Ling @ UW

UW Madison has fabulous resources for students interested in studying linguistics and languages. Linguists are spread out over many different departments, including the language departments, linguistics, psychology, communicative disorders and the program in second language acquisition.


The English Department alone offers several programs in English Language and Linguistics, please see this page for details. The department is also the home of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), described as  “one of the glories of contemporary American scholarship” in the New York Times.

UW Madison has a long tradition of offering classes and scholarship in a wide range of modern and ancient languages. Learn more about this tradition on the website of the UW Language Institute. Another focus at UW Madison is on the cognitive dimension of language learning. Learn more about faculty specializing in language learning and processing on the Waisman Center’s website.

In 2015, we hosted the 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, and in 2017, Madison was host to NWAV 46.