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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.


Linguistics and CICS faculty launch Society for Computation in Linguistics

September 06, 2018

Gaja Jarosz and Joe Pater of the Department of Linguistics, and Brendan O’Connor of the College of Information and Computer Sciences, have been working over the past year on launching the new...

John McCarthy appointed Provost & Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs

June 28, 2018

On June 25, 2018 Chancellor Subbaswamy announced the appointment of John McCarthy as Provost and Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Congratulations, John!...

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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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