Department of Linguistics


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.

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.