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UMass at LSA

Wed, 01/06/2016

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 ...

Professor Lisa Green Named as LSA Fellow

Tue, 09/15/2015

We are pleased to announce that Professor Lisa Green has been named to the class of 2016 Linguistic Society of America’s Fellows. She joins nine other of “the field’s leading linguists,” including ...

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Mar
25

Colloquium with Amy Rose Deal ...

ILC N400
Fri, 03/25/2016 - 15:30

Apr
01

"Freeman Lecture" - Raffaella...


Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:30

Apr
08

Colloquium with Kate Davidson ...

ILC N400
Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:30

Apr
15

Colloquium with David Pesetsky ...

ILC N400
Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:30

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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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