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  • Statement on Immigration and Travel Ban



    The Faculty of the UMass Department of Linguistics supports an immigration policy based on the extensive vetting process already in place. We stand together with our Chancellor and with the Linguistic Society of America in affirming our commitment to the welfare of all of our students and colleagues, regardless of their religion or country of origin. Restricting visas based on religion or country of origin undermines intellectual freedom and violates the most fundamental American values.

  • Freeman Lecture 2017



    Professor John Rickford of Stanford University will deliver this year's annual Freeman Lecture in Linguistics. The title of Professor Rickford's talk will be “Justice for Jeantel (and Trayvon): Fighting Dialect Prejudice in Courtrooms and Beyond.”

  • 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.

Linguists at Jackson Street School 'Science Night'

November 21, 2016

UMass Linguists participated in the Jackson Street School's annual 'Science Night'.  Their presentations and activities were very well received.  More information can be found 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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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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