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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.


Kratzer elected to AAAS

November 20, 2017

Angelika Kratzer (Professor Emerita) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her contributions to formal semantics, founding and co...

Partee to receive honorary doctorate

November 19, 2017

Barbara H. Partee (Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita) will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam in recognition of her role in the...

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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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