Department of Linguistics

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Linguistics graduate publishes book on Celtic conlang

Linguistics graduate, Christian Evans, created a Celtic conlang and published a book called Calá Nuivaisá: Covezaso que reherensia [Modern Gallaecian: An Introduction and Reference].

Linguistics major Lucy Shulman is this year's commencement speaker

We congratulate Linguistics major Lucy Shulman, who will be the student commencement speaker this year.
ASL interpreting segment

Replay: 'The USM Update,' May 1, 2018

In the season finale of "The USM Update" for the 2017-2018 academic year, USM President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests from some of the University's better-known departments, including the University's acclaimed Department of Linguistics and its Office of Sustainability. In addition, we feature three graduates who will take the stage at Commencement this month.

The Linguistics Department is pleased to offer new degrees and language courses starting Fall 2018

The Linguistics Department is pleased to offer new degrees and language courses starting Fall 2018.
Lucy Shulman, smiling, outside

Lucy Shulman, senior Linguistics student, accepted into JET

We are proud to announce that Lucy Shulman was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program [JET] for next year. The JET program, founded in 1987, has sent more than 60,000 global participants (including nearly 32,000 Americans) to work in schools, boards of education, and government offices throughout Japan.
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USM's Judy Shepard-Kegl highlighted by Portland Press Herald for ongoing work with deaf children in Nicaragua

University of Southern Maine Linguistics Professor Judy Shepard-Kegl's work with deaf children in Nicaragua was highlighted in a Portland Press Herald feature story titled, “Seeing the signs: Renowned USM professor reflects on life-changing language discovery.” The detailed feature story by reporter Kelley Bouchard described Shepard-Kegl’s 32-year-old revelation that deaf children at a Managua school who had never been taught a sign language had invented their own.

The Economist highlights work of USM Professor in Nicaragua

USM Linguistics Professor Judy Shepard-Kegl's work with deaf children in Nicaragua was highlighted in the current edition of The Economist magazine. The feature story, titled "Signs and Wonders," described her discovery of a new language created by deaf children at a school in Managua.

Welcome two new linguists - Dr. Jeanne Heil and Dr. Sandra Wood!

We are delighted to welcome two new linguists to our faculty: Dr. Jeanne Heil and Dr. Sandra Wood. Both are syntacticians. Jeanne's primary area of research is second language acquisition and biligualism. Sandra's primary area of research is sign language syntactic structure and home sign systems.
Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi

USM language courses moving to linguistics department

Part-time faculty teaching courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish will be joining the Department of Linguistics, effective July 1.

Congratulations and thanks to Wayne Cowart!

Dr. Wayne Cowart is retiring this year after 28 years at USM. His contribution to USM’s linguistics program throughout that time is invaluable; in fact, we consider him to be its founder. In 1991 Wayne established the Language Sciences Laboratory, and from there developed the foundation for the ASL/English Interpreting program.

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