From its earliest days the Department has been recognized
as one of the most distinguished in the world in most areas of
theoretical linguistics as well as in the African and American Indian
language areas. The Phonetics Laboratory is internationally recognized
as a major center for the experimental study of linguistic phonetics.
In 1970, the UCLA Linguistics Department was ranked second in a
national survey by the American Council of Education. The Department
again achieved this ranking in 1980 in a national survey of graduate
programs, and was third in 1992. By now, roughly 250 individuals have
received the Ph.D. degree from the department. They teach in academic
programs, and work in linguistics-related business enterprises, across
the United States and throughout the world.