Department of Linguistics

Study Linguistics at USM
Linguistics participants in Thinking Matters 2011

Linguistics at USM provides a rigorous undergraduate education focused on the nature, organization, acquisition, and origins of human natural language. The Linguistics major provides three pathways:

*Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education since December 9th, 2009.
The linguistics major consists of linguistics courses designed to foster a deep understanding of human natural language (spoken and signed), including an appreciation of the structure and organization of natural languages, the variety of natural languages, the commonalities that underlie the vast apparent differences among languages, the processes of language acquisition in children, the psychological and neurological bases of language use, and the form and significance of social variation in language. 

The goals of the linguistics major are 1) to help each student develop an understanding of the nature of natural language, 2) to help each student develop a foundation of more specialized expertise relevant to the student's career goals, and 3) to help each student compile a record of achievement that will facilitate the student's search for employment or further education.


News & Events

Shadow actors with hearing actors
We are proud to announce that many of our Linguistics students are part of the Department of Theatre's shadowed performance of As You Like It. ASL shadow-signed productions offer Deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members the experience of theater without having to watch a sole interpreter on the side of the stage. Every speaking actor is shadowed by a signing actor and they are integrated seamlessly into the story.
Tatiana Romanchishina, Linguistics Graduate, featured in a CBS Evening News story about participating in Cyber Security Lab & Class.
The USM Department of Linguistics is very pleased to introduce a new member of its faculty. Regan Thibodeau is joining the full-time faculty as a Lecturer in ASL and Deaf Studies. She will be teaching courses in ASL, Deaf culture and interpreting.