Due to administrative reasons, we are not able to accept graduate applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Our doctoral program in Linguistics emphasizes the study of language in its cognitive, social, cultural and physical contexts.

Specialized Areas of Study

Students work closely with faculty on research projects and learn to develop their own research programs within the range of approaches represented by the department. Our diverse faculty offer a broad range of specializations, including:

  • cognitive linguistics
  • language change
  • sociolinguistics
  • discourse studies
  • language documentation and description
  • phonetics
  • laboratory phonology
  • language universals
  • typology

Other specific faculty research interests include phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic theory, acoustic phonetics, speech sciences and technology, language revitalization, neurolinguistics, and forensic linguistics.

Training & Research Opportunities

Highlights of graduate study in our department include:

  • In-depth training in all areas of functionally-oriented, usage-based linguistics
  • Faculty mentorship on publications and conference presentations
  • A collegial and active community of scholars, including the Rice Linguistics Society
  • Five years of financial support in the form of tuition waiver and stipend (pending satisfactory progress to the degree)
  • Support (when possible) for summer research and conference travel
  • Access to our sound lab for phonetics and acoustics research
  • Access to the departmental computer lab