The Department of Linguistics at Yale embraces an integrative approach to the study of the language, based on the premise that an understanding of the human language faculty arises only from the combination of insights from the development of explicit formal theories with careful descriptive and experimental work. Members of the department offer courses and conduct research in which theoretical inquiry proceeds in partnership with historical and comparative studies, fieldwork, experimental work, cognitive neuroscience, and computational and mathematical modeling. Faculty expertise includes all of the major domains of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) and spans a wide range of languages, with particular expertise in Slavic, Romance, Australian, and Indo-Iranian.


  • July 23, 2017
    Graduate student Rikker Dockum presented research on the Tai Khamti language at the 2017 meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS).
  • The Old Rhine River in Leiden
    July 18, 2017
    Postdoc Matt Barros and Lecturer Hadas Kotek presented at the poster session of the Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) conference.
  • July 7, 2017
    Postdoc Matt Barros, Lecturer Hadas Kotek, and Professor Bob Frank organized a workshop on sluicing.
  • July 5, 2017
    Professor Claire Bowern spoke to science enthusiasts at the Tilde Cafe about the historical study of language.