Linguistics Language Explorer Summer Camp

Invent a Language, Invent a World!

A Linguistics Camp for Project-based Learning

Summer 2019


The Linguistics Department in the College of Information at UNT is excited to offer summer camps for your middle or high school student!



UNT Frisco: July 22nd - July 26th

UNT Frisco: August 5th - August 9th

UNT Denton Main Campus: July 22nd - July 26th

UNT Denton Main Campus: July 29th - August 2nd


    These 2-week summer camps will provide an overview of language science through hands-on activities, engaging guest speakers, interactive field trips, and fun capstone projects. Students will explore the wonders of languages and cultures around the world, create dictionaries and phrasebooks of invented languages in pop culture, conduct fieldwork on American English dialects, and use acoustic software to analyze speech. Students will also have the full university experience, with access to UNT’s exceptional libraries and facilities. Transferable knowledge and skills include: geography, history, the physics of sound, data collection methods, and problem-solving skills.

Summer Camp - Week 1: Real & SciFi Languages


• Travel the world! 
• Hear and learn about languages and speakers the world over.  
• Try out the sounds, learn short phrases and how to write in different scripts. 
• Guest lectures by UNT faculty and international students.  

• Learn about Invented Languages like Elvish and Yoda-speak.   
• Use language analysis software to create a dictionary and
   phrasebook of a language you invent!  

Summer Camp - Week 2: Dialects & Fingerprints

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• Learn about dialects of American English. 
• Do fieldwork on language dialects. 
• Discover how you feel about people who speak like you and those that don’t

• Use acoustic software to analyze speech.
• Be a forensic linguistic to solve who said it and who done it!  



- All day camp from Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

- 2:15 ratio; coordinated by Department of Linguistics faculty and graduate students

- Overview of language science with engaging activities, guest speakers, tools, and projects

- All camp materials provided

- Short breaks throughout the day and snacks and lunches provided

- Located on the main UNT campus for the full university experience

- Access to campus libraries and facilities

- Field trips to the Department of Linguistics at the Discovery Park campus


Cost and registration:

Cost: $275 per week.

Add-ons: Early drop-off 7 - 8:45 a.m. ($20/day) and after-camp activities 4:15 - 6 p.m. ($20/day)

Registration deadline: July 2nd, 2019

To register for the summer camp, please click "Sign Up!" and complete the form. Once you click "Submit" you will be redirected to the checkout process.

Note: We recommend that students register for the full 2-week camp experience; however, students may also register for just 1 week of the camp. Please indicate your preferences during registration. 

Registration policies:
Full payment is due at the time of registration.

Full refunds for the price of the summer camp only can be made up to July 1, 2019 and are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Partial refunds for late pickup/early drop off can be made up to the previous day of camp for each session and are reviewed on a case by case basis.
After July 22, 2019, no refunds will be issued for either session.
Refunds will not be issued if a participant is dismissed from the workshop for violating UNT policy
For information and questions regarding applications, fees, and any other administrative issues, please contact:

Feel free to email us with any questions!


Contact information


For more information, please contact:

Shobhana Chelliah:

Camp Organizer / Linguistics Professor

Kalaivahni Muthiah:

Camp Instructor / Linguistics Professor

Lisa Jeon:

Camp Instructor / Linguistics Professor

Trevor Sisk:

Linguistics Administrative Coordinator