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Mailing Address:

N408 Integrative Learning Center
650 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-1100

>TEL 413-545-0885
FAX 413-545-2792
EMAIL Narda Wakoluk

Graduate Linguistics Student Association


EMAIL: glsa.umass@gmail.com

Mailing Address

Department of Linguistics
N408 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-1100

phone: (413) 545-0885
fax: (413) 545-2792

Chair of Department

Joe Pater
(413) 577-1308

Office Manager and Assistant to the Chair

General questions about financial matters and course schedules for upcoming semesters go to Narda Wakoluk.
Narda Wakoluk
(413) 545-0889

Departmental Secretary and Graduate Program Secretary

General questions about enrollment, declaring a Linguistics major, and graduate admission materials go to Michelle McBride.
Michelle McBride
(413) 545-0885

Graduate Admission Director

Questions about *graduate* admissions not covered here or on the Graduate School website go to Kyle Johnson.
Kyle Johnson
(413) 545-6840

Graduate Program Director

Questions about graduate program requirements and policies not covered in the Graduate Handbook go to Gaja Jarosz
Gaja Jarosz
(413) 545-9930

Undergraduate Advisors

Brian Dillon
(413) 577-4198

Magda OIry
(413) 545-6826

Ellen Woolford
(413) 545-6841

Kristine Yu
(413) 545-6830

List Name List Description
ling-acquisition Faculty, students and visitors interested in language acquisition.
ling-colloq People interested in department events (includes ling-dept).
ling-dept Includes ling-grad (current grad students), ling-ugrad (ling majors), ling-fac (current and retired faculty), ling-adjunct (adjunct and allied faculty), ling-visitor. New students, visitors, and faculty are automatically added to this list. To change your email address, contact Narda Wakoluk.
ling-fieldwork Faculty, students and visitors interested in fieldwork.
ling-grad Current graduate students.
ling-phonology Faculty, students and visitors interested in phonology.
ling-prosody Faculty, students and visitors interested in prosody.
ling-psych Faculty, students and visitors interested in psycholinguistics.
ling-semantics Faculty, students and visitors interested in semantics.
ling-syntax Faculty, students and visitors interested in syntax.
ling-ugrad Linguistics majors and minors (undergraduates).
ling-visitor Current visiting scholars.

To subscribe to one of these lists, click on its name above, and you will send an email request. When you get a confirmation e-mail, reply to it (don’t use the link). . For help with these lists, please contact Narda Wakoluk.

The Linguistics Department is located on the fourth floor of the Integrative Learning Center (ILC). The official address of the ILC is 650 North Pleasant Street, in Amherst, Mass.

To find the ILC on campus, simply look for the large modern building directly next to the Lincoln Campus Center and the pond. You can also find it directly behind the Student Union. 


Prospective undergraduate students are welcome to visit the department. It's best to visit the department during the Fall or Spring semesters in order to meet with faculty and visit classes. See the Academic Calendar for important semester dates. It's also a good idea to check our events calendar as well as the University's so you can attend lectures or other events of interest.

To set up a visit, please contact Kyle Johnson, Undergraduate Liaison.

Applying to Be a Visiting Research Scholar

We are pleased to welcome visiting scholars to spend time in our department, subject to the limitations of our resources. A letter of application is required. In the letter, you should describe your interests and plans, particularly the faculty member(s) you would like to be working with or whose classes you would like to attend. With your letter, please also include a curriculum vitae and a sample paper or publication. Please also ask two scholars who know you well to send letters of recommendation. Be sure to mention any previous contact with one of our faculty in your application letter. If we are able to accept your application and invite you to spend time here, you should know that our resources are limited. We will provide you with a shared office space. The University will provide you with a computer account which you can use for email. If you need reliable access to a computer for writing or research, you probably would have to make plans to bring one or buy it here. You would, of course, be welcome to attend any classes, seminars, or colloquia during your stay. You will also have full use of the University library, and it is usually possible to obtain a small study space in the library. Visiting scholar applications should be sent by post to the following address: Joe Pater, Chair Department of Linguistics University of Massachusetts 650 North Pleasant Street N412 Integrative Learning Center Amherst, MA 01003 USA Questions about becoming a visiting scholar can be directed to the assistant to the chair, Narda Wakoluk.

Information for International Students and Scholars

The International Programs Office of the University can assist those of you who are international students with many questions regarding your move to the United States. They can help you decide what visa is the best option for you (J or F), and they can inform you about the visa application procedure--what documents to have ready as well as what to say and what not to say at a visa interview. They can answer questions about visas for your family. If you have children they will be able to answer all your questions about your children's rights to attend schools. They can also put you in e-mail contact with other students from your native country. Visiting scholars who plan to spend more than three months in the United States should apply for a J visa. Shorter visits can be accommodated on a tourist visa or visa waiver. Questions about becoming a visiting scholar, including questions about the J-1 visa application process, can be directed to the Narda Wakoluk, the Office Manager.