The Department of Language Science

The Department of Language Science provides an academic home for faculty research, graduate training, and undergraduate education across a broad range of topics relating to the scientific study of language. Our approach is interdisciplinary, spanning fields such as linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, logic, anthropology, education, speech, hearing, and engineering. The Department is committed to bringing together scientists working in these areas to yield a rich interdisciplinary atmosphere for research and learning.


Current areas of strength at UCI include theoretical linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental linguistics, computational linguistics, the cognitive basis of reading, philosophy of language, phonetics, the neuroscience of speech, and the anatomy and physiology of speech motor control.

What Makes Us Distinctive

While individual areas that UCI is strong in are represented in many universities, they are typically embedded in separate departments that provide little opportunity for integration and cross-fertilization. The Department of Language Science provides a new, integrative approach to the science of language that explores the interfaces between traditional systems and approaches. It not only provides mutual constraints on theory development within subareas, but also fosters the development of “linking theories” that allow a more complete understanding of the human communication system as a whole.


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