The Brown Program in Linguistics is dedicated to the systematic study of languages as highly structured systems which speakers have unconsciously mastered and use for communication, social meaning and many other purposes.

Brown Linguistics faculty and students study such topics in a wide range of languages from across the globe and using a wide range of empirical methodologies. Particular strengths of our program include the study of language variation (within a language, across languages, and within society), and the study of meaning, communication, mind and the role of information in the ways languages are structured.


Brown Linguistics offers AB and ScB Concentrations in Linguistics.
The Brown Program in Linguistics offers a range of courses across different areas of Linguistics.

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Linguistics is currently housed in Metcalf Lab and Arnold Lab (both buildings on Waterman Street near the intersection with Thayer Street).
The Brown Linguistics community is made up of core faculty, staff, visiting professors and postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students and affiliate faculty.