The Rice Linguistics Department is the home of an active community of scholars with a wide range of interests. Broadly defined, the department adopts a functional, usage-based approach to language and linguistic theory. A number of recurrent themes emerge in faculty research and the degree programs offered: in-depth investigation of languages, coupled with the search for cross-linguistic generalization; the effects of semantics, language-in-use, sociocultural factors, and other functional influences that motivate and constrain linguistic form; grounding of theories in solid empirical data of many sorts; an interest in the relation between language and mind; and interest in discourse and social/communicative interaction more generally.

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Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series

The Department of Linguistics holds a weekly talk series throughout the academic year featuring current doctoral students, Rice faculty, visiting scholars, and a number of distinguished visitors.

International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)

International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)

ICLA connects cognitive linguists all over the world by providing a community for researchers in cognitive linguistics and others interested in such research.

Rice Linguistics Society

Rice Linguistics Society

As our name implies, RLS (the Rice Linguistics Society) is a student run organization of linguists at Rice, composed of grad students, undergrads, faculty, and anyone else interested in Rice Linguistics.

Funknet

Funknet

The Department of Linguistics at Rice houses Funknet, an email information and discussion list for people who study various aspects of language, culture, communication, and cognition, and the interrelation of these.