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.
Professor John Rickford of Stanford University delivered this year's annual Freeman Lecture in Linguistics entitled “Justice for Jeantel (and Trayvon): Fighting Dialect Prejudice in Courtrooms and Beyond.”
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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.
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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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.Read More »