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Program Name: Linguistics Department
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Institution: University of Southern Maine
Address: 96 Falmouth Ave
City: Portland
Zip/Postal Code: 14104-9300
State/Province: US
Country: USA
Contact Person: Dana McDaniel, Prof.

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Phone: 207 780 4592
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Other Program Specialties: Language Acquisition
American Sign Language
Nicaraguan Sign Language
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): American Sign Language
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Linguistics at USM aims to provide an excellent undergraduate education focused on the nature, organization, acquisition, and origins of human natural language. The program is organized into three tracks.

The General Linguistics track is intended for students who are looking for a rigorous liberal arts major with rich connections to a variety of science, humanities, and arts disciplines. This track is also appropriate for students who intend to do graduate study in linguistics or related disciplines such as cognitive science, computational linguistics, law, or education, among others.

For students with an interest in American Sign Language or interpreting, we have in place a four-year interpreter training program, including courses in ASL and in interpreting theory and process. Launched in 1998 with support from the Maine Dept. of Education, these offerings are designed to serve undergraduate students at USM as well as working interpreters seeking to advance their skills. The program is directed by Dr. Judy Kegl.

Students interested in speech-language science will find that linguistics provides an excellent foundation for their professional training. First, linguistics will offer a broad understanding of how normal language works and how it varies both within and across human communities. Second, linguistics has proven to be an excellent base from which to apply for graduate school admission in speech-language pathologyor audiology.
Available Financial Aid: USM has a variety of privately and Federally funded scholarship programs for new students. See for more information.
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