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 four 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

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