UMass Linguistics was ranked #3 in in the QS 2023 world rankings. We are the only department besides MIT to have been in the top three every year for the last five years.
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.
January 27, 2020
Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita Barbara Partee has been awarded the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for her "foundational contributions that synthesize insights from linguistics, philosophy, logic, and psychology to understand how words and sentences combine to express meaning in human language," by the Franklin Institute.
October 22, 2019
The Linguistics Department, in collaboration with the ESL Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures now offers a 15-credit Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or...
August 20, 2019
The Center for the Study of African American Language recently hosted the Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP), co-directed by Lisa Green (Linguistics) and Brendan O'Connor (Information and...
In connection with our department’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a 50th Anniversary campaign for the future of the department. To contribute, please go to this page: https://www.umass.edu/linguistics/give-linguistics. On that page, you the Endowment fund that we are targeting with this campaign (though donations directed in other ways are welcome!). The photo is of Don Freeman, the founder of the department, in his office in 1972.Read More »