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Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics, Cornell Univeristy Cornell Univeristy Cornell Univeristy Department of Linguistics




Chair: Draga Zec
Director of Graduate Studies (and Admissions): Molly Diesing
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Abby Cohn

Faculty (list)

There are 15 faculty members in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell. Cornell Linguistics faculty have won numerous research, teaching, and advising awards, including:

  • NSF Young Investigator Award (the first ever awarded in theoretical linguistics)
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Digging into Data Challenge Award (an international competition that challenged scholars to devise innovative humanities and social science research projects using large-scale data analysis)
  • Appel Fellowships (College of Arts and Sciences’ most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and research)
  • Robert A. & Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising
  • Carpenter Memorial Advising Prize for undergraduate advising
  • Russell Teaching Awards for exceptional efforts in teaching undergraduate students

Faculty linguists at Cornell have also written and edited numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books (see individual faculty webpages for details). Some recently published books are:

Graduate Students (list)

The graduate program at Cornell Linguistics is composed of some 30 students (about 6 students per cohort). Cornell graduates have been very successful in attaining academic positions (see Graduate Alumni page for details). Our graduate students frequently present their research at national and international conferences (see Conference Presentations). Several of our graduate students have been awarded prestigious Clark awards for outstanding teaching.

Undergraduate Students (list)

The department boasts a highly successful undergraduate student body. Here are some prestigious honors and scholarships that our undergraduates have been awarded:

  • Merrill Presidential Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Beinecke Scholarship
  • Goldwater Scholarship 
  • Keasbey Scholarship 
  • Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar

Many of our undergraduates have presented their linguistics research at various conferences, including undergraduate linguistics colloquia hosted by Cornell, Harvard, McGill, and at the LSA Annual Meeting. Our majors go on to a variety of careers, including law, information technology, speech pathology, medicine, and education. A significant number of our linguistics majors have continued on to graduate study in linguistics.