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What is Linguistics?
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Linguists (people who study linguistics) often work on specific languages, but their main goal is to understand Language in general. They learn to answer questions such as: How do children learn languages? How are languages organized? Do only humans possess language? How should languages be taught? Some linguists can speak several languages (that is, they are polygots), but that is not necessary in order to be a linguist.
A background in Linguistics can be valuable in many different occupations. These include Language Teaching (including teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education), Translation (including Interpreting, American Sign Language, and Machine Translation), Computational Linguistics, Speech and Language Pathology, and Speech Analysis and Forensics.
Linguistics at NEIU
NEIU is the only Master's level institution in the State of Illinois to offer the general M.A. in Linguistics. In addition, we also offer an undergraduate Minor in Linguistics.
The Department has 4 full time faculty members and several full- and part-time instructors as well who, all told, teach approximately 100 course sections per year.
Last updated: 2/14/08