Investigation Units

Arts and Letters

Linguistics Research Institute (INIL, for its acronym in Spanish)

It is a scientific and technical research unit, dedicated to the study of the languages of Costa Rica and neighboring areas, and to the projection of these studies to the university, national and international communities.

Its research areas are:

  • The indigenous languages and verbal arts of Costa Rica and neighboring areas.
  • The different varieties of Spanish from Costa Rican and neighboring areas.
  • Creole languages spoken in Costa Rica and neighboring areas.
  • Lexicography and metalexicography of the languages of Costa Rica and neighboring areas.
  • The relationship cognition and language.


  • To contribute to the development of linguistics studies on the languages of Costa Rica and neighboring areas (the regions of South America and the Caribbean, which are part of the Intermediate Area, and Central America), and the development of Linguistics in general

Main functions

  • To support in the knowledge, protection and conservation of the linguistics and artistic heritage of Costa Rica.
  • To cooperate with the academic activities of the Linguistics Department and the Graduate Commission in Linguistics through the preparation of linguistics courses and the incorporation of graduate students both in linguistics and related areas.
  • To collaborate with the community outreach of the College of Letters, its schools and other academic units, through the production and evaluation of knowledge and new materials used by community members.
  • To promote interdisciplinary research and national and international activities.