Linguistics research is generally done in an open and collaborative arrangement, with students partnering with one another and with faculty to engage in inquiry into the unknown. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in our department.
There are clusters of such collaborations which form flexibly around particular topics. Current examples include:
- Ultrasound research into the production of different types of sounds by different language groups
- Language documentation involving large communities of speakers of under-documented languages living here in Indiana
- Inquiry into how individuals learn a second language
- Elucidating language variation across the state of Indiana
- Inquiry into how sentiment and emotions can be found automatically in text
- Developing methods for automatically analyzing the sentence structure or discourse structure in a language resource such as collected by social media
- Building databases and language resources for under resourced languages such as Uzbek, Azeri, or the languages of Chin State in Burma
- Automatically generating knowledge representations from multi-media sources to intelligently extract information from electronic resources
Students often get involved with projects as a result of taking courses in related areas. Faculty will announce research opportunities as they are available.
Many students create new research areas by pulling together faculty experts from different departments, combining two different areas of inquiry. Our department encourages students to explore the vibrant diversity of language-related research at Indiana University and draw it into the department’s research.