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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.

Featured News

We Are Moving

July 24, 2014

The Linguistics Department is finally moving into our new space.  Our new address is:


Integrative Learning Center

650 North Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA  01003


The move is scheduled for Monday, July 21, 2014.  The movers plan to move everything out of South College on that day.  The labs in Bartlett and the CSAAL offices will be moved later in the week.  It is unclear when exactly the phones and ethernet connections will be moved, so we will be harder to reach while we unpack and get set up.  Email will probably be the best way to reach us.  Our addresses are available on the “People” page of this website.

Angelika Kratzer and Manfred Krifka to convene SIAS Summer Institute

July 14, 2014

Angelika Kratzer and Manfred Krifka have heard that their proposal for a Summer Institute entitled “The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: in the Armchair, in the Field, and in the Lab” was selected by the eight directors of SIAS (Some Institutes of Advanced Studies).  SIAS is a consortium consisting of the Princeton, Radcliffe, Stanford and Jerusalem Institutes for Advanced Studies, as well as the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Humanities Center. A SIAS Summer Institute is a two year mentoring program for 20 post-doctoral fellows from Europe and the US. The fellows will be brought together in two two-week summer institutes directed by Kratzer and Krifka.  The program is jointly funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


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