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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST maintains a web-site with over 2000 pages and runs a mailing list with over 23,000 subscribers worldwide. LINGUIST also hosts searchable archives of over 100 other linguistic mailing lists and runs research projects which develop tools for the field, e.g., a peer-reviewed database of language and language-family information, and recommendations of best practice for digitizing endangered languages data. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics professors and graduate students, and supported entirely by donations.

Ask a Linguist

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. Ask A Linguist is a service provided by The LINGUIST List.

MIT Libraries Subject Guides: Linguistics

Linguistics databases and e-journals, web resources, and new books in the library.

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.