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Linguistics - BA - Language and Speech Technologies Emphasis

Linguistics Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts

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Program Type

Bachelor's Degree

Program Description

The Linguistics Department offers an emphasis in Speech and Language Technologies. As a student in this emphasis, you’ll complete a range of courses that cover the structural analysis of language, quantitative and statistical methods for detecting sequential and hierarchical patterns, and computational approaches for parsing and synthesizing speech and language. The Speech and Language Technologies emphasis is ideal for you if you’re planning to pursue careers in many aspects of tech-oriented industries, such as software development, search algorithms and analytics, voice recognition, language-based user interfaces, and speech synthesis.

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Graduate and Professional Pathways

  • Technology (engineering, analytics, research)

  • Higher education

  • Business

  • Government

  • Linguistics

  • Computational Linguistics

  • Data Science

Top Employers

  • Amazon

  • Start-ups

Program Highlights

  • Many job titles in the tech industry are well served by a background in speech and language technologies, including: Analytical Linguist; Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Engineer; Computational Linguist; Data Scientist / Data Analyst; Knowledge Engineer; Language Engineer; NLP Scientist; Research Scientist; Software Developer; User Experience Researcher

  • Skills taught by the Language and Speech Technologies specialization - programming, statistics, corpus methods, and computational modeling - are valuable in all areas of linguistic research

Related Disciplines

  • Statistics & Data Science

  • Computer Science

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Psychology

  • Communication

Associated Interests

  • Technology

  • Data science

  • AI and machine learning

  • Big data

  • Computational social science

  • Digital Humanities

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