Linguistics Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks Linguistics Program

About the program

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and covers a variety of subjects from theories of grammar and how we produce language to applications of linguistic knowledge in areas such as language teaching. The program offers undergraduate and graduate courses and seeks to give an overview of the discipline to make students aware of the many aspects of that uniquely human phenomenon, language.

The M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the only post-baccalaureate linguistics degree program in Alaska, provides advanced training in the field of applied linguistics, broadly defined to include second language acquisition and language documentation. The M.A. in Applied Linguistics emphasizes the training of language teachers for indigenous language revitalization programs and the documentation of the Alaska's twenty endangered indigenous languages.

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For general information about the Linguistics Program please contact the program chair.

  • Program Chair: Patrick Marlow
  • Administrative Assistant: Jamie Dechambeau
  • Summer 2014 Administrative contact:  Dawn Durtsche, 907-474-7609, 603 C Gruening.


MAYMester course in Academic Writing

ENGL 482: Academic Writing Workshop (CRN 51801) will help students to develop a major writing project, such as an honors thesis, master's thesis, or doctoral dissertation. May 12-23, 2014. Instructors: Sarah Stanley and Rich Carr. [more info]

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Research Awards

The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) office at UAF offers funding to support  undergraduate research projects. Application deadline is June 27 for projects in Fall 2014 (Sept 1 - Dec 31). See a linguistics advisor for more information if you are interested. 

New Spring 2014 Course

  • LING 634: Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics II
    This graduate course is stacked with the undergrad course LING 434. It is not in the schedule/course finder. If you are intersted in taking this course for graduate credit contact Prof Anna Berge as soon as possible. (, 474-5351)

CALL/ANE Program:

Improving Alaska Native Education through Computer Assisted Language Learning

Linguistics Colloquia

Colloquium meetings for 2013-2014 TBA

Babylonian Astronomy under Arctic Skies (Feb 7, 3:30 PM)

This special guest lecture by Prof Wayne Horowitz (Hebrew University) is part of the Dept of Anthropology Colloquium series. Prof Horowitz, an ethno-astronomer, will discuss his work on Babylonian constellations, as well as his more recent work on Gwich'in constellations in Northwest Territories.