Department of Linguistics



On April 22nd a local chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was created at USM. NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of typical and disordered human communication. NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members at over 300 colleges and universities.

ASL Club wins Maine Campus Compact Award

President Cummings has chosen USM’s American Sign Language Club to receive the President’s Campus Leadership Award from Maine Campus Compact.

Two students present at conference

Two Linguistics majors, Jessica Bowers and Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross, each presented their work at the Southern California Undergraduate Linguistics conference on April 2. Bowers: "Pronoun Reinforcement: The Manipulation of Attraction Agreement Errors," Sylvester-Cross: "Long Distance Wh-movement Structures in Germanic Languages: An Account Based on Case Marking and Language Production Pressures."

McDaniel and Sylvester-Cross will present at conference in Iceland

Professor Dana McDaniel and Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross (student co-author) will present a poster at the 22nd Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference, which will be held in Reykjavik, May 20-22, 2016: "Wh-extraction possibilities in Germanic: The role of the language production system."

Earn a Linguistics Degree and a Law Degree with 3+3 Option

A new partnership with the Law School and USM allows for students to earn a bachelors and a Law degree. FMI see here:

Linguistics student awarded a UROP fellowship for 2015/16

Jazmyn Sylvester-Cross, a junior majoring in Linguistics, has been awarded a 2015/16 UROP fellowship for her project, How language production pressures affect wh-question structures: A cross-linguistic study. Her mentor is Professor Dana McDaniel.

Maine & USM's First American Sign Language Shadowed Production features Linguistics students

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.

Linguistics Grad featured in CBS News

Tatiana Romanchishina, Linguistics Graduate, featured in a CBS Evening News story about participating in Cyber Security Lab & Class.

New Faculty Member

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.

We are both proud and sad to announce Brenda's depature to NTID

Brenda Schertz has left USM to accept a position at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY.