This page contains the following lists of Penn faculty affiliated with our undergraduate and graduate linguistics programs:

For other faculty with interests in linguistics and related areas, please consult the list of faculty affiliated with the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.

Linguistics Department Faculty

  • Eugene Buckley

    Associate Professor; Graduate Chair
    Formal phonology, phonology-morphology interaction, phonological explanation, Native American and Ethio-Semitic linguistics (Ph.D., Berkeley, 1992)
  • Robin Clark

    Professor; Department Chair
    Mathematical linguistics and formal semantics, game theory, acquisition and learnability, formal syntax (Ph.D., UCLA, 1985)
  • David Embick

    Syntax, morphology, syntax/morphology interface, neurolinguistics (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1997)
  • Jami Fisher

    Lecturer; ASL Program Coordinator
    American Sign Language (Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014)
  • Patricia Irwin

    ACLS New Faculty Fellow
    Syntax and its interfaces, argument structure, information structure, prosody, corpus & experimental approaches in generative syntax, syntactic & semantic variation in English dialects (Ph.D., New York University, 2012)
  • Aravind Joshi

    Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science
    Mathematical and processing models of language (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1960)
  • Anthony Kroch

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Cognitive Sciences
    Formal syntax, modern and historical Germanic syntax, statistical patterning of syntactic usage (Ph.D. MIT, 1974)
  • Jianjing Kuang

    Assistant Professor
    Phonetics, Laboratory phonology, Speech production and perception. (Ph.D. UCLA, 2013)
  • William Labov

    John H. & Margaret B. Fassitt Professor of Linguistics
    Sociolinguistics, language change, speech perception and production, research on reading (Ph.D., Columbia, 1964)
  • Julie Anne Legate

    Associate Professor; Undergraduate Chair
    Syntax, morphology, syntax-morphology interface, language acquisition (PhD, MIT, 2002)
  • Mark Liberman

    Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics
    Phonetics, prosody, natural language processing, speech communication (Ph.D., MIT, 1975)
  • Mitch Marcus

    RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence
    Natural language processing, corpus-based and statistical models for NLP (Ph.D., MIT, 1976)
  • Rolf Noyer

    Associate Professor
    Theoretical phonology, morphology, morphosyntax, generative metrics; Huave, Mansi. (Ph.D., MIT, 1992)
  • Don Ringe

    Historical linguistics, Indo-European, morphology (Ph.D., Yale, 1984)
  • Gareth Roberts

    Assistant Professor
    Language evolution, language change, language variation, cultural evolution, experimental semiotics, social interaction. (Ph.D., Univ. of Edinburgh, 2010)
  • Timothy Roberts

    Adjunct Professor; primary appointment: Professor, Dept of Radiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    neurolinguistics; neuroimaging; auditory processing of language; language and autism (Ph.D., Cambridge, 1991)
  • Beatrice Santorini

    Senior Fellow
    Syntax, Germanic linguistics, language change (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1989)
  • Florian Schwarz

    Assistant Professor
    Formal semantics and pragmatics, semantic and pragmatic processing (Ph.D., U Mass, 2009)
  • Meredith Tamminga

    Assistant Professor
    Language variation and change. (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2014)
  • Charles Yang

    Associate Professor
    Language acquisition, language change, computational linguistics, morphology, psycholinguistics (Ph.D., MIT, 2000)

Other Faculty in the Linguistics Graduate Group

  • Asif Agha

    Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology
    Sino-Tibetan and Indo-Aryan linguistics; semiotics; discourse analysis; social theory (Ph.D. Chicago, 1990)
  • Delphine Dahan

    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Psycholinguistics, spoken-language comprehension, lexical representation and processing (Ph.D., Paris La Sorbonne René Descartes, 1994)
  • Gerald Prince

    Professor, Romance Languages
    Narratology (Ph.D. Brown, 1968)
  • Daniel Swingley

    Associate Professor, Psychology
    Psycholinguistics, word recognition and lexical representation in infants and young children (Ph.D., Stanford, 1997)
  • Stephen J. Tinney

    Clark Research Associate Professor of Assyriology, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
    Sumerian; Mesopotamian language and literature. (Ph.D., Michigan)
  • John Trueswell

    Professor of Psychology
    Language processing, eye movements in reading, visual perception (Ph.D., Rochester, 1993)
  • Greg Urban

    Arthur Hobson Quinn Professor of Anthropology
    Linguistic and cultural anthropology; metaculture; cultural motion; public sphere processes; world cultures; corporations and culture; business anthropology; Amerindian cultures; Brazil, U.S. (Ph.D. Chicago, 1978)
  • Scott Weinstein

    Professor, Department of Philosophy
    Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Cognitive Science (Ph.D. Rockefeller University, 1975)

Retired Faculty