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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 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


Swathi Vanniarajan

Associate Professors

Stefan Frazier, Chair
Hahn Koo
Scott Phillabaum

Assistant Professors

David Malinowski
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.


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      LinguisticsLinguistics & Language Development