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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Department of Linguistics
Program Homepage: http://www.umass.edu/linguist
Institution: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Address: Department of Linguistics
University of Massachusetts
City: Amherst
Zip/Postal Code: 01003-7130
State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Application Deadline: 15-January
Contact Person: Kathy Adamczyk

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Phone: 01-15-2011
Fax: 413-545-2792
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Linguistic Theories
Philosophy of Language
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): Arabic, Standard
Hebrew, Ancient
Norwegian Bokmål
Slavic Subgroup
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Several features combine to give the Department of Linguistics its unique character as well as its international renown as a center of research and learning in linguistic theory. Here, faculty and students share a common focus on theoretical linguistics, with strength in all its branches . At the same time, many members of the department explore interdisciplinary connections between linguistic theory and other fields of inquiry, such as speech physiology and perception, philosophy of language, psychology, and cognitive science. Very early in their graduate education, students begin pursuing original research projects, learning to evaluate different models critically. Like scientific research in any field, this is a collaborative effort in which both students and faculty participate. In the process, a great deal of learning takes place in individual interactions between a single faculty member and a student, or among the students themselves.

See http://www.umass.edu/linguist for information
Available Financial Aid: First-year students without outside fellowship support receive departmental fellowships. Students in later years are supported by teaching assistantships,research assistantships, and university fellowships.

All PhD students fully funded.
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