University of Minnesota
Institute of Linguistics

Institute of Linguistics

Institute of Linguistics

The Institute of Linguistics (IoL) is the academic home of faculty and students in linguistics, the scientific study of human language, and its subfields.

Our curriculum and undergraduate and graduate degree programs provide a strong foundation of coursework in core areas of theoretical and descriptive linguistics:

  • phonetics/phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • semantics/pragmatics

This foundation provides the basis for specialization in one or more of these areas as well as investigation of topics at the interface of other subfields and specialties, including language and cognition, language processing (by humans and by machines), and language acquisition.

We encourage research that bridges the gap between linguistics as a pure science and applications such as:

  • documentation and revitalization of endangered languages
  • computational linguistics
  • neurolinguistics

Our research strives to contribute to a theory that reveals the principles governing all human languages through analysis and description of particular languages.

Research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and other funding sources form an important focus for faculty and student research. These projects include collaborations with other units across the university, such as:

Welcome to Minneapolis

In January 2014, the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) conference was held in Minneapolis. This short video gives an introduction to Minneapolis and what it has to offer.

Ongoing Events

Linguistics Colloquium:
Colloquia are held during the academic year on Friday afternoons at 3:30pm in Nicholson Hall, Room 110. To receive email announcements of the talks, contact Professor Hooi Ling Soh at

Syntax/semantics Reading Group:
A reading group on syntax/semantics meets during the academic year on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:00pm in Elliott S225. The group meets to discuss papers or books in the fields of syntactic and semantic theory. For more information, contact

Weekly Schedule for S225

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Reserving S225

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