Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Linguistics and Language Development

Office: Clark Hall 473

Telephone: 408-924-4413

Email: linguistics@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/linguistics


Stefan Frazier, Chair
Swathi Vanniarajan

Associate Professors

Hahn Koo
Scott Phillabaum

Assistant Professors

David Malinowski
Yining Nie
Jon Rawski
Julia Swan


Linguistics, the scientific study of human language, explores what language is, how it works and which features human languages have in common. Our curriculum focuses on understanding how the languages of the world work and on addressing the English language needs of our culturally diverse society. Students in the Department of Linguistics and Language Development (LLD) are part of an ethnically and linguistically diverse student body, taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty. We offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in linguistics, a certificate in computational linguistics, a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and undergraduate and graduate certificates in TESOL. Our research infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art computer lab, a phonology lab, and access to computerized language data. Approximately 25% of our students come from other countries and contribute greatly to our programs.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

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    Two types of certificates are available: Advanced Certificates  and Basic Certificates . The description of each certificate program identifies the type of certificate. 


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