Welcome to the Department of Linguistics page.  Linguistics is the discipline that studies and describes language in all its aspects: its structure, its use, its history, its varieties, and how its learned.  Some linguists are interested primarily in devising theories to explain why languages are the way they are and how the human mind shapes language.  Other linguists are more concerned with practical questions such as teaching a second language or programming a computer to handle linguistic information. 

The Linguistics Department, housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University, offers a wide variety of both theoretical and applied courses in linguistics on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  I hope you find this visit to the department helpful.

Eileen Fitzpatrick
Chair, Department of Linguistics
Conrad J. Schmitt Hall, room 222
Tel: (973) 655-4286