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Linguistics is the study of the remarkable human capacity to learn and use natural languages. Prominent questions include the nature of the systems of mental representation (both abstractly and neurologically characterized), how these representations arise, how they change, how they are written, and how languages are put to use in social and literary contexts.

You can major in this subject.

For more information, see the Linguistics department site.

  • Carleton linguistics students
    Liz Evison '10 and other Carleton linguistics students at the University of Chicago for the 2008 Chicago Linguistics Society Conference.