What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the study of language, how people use it, and what rules govern that use. Just as chemists examine elements in seeking clues to the structure of matter, linguists analyze data from languages and observe behavior of speakers in attempting to formulate principles that govern people's knowledge and use of their language.

Linguistics Spotlight

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Why Miami? The truth is that everything just felt right to me when I came for Make it Miami back in 2010.closequote

- Amanda Beckman, Class of 2014

Read what Amanda and other students have said about Linguistics at Miami.

  • Irvin Hall
    Irvin Hall


    Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program (major and minor offered) in the College of Arts and Science open to all Miami students. The study of linguistics offers students a variety of critical approaches to language study, including comparative and applied linguistics, anthropological, philological, sociolinguistic, and/or historical approaches from ancient times to the present.

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    Oxford, OH 45056
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