The language science faculty group is an interdisciplinary network among RIT faculty which comprises scholarly collaborations, student research opportunities, curricular offerings, events and community outreach.
Faculty in our community are award-winning and well-funded researchers and experienced educators. Students and faculty engage in research across areas such as computational linguistics/natural language and speech processing, American Sign Language, phonetics, syntax and psycholinguistics, applying computational, experimental and fieldwork methods. We invite inquisitive undergraduate and graduate students to seek out our curricular offerings and research opportunities, useful for a range of career prospects.
The Language Science Minor provides students with the knowledge of how sounds, structure, and meaning work in human language, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in disciplines such as computing, psychology, interpreting, and engineering. Students are encouraged to pursue their individual career interests in language, from the relationship between language and culture to the cognitive underpinnings of language to the tools and methods powering language technology in artificial intelligence. Housed in College of Liberal Arts.
The language science immersion prepares students in the interdisciplinary scientific study and analysis of human language. Language science is directly applicable to students interested in computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the immersion irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Besides a core course on linguistic principles, students choose electives covering the technology of language, philosophy of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the immersion to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty adviser.
The Human Language Technology and Computational Linguistics Immersion provides exposure to computational linguistics and relevant language science course work. Students gain knowledge and practical skills in computational natural language processing and technical linguistic analysis, useful for analytics and modeling with language data and for developing, evaluating, and maintaining language technology software. Housed in Department of English in College of Liberal Arts.
A cognitive science Ph.D. that provides an interdisciplinary study of the human mind and cognition, through the lens of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, language science, vision science, philosophy, and computer science.
Many software applications involve processing natural language text or speech data. This application domain provides exposure to computational linguistics and language science. Students gain knowledge and practical skills in computational natural language processing and technical linguistic analysis, useful for analytics and modeling with language data and for developing, evaluating, and maintaining language technology software. Students can earn a minor in language science with two additional electives.
Awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students for demonstrated excellence in language science/computational linguistics, with attention to project/research achievements. Nominations are made by the Language Science Faculty and juried by the Language Science Curriculum Committee (LCC) in Spring. Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at RIT are eligible for nomination. The award includes a certificate of achievement and a monetary gift.