The Department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo offers training in a broad range of sub-disciplines of linguistics. Students benefit from the faculty's research specializations in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, as well as typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and historical and contact linguistics. Areas of particular strength are:
Syntactic theory (non-movement-based models, especially Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, Construction Grammar, and Basic Linguistic Theory); Semantics, including lexical/conceptual and formal approaches, and pragmatics; Field-based language documentation and description (particularly of languages of the Americas, Africa, and New Guinea); Syntactic and semantic typology; Psycholinguistics (including corpus-based, experimental, and computational modeling research) The department has long championed approaches to the study of language that are data-driven and informed by diverse theoretical perspectives under a broad Cognitive Science umbrella.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Board of Regents.
International Student Requirements:
All international applicants must take the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS test.
We prefer an iBT TOEFL score of at least 100, a PTE score or at least 68 (with no sub-score below 50), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with no sub-score below 6.0).