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Program Name: Department of Linguistics
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Institution: Rice University
Address: Linguistics, MS 23
Rice U., P.O. Box 1892
City: Houston
Zip/Postal Code: 77251-1892
State/Province: TX
Country: USA
Application Deadline: February 1
Contact Person: Lilibeth Andre, Dept. Administrator

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Phone: 713-348-6010
Fax: 713-348-4718
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Discipline of Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Program Description: The Rice Linguistics Department is the home of an active community of scholars with a wide range of interests. A number of recurrent themes emerge in faculty research and the degree programs offered: A usage-based and dynamic approach to the study of language; an interest in the relation between language and mind; in-depth investigation of languages, coupled with the search for cross-linguistic generalization; the effects of semantics, pragmatics, and other functional factors on linguistic form; grounding of theories in solid empirical data of many sorts; and interest in discourse and social/communicative interaction more generally. These interests lead to intensive research activity in empirically well-supported theoretical and descriptive linguistics: * cognitive/functional linguistics * typology and language universals * field studies in American Indian, Austronesian, Australian, African and other languages * sociolinguistics * language change * neurolinguistics * phonetics and speech processing * corpus linguistics * discourse studies * computational modeling. The department was founded in 1982, with the concurrent establishment of the Ph.D. program. Linguistics faculty have been present at Rice since the early 1960's, and Ph.D.s in the Linguistics of particular languages and cultural groups have been awarded in the various language departments and Anthropology since that time. The B.A. program in Linguistics was established in 1968.
Available Financial Aid: Fellowships
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