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  • UMass Linguistics advances in World University ranking

    The department of linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks third worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 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.


Oiry named TIDE ambassador

April 12, 2018

Magda Oiry is one of twelve faculty campus-wide selected as a TIDE ambassador (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity). The...

Morris Halle RIP

April 02, 2018

The members of the UMass Department of Linguistics are saddened to hear of the passing of Morris Halle. Morris was of course a giant in the field, and he touched countless lives in his 94 years....

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David Erschler's Dissertation Defense

ILC, N400
10:00 am to 1:00 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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