Bi-Co students may major or minor in the Tri-Co Linguistics Department (Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore).
There are 7,000 languages in the world, and we're interested in studying all of them. Linguistics is the scientific study of language—we develop techniques to explore patterns that all human languages have in common and investigate the ways in which each is unique. Our explorations yield insights not only about languages, but also about the nature of the human mind.
This co-taught linguistics course, which explores five issues in which modality effects might be evidenced in Mandarin and American Sign Language, is experimental, as the professors and students form and test hypotheses against data together.