Linguistics Welcomes New Director Adam Elga

September 18, 2020
Adam Elga

This fall the Program in Linguistics welcomes Professor of Philosophy Adam Elga who will be Program Director for the next three academic years. Elga takes over from his colleague Gideon Rosen.

Elga’s research interests are in the areas of decision theory, game theory, epistemology, philosophy of science, the physics and metaphysics of time and temporal asymmetry, and the nature of chance. He joined the Department of Philosophy in 2001 and has been a member of Linguistics’ Executive Committee since 2018.

On his appointment, Elga expressed his thanks to his predecessor and commented on the strides the Program has taken in recent years. “I am delighted to work with the wonderful faculty, students, and staff in the Linguistics program. Thanks to their energy, and under the guidance of previous Director Gideon Rosen, the program is absolutely thriving.”

Over recent years, Linguistics at Princeton has grown in its student body, independent concentrators, and annual enrollments. The academic year 2020-2021 begins with a fall semester that adds postdoctoral research associate and lecturer Steven Foley, associate research scholar and lecturer Irina Monich, visiting assistant professor Janice Smith-Warshaw and lecturer Yağmur Sağ-Parvardeh to the program’s teaching staff.

Linguistics offers courses that engagingly introduce the field, such Introduction to Language and Linguistics (LIN 201) and Mythbusting Language (LIN 235), teach American Sign Language to beginners and advanced students, and delve into more complex core topics such as Syntax (LIN 302), among many others. This year sees the launch of a new Junior Seminar (LIN 400) which prepares concentrators for success in their junior and senior independent work.

In the coming months, Linguistics will present a series of virtual talks by a diverse lineup of guest speakers. Information about those talks will be posted as their respective dates approach.

For more information about Linguistics’ fall 2020 course offerings, visit:

For upcoming events already scheduled, visit:

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