What is language and how is it related to other human faculties? What is unique in languages and what is universal? How language is acquired and how does it change?
Lingusists consider language as a cultural, social, and psychological phenomenon. As one of the cognitive sciences, we provide a link betwen the humanities and social sciences, as well as education and speech & hearing sciences.
The Stanford University Department of Linguistics is a vibrant center of teaching and research.
The range of languages studied is diverse and the scope of active research and teaching is broad--including acquisition, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, syntax, typology and variation.