Department of Linguistics


13 students graduated from USM Linguistics Program May 2014

13 students graduated from the USM Linguistics program in May 2014. Here faculty are congratulating students at commencement.

Professor of Linguistics Named a 'Mainer to be Thankful For'

Conor McDonough Quinn, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, was named to the Portland Press Herald's 2013 list of "Ten Mainers to be Thankful For".

Visiting Professor from Gallaudet University's Graduate Program

Join us to meet visiting professor from Linguistics Department at Gallaudet University, Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler. She will give an overview of the Gallaudet Linguistics Graduate program, research projects, and give a lecture on "Learning ASL as a 2nd Language." Monday, November 4th from 12-2:30p in 133 Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus.

Student Co-Authors Paper with McDaniel

Dana McDaniel and Cheri Lozoraitis [Linguistics Major, graduated in 2012] were authors on a paper that was published in a Speech & Language journal: [McKee, C., McDaniel, D., Garrett, M. F., Lozoraitis, C., and Mutterperl, M. S. (2013) Articulation rate: Effects of age, fluency, and syntactic structure. Revista de logopedia, foniatría y audiología, 33, 55-63.]

11 Participants attend Deaf-Blind Retreat

11 Participants from Maine went to Seabeck, Washington [an hour south from Seattle], to participant in a one week volunteer experience interpreting and guiding Deaf-Blind individuals at a retreat. After several courses of training offered here by Deaf-Blind and Deaf trainers, students have been serving as guides since the inception of Independence Without Fear program two years ago.

Two Students Develop Nicaraguan Sign Language Grammar Book

Two students, Sean Fletcher and Erik Van Till, who took the Field Methods course this past spring, have developed a Nicaraguan Sign Language Grammar book and are currently working with Deaf teachers in Nicaragua.

Dana McDaniel creates alien language for a movie made for DVD

Dana McDaniel creates an alien language movie made for DVD: "AE: Apocalypse Earth."

Linguistics Student Presented at Gleeful 2013

Lauren Chisholm presented "Relative Syntactic Weight and Atypical of-genitive Construction Choice" at GLEEFUL2013

Dr. Conor McDonough Quinn presents at TEDxDirigo

Dr. Conor McDonough Quinn, documentary linguist and adjunct faculty member in Linguistics, spoke at TEDxDirigo on overcoming barriers to language acquisition.

Linguistics Students participating in Campus Ventures Project

Two linguistics students are participating in a Campus Ventures commercialization project that is aimed at applying computational linguistic tools to the improvement of software requirements engineering.