Department of Linguistics was established in 1998 to conduct scientific analyses on all aspects of language and to train high-quality scientists that would further the studies in linguistics. In addition to the main areas of research in linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, the department also focuses on other areas which emerged as a result of interdisciplinary interactions such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, applied linguistics, language acquisition, discourse analysis and historical linguistics. Being aware of the significance of theory in scientific research, the department conducts studies using both the generative and the functional theories of linguistics, and provides the students with the main tenets of these theories. Apart from these theoretical studies, the department created new opportunities to conduct applied studies with the Phonetics Laboratory established in 2013, and projects collaboration with the Computer Engineering Department, the Department of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language and Dokuz Eylül University Language Research and Teaching Centre (DEDAM) in applied studies.
The main objectives of the curriculum is below:
The vision of the department is to become a world renowned department in linguistics studies and to become the most preferred department among other departments in Turkey.