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The Department of Linguistics at UMass Amherst

We are internationally recognized as a major center for work in theoretical, experimental and field linguistics. Our top-ranked doctoral program focuses on educating a small number of PhD students as high quality researchers and teachers. The atmosphere here is cooperative and collegial, with faculty and students collaborating on projects in a range of areas including phonology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, prosody, field linguistics, typology, historical linguistics, and morphology. We are especially known for innovative work at the interfaces between areas.

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Seth Cable Awarded NSF Grant to Support Fieldwork on Tlingit

December 4, 2013

Professor Seth Cable has been awarded a three-year project grant by the National Science Foundation to study "The Verbal Morpho-semantics and Clausal Architecture of Tlingit." This grant funds semantic and syntactic fieldwork by Cable on the Tlingit language, a highly endangered and understudied Na-Dene language of Alaska. During the first year, the grant will also fund field research by James Crippen, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. In the second and third years, the grant will fund field research by graduate RAs at UMass Amherst. Finally, during all three years, the grant will provide funding for a special Undergraduate Research Assistant, who will aid the work of Cable, Crippen, and the RAs.


John McCarthy Becomes Dean of Graduate School

June 30, 2012

John J. McCarthy has been appointed Vice-Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. Dean McCarthy is a Distinguished University Professor and was formerly Special Assistant to the Provost and Head of the Department of Linguistics. Read more about the Dean here. Congratulations, John!

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