SLIYS '20 Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars


The Science Behind Language

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"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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This summer's program will provide students with the opportunity to learn about how language works through both classroom and fieldwork activities. Focus areas will include the sounds of languages, the meaning and structure of words, writing systems, and ways that cultural differences are expressed in language. 

This Year

  • 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.