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What is linguistics?
The short answer is that linguistics is the scientific study of language.

The longer answer is that when you study linguistics, you are learning to analyze language, find its patterns, and interpret its data. You learn how people use language, how brains can produce and comprehend language, and how world languages differ. Linguistics covers a broad area and is inherently an interdisciplinary study; in fact, many of its applied branches have specially blended names to show these connections, such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, forensic linguistics, historical linguistics, and computational linguistics. The branches of theoretical linguistics include phonetics/phonology (study of language sounds), morphology (study of how words are built in languages), syntax (study of how words come together to form phrases and clauses), semantics/pragmatics (study of meaning).

Why should I minor in linguistics?
Linguistics is a great minor because--as our posters say--it goes with everything. In a broader context, a linguistics degree can help you after college, whether your plans are for graduate school or the job market. The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) produced this helpful brochure to provide more information about degrees in linguistics.
How many hours are in the Linguistics Minor?
The Linguistics Minor is 18 hours and consists of a 12-hour core:
3 hrs
ENG 341. Introduction to Linguistics
3 hrs
ENG 440. Advanced Linguistic Theory
3 hrs from

ENG 342. History of the English Language
ENG 344. Structures of English
ENG 439. Advanced Grammar
3 hrs from
ENG 438. Forensic Linguistics
ENG 442. Topics in Linguistics

Along with those core courses, minors take 6 hours of electives; a long list is provided for these electives, including courses from other departments.

Linguistics Tools

Visit this link to the SFALingBlog for more information about how to use these (and other) linguistic tools.
IPA tools

IPA Character Pickers Online access to IPA symbols for typing into documents.
IPA Unicode Keyboards Compilation of downloadable IPA keyboards through SIL.
PRAAT Downloadable software for analyzing sounds, including spectrograms.
Type It: IPA Keyboards Online IPA keyboards.
University of Iowa: Sounds of English An interactive website for learning IPA and its connection to anatomy and sounds.
Weston Ruter Online IPA Keyboard Online IPA keyboard.
York Interactive IPA Charts Interactive IPA charts with sound files and names for each IPA symbol.
Syntax tools

phpSyntaxTree Online tool for turning bracket notations into syntax trees.
Syntax Tree Generator Online program for turning bracket notations into syntax trees.
TreeForm Syntax Tree Drawing Software Downloadable program for drawing syntax trees on your computer through intuitive drag-and-drop features.

Linguistics Links

American Dialect Society

Provides information about the annual ADS meeting, as well as lists of English "Words of the Year."

Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)

Provides information about ALT resources, publications, current research, and membership.

Corpus of Contemporary American English

An online corpus of written and spoken texts from multiple genres of American English.


Provides information about the languages of the world, including the countries they're spoken in and approximate number of native speakers.


An online etymological dictionary of English words.

Forensic Linguistics Institute

Provides up-to-date information about forensic linguistics, as well information about the FLI programs and degrees.


Online searchable lexical database of English.

International Association of Forensic Linguistics

Provides information about forensic linguistics, the IAFL, upcoming conferences and publications in the field, and links to helpful resources.

International Dialects of English Archive

A collection of research, information, and sound files for dialects of English around the world.

International Phonetic Association

Provides a variety of information about the sounds of language, including recordings, IPA handbooks, fonts, and links to the Journal of the IPA.

Language Creation Society

Provides information about and resources for conlanging.

Language Log

A blog of fascinating tidbits about language/linguistics in the media, with posts written by leading names in the field of linguistics.

Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

Provides information about LSA resources, publications, conferences, and membership.

Linguistics Research Center

A hub of information about Indo-European languages and cultures, based out of University of Texas at Austin.


A central hub for linguistic resources, including information about available jobs, conferences, publications, tools, and other resources pertaining to linguistics.

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Provides information about MLA resources, publications, conferences, and membership.


Provides information about the writing systems and languages of the world.

SIL International

An organization devoted to language development; its website provides information about endangered language groups, resources for working with and teaching language, and publications.


The premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics.

Speech Accent Archive

A collection of speech samples from native and non-native speakers of English.

World Atlas of Language Structures

An online database that provides descriptive information about the languages of the world.