Linguistics at Yale has a long and storied history in traditional approaches to the study of language. Today the department takes a distinctively integrative and interdisciplinary approach in investigating the systems of knowledge that comprise our linguistic competence. We are convinced that an understanding of the human language faculty will arise only through the mutually informing relationship between formally explicit theories and insights from wide ranging descriptive and experimental work. Thus at Yale, theoretical inquiry grounded in introspection proceeds in partnership with historical and comparative studies, fieldwork, experimental investigations of normal and impaired language processing, cognitive neuroscience, laboratory phonetic analysis, and computational and mathematical modeling.


Yale Linguistics offers programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Official Yale College program and course information is found in Yale College Programs of Study. Information about applying to study linguistics at Yale University Graduate School may be found here.

Fields of Study

Fields include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, neuro and psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, and descriptive study in a variety of languages.