FAQ

1. What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, primarily through the analysis of language structure (grammar and syntax) and of meaning (semantics). Language can be examined in many different lights, ranging from the study of phonetics (the physical properties of speech) to historical linguistics (how language changes over time). Linguistics is interdisciplinary: it has applications in many other fields, including psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, law, and computer science. Wikipedia has more on linguistics, its history, and major players in its development (Noam Chomsky, for example).

2. Is there a linguistics major at Columbia or Barnard?
No. At the moment there is a special concentration in Linguistics available through Columbia, but in order to complete a full major you must petition for it through the independent major process. For more information on the program, including course lists and undergraduate requirements, please see our Program and Courses page.

3. Is there a mailing list?

Yes. To be added to the mailing list, leave a comment here, or send us an email.

25 Responses

  1. Do you have a mailing list?

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  3. Please add me to your mailing list!

  4. Please add me to the mailing list! Thanks 🙂

  5. Hi,

    I’m a french major and pre-vet but have always loved language. I’m studying latin presently, have taken french phonetics and would really love to learn more about linguistics. Please add me to the mailing list!

  6. Please add me to your mailing list. Thanks!

  7. Can I be added to the mailing list too?

  8. Can I please be added to your mailing list?

    Is there an email or number where I can contact someone from this group?

    Regards,

  9. Could you please add me as well? Thanks!

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  11. I’m a french major and pre-vet but have always loved language. I’m studying latin presently, have taken french phonetics and would really love to learn more about linguistics. Please add me to the mailing list!
    +1

  12. please add me to the list!

    thnx,
    kathryn

  13. Please add me to the list! =) Languages are my passion and I speak Italian, French, Spanish, and German.

  14. Please add me to the mailing list!

  15. Please add me to the list, it might be easier to just post an email address for adding to list?

  16. Please add me to the mailing list as well please!!

    Claire

  17. I would like to learn more about the linguistics program at Columbia, and I have several questions. Would someone who has experience with the independent major or the special concentration be willing to discuss it with me over email or Skype? Thank you!

  18. Please add me to your email list. thank you.

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