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Linguistics at Tulane

Due to the lingering impacts of COVID-19 on field research and other academic pursuits for our current doctoral students, the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics at Tulane University is suspending admission to its PhD program for the 2021-22 academic year. This pause enables us to invest resources in and further support our current students, but we look forward to admitting a new PhD cohort for the fall 2022-spring 2023 academic year. Although the program collectively regrets the suspension of doctoral admissions for the year, applicants to the 4+1 MA Linguistics program and the MA Computational Linguistics program will still be considered for matriculation in the academic year 2021-22.

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics at Tulane! Our research and teaching aim at discovering the rules and representations of languages and the interpretation of languages in context. Linguistics is at the intersection of many disciplines; therefore, core faculty members are drawn from the School of Liberal Arts (Anthropology, French, Spanish, Philosophy, etc.) and the School of Science and Engineering (Neuroscience, Psychology). Tulane has a long and distinguished record in leading in-depth study of Mesoamerican languages and Louisiana French and Creole. In addition, we are gaining an excellent reputation for our work in theoretical linguistics and African languages, as well as fieldwork, language documentation, and revitalization. Our program stands out as a center for the linguistic study of a variety of less commonly taught languages, many of which are made available through our collaboration with the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant program.

Although our graduate program is relatively new and small, our major strength is in our interdisciplinary focus. Faculty and graduate students see themselves as members of the linguistic community with a shared interest in the wellness, growth, and future of the program.

Our most recent collaboration with Computer Science produced an innovation—a masters' degree in computational linguistics. Through this program, our students get a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an internship program at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Florida. We are excited about this program and the opportunities our students have to become leaders at the forefront of one of today's dynamic fields.

The program has strong external academic networks. For example, our new journal, Fleur de Ling: Tulane University Working Papers in Linguistics, is published by MIT Linguistics. Not only are we building strong professional networks through the journal, but our students are trained in communicating their research through the publication process. They also gain experience working in a team, which is an asset in today's global academy.