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Graduate Linguistics at Purdue

The graduate program in Linguistics at Purdue is an excellent entrance into the world of academic linguistic study. Because our program is housed within the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, our professors are shared with other university departments.  This means that Purdue's Linguistics program covers a wide range of linguistic research areas, from theoretical syntax and sign languages to sociolinguistics and language acquisition.

To get a feel for the department, we suggest you browse our professors' pages, take a look at the linguistics labs on campus, or visit our Facebook and Youtube pages.

The Purdue Linguistics Association is open to all students interested in linguistics; it provides community and peer support for graduate students, as well as organizing many events. The group hosts the Ling Lunches at 1:30 every Monday, where students and faculty present their work. They host a weekly coffee hour at 1:30 on Wednesdays at the Staaks Lounge in Stanley Coulter, and put on other social and professional events. 

The Purdue Linguistics Association collaborates with the School of Languages and Cultures and the Second Language Studies Program to host the annual Purdue Languages & Cultures Conference (PLCC). Graduate students and scholars gather to share their work; Purdue students are encouraged to submit abstracts.

A Message from the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Mary Niepokuj:


Graduate Program Manual

Graduate Degree Requirements

Plan of Study



Dr. Mary Niepokuj
Director of Graduate Studies
Heavilon 309C
(765) 494-6512

Elsa Schirmer
Graduate Secretary

Beering 6180
(765) 496-9629 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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