About Us


The Ohio State Linguistics Department is a vibrant and creative intellectual community that is committed to excellence in research, teaching and outreach. There are 18 core faculty, nearly as many faculty with courtesy appointments, several Senior Research Scientists, and about 45 doctoral students.  The department is also at the core of a large interdisciplinary community of linguists who participate in the Buckeye Language Network (BLN). Many of us are affiliated also with the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.  The department actively participates in the international research community, not only in the research we pursue, but also in the conferences, workshops, and symposia we host.

The department offers a rigorous and broad graduate training program leading to the Ph.D. degree, ranked 20th of 200 programs in the QS World University Rankings for 2017. We are proud of our strong placement record in both academia and industry for the more than 150 doctoral graduates since the program was established in 1965.  There is an equally broad and rigorous undergraduate program with both a major leading to a BA degree and minors tailored to many of the related disciplines that are part of the BLN. Many of our doctoral students have received teaching awards and the department as a whole was given the University Departmental Excellence Teaching Award in 2001 which continues to fund teaching-related projects such as our conversations on teaching and an annual pedagogy lecture. We also reach out to high school students who are interested in language and linguistics, by hosting an annual summer institute for high school students -- the Summer Institute in Language for Young Scholars.

The Department celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2017.  One of our founding members includes Charles Fillmore (1929-2014), a prominent linguist who developed many fundamental concepts used in linguistics today. An article on his life and achievements can be found here. The first department chair was our esteemed colleague Ilse Lehiste, who passed away on December 25, 2010.  We maintain a webpage in her honor. If you have thoughts, pictures or other things you would like to share on this page, please send them to lingadm@ling.osu.edu.  You can also contribute online to the Ilse Lehiste Memorial Fund (#313586), or mail to The Ohio State University Foundation, Office of University Development, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221.