• NELS 47

    The 47th Annual Meeting of North East Linguistic Society (NELS 47) will be hosted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from October 14-16, 2016.

  • 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 Ph.D. students as high-quality researchers and teachers.

  • Linguistics students and NACLO

    The Linguistics Department will host an Open Round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olypmiad on January 26, 2017.

Astrid Esquilin Nieves '18 Featured in UMass Amherst Profile Series

May 02, 2016

Astrid Esquilin Nieves (Linguistics & French, 2018) was featured in an interview for the UMass Amherst website. The video can be seen here.

UMass at LSA

January 06, 2016

At the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 7 - 10, Alice Harris will officially begin her term as the 92nd President of the LSA, Lisa Green will be inducted as a Fellow of ...

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Colloquium with David Gow

ILC N400
3:30 pm

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What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language. 

Linguists are interested in language for its own sake, as a complex product of the human mind. They are also interested in how language develops in children, how it changes over time, and how it is used in human society.

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