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.


  • April 18, 2018
    Results on syntax and phonology by Jim Wood, Matt Tyler, and Yiding Hao were showcased at the Penn Linguistics Conference in March.
  • April 11, 2018
    Graduate students Sarah Babinski and Samuel Andersson and PhD candidate Chris Geissler discussed the relationship between phonology and phonetics.
  • March 23, 2018
    Raffaella Zanuttini, Jim Wood, Jason Zentz, and Larry Horn’s open-access article introduces the motivation, methodology, and results of the YGDP.
  • February 26, 2018
    Faculty members Claire Bowern, María Piñango, and Jim Wood and PhD candidate Rikker Dockum will be holding a panel discussion on the issue of reproducibility.