Faculty Research Areas

The Linguistics Department and Graduate Group participate in research in the following linguistic research areas.

Second Language Acquisition and Development

This area of research emphasis applies linguistic analysis to further our understanding of the many complex socio-cultural, psychosocial, educational and pedagogical issues that surround second (or multiple) language acquisition and development and is supported by a large and diverse group of faculty with research expertise in numerous facets of second language acquisition and by collaborative links with the UC Davis Second Language Acquisition Institute and the Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies.

Language and Society

Students who opt for the language and society area of emphasis within the program may pursue advanced coursework and specialized research in various areas of sociolinguistic inquiry.

Language Structure and Theory

The language structure and theory area of emphasis within the Ph.D. program allows students to pursue advanced coursework and specialized research in various traditional areas of linguistic inquiry, including, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, language typology, theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, lexical and cognitive semantics, and formal semantics.

Language and Mind/Brain

The Ph.D. program in Linguistics is affiliated with a large interconnected group of centers and programs at UC Davis that are devoted to mind and brain sciences. Graduate Group faculty in Linguistics run three research laboratories at the Center for Mind and Brain: