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About the Program


New York City is now thought to be one of the most linguistically diverse places on earth. Drawing upon this rich linguistic diversity, the Program in Linguistics offers students a wide-ranging curriculum, from introductory courses on theories of grammar to advanced seminars on bilingualism and articulatory phonetics. Our faculty teaching and research covers all main subdisciplines within the field, with particular expertise in bilingualism and multilingualism, computational linguistics, endangered languages, historical linguistics, language acquisition, morphology, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics, phonology, semantics, sentence processing, sociolinguistics, Spanish linguistics, and syntax. Students may choose to enter our Ph.D. program in Linguistics, or our M.A. program, with possible specializations in computational linguistics, endangered languages, historical linguisticslanguage acquisition, phonology and phonetics, sociolinguistics, Spanish linguistics, or syntax.

In addition to coursework, students in Linguistics have the opportunity to participate in research laboratories and institutes including the Computational Lab, the CSI-CUNY Speech Laboratory, the Second Language Acquisition Lab, the Speech Lab, the Speech Production Laboratory, the Speech Acoustic and Perception Laboratory, the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, and the Endangered Language Initiative. Linguistics students also play an important role in the program’s regular talk series and conferences, which include the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, the CUNY Natural Language Processing Friday Seminar Series, CUNY Phonology Forum, the Linguistics Colloquium series, Psycholinguistics Supper, Sociolinguistics Lunch, and Syntax Supper. Our in-house professional development series covers many useful topics, from how to write an abstract to tips for success in job interviews.

 Interdisciplinary work is encouraged and many of our students have combined studies in linguistics with work in anthropology, computer science, language studies, speech and hearing science, and urban education. Primary language description is also encouraged, whether on the streets of New York or in remote field locations, with a focus on under-described and threatened languages and dialects.

The home of the Linguistics Program is the CUNY Graduate Center, an internationally recognized center for advanced studies, and a national model for public doctoral education in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The Graduate Center has its own in-house library and is also affiliated with the world-class New York Public Library just a few blocks away. The Graduate Center is also a member of the New York City Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium that includes Columbia, Fordham, New York University, New School University, Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, and Princeton. The Consortium helps to foster a larger educational community by enabling graduate students at these universities to take courses at any member institution.