minutes from Philadelphia and an hour from Baltimore. Delaware is served by the Philadelphia-Wilmington International Airport.
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