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Linguistics at Michigan

The long history of linguistics at the University of Michigan places us among the most prestigious programs in the country. We welcomed our first linguistics professor in 1893 and awarded the first Ph.D. in Linguistics to Florence G. Beall in 1933. The Linguistics Program was established in 1945 and later renamed the Department of Linguistics in 1963. Since that time, thousands of undergraduate majors and hundreds of PhD students have become part of our world-wide community.

Today, Linguistics at the University of Michigan is widely recognized for unusual synergies and interdisciplinarity driven by innovative theoretical, experimental, and field-based research. Our faculty and graduate students are highly successful at grant-funded research and are award-winning scholars and teachers. We have distinctive strengths in speech perception and articulatory phonetics; the syntax-semantics interface; and language contact, including pidgins and creoles and bilingualism. 

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about us. Please contact us if you would like any additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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