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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

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MIT Working Papers in Linguistics (MITWPL) is the Department's student-run publication program that makes available research reports, dissertations, conference proceedings and other occasional papers covering the various research efforts the program is engaged in.

Indigenous Language

Inspired by the career of the late Ken Hale and directed by Professor Norvin Richards, the Indigenous Language Initiative provides MA-level training in linguistic analysis and description to enable native-speaker linguists to return to their communities to initiate and sustain efforts to maintain, enhance, and in some cases resuscitate fluency in languages threatened with extinction.


MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science Department is home to Professors Edward Gibson and Kenneth Wexler who lead our Program's research in psycholinguistics. They are part of a world-famous faculty that explores language and other modes of human cognition and their neural underpinnings.

Ask a Linguist

Ask A Linguist is a service provided by The LINGUIST List, an Internet network for professional linguists. Although the list itself is restricted to messages relating to linguistic research, many LINGUIST List members are interested in language-related questions of all kinds; and a number of these have volunteered to staff this page. Ask A Linguist is designed to be a place where anyone interested in language or linguistics can ask a question and get the response of a panel of professional linguists.