Yale University boasts a long history of research in languages and linguistics. The roster of distinguished scholars who have contributed to this tradition includes W. D. Whitney, Edgar Sturtevant, Edward Sapir, Mary Haas, Leonard Bloomfield, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Murray Emeneau, Bernard Bloch, Warren Cowgill, Rulon Wells and many others.
The first doctorate in linguistics was granted by Yale University in 1930, and linguistics has been taught in the present departmental structure since 1961.
Haskins Laboratories has been affiliated with Yale since 1970. Yale and Haskins have been at the forefront of research in the fields of articulatory phonology and phonetics.