Student studying in Burling Library


Linguistics at Grinnell is offered as a concentration in which you explore how to describe and analyze language through the lens of several disciplines. Concentrators take core courses in theoretical linguistics; elective courses drawn from anthropology, computer science, education, English, the foreign languages, philosophy, and psychology; and an advanced seminar or senior thesis.  The concentration complements a variety of majors, and the analytical skills you develop can be applied to graduate study or to careers in writing, publishing, advertising, computing, government, teaching, and more.

Linguistics 2018 grads and Faculty

Linguistic faculty and graduating 2018 Linguistic students:

Carmen Valentín, Brigttine French, Victoria Robinson, Sooji Son, Clare Nash, Rachel Ward, Kelly Herold, Cynthia Hansen.

Department News

The Linguistic Structure of Japanese Baseball Chants

World-renowned phonologist Armin Mester will present work he has been developing with collaborators that seeks to explain the complex sound patterns in adapting a batter’s…

Mixing It Up in/with Codeswitching

Carol Myers-Scotton ’55, an expert in bilingualism and language contact, to discuss codeswitching, using 2 languages in the same conversation.

Translating the Rig Veda

Professor Stephanie W. Jamison discusses the translation of the oldest Sanskrit text.

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