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  • UMass Linguistics advances in World University ranking

    The department of linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks second worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject released February 28, 2018.

  • 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.

  • Sound Systems of Latino America, October 19-21

    The third conference on the Sound Systems of Latino America (SSLA III) will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 19-21, 2018.

    In addition to plenaries and contributed talks and posters, there will be two roundtables, one devoted to fostering collaborations on language documentation between indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and the other on turning documentation into pedagogical materials.



Position in Psycholinguistics

October 03, 2018

The Linguistics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an Associate Professor tenure-track position in Psycholinguistics, starting September 1, 2019. We seek...

Barbara Partee to be awarded British Academy medal

September 19, 2018

Barbara Partee will be awarded the Neil and Saras Smith Medal on September 24th in a ceremony in London. She will be the fifth recipient of this prestigious recognition of “lifetime achievement in...

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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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