Virtual in 2021 - Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

Virtual in 2021 - Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS - Dissecting language one piece at a time.


The Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS) is a weeklong summer language program for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University. SLIYS introduces students with an interest in foreign languages to the scientific study of language. Participants will explore how language works on many levels as well as gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. 

  • Discover how we use language, from individual sounds to sentences.
  • Learn interesting facts about languages, such as the ways culture and language interact to produce such phenomena as politeness and greetings.
  • Find out how linguists gather data about languages through consultations of a native speaker of a foreign language (languages featured in past programs include Spanish, Korean, French, Turkish, Chinese, and more).
  • Get a taste of college life and the Linguistics major at Ohio State.

SLIYS was an amazing experience, I learned so much about linguistics and I have become so close with so many of the people in the program. I have connected with many people who I normally would never have interacted with. SLIYS gave me a real look into linguistics before I went to college, giving me a safe place to learn if this was something that truly interested me.
- SLIYS '18 Participant


"SLIYS is an essential opportunity for any high schoolers interested in getting a taste of linguistics at the collegiate level, as well as a great chance to meet other bright kids from all corners of the country." 
- SLIYS '18 Participant

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SLIYS I - ONLINE in 2021 

Two Sessions: June 21-25 & July 12-16 (Both sessions are full at this time.)

  • An introduction to linguistics, including studies of phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics
  • Takes place twice during the months of June and July
  • Please apply before May 15, 2021 and students are accepted on a rolling basis


Two Sessions: June 28-July 2 & July 19-23

  • Applied linguistics concepts to language discovery
  • Takes place after each week of SLIYS I in June and July
  • Applications due before May 15, 2021 and students are accepted on a rolling basis

Questions? Contact...

ATTN: Dr. Julie McGory (
106 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210 USA

Phone: 614-688-3109

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