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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.

  • Hate Has No Home

    The Department of Linguistics strongly endorses the Chancellor's statement of August 15, 2017 on the recent events in Charlottesville. The full text can be read by clicking on the above title.

  • 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.

  • LSA Establishes Emmon Bach Fellowship Fund

    The Linguistic Society of America has established a scholarship fund in honor and memory of Emmon Bach.

  • Graduation 2018

    Congratulations to the 2018 Linguistics graduates! This mortar board was decorated by Astrid Esquilin Nieves.


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...

CSAAL hosts Summer Dialect Research Project

September 07, 2018

Four undergraduate students participated in the Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP) at UMass in June hosted by the Center for the Study of African American Language (CSAAL). The Center, directed...

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Colloquium with Peter Alrenga

ILC, N400
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm


Colloquium with Jonathan Bobaljik

ILC, N400
3:30 pm to 5:30 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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