Linguistics

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.

The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):

  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various components of our linguistic capacities?
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

The Linguistics Program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: research proposals from scholars with PhDs or equivalent degrees, proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards, and CAREER proposals. We will also consider proposals for workshops, conferences, and training activities. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

Deadlines:

  • Full Proposal Deadlines: Jul.15; Jan. 15 (annually).
  • DDRI Proposal Deadlines: Jul.15; Jan. 15 (annually).

Agency Website

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Grad/Prof Students

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 15, 2020